The Gods Must Be Sandy: TEOTL at Cara Mia/Prism Co.

Who or what is a teotl? I’m not versed in Aztec myth. Wikipedia, that shaky source of sometimes-correct information, defines it as a “Nahuatl term, a central idea of Aztec religion, often translated as “god”, maybe possessing “more abstract aspects of the numinous or divine.” And who or what are Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca? Going back … Continue reading

Bite Down: “The Golden Apple” at Lyric Stage

 1950’s Broadway audiences backed away from The Golden Apple. It was all Greek, all intimidating Classical Greek, to them, they reasoned, even if it was sung in English. It didn’t follow the era’s conventional format for successful musical theatre. Never mind that the critics praised it highly with almost unanimous voice. Never mind that it … Continue reading

WHY THINGS BURN: Trick or Treat with Van Quattro

Performance Art with a Fright Night Deadline! Most of you folks in the North Texas theatre community recognize Van Quattro as the world-weary donut shop owner who stole the show in Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts at Theatre Three in 2012 or as the grim psycho with a freaky hand fetish in Second Thought Theatre’s A … Continue reading

Oklahoma honors Steinbeck in theatre, music and history

Troubadour Everyman and mythic storyteller. Play narrator and occasional actor. Interpretive instrumentalist, weaving an evocative score underneath searing human drama. Guardian of the precious flame of human spirit…multi-faceted, professional performance artist and musician Sonny Franks wears a number of significant hats in the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s celebrated novel The Grapes of Wrath, as … Continue reading

2013-14 DFW Theater Critics Forum Awards

Some of these shows I did not see. A number I  would not honor with awards. EVER. I am disappointed that neither Ochre House’s Christhelmet (directed by Matthew Posey) nor Diana Sheehan’s  Full Gallop or her sophisticated cabaret,  Searching for Gertrude Lawrence at WaterTower Theatre met the critical popularity threshold. I am quite thrilled for other wins. Call it a draw…. Direction: … Continue reading

Elevator Plays: Going Up?

I think they are happening. At the Wyly Theatre, I’m told. Tiny casts performing short scenes in elevators? Mormon family-sized casts performing elaborate scenes for small audiences squeezed into capacious elevators? A smattering of the brave, homeless groups of thespian collectives from across the region? What about wheelchair patrons? If only I had detailed information about … Continue reading