Posted in October 2011

Theatre Arlington’s Corpse! It’s Alive!

Seen something narsty in the woodshed? Missing that ol’ esprit de corpse? Sprinkle a thimbleful of witchy dust on your favorite broomstick and jet over to Theatre Arlington to enjoy an internationally celebrated seasonal delight, Corpse! Gerald Moon’s 1983 darkly comic thriller takes place in December 1936 on the day of Edward VIII’s abdication, when … Continue reading

Above the Fold: Undermain Theatre, Clearly Engaged

Don’t let her worn jeans tucked into high top cowboy boots fool you. Behind the Odessa native’s soft-spoken down-home demeanor lurks a sophisticated, worldly artist with a comprehensive vision for her company focused taut like a laser beam. Artistic Director Katherine Owens has guided Undermain Theatre through twenty-eight years of imaginative, cutting edge theatre, featuring … Continue reading

Bursting Bellicosity’s Bubble @ Stage West

Any play that draws inspiration from Virgil’s Aeneid perks my ears up. One of GB Shaw’s early commercial “hits”, Arms and the Man, first produced in 1891, plucks its title from the opening lines of The Aeneid (Arma virumque cano: literally, I sing of arms and the man, meaning “I sing of the deeds of … Continue reading

On Wilde Safari: Wingspan’s Earnest Endeavor

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People premiered in London in 1895 and marked the pinnacle of the Irish writer, bon vivant and irreverent wit’s often scandalous career, also precipitating his shameful downfall. Considered by some the funniest comedy of the age, by many the funniest of any age, … Continue reading

Fortinbras,Fortinbras—wherefore art thou, soldier dude?

Hullo, Hamlet: you dashing, dizzy, doomed Dane. Wherefore did your intrepid Shakespeare Dallas director Rene Moreno deign to dilute your dimensional drama by employing a stuffy, flat version of your life’s demise? Whitewashed by conventionally prudish Victorian actor/ adaptor Edwin Booth, this version eliminates the politics and most of the conflict and passion in the … Continue reading

Sweet Snap of Success: West Side Story @ The Texas State Fair

The  bevy of dancers dazzle – shimmy, boogie, leap and slide – beyond expectation and imagination, from balletic  jetés to rumble rhumba. Disciplined, talented, energetic, attractive, perfectly matched, the ensemble makes Dallas’ official 2011 State Fair musical, the national touring revival of the Broadway hit West Side Story presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, pure joy … Continue reading

Halloween Haberdashery to Benefit Arts

Unleash Your Inner Ghoul or Goblin & Benefit the Arts UNT’s Department of Dance and Theatre Costume & Accessories Sale RTFP Building Friday, October 21, 2011 – 2:00pm – 7:00pm Saturday, October 22, 2011 – 10:00am – 2:00pm Costumes and accessories for sale from all different time periods! Come find the perfect Halloween costume! Items … Continue reading

Peachy Keen in Plaid: Theatre Arlington

 Theatre Arlington grabbed the spotlight for a double note of sweet success with Forever Plaid. Fifteen years ago four talented artists crooned well- harmonized tunes over 500 times to enthusiastic acclaim at Fort Worth’s Casa on the Square in Stuart Ross’ 1990 Off Broadway hit musical fantasy revue featuring a “guy group” modeled after the … Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street? Occupy Dallas or Austin Oct. 6 See artist Brandt Hardin’s comments and coverage links: Get involved in Occupy Dallas October 6! The Austin action will take place at City Hall downtown. For more information, or The General Assembly for Occupy Austin describes its mission: “We are dedicated to non-violently reclaiming control of our governments from … Continue reading