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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 10 May 2013 7:57 AM

Today in the roundup: Fort Worth’s new drive-in theater, kids take on Mamet in Plano and getting to know a Cliburn competitor.


AT THE DRIVE-IN: When’s the last time you went to a drive-in movie? Unless you live near the Brazos Drive-In in Granbury or Ennis’ Galaxy, it’s probably been forever. But Fort Worthians can also now watch a movie under the stars with tonight’s opening of the Coyote Drive-In. The theater sits just south of LaGrave Field and features three screens. Its owners talk about about how the theater is a nudge back to a time when North Texas was home to more than 50 drive-ins in a feature.

THIS AIN’T CHILD’S PLAY: “Lie. Cheat. Steal. Sell Cookies.” That’s the tagline to Daffodil Girls, Inspired by David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, which plays this weekend at Plano’s Fun House Theatre and Film. For the show, Fun House artistic director Jeff Swearingen has reimagined Mamet’s salesmen as Girl Scouts trying to one-up each other in the cookie game. And the cast is populated by schoolgirls. As fun as it may sound, Swearingen says by taking on tough material, the kids are getting a leg-up on their competition. “Some of these kids dream of careers in acting or on stage, and no one’s really preparing them for how competitive it is,” he tells “You have to teach kids how to be capable, disciplined, how to focus, how to improve themselves.”

QUOTABLE: “Of course, winning the competition! Well, thinking about it, I would say that second place is not to be thrown away!”

– Alessandro Taverna, a 29-year-old pianist from Italy, on his goal for the upcoming Cliburn International Piano Competition. There’s more from Taverna at