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"The True History of the Tragic Life ..." runs through November 18.

Amphibian Stage Productions is one unconventional theater troupe.

For the Phibs? debut in their new Southside Fort Worth space (which was unveiled last weekend), the company chose a piece of unwieldy name and relatively low production values.

The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World is a show that?s performed completely in the dark.

What better way for patrons to enjoy their new surroundings, right?

In truth, the space is stellar, offering the 13-year-old company ample room to showcase not only its dramatic work but also workshops, outreach programs and staged readings.

Originally conceived as an outlet for TCU theater grads, Amphibian has slightly toned down its world-domination aspirations and is now content to focus on the area?s array of talent for its local productions.

That?s not to say it has snubbed the big city completely. A high-profile actor by the name of Kevin Kline has played a leading role in spearheading the venue?s capital campaign so that the company can soon buy their new building outright. (They?re 85 percent there.)

The future certainly looks bright for this group of Amphibians.

Amphibian Stage Productions, 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth; 817-923-3012 or

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