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Theater review: ‘Mr. Burns, a post-electric play’

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Buddy Myers

Let us all now praise Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Read more

Theater review: ‘Mama Won’t Fly’

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Eric Younkin Jr

This Theatre Arlington comedy has some strong performances but is far too long and only occasionally gets off the ground. Read more

Austin artist creates Cecil the lion tote bag to benefit wildlife research

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Moved by the death of Cecil the lion at the hands of a trophy hunter, an Austin artist has designed an eco-friendly tote bag bearing the Zimbabwean lion’s likeness and will... Read more

Theater review: ‘The Color Purple’

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Buddy Myers

It’s difficult to create a musical from a novel that already has been adapted into a well-known and oft-quoted movie, which might explain why the stage version of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple hasn’t quite been the hit everyone expected it to be. Read more

Arts writers’ pick for week of Aug. 9

1 Virtuosity on Blu-ray/DVD: The documentary about the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition made its national debut on PBS on July 31. Now, it’s available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray. The... Read more

Miguel Harth-Bedoya goes to Santa Fe for the summer

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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya is spending the end of his summer vacation working. He is here, at the venerable Santa Fe Opera House, conducting the world premiere of a work written by his longtime friend and collaborator Read more

Dirty dozen entertainment guide: Aug. 7-13, 2015

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Let’s not think about school starting soon as we enjoy summer’s last outdoor movies, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, an anime festival, and the return of Shania Twain. Read more

Theater review: ‘Motown the Musical’

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Joan Marcus

A perfect formula for the jukebox musical hasn’t been figured out yet, but regardless of how the show is framed — with an original narrative (Mamma Mia), a biographical and-then-this-happened story (Jersey Boys), or a straig... Read more

Theater review: ‘SceneShop: Then and Now’

What does a “casual theater” showcase do to celebrate its 20th anniversary? Stick to a formula that works, that’s what. Read more

Theater review: ‘Catch Me If You Can’

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Mike Morgan

It’s fairly common to see a mediocre production kill a great musical, and, of course, when the rarer occurrence of an amazing production of a brilliant show happens, that’s the theater magic we all wish for. But sometimes you find a production of a mediocre musical like Read more

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