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Best of 2014 On Stage: the view from Criticalrant

“I operate on the premise that a theatre’s job is to prevent people from leaving their seats before the entertainment is over.”                                             I concur wholeheartedly with Tom Stoppard, who uttered those words in … Continue reading

Cliff-diving with Wendy Welch: Sonia in CityRep’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

  This coming weekend, Oklahoma City Repertory Company (CityRep) opens the #1 most produced play in the United States, Christopher Durang’s fine-tuned comedy with Chekhov-inspired characters and themes, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, featuring a diverse, talented, seasoned cast. The play opened Off-Broadway in 2012 then transferred to Broadway in 2013. There it won … 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

A Fine Time: RAGTIME at Dallas’ City Performance Hall

RAGTIME: A Musical Collaboration at Dallas City Performance Hall, offers two more concert-style performances today, February 9, 2013 at 2:30pm and 8pm.  Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the finest performances on stage NOW in the region. Do you want to witness a seamlessly executed collaboration between two of the region’s most outstanding … Continue reading

2012 in North Texas Theatre: From A Feminist Lens

Why feminist? We women make up over half of the US populace and purchase more tickets to theatre yearly than men, even with our 77 cents to any man’s dollar earned salaries. Feminism is the radical notion that women are people. Some amazing, creative people, who happen to be women, enlivened regional theatre here in … Continue reading

Uptown’s Broadway: Resource of Pride

Backwards, forwards or sideways, the annual song and dance benefit extravaganza Uptown Players mounts at Dallas’ Kalita Humphreys Theater in celebration of non-heterosexual life and love is a pleasure to experience. This year’s fundraiser, “Broadway Our Way”, marks the 10th year of successful performance with mature grace, effective balance between vocals and dance and occasional … Continue reading

Best of 2011: On Stage in North Texas

Reflecting on North Texas’ stage performance in 2011, I take pride in recognizing the region’s senior directors. They bring immense creative vision and studied, practiced, pragmatic understanding of their craft to the arts community. They inspire performers, critics, advocates and patrons, alike, to “keep after it”, even as we have less than a 9% share … Continue reading

Best on Stage 2010: criticalrant.com

Ten Top Productions: Literary merit. Imaginative staging. Sophisticated direction. Cohesive ensemble performance. Comprehensive technical vision and execution. Delightful, viable realities. Our Town (Water Tower Theatre) August: Osage County (Oklahoma City Repertory Company) Much Ado About Nothing (Trinity Shakespeare Festival) The Dog Problem (Undermain Theatre) Umlauf’s Bicycle (The Ochre House) The 39 Steps (Stage West) Charm … Continue reading