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Music by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave Sung in Italian with English and Spanish supertitles 2015 Fort Worth Opera Festival
Presented by Fort Worth Opera
Runs through 5/9/2015

Reviewed by Laurie Lynn Lindemeier,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

The 2015 Fort Worth Opera Festival opened with Giuseppe Verdi’s brilliant La Traviata, on April 25th to an eager audience that appeared to delight in this production. As the curtains in Bass Hall parted to reveal a boisterous party scene in Violetta’s sumptuous salon home in Paris, there was much to admire in the way of flashy gowns and crisp tuxedos, costumes designed by Desmond Heeley. To add to their lush appearance, the chorus’ singing of the famous “Brindisi” drinking song was as full and rich as their flirtatious shenanigans. This chorus scene did much to set the mood for an opera that strangely (É strano) has great fun with love and death.

The story tells of courtesan Violetta’s grand demise, all in the space of four acts. In this day and ...

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by Arthur Miller
Presented by WaterTower Theatre
Runs through 5/10/2015

Reviewed by Chris Jackson,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

“No man is an island entire of itself.” John Donne

Give an audience a well-performed, emotionally involving story - the old fashioned “well made play” with a linear storyline, a beginning, middle and end, an American classic with characters that you recognize - and they will sit riveted. That certainly is the case with All My Sons now playing at WaterTower Theatre. The opening night audience rewarded the production with a standing ovation that felt genuine, not polite.

“Everybody knew a lot of illicit fortunes were being made, a lot of junk was being sold to the armed services, we all knew that. All the rules were being violated every day, but you didn’t want to mention it.” – Arthur Miller

In 1944, Arthur Miller’s mother-in-law at the time mentioned ...

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National Tour Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman Book by Harvey Fierstein Original Screenplay by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White
Presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center
Runs through 5/10/2015

Reviewed by John Garcia,
Senior Chief Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

It has now become common knowledge that each Broadway season includes a new musical based on a motion picture. Last season alone was stacked with this genre - Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Bridges of Madison County and Aladdin. The current Broadway season has Doctor Zhivago, Gigi, and An American in Paris (which just garnered twelve Tony nominations).

What all these have in common is that their film versions became box office hits, winning both critical acclaim and arm loads of awards. Several won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture.

Now, would you take a film that completely bombed at the box office, having received scathing reviews, and transform it onto the stage? Would you invest money into an expensive musical based on a film that critic Leonard Maltin named “Howard the Paperboy” ...

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by Gene Kato
Presented by Rover Dramawerks
Runs through 5/16/2015

Reviewed by Scott W. Davis ,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

For those of us that golf, we understand the things you may contemplate while on the links. Mortality, love and family are just a few things that can come up between holes one and eighteen. Most golfers know that a round of eighteen usually takes two and a half to three hours. Well guess what, so does 18 Holes at Rover Dramawerks.

The show follows four groups of golfers through an entire round of eighteen holes of golf. Each hole has a different vignette on one of the groups’ trials and tribulations as they meander through life or through the hole. Doug, Hal, and Arty are the first group seen on Hole 1. Doug is a middle aged man and father to Arty, a young pre-teen. Hal is Doug’s ...

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