Earlier this week, to celebrate the return of Dallas, we had Patrick Duffy, who plays Bobby Ewing, muse on the return of the show. Well, there’s also a city named Dallas that is experiencing a Comeback. So we asked Chris LaBove, co-artistic director of Second Thought Theatre, to give us a tour of the new and re-up and coming city.
In the 1980s, Dallas, awash in oil money, had little in the way of culture. Thirty odd years later, some of that money has finally made its way into the arts. Now Dallas is at a cultural tipping point. Creative energy breeds creative energy, and in the last few months alone, Dallas Symphony Orchestra maestro Jaap van Zweden was named conductor of the year by Musical America; the Dallas Museum of Art hosted the Gaultier exhibit—one of only two cities in the U.S. to do so; and the musical Lysistrata Jones, which premiered at the Dallas Theater Center, jumped to Broadway.
Much of this ferment is found in a four-block stretch that comprises the Dallas Arts District. At one end are the Dallas Museum of Art, The Crow Collection of Asian Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center. At the other end is the AT&T Performing Arts Center, which is home to The Dallas Opera, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Dallas Theater Center, whose director, Kevin Moriarty, launched the citywide Foote Festival, a tribute to Texan playwright Horton Foote. Take that, arty Austin!
But from the ground bubbles underground spots, too, like the Texas Theatre, an independent film house, and indie rock spot The Curtain Club. Be sure to pay a visit to the brew masters at the Meddlesome Moth where, on any given night, you’ll find the sophisticated sons of the oil boom.