Posted in September 2009

Spell Me a Song: T3’s Bee-Dazzlement

Can you spell PREDILECTION? That’s what the nearly full house audience demonstrated tonight at the opening of Theatre Three’s production of the Tony award winning, internationally produced, Broadway play turned musical OPUS The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. They loved what they witnessed and gave it a rousing standing ovation at FINIS. PREVARICATE: that’s … Continue reading

Julius Caesar Says, “You lie!”

Does a company producing the classic political tragedy Julius Caesar leap heart and soul into emphasizing its current cable news event parallels at risk of losing touch with the classical text, or does it focus on classical interpretation, ignore modern relevance and risk boring and losing today’s audience? I prefer Shakespeare Dallas’ productions of the … Continue reading

Vigilant Sorrow: KDT’s VIGILS

Kitchen Dog Theater hosts a benefit for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation on Friday, September 25, in honor of our nation’s fallen firefighters. Benefit performance tickets to Noah Haidle’s Vigils will be sold for $25. $10 of every ticket sold will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The performance begins at 8 PM … Continue reading

Sticky Wicket: Echo’s Mauritius

Why do some playwrights think it’s a good thing to people their works with selfish, unpleasant, generally repellent characters? Even Edward Albee and David Mamet, masters of creating malevolence and unadulterated nastiness in the folks that fill their texts, give their reprobate characters redeeming qualities and balance their vitriol with more sympathetic types. It’s not … Continue reading

2008-2009 DFW THEATRE CRITICS FORUM AWARDS

“In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.” Pauline Kael Pity the poor theatre critic. More often reviled than revered. Seen by some as an unqualified evil scourge inflicting him or her-self on innocent artists of unquestionably high principles and spreading base lies to bolster an inflated, … Continue reading