Archive for May 2013


REVIEW: Who Says Disco's Dead?

by Joy Donovan on May 23, 2013

Disco, afro wigs and a road trip mix it up in the latest Dallas Summer Musical presentation.

Disco, afro wigs and a road trip mix it up in the latest Dallas Summer Musical presentation.

Love the night life? Want to boogie?

Then you’ll love “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” now playing at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

The fab production spotlights one fun disco song after another. Beginning with “It’s Raining Men” sung by three high-strung divas and rolling on with such tunes as “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” “Go West” and “Boogie Wonderland,” this show is a bell-bottomed romp down memory lane, musically speaking. The thin plot focuses on a road trip through the Australian outback, but the story line is just a backdrop for the fun. It’s not Shakespeare because it doesn’t take itself nearly that seriously.

The musical numbers don’t so much steal the show as they are the show. The eye-catching co-stars are the costumes, which won a 2011 Tony Award, and they’re wild, colorful and silly.

Gender-bending performers take the stage, and they proved they could dance, they could sing and when the microphones messed up, they could ad lib a funny line or two. “Priscilla” offers plenty of comedy–some of it fairly raunchy–and the actors drop a few F-bombs so even if it’s a light comedy, it’s really not family fare.

But with “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff” and “I Love the Nightlife” mixed with “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and a few other choice hits, the show’s perfect for girls’ night out, disco dancers, platform shoe freaks and afro-loving guys. Be there before this happy Dallas Summer Musical presentation closes May 26, so you can shake your groove thing. Yeah, yeah.

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Irish Play Presented in Fort Worth

by Joy Donovan on May 8, 2013

A show featuring two actors playing 15 characters opens May 16 for a six-week run at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd.

The show “Stones in His Pockets” by Irish playwright Marie Jones centers on a film crew that has descended on a beautiful Irish village. Directed by Jerry Russell, the play is told largely through the eyes of  movie “extras, Charlie and Jake. Of its production in London, The London Times said “The play is about rural poverty, cultural exploitation, the widening gap between winners and losers in the western world, and the damage wreaked by dreams and the dream industries… If there is a more cleverly constructed, enterprisingly acted play on offer in London right now, I cannot think of it.”  And the Daily Mail added, “an unalloyed source of joy, laughter, tears and delight.”

“Stones in His Pockets” will preview at 7:30  May 16 and at 8 p.m. May 17. Through  June 23, performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at at 3 p.m. Sundays.  Food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances.  Reservations are available through the boxoffice at 817-784-9378 or on the website, www.stagewest.org. The play contains strong language.

 

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Casa Manana Brings Plaid to Cowtown

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The 2013 Casa Manana Gala will be held at the Fort Worth theater.

The 2013 Casa Manana Gala will be held at the Fort Worth theater.

“Forever Plaid” is the theme for the 2013 Casa Manana Gala (www.casamanana.org/gala), set for 6 p.m. May 31 at Casa Manana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave.

A full evening of entertainment is planned. A live auction and dinner provided by The Ashton Depot will follow the cocktail hour. Curtain is set to rise at 8:45 p.m. on a Broadway production performance of the musical comedy “Forever Plaid,” and then the group Trey and the Tritones will entertain at the post-performance party.

Shirlee and Taylor Gandy have been named honorary chairs, with Becky Renfro Borbolla and Janet Hahn serving as co-chairwomen. Attire for the evening is plaid or early 1960s cocktail. Tickets for the fundraiser range from $400 for an individual seat to $10,000 for a VIP table of 10. More information is available at 817-321-5005.

Founded in 1936 as an amphitheater, Casa Manana was an idea of Amon G. Carter who hired Broadway producer Billy Rose to launch it. In 1957, the city of Fort Worth orchestrated the building of the theater complex, which was last renovated in 2004. Today, Casa Manana brings Broadway theater, professional children’s productions, arts education and outreach programs to Tarrant County.

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American Heart Association Hosts Heart Ball

by Joy Donovan on May 1, 2013

FORT WORTH _ “Take Me Out to the Heart Ball” is the theme given to the charity fundraiser sponsored by the American Heart Association of Tarrant County, scheduled for May 11 at the Omni Hotel, 1300 Houston St.

The annual event, which begins at 7 p.m., will include a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and live auction. Highlighting this year’s auction will be such experiences as batting practice with the Texas Rangers and a trip for two to the Rangers’ spring training. Proceeds are dedicated to biomedical research and educational programs.

Tickets cost $500 per person. For more information, call 817-698-5411 or visit www.heart.org/tarrantcounty.

 

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Mayfest Welcomes Spring Fun to Fort Worth

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Mayfest returns to Fort Worth for four days of outdoor, family entertainment.

Mayfest returns to Fort Worth for four days of outdoor, family entertainment.

FORT WORTH – Mayfest, Fort Worth’s outdoor family festival dedicated to arts and entertainment,  returns to Trinity Park for the 41st annual festival  Thursday through Sunday.

The schedule is packed with a variety of activities during the four days held on 33 acres. Entertainment is spotlighted on three musical stages and four performing arts stages during the four-day event. In addition this year, live sharks will swim in a tank in the middle of Trinity Park, a creative sandpile will be displayed and duck races are scheduled. The Mayfest Run, featuring a 1-mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K, is set for Saturday morning.

Tickets purchased at the gate are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children two and under. More information is available at the Mayfest website, www.mayfest.org.

Patrons can save money by parking remotely for free.  Remote parking is provided by Mayfest at LaGrave Field,  located at 301 Northeast Sixth Street, with a free shuttle to the festival.

On Thursday, adults age 60 and over will receive free admission with photo identification, and senior adults will receive $5 admission the remaining days of the festival.  By presenting a military identification card Sunday,  all active, reserve and retired military will receive complimentary admission to the festival and one additional free ticket for a family member or guest.

Mayfest has raised since its launch in 1973  more than $6.3 million. Profits support the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department, the Junior League of Fort Worth and Streams & Valleys.

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