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By guruscottyMay 30, 2022June 2nd, 2022No Comments


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Marie Antoinette

Amphibian Stage 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth, 817-923-3012, amphibianstage.com

Amphibian managing director Jay Duffer and costume designer Laura Anderson Barbata merge their talents in playwright David Adjmi’s retelling of Marie Antoinette’s story of power, wealth, fame and accountability (or lack thereof). Look for lavish costumes and wigs with modern cheekiness from Barbata, a past contributor to Amphibian and Fort Worth Opera (production design) performances. The teenage duchess turned queen — played by North Texan Allison Pistorius — remains onstage for the entirety of the play. The set, inspired by a fashion show catwalk, is among creative elements that pay homage to the decadence of the period (simmering with revolution) while making a quirky nod to contemporary times. Through June 26

If Pretty Hurts

Jubilee Theatre 506 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-338-4411, jubileetheatre.org

Folklore meets contemporary culture as four teenage girls deal with society’s definition of beauty. Tori Sampson’s play takes place in a setting that is part Nigerian village and part American bedroom. You’ll laugh and think as If Pretty Hurts grapples with its theme of beauty not always being in the eye of the beholder. Through June 26

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Young Frankenstein

Circle Theatre 230 W. 4th St., Fort worth, 817-877-3040, circletheatre.com

This adaptation of the Mel Brooks film and the Broadway musical focuses on mad scientist Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced Fronk-en-steen) as he follows in the footsteps of his grandfather to bring the legendary creature to life. Frederick’s monster escapes and comedy follows. Joel Ferrell, a former artistic director at Casa Mañana, directs; Cody Dry is music director. June 16-July 23

Into the Breeches!

Stage West 821/823 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-784-9378, stagewest.org

The show must go on at Oberon Playhouse — never mind that there’s a war going on — so a group of women, led by the director’s wife, steps up for an all-female production of Shakespeare’s Henriad, a series of history plays with a political bent. This regional premiere of George Brant’s work is set in the 1940s but is far from being just a period piece. June 9-July 3

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Hip Pocket Theatre 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth, 817-246-9775, hippocket.org

Lorca and Lake Simons, daughters of founder Johnny Simons, are running the show for the outdoor theater’s 46th season, which continues through Oct. 30. It’s one of Fort Worth’s most unique venues, with shows to match. The season opens with Pinocchio Commedia; written by Johnny, it is an adaptation of the Carlo Collodi classic about the long-nosed marionette and is presented using character masks, slapstick and puppetry. The cast features many HP veterans. June 3-26