Humanity Flyover: GRACELAND at L.I.P. Service

““I’m a person who doesn’t like summer or sunshine,” said Ellen Fairey, playwright and self-proclaimed melancholic.” opens a February 2010 nytimes.com article about then emerging playwright Ellen Fairey. For a woman with a decidedly pessimistic view of life, good fortune has certainly flooded her creative path. Chicago’s established Profiles Theatre booked her play Graceland before … Continue reading

Fluid Emotion: Essential Lear at Theatre Too

Conventional, traditional productions of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, included in the 1623 First Folio, feature a substantial cast that includes fourteen speaking characters of some primary impact, plus an assortment of officers, soldiers, attendants and messengers. In Prism Movement Theater and Theatre Three’s co-production, called Lear, running through November 19th in the intimate Theatre Too … Continue reading

Bats in Outcry Theatre’s Belfry

Bat Boy: The Musical is no Spring Awakening, if that’s what it aspires to. Are you easily offended? If so, give this show a pass. It’s an equal opportunity, multi-level offender. But if you find a parody concerning a disabled, blood-sucking, kind of effeminate, part human lad, widely misunderstood by stereotypically violent, rural hicks a … Continue reading

Parents Trapped at Proper Hijinx

No goofy teen Hayley Mills bebops about in Bathsheba Doran’s hour long Parents Evening, presented by Proper Hijinx at the Addison Conference Center Studio Theatre through Sunday, October 1. An embattled, bickering, relentlessly flagellating homage to the ritual prep some couples with progeny must go through prior to engaging in parent-teacher conferences at the dreaded … Continue reading

DFW THEATRE CRITICS FORUM 2017

Go, team — 6 of 9 lauded directors are women…. 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION Robin Armstrong, Ripcord, Circle Theatre Emily Scott Banks, Stupid Fucking Bird, Stage West; The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, WaterTower Theatre Cheryl Denson, Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches, Uptown Players Marianne Galloway, Stiff, Risk Theater Initiative (Festival of Independent … Continue reading

Hit or Miss? HIT THE WALL at Water Tower Theatre

Underwhelmed. Puzzled about it. When I attend a play heralded as a product of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, I expect to experience a performance of depth, resonance and drama. I attended Water Tower Theatre’s opening night regional premiere performance of Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall (running through August 20), anticipating a wow. I waited and waited. … Continue reading

Devil’s Return: Joey Folsom’s Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce is back and looks damn good for a guy who died of a morphine overdose in 1966. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. When he stepped out on the Dallas Comedy House stage Friday August 4, he looked like a million greenbacks, sparkling with macho swagger and lady-killer grin. From the slick, … Continue reading

Like An Angel: Van Quattro’s TOMMY CAIN at FIT 2017

“I am getting out of this booty-busting shithole today, six months of hell, man I hate this place. I have been sitting here for over two hours just waiting…where is she?” Tommy Cain, Van Quattro’s taboo-trampling, sharp-edged solo play, runs through August 5 at Dallas’ 2017 Festival of Independent Theatres, and you should haul your … Continue reading

Vulnerability Awesome: Quattro and Ward at FIT

Regional esteemed professional actor/playwright Van Quattro put his heart and soul on the line in his successful autobiographical one man show Standing 8, portraying his search for love and self-worth as an angry, unstable young man in LA. It’s a gripping, honest and poignant confession. I witnessed several versions as he dug deeper and refined … Continue reading