Spongy-Grungy Macbeth at L.I.P. Service

Guest critic Anna Holloway is a professional dramaturg and reviewer based in Oklahoma City. She writes for The Oklahoman and for the NewsOK blog, as well as makes occasional guest appearances on Oklahoma Arts Scene and Hurd and OKConstage.com. Having directed Macbeth, she is always interested in seeing other approaches to the play. The genius … Continue reading

Game On: WAITING FOR LEFTY by Upstart Productions

  “The world is supposed to be for all of us…Hello, America!” Waiting for Lefty   Delighted to see that the frequently conservative Dallas Morning News has not blacklisted Upstart Productions for producing Clifford Odet’s Waiting For Lefty and that the production will continue its run through April 1, playing to full houses. That’s exactly … Continue reading

WHAT THE DEUCE! A Dreamy Double-Dose of Drama

Double your pleasure, double your fun. Double your impact? With the NEA, NEH and PBS funding at risk under a wildcat Republican administration in DC, it’s hard not to worry how the arts will survive and thrive. Two Best of the Region theatre companies have linked resources to offer audiences a special two-fer deal this … Continue reading

Step Up to The Basement: Our Future, Performing Today

Just don’t call them “kids” in the theatre…. When they walk into a rehearsal or performance setting, these artists are as professional as they come in our arts community. They are the creative engines, the future visionary drivers emerging from Jeff Swearingen’s Fun House Theatre and Film. And they are stepping out in style in … Continue reading

On Hallowed Ground at Second Thought Theatre

“Most guys don’t like what I do…feel they’re less of a guy around me. I take the guy spot, and they don’t know where they belong.” The female fighter pilot in Grounded Some reviews beg to be written. Second Thought Theatre’s Grounded by George Brandt has haunted me since I witnessed last Friday the 13th’s … Continue reading

2016 in Review at criticalrant.com

I reread my first paragraph in 2014’s Best of Live Theatre in the DFW region for criticalrant.com. It still stands in 2016, a year in which my creative focus shifted tectonically. I saw fewer shows as I was busy directing, thrilled to be so doing. “I operate on the premise that a theatre’s job is … Continue reading

Bang the drum: Trinity Shakespeare Festival 2017 doth come!

Trinity Shakespeare Festival proudly announces its productions for Summer 2017, as it enters its 9th year of audience-pleasing excellence in performance. Richard III and Measure for Measure will run in repertory June 13-July 2, 2017 on the campus of Texas Christian University. AUDITIONS FOR TRINITY SHAKESPEARE 2017 Wednesday and Thursday January 18th and 19th Open … Continue reading