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ARTS FIFTH AVENUE
1628 5TH AVENUE
FORT WORTH, TX 76104
817-923-9500

DragStrip Courage 

presents: 
SMILE and SMILE
A Night of Booze and Villains 
​Written and Curated By Steven Alan McGaw


September 29 & 30 and October 6 & 7

8:00 PM on the AFA Outdoor Stage 
​Free - donations appreciated
. Refreshments Available

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VA VA VOOM
BURLESQUE VARIETY SHOW

SATURDAY/SEPTEMBER 23
8 PM...$20 PER PERSON

(reserved seating)

Please call 817-923-9500 for reservations,
or click below to purchase tickets in advance..
Group discounts available, call for information.

A READING OF 
Designated Mourner by Wallace Shawn
November 10 & 11 
​8:00 pm...$10


The play takes place in what seems to be the present or the near future, in an unnamed Western country that is undergoing political conflict: a ruling oligarchy with fascist tendencies, threatened by a movement based in the lower class, is imprisoning and executing anyone suspected of subversion, including writers and intellectuals who have no direct connection to the guerrillas.

Though the play is generally more realistic than Shawn's previous politically charged work The Fever, it focuses on the characters' emotional lives and leaves the civil war in the background. As a result, many reviewers of the play have been unclear as to whether the assassinated characters were killed by the government, for sympathizing with the rebels, or by the rebels, for being privileged academics. A close reading of the play suggests that the rebels (if they even exist) have not gained power and that what has occurred is a purge by one faction of the regime.

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