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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 13 Aug 2013 7:27 AM

‘Xanadu’ wows ’em at WaterTower, the benefits of the DMA’s conservation studio and the women directing area stages.


ROLL ON: This week is your last chance to catch Xanadu at WaterTower Theatre. The musical takes the bones of a notorious cinematic flop and turns it into a campy tale of Greek muses returned to Earth to inspire a struggling artist. So should you make room on the calendar? Lindsey Wilson says absolutely. “The national tour rolled through town three years ago, but director Robert Bartley’s efforts here give that version a serious run for its money,” she writes on Front Row. Mark Lowry also had plenty of fun. “Choreographed by Jacob Brent (kudos to the cast’s roller skating prowess) and with music direction by Mark Mullino and a frozen-yogurt pallete by scenic designer Bob Lavallee and costumer Michael Robinson, WaterTower’s Xanadu is like the perfect summer lip gloss,” he writes on Catch it through Sunday.

KEEPING AFTER THE COLLECTION: You might remember Jerome’s story from late last year about the Dallas Museum of Art’s plans to turn its upstairs restaurant into a conservation studio. The museum now has a little update on the plans, including news that the space will open on Nov. 18. So what’s all this mean for the museum? Peter Simek explains: “A strong conservation department will allow the DMA to leverage its technical know how and ability to service works on loan, and not just borrow them for exhibition, making the museum a more attractive exhibition partner and grounding an important element of museum scholarship (scientific conservation) in Dallas,” he writes on Front Row.

QUOTABLE: “I think more women are writing, and there are more workshops and play readings and things like that. That has something to do with it, too — that there is a woman’s voice in the play. The director should be the person who is able to understand or promote what that female playwright has to say.”

– Krista Scott, who’s directing Exit, Pursued by Bear, opening Thursday at Circle Theatre. Scott is one of a quartet of female directors interviewed for a story about the state of gender equality for directors in North Texas.