Dynamic Dame Creates World of Wonderful

When William Moulton Marston created the fictional Amazonian character Wonder Woman for DC Comics (first appeared in 1941), he probably had no clue of the paradigm shifting, multi-generational impact and popularity she would have. Nor could he have imagined the impact one creative, intelligent, impassioned producer/advocate, a veritable Wonder Woman in her own right, could … Continue reading

Guest Spot: Ward on LEAR

Thomas Ward·Saturday, November 11, 2017 Last night I saw Prism Movement Theater’s LEAR. It is a wordless adaptation of KING LEAR focusing on Lear, her Daughters, and the Fool. It was a fantastic piece and I’m so glad I was able to see it. This isn’t a review of the production, I’m just trying to … Continue reading

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