Article: Kalita Humphreys Theater - Dallas, TX

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Roderick Grant
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Re: Article: Kalita Humphreys Theater - Dallas, TX

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Of course, it should be obvious what Tom Luce says is correct, but I would tweak the message to put a decided emphasis on "restoration" rather than "renovation." I have seen the theater, and am not unfamiliar with the art of Thalia and Melpomene. I saw little in the way Kalita could accommodate theatrical events more efficiently by "updating" the design. That was done with that heavy-handed lumpen addition of rehearsal space over the lobby to disastrous effect: Notice how the filth cascades down its walls while the original structure remains pure.

Actors and directors always complain about theaters. From its opening to its sad end, the Tyron Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, designed by Ralph Rapson with a thrust stage, suffered constant criticism because it was deemed too hard to function in. It was a beautiful building, unique in a way exclusive to Rapson, but that seemed to be of little interest to the performers. Restoration of Kalita should be heavily weighted in favor of the architecture; the drama can take care of itself.

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