Posted in July 2013

Xanadally-Do at WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre chills down the summer’s swelter with a peppy production of Douglas Carter Beane’s Tony award-nominated stage adaptation of the 1980 movie musical flop Xanadu. Hard to imagine this treacle-laced paper napkin of a show getting nominated for a distinguished award, but maybe it was a slow year for musicals? It’s 1980 in Venice, … Continue reading

They Killed in Bedford: Assassins Onstage

  Supposedly Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins is his only musical about which he asserts he “wouldn’t change anything”. It’s a sprawling, unruly, anachronistic, absurdist pastiche, a darkly animated view into the anguished minds and twisted motivations of desperate, angry, delusional people who assassinated US presidents, or made the attempt. Chilling, unworldly, as if brewed up by … Continue reading

The Lesser God’s Children at Contemporary Theatre

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas presents a compelling, if often tortured and torturous, production of Mark Medoff’s 1980 Tony Award-winning issue romance Children of a Lesser God. Directed by WingSpan Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Susan Sargeant, the show features powerful performances by its leads, Marianne Galloway (playing a temperamental, difficult non-speaking deaf woman) and Ashley Wood … Continue reading