Final Bow: THE GOOD THIEF at FIT 2016

From Alexandra Bonifield, Director: Andrew and I have lived, breathed, worked, questioned, debated, resolved, and reworked aspects of character, voice, intent, arc and plot in THE GOOD THIEF since December 2015. It’s become a vital element of daily existence, script never poised far from thought or elbow, the subject of endless phone discussions. Weeks built … Continue reading

THE GOOD THIEF at FIT 2016: Redemption, Truth, Art

Mark Lowry of THEATER JONES interviewed Alexandra Bonifield via email for a feature about her production of Conor McPherson’s award-winning solo work THE GOOD THIEF starring R. Andrew Aguilar, produced by L.I.P. Service at The Festival of Independent Theatres in July 2016. Here is the interview in its entirety. Alexandra: since you’ve been back in … Continue reading

L.I.P. Service Gets Your Goat and Albee’s, Too

A Guest Review by Scott Davis of Runway Theatre in Grapevine. Between directing and acting soon, and being a company member with L.I.P. Service, I’m backing way off from reviewing much for a while. Features will still flourish. Cheers! Weird, wild, or experimental theatre is nothing new to our world. A few writers flourish with … Continue reading

SPRING AWAKENING: Soaring Sell-out at Runway Theatre

There are two sorts of theatregoers …those who have seen Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening before (maybe multiple times), and those who have not seen it, ever. Both types could enjoy Runway Theatre’s current production of the 2006 Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier award-winning rock musical running through June 12. Fresh, sensual, vibrant, … Continue reading

Rudderless Rendition: SHOWBOAT at Dallas Opera

When Dallas Opera announced production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s venerated, ground-breaking 1927 musical Showboat as part of its 2015-2016 season, it promised both parallel and contrast to their exhilarating premiere of Great Scott from last November (Jake Heggie and Terence McNally’s collaboration that deftly blends opera into American football settings and marries classical … Continue reading

Art & Risk: Austin Cline in L.I.P. Service’s LAUGHING WILD

L.I.P. Service’s features as its company slogan “It’s all about the ART”. Actor Austin Cline, currently featured in the L.I.P. Service production of Durang’s Laughing Wild in a double bill March 26 with Fun House Theatre and Film’s topical Theatre of Politics, might add to that “…and taking risks on stage.” This 6’3”, blue-eyed Paul … Continue reading

Your Sweet Bitter: BOGOSIAN at Dallas’ Wyly Theatre

“The point of being an artist and using language is to invite people into your reality. Who could imagine an Edward Albee or a Harold Pinter before there was an Albee or Pinter? That’s the thrill of the stage.” Eric Bogosian $25 RUSH STUDENT TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ALL SHOWS AT BOX OFFICE Dallas welcomes playwright/ … Continue reading

Trinity Shakespeare Festival: Welcome, 2016 Cast

Trinity Shakespeare Festival announces its company for 2016, its 8th season, running June 7-26 at the TCU campus in Fort Worth. It features a distinguished assemblage of national artists, regional professionals and new faces. TJ Walsh directs The Winter’s Tale and Stephen Brown-Fried directs A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tickets will go on sale online in … Continue reading

FAME meets Fortune with Junior Players

Want to be a famous star? Do you know yourself well enough to handle it? A whirlwind of stylistic changes have transformed musical theatre performance since David De Silva’s stage adaptation based on the film Fame debuted in 1988 in Miami, Florida, as Fame on 42nd Street. Still, its core issues – the intense desire … Continue reading

Criticalrant’s Final “First Choices” of 2015

  2015 unfolded as a stunner of a thespian year, from classics to new work, dynamic paradigm-shifters to re-invigorated audience favorites, ensemble achievements to compelling solo work. Youth to senior artists. And music? Glorious music! Performance art in our region thrives with energy, respect, initiative and genuine variety. Dedicated, impassioned creative people form the backbone … Continue reading

BLACK NATIVITY: A Transcendent Tradition at TeCo Theatrical Productions

When celebrated African-American poet, novelist and playwright Langston Hughes’ gospel music-driven production Black Nativity opened Off Broadway in December 1961, it became one of the first African-American written plays ever to be staged there. Performed regularly coast to coast since that time, Black Nativity has charmed TeCo Theatrical Productions’ audiences at Dallas’ Bishop Arts Theatre … Continue reading

Tragedy of Convention: Cara Mia Theatre’s BLOOD WEDDING, Human Enough

Federico Garcia Lorca. Blood Wedding. Cara Mia Theatre Company. Duty v. Desire. Moments of breath-taking beauty implode into explosions of anguished desolation throughout the tragedy, burning deep into the senses of those who attend this morality masque, a ritualized soul cleansing with proto-feminist overtones. Through December 13 at Dallas’ Latino Cultural Center. An internationally recognized … Continue reading

Magnificently Grand: GRAND HOTEL at Lyric Stage

Grand Hotel isn’t just grand. It’s magnificent. Normally discussion of a show’s music jumps first off the page in a review of a work staged by a regional leading musical theatre presenter. In the case of Luther Davis, Robert Wright and George Forrest’s Grand Hotel, with additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, running though … Continue reading

Art to Inspire: THE WHALE and HARBOR

I almost never walk into a theatre with a preconceived notion of how I will write a review. Then sometimes the format or need for a particular perspective sweeps over me as soon as I arrive. The first people I ran into at The Kalita Humphreys Theater when I attended Uptown Players’ opening night of … Continue reading

Primal Imperfection: Shakespeare Dallas’ KING LEAR

Shakespeare Dallas ushers in North Texas’ fall season with a regal, austere production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, set on a nearly bare stage, impressively framed with somber-hued hanging banners that blaze with noble fire as stage lights wash across them. When Lear (national performance artist/ playwright Fred Curchack) makes his first entrance, pausing upstage center … Continue reading

Giving a Fig: The Ochre House Goes Flamenco

Good thing The Ochre House Artistic Director Matthew Posey doesn’t give half a fig about sticking to telling linear stories in his original plays. Otherwise, the Dallas stage-scape would be a lot less enchanting. September 9-12, Posey and his crew of “Pioneers of the Suavant Guarde” mounted a deliciously enchanting, and non-linear, co-production with the … Continue reading

Best on the Boards: DFW Theatre Critics Forum 2015

Another year of outstanding D/FW thespian endeavor rolls by. Herein I post the decisions arrived at by the Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum after three hours of deliberation, negotiation, advocacy and munching David Novinski’s delicious gluten-free brownies to finish our potluck meal at Martha’s. I’m stoked by the diversity and quality of performance art in … Continue reading

Stranded in Love & Execution at Circle Theatre

  Somehow, Shakespeare always gets away with it. Whether viewing long-lost siblings reunited or lovers cast awry under a woodland spell, his audiences can always leap over the hurdle of suspension of disbelief to follow along contently. Playwright John Strand doesn’t make the leap happen effectively, in Lovers and Executioners, currently running through September 19th … Continue reading

Be Lovin’ It: Uptown Players’ HEDWIG Rocks the Kalita

Amor omnia vincit. Maybe in Hedwig’s case, Wink-it? Love conquers all. Not every day, or every time, or every situation. But in Uptown Players’ production of the revered 1998 rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, running through September 13 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, love—in an honest, intense, human, revelatory, intimate, glorious, explosive way … Continue reading


Guest review by Al Currie With The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance, L.I.P. Service presents another challenging, thought-provoking play, which seems to be their preference. Directed by Shawn Gann, the two act documentary-styled drama runs through October 15, Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm, at the Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch. The play won numerous … Continue reading