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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 5 Apr 2013 8:05 AM

Today in the roundup: The DMA adds a French painting, Dallas Children’s Theater announces its new season and The Playroom returns.


Photo: Dallas Museum of Art

DMA’S NEW ACQUISITION: The Dallas Museum of Art has added to its collection of European paintings. Erminia and the Shepherds, by French painter Guillaume Guillon Lethière, was shown in the Salon of 1795 in Paris and, according to DMA director Maxwell Anderson, “marks the earliest work of art in the DMA by an artist of color working in the Western tradition.” Lethière was the son of a French diplomat and an emancipated African slave; his painting will be displayed in the European Painting and Sculpture galleries on Level 2.

DCT’S NEW SEASON: Dallas Children’s Theater has announced the details of its 2013-14 season. Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat kicks things off Sept. 20-Oct. 27. It’ll be followed by Ghouls and Graveyards, the North Texas premiere of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Nutcracker. Little Women and Beauty and the Beast also made the lineup. The complete season should be posted later today on DCT’s website.

‘THE PLAYROOM’ RETURNS: In The Playroom, a teenager tries to entertain/protect her young siblings as her parents booze it up with another couple downstairs. The movie was directed by Dallas’ Julia Dyer from a script by her late sister, Gretchen. It only played for about a week over at the Texas Theater, which was a shame – it deserves a bigger audience. And it might actually get one – AMC Valley View is bringing the movie back today. For more on The Playroom, check out our Big Screen discussion of it, as well as a KERA radio story about its unique use of a pop classic.