Posted in June 2011

Triumph En Pointe Over Adversity: Billy Elliot

Dallas audiences experienced a real stage delight when 2009’s multiple Tony Award winner Billy Elliot The Musical stomped, pirouetted and sashayed its energized, heart-warming way across the Winspear Opera House stage June 8-19. Sometimes touring show casts seem to perform by rote or sleepwalk their roles. The press night performance of Billy Elliott June 9, … Continue reading

Broads in Burka: CTD’s Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

UPDATE: Extended run –through July 17, 2011 After all, most women – frivolous, vain, superficial creatures that they are – exist simply as purely decorative amusement for men’s fickle carnal desire, waste lots of money on uncomfortable shoes and lingerie and worry non-stop about selecting the proper shades of lipstick and fingernail polish, right? Alan … Continue reading

Chicago-style Chill @ Bass Hall

Get your chill on with Chicago at Bass Hall: a steam-punkish (?) moody 1920’s Chicago meets smooth jazz supper club presentation. Based on the 1996 City Center Encores! Series concert-style revival of the 1975 Kander and Ebb Musical Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville, the Broadway Specials national tour of Chicago thrusts its razzle-dazzle of gyrating hips … Continue reading

DUI Intensive: Theatre Arlington

Reviewed by R. Andrew Aguilar on 6/12/2011 Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer prize winning play How I Learned to Drive is a gut-wrenching, powerful exploration of human manipulation that can burn into the mind and soul of any audience. The play focuses primarily on the issue of pedophilia, but enmeshes it with the problems of family life, … Continue reading

Lucky at Love: Circle Theatre’s “Marvin’s Room”

Review submitted by Lauren Smart So few plays can handle the issues of disease and death with both humor and sincerity like Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room.  Circle Theatre’s current production of this heartfelt script running through June 25 treats the material with the utmost respect, making it an enjoyable and touching experience. Clare Floyd DeVries’ … Continue reading

The Hand: Dining Lite at BGPT

If only there was more substance to German Madrid’s short one-act play The Hand than turning on a grisly gimmick to make a political statement about have’s and have not’s, I might find myself more intrigued. I found it curious as an acting exercise at Broken Gears Project Theatre, but not satisfying as a full … Continue reading

FIT Announces 2011 Line-Up

Festival of independent Theatres opens July 15, 2011 DALLAS, TX-The summer’s hottest event returns to the historic Bath House Cultural Centerfor its thirteenth exciting season. The 2011 Festival of Independent Theatres coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Bath House Cultural Center and the 100th anniversary of White Rock Lake.  So we’re throwing a party! … Continue reading