From ‘Brilliants’ to ‘Artemisia,’ check out these February performances

By David ArkinFebruary 6, 2024No Comments

From ‘Brilliants’ to ‘Artemisia,’ check out these February performances

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

“Marjorie Prime,” a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist by Jordan Harrison, explores the limits of technology and the mysteries of human identity. Marjorie is an elderly woman who is slowly losing her memories, but when Walter appears things seem to change. Walter helps Marjorie relive the past with all its intricacies and details. During this journey, a secret truth starts emerging about the relationship between humans and machines. Through Feb. 11


Texas Ballet Theater at Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, basshall.com: tickets, 877-828-9200, texasballettheater.org

“Brilliants” is a mixed repertoire performance featuring four pieces. “Without Borders” explores the powers of perspective and individualism while crossing between neoclassical and contemporary styles. “Grand Pas Classique” unveils the tension between artistry and physicality. Lord Byron’s epic poem about a pirate called “The Corsair” inspired “Le Corsaire Pas de Deux,” which shows the bravado of the seaman. The color and movement in Balanchine’s “Rubies” sparkle like a jewel. Feb. 23-25


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

A celebrated painter during the 17th century, Artemisia Gentileschi was producing professional work by the age of 15, but her name was nearly lost to time. Gentileschi was publicly shamed and tortured at 17 years old, but still fought for her art and the freedom to make it on her own terms. The Italian artist was a devoted mother who was constantly at odds with her father. “Artemisia” uses humor and warmth to celebrate Gentileschi’s courage and artistry. Feb. 1-24


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

Reality and illusion converge in this exploration of the human experience created by Katie Bender. Bender tries escaping her own life by summoning the spirit of escapologist Harry Houdini in a “DIY séance party.” The theatrical event transforms a personal journey into a collective experience where everyone starts wondering what they are trying to escape. Feb. 2-11


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

Walk through the life of Ethel Waters, the legendary singer and actress, during this biographical show. See Waters’ humble beginnings, entry to show business, and her rise to stardom. Waters became a trailblazer as one of the first African American women to achieve success on both Broadway and in Hollywood. Feb. 2-March 3


Casa Mañana
3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 817-332-2272, casamanana.org

The Reid Cabaret Theatre will spotlight and celebrate Grammy Award-winner Linda Ronstadt. Ronstadt performed all genres of music, from folk to light opera to rock, and became one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century. The show includes songs such as “Blue Bayou,” “You’re No Good,” “Don’t Know Much,” and “When Will I Be Loved.” Feb. 6-24


Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817-212-4280, basshall.com

“Tina — The Tina Turner Musical” follows the comeback journey of a woman who broke barriers to become the “Queen of Rock n’ Roll.” Turner won 12 Grammy Awards and her shows sold more tickets than any other solo performer in music history. The soundtrack features the most beloved hits from Turner’s career. The musical’s world premiere came in 2018 and the Broadway debut followed in 2019. “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical” received 12 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. Feb. 6-11