Circle Theatre reveals 2013 season

Wow, just saying “2013 season” sounds weird still. I should probably start my Christmas shopping soon.

Anyway, Fort Worth’s Circle Theatre has announced its 2013 season (its 32nd), which begins in just a few weeks, and is top-heavy with comedies, albeit some very dark ones. Here it is:

God of Carnage. This show debuted in North Texas last spring at Dallas Theater Center, following release of the film Carnage this time last year. It’s about parents behaving badly. Directed by Robin Armstrong. Jan. 24–Feb. 23.

A Bright New Boise. Gay playwright Samuel D. Hunter penned this play about a father trying to reconnect with his son, with dark undertones revealing themselves. Directed by Steven Pounders. Mar. 21–Apr. 13.

Miracle on South Division Street. A woman maintains a religious shrine for 20 years, despite evidence that her father’s vision was not as authentic as she believes in this comedy. June 13–July 13.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Taking its title from a famed bit of Shakespearean stage direction, this revenge comedy involve a cat, an abusive husband and lots of laughs. Aug. 15–Sept. 14.

Too Many Cooks. The season closes as it begins — with a comedy directed by Robin Armstrong. In 1932, as folks plan to open a new restaurant, things go horribly wrong. Oct. 17–Nov. 16.

Tickets range from $10–$35. Season tickets start at $80. For more, visit CircleTheatre.org

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the shocking comic moment in DTC’s “God of Carnage”

Ask anyone who has seen Dallas Theater Center’s production of God of Carnage what the most memorable moment in the play is, and you will get a chorus of unanimity — guaranteed. If you’ve seen it, you know. If you haven’t, spoiler alert!

It comes about 20 minutes in. A graceful socialite, played by Sally Nystuen Vahle, announces she’s feeling queasy. Then, with almost no warning, she blows chunks. Throws up. As in projectile vomiting that seems to go on forever. And is milky. And has big pieces in it (apples and pears, if you follow the dialogue). And it gets everywhere.

Nasty.

And fucking hilarious.

The process of making the scene work was a confluence of Vahle’s stagecraft and the efforts of John Clauson, the props designer, and his team. And it took a lot of trial-and-error.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

This weekend’s takeaways: Life+Style

If you weren’t at the Meyerson last night, you missed the historic appearance by former First Lady Laura Bush, appearing with her home town’s gay men’s chorus, the Turtle Creek Chorale, for a program that also featured the Army chorus. It marked the final concert of the TCC’s season, and the first since interim conductor Trey Jacobs was officially named the new permanent artistic director.

Dallas Theater Center’s production of God of Carnage at the Kalita provides a juicy bit of social commentary amid 75 minutes of serious belly laughs. And there’s still time to catch Memphis at Fair Park, an entertaining and occasionally moving musical about the history of rock ‘n’ roll on the radio with some radiant singing. (It was written by Tony winner Joe DiPietro.) The Dallas Children’s Theater wraps up its production of Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly soon with this family-friendly hip-hop musical about embracing differences in one another. And different it is — B.J. Cleveland does drag as a lady fly and Adam Garst cleverly James-Deans his way through the role of an angsty spider.

Mansome is still playing at the Angelika, and you’s be better off catching that — or even The Avengers again — rather than Men in Black 3, although it’s better than the last two. Or kick off summer’s first three-day weekend with some beach reading, especially In One Person, the new one by John Irving with a bisexual hero at its center. The is also Ye Fynall Week-End to enjoy Scarborough Faire, pictured.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones