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Theatre Three’s Picnic Offers a Meager Helping of Passion

Nothing says the 1950s Midwest quite like a play that dissects how all the women define themselves by the men (or lack thereof) in their lives. Bruce R. Coleman’s latest production at Theatre Three tackles this troublesome theme in William Inge’s Picnic, the story of a tiny Kansas town shaken to its core by the sex appeal of a handsome drifter who comes for chores, chasing down an old friend, and cherry pie for breakfast and leaves with cops on his heels, drama in his wake, and the local beauty queen chasing his steps.

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The Sound of Music a Promising Beginning to Dallas Summer Musicals Season

It can be hard to see a production of a work as timeless as The Sound of Music (or really anything involving the unparalleled Julie Andrews) and not compare it to what has come before. Many times, the reimagining of something so beloved can come up short. But the new national tour of this treasured musical features a stellar, energetic cast that brings the story of the von Trapp family to life with reverence and care.

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Dan Rosales on Becoming an Icon in Peter Pan

Since J.M. Barrie’s conception of Peter Pan in 1902, the quintessential lost boy has been reimagined countless times. In fact, you can probably ballpark someone’s age depending on whether their version of Peter Pan was animated by Disney, grew up to be Robin Williams, or had fight scenes with Hugh Jackman.

Though Pan has endured through myriad adaptations, there’s something to be said for the original. Peter Pan 360, the touring production coming to the Arts District this Nov. 11 through Dec. 6, promises to reintroduce audiences to the story’s roots. It’s not a gimmicky remake, but instead a a high-tech reboot set in a 100-foot-high theater tent, complete with CGI projections and acrobatics.

We spoke with Dan Rosales, who plays Peter, to get a sense of his characterization, the unconventional performance space, and the technological take on Barrie’s classic story.

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Kimi Nikaidoh Carries on the Legacy of the Bruce Wood Dance Project’s Founder

Dallas native Kimi Nikaidoh became artistic director for the Bruce Wood Dance Project in July 2014, two months after its nationally acclaimed founder and namesake passed away. Now, at age 34, she has found a way to meld her own artistic vision with his enduring legacy, which continues this month, November 13 and 14, for the project’s five-year celebration at Dallas City Performance Hall in the Arts District. We talked to Nikaidoh about her path to the BWDP and her plans for the company’s future.

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