Tagged with Circle Theatre

Best on the Boards: DFW Theatre Critics Forum 2015

Another year of outstanding D/FW thespian endeavor rolls by. Herein I post the decisions arrived at by the Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum after three hours of deliberation, negotiation, advocacy and munching David Novinski’s delicious gluten-free brownies to finish our potluck meal at Martha’s. I’m stoked by the diversity and quality of performance art in … Continue reading

Stranded in Love & Execution at Circle Theatre

  Somehow, Shakespeare always gets away with it. Whether viewing long-lost siblings reunited or lovers cast awry under a woodland spell, his audiences can always leap over the hurdle of suspension of disbelief to follow along contently. Playwright John Strand doesn’t make the leap happen effectively, in Lovers and Executioners, currently running through September 19th … Continue reading

2013-14 DFW Theater Critics Forum Awards

Some of these shows I did not see. A number I  would not honor with awards. EVER. I am disappointed that neither Ochre House’s Christhelmet (directed by Matthew Posey) nor Diana Sheehan’s  Full Gallop or her sophisticated cabaret,  Searching for Gertrude Lawrence at WaterTower Theatre met the critical popularity threshold. I am quite thrilled for other wins. Call it a draw…. Direction: … Continue reading

Go Boeing-Boeing Bonkers @ WaterTower Theatre

If you attend WaterTower Theatre’s production of “Boeing-Boeing!” watch out for the Sirens. Bewitchingly sexy babes with sultry curves everywhere, luxuriant eyelashes, come hither smiles that beckon enchantment and deep-throated voices promising heaven on earth…. Greek Homer’s hero Ulysses got The Word on the Sirens straight from snake-haired goddess Circe’s mouth. He had to sail … Continue reading

Moses Gone Down: Circle Theatre’s “The Whipping Man”

Circle Theatre presents Matthew Lopez’s first play, the critical triumph The Whipping Man, about two former slaves and their former master’s son observing a most unusual Passover at the conclusion of the American Civil War. Seriously? Jewish African-American slaves during the Civil War? Scholars verify that about 50,000 Jews lived in the South as the … Continue reading

Circle Theatre: Secrets of a Soccer Mom

Kathleen Clark has had several plays produced by the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, starting back in 1986. Her 2003 play Secrets of a Soccer Mom is not one of them, for good reason. It’s a cliché and stereotype driven hodge-podge of superficiality, presenting three women’s attendance and participation in their children’s soccer game as … Continue reading

Best of 2011: On Stage in North Texas

Reflecting on North Texas’ stage performance in 2011, I take pride in recognizing the region’s senior directors. They bring immense creative vision and studied, practiced, pragmatic understanding of their craft to the arts community. They inspire performers, critics, advocates and patrons, alike, to “keep after it”, even as we have less than a 9% share … Continue reading

Lost in Panto-land: Circle Theatre

There’s a real art to writing and mounting children’s theatre. That’s why there are companies that specialize in both, why beaucoup sums of sponsorship funds get solicited to assure the genre’s continued success. It’s not something to be tossed off lightly or thrown up on a whim. Overly clever, hyperkinetic, absurdist adult satire and children’s … Continue reading

Becky’s New Car @ Circle Theatre

Guest review by Lance Lusk of D Magazine There’s an old saying that goes: “When a woman wants new shoes, she wants a new career. When she wants a new house, she wants a new husband. And when she wants a new car, she wants a new life.” Ft. Worth’s Circle Theatre spins the new … Continue reading

Lucky at Love: Circle Theatre’s “Marvin’s Room”

Review submitted by Lauren Smart So few plays can handle the issues of disease and death with both humor and sincerity like Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room.  Circle Theatre’s current production of this heartfelt script running through June 25 treats the material with the utmost respect, making it an enjoyable and touching experience. Clare Floyd DeVries’ … Continue reading