Diana Sheehan: Enjoying A First-rate Second Act

  Diana Sheehan’s blue eyes sparkle with inner warmth, reflecting her confidence, generosity and adventurous spirit. “You sure know how to make a girl feel at home, Dallas,” she exclaims, reflecting on the nearly seven years she has lived here. “How grateful I am for all of the wonderful actors, directors, designers, stage managers, dressers, … Continue reading

On the Edge, Out of the Loop 2015: Take One

Now in its 14th year of inspired, quirky, performance, Water Tower Theatre’s OUT OF THE LOOP FRINGE FESTIVAL provides its eager audience with another diverse array of intriguing, thought provoking works of promise. I’m not seeing everything by a long shot (pothole blown tire assured that tonight), but here are capsule reviews of what I’ve … Continue reading

Anti-Intellectual Antidotes Triumph Center Stage

With the rise of a particularly unsavory brand of anti-intellectualism blasted across cable media and boldly defended in many halls of political discourse, especially in Texas lately, it’s a delight to observe the success of two outstanding theatre productions setting the artistic standard for the N. Texas region. By success, I mean their ability to … Continue reading

Speed-dating at Fun House: A Shakespearean Debacle

Huge disappointment alert. Nobody in this arts community has been a more enthusiastic advocate of the productions mounted by Fun House Theatre in Plano than me. I knew they would eventually open a show that I could not give a positive review to in good conscience. Here it is, based on Romeo and Juliet‘s opening night performance. … Continue reading

CAVALIA ODYSSEO: Horses Reign in Grace

“ A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!”     Man’s fascination with the horse began when an early human first peered over the crest of a grass-covered hill to watch a herd storming across a plain, wild and free. Artists have strived forever to express the magical relationship between horse and human. But … Continue reading

Getting Warmer: WHY THINGS BURN

“You’re not the only one to hear a song in the woods, or crinkle cellophane in the wind, or catch rain in a bottle. The gods let you do that.”  There are mysterious truths one can learn from the searing light of a flame, the aftermath of swallowing a razor, the crinkle of cellophane grasped … Continue reading

Once the Musical, twice: enough

John Carney wrote and directed his 2007 hit Irish musical film Once on half a shoestring budget, c. $150,000. Released worldwide, it had grossed over $20 million by early 2009. Critics praised it widely as “most charming” and “show-stopping”. The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips gushed, “”It may well be the best music film of our … Continue reading