Posted in July 2009

Second Thoughts: Some Guy(s)

There’s nothin’ you can do To turn me away Nothin’ anyone can say You’re with me now And as long as you stay Lovin’ you’s the right thing to do Lovin’ you’s the right thing… I’ve got a prediction and a lament. I’ve seen some fine productions this summer around the DFW region. I predict … Continue reading

Take Two: FITS 2009

Week Two at the Festival of Independent Theatres held annually at White Rock Lake’s Bath House Cultural Center—here are reviews of three of the four remaining shows. ECHO Theatre’s Overtones Often taking on controversial political and social issues of the day and producing them with the savagery of a moose cow in heat, ECHO Theatre … Continue reading

FIT to be tried: Festival 2009

July in Dallas means it’s time for the Festival of Independent Theatres at the Bath House Cultural Center by White Rock Lake. Cooperative groups of artists without permanent performance spaces unite to bring to life unique, forgotten, overlooked or original one-act productions. Some are plays, others hard to define. All tend to the “edgy”, whether … Continue reading

Forgotten Wanton: Pope John XII

Absolute Johnny on the spot! Consider it a sin of omission to not attend MBS Productions‘ narrative drama John XII. A unique interweaving of historical fact and torchy romance, the former never lapses into dry and dull while the latter piques the prurient keyhole voyeur in all who attend the enactment mass. Bless me, father, … Continue reading

DCT: Pocket Full of Dragon Luck

The good folks who run the show at Dallas Children’s Theatre must have their very own Luck Dragon. Americans for the Arts, the national non-profit that advocates for the arts in Washington DC, just announced the 2009 recipients of National Endowment for the Arts grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Close to $30 … Continue reading

CTD’s Chapter Two: No Simple Simon

I am not much of a fan of Neil Simon’s plays, but I try to remain open-minded if I review one. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas’ current production of Simon’s Chapter Two should thrill true-blue Neil Simon devotees. Don’t let my ambivalence deter you. Simon wrote this two couple comedy with dark overtones in 1977 after … Continue reading