Mostly Entertaining Millie at Prism Theatrics

Lofty aspirations always merit praise, setting the bar high, while adding a dose of hubris can be off-putting. New venture Prism Theatrics states their vision on the inside cover of the show program of their inaugural production, Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, with music by Jeanine Tesori. “By bringing a Broadway caliber … Continue reading

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Feasting Beggars, Flying Inspectors: DTC’s “Les Miserables”

I sympathize with the Dallas Theater Center. I comprehend the in depth planning behind their “concept” productions and note their fascination with descriptive words like “new, innovative, modern, and accessible to all”. I get the fact that the powers making artistic decisions there generally don’t seem to trust plays or their characters as written or … Continue reading

Trinity Shakespeare 2014: Oh, blessed brave new world!

AESTHETIC — noun A guiding principle in matters of artistic beauty and taste; artistic sensibility. An underlying principle, a set of principles, or a view often manifested by outward appearances or style of behavior. Nearly all theatre companies in this region function with mission statements, action plans of a sort, some better crafted, better articulated and … Continue reading

Dr. Who and Downton Abbey Actors perform Texas playwright’s London reading of THE LADY REVEALED

Celebrated Dr. Who and Downton Abbey  actors join the cast of the British premiere reading of Texas-based playwright and eminent theatre scholar Dr. Andrew Harris’ original work THE LADY REVEALED at Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden, London, July 4, 2014.  About the play: “I have had great difficulty in containing myself or making myself go off … Continue reading

Triumph of the Soul’s Dark Night: Lyric Stage’s TITANIC

When I attend Lyric Stage’s resplendent productions I often feel I am not just enjoying superior entertainment, I am gaining a unique, immersive perspective into the richness of the American musical theatre genre not available elsewhere. Peter Stone and Maury Yeston’s “Titanic” fits into that category, at full tilt. From the exquisitely arranged orchestrations conducted by … Continue reading

Gone Southie: Watertower Theatre’s GOOD PEOPLE

David Lindsay-Abaire’s homage to the work-worn, hard-edged folk of South Boston (known as ‘Southies’), “Good People”, gets a sincere production from a strong acting ensemble in WaterTower Theatre’s regional premiere running through June 29 in Addison. Its 2011 Manhattan Theatre Club production won numerous prestigious award nominations from the reigning East Coast set, winning Tony … Continue reading

Tickets Going Fast: BOOTH at Second Thought Theatre

SOLD OUT! SOLD OUT! CALL FOR WAITING LIST! “For Second Thought Theatre, turning away patrons by the dozens is a great problem to have….” A Second Thought Theatre creative  driving force and playwright and director of the historical drama BOOTH, Steven Walters expresses sheer amazement at the overwhelming audience response to the original work, now in … Continue reading

No Waiting for Mendes’ Lear @ National Theatre Live

Within the first ten seconds that National Theatre Live’s “King Lear” opens on the screen, minus any credit roll or “Tour London Now” commercial distraction, Simon Russell Beale storms through immense leaden upstage center doors into the austere, militaristic, shadowy set like a mad bull on a rampage and snatches the ominous, dread-filled scene by … Continue reading

Sock It To Bernard: “Boeing Boeing” Flies High at GLCT

French people often get recognized both for their rudeness and their risqué sense of humor. Marc Camoletti’s romantic farce “Boeing Boeing”, listed in 1991’s Guinness Book of Records as the ‘most performed French play in the world’, explores both aspects of the French personality and delivers a hilarious evening of fun, fluff and frou-frou. If … Continue reading