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Sons of Sylvia Open for Carrie Underwood at AAC, Oct. 9

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Sons of Sylvia will open for Carrie Underwood and her “Play On Tour” at American Airlines Center Saturday, Oct. 9. Brothers Ashley, Austin and Adam Clark released their album Revelation on 19 Recordings/Interscope Records this past April, the same week they performed their debut single “Love Left To Lose” on American Idol. Revelation debuted at # 33 on the Billboard top 200 album chart and # 9 on Billboard’s Rock chart. First single “Love Left To Lose,” co-written by Ashley and the band’s cousin and hit maker, Ryan Tedder of the band OneRepublic, is a top 40 hit at Hot AC radio. The video was shot by famed director Wayne Isham (Muse, Keith Urban). Previously known as the Clark Brothers, the band beat out ten thousand contestants to win Fox’s Next Great American Band.

Kevin Moriarty and Dallas Theater Center have again brought the immortal prose and action of one of William Shakespeare’s plays to astonishing life and vitality. Friday night’s opening show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Wyly Theater proved without a doubt that last season’s effervescent Midsummer Night’s Dream was no fluke, but merely a promise of many more delights to come our way.

DCT resident acting company members Hassan El-Amin, Chamblee Ferguson, Matthew Gray, Cedric Neal, Abbey Siegworth and Christina Vela are all put to good use in Henry IV, but the standout performances are by returning actors like longtime DTC star Randy Moore as a hilarious, heavily padded Falstaff, Steven Walters as the wayward Prince Hal, and Kurt Rhoads as the monarch King Henry. An energetic bunch of young soldiers played by students from Booker T. Washington High School add realism to the battle scenes as they clash swords and jump off ledges to demolish each other with glee. The versatility of the Wyly has never been better displayed that by John Coyne’s scenic design; for these players the entire building becomes their stage.

This is a Shakespeare production to see and see again, once more with relish. I look forward to returning at least one more time before the run ends October 10. For tickets or additional information, visit
Theatre Three’s Subscription Season continues with a new Tony nominated play in variation form, 33 Variations by Moisés Kaufman. The show begins previews on Thursday, September 30, and will close on Saturday, October 30. This recent Broadway sensation is a stunning inquiry into the creative mind and its mysteries. Katherine Brant, a brilliant musicologist is driven – even at the expense of her adult daughter’s happiness – to unlock the puzzle of why Beethoven spent the last years of his life writing thirty-three variations on a simple waltz by an insignificant musical hack. This inspiring drama shows both Katherine Brant and Beethoven in a titanic struggle against time and task; each divinely tortured but divinely triumphant.
Moisés Kaufmann is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and playwright. His most recent play, 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda, was nominated for 5 Tony Awards (including one for Ms. Fonda).

Previous to that, Kaufman directed the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play I Am My Own Wife, earning him an Obie Award for his direction as well as Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel nominations. His plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project have been among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. He also directed the film adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO, which was the opening night selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won the National Board of Review Award, the Humanitas Prize and a Special Mention for Best First Film at the Berlin Film Festival. The film also earned Mr. Kaufman two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting.

Theatre Three’s founding director Jac Alder will direct this production.
The cast includes R Bruce Elliott as Beethoven, Gordon Fox as Schindler, Sharon Garrison as Katherine Brant, Andrew Kasten as Mike, Jackie L. Kemp as Diabelli, Lydia Mackay as Clara Brant, Terry McCracken as Gertie, and Irvin Moreno and Morgan Natasha Lawrence in multiple roles. Clark Griffth, the third place winner of The 2007 Van Cliburn International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, will play Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations throughout the show. With set design by Jac Alder, lighting design by Paul Arnold, and costume design by Bruce R. Coleman, 33 Variations features sound design by Marco Salinas.
Tickets are priced from $10-$40, and may be purchased by calling 214-871-3300 or online at