Posted in September 2011

Following Life’s Curves: TeCo Theatrical Productions

Arts non-profit visionary Teresa Wash trusts her instincts. When she found a dusty, unoccupied warehouse space in Oak Cliff after moving her non-profit arts group from Atlanta, her instincts told her to make it a theatre. The building became hers in 2005. Almost twenty years later, community supported, award-winning TeCo Theatrical Productions serves and impacts … Continue reading

To Save A Mockingbird: Dallas Theater Center & Casa Manana

“A sprawling, somewhat old-fashioned family entertainment that floods the stage with actors and scenery”: that’s how New York Times critic Stephen Holden described a 1991 production of a version of Christopher Sergel’s To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted from the Pulitzer prize-winning 1960 Harper Lee novel of the same name. He might have been describing the … Continue reading

Innovation In Dance Tradition: Dean Andre DeLuna

Success balances easily on the well-muscled shoulders and nimble feet of New York City based professional dancer/actor/choreographer Dean Andre DeLuna as he warms up to perform in the Dallas Summer Musicals‘ State Fair of Texas performances of West Side Story. It’s one stop on the beloved, classic musical’s national tour. DeLuna feels particular excitement about … Continue reading

Echo Theatre: A Most Glorious Fraud

“I shall be resolute in preserving my incognito.” It’s 1858. Marian Evans’ mind is driving her crazy. Women aren’t supposed to think much, or develop analytical faculties, or move to London to pursue careers as editors and rent housing from men of questionable reputation and moral standards. But that’s just what she’s done. It’s driving … Continue reading

No Average Bump & Grind: Lyric Stage’s “Gypsy”

Everything does seem to be “coming up roses” for Irving’s Lyric Stage these days, where mounting one fully orchestrated classic musical theatre production after another gives regional and national artists and audiences alike the chance to experience the shows in fully restored auditory splendor. The current offering, Gypsy, (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen … Continue reading

Baby’s Long, Long Way: It’s No Act

“You’ve come a long way, baby.”This congratulatory advertising slogan from 1968 endeavored to sell gender-tailored cigarettes to young professional women, capitalizing on their expanding roles in the non-menial workforce and enhanced personal and sexual freedoms due to the Pill, revealing attire and popularity of women’s lib. Aside from wondering how truly far today’s women have … Continue reading