Tagged with Dallas Theater Center

Slinging Misfortune’s Arrows as Night Flies By

A riddle: why are some contemporary rock musicals like drinking diet soda? Answer: They both leave a taste that is flat and not refreshing; both are “sweetened” with unhealthy gimmicks. Such is the case of the much hyped, insignificant, little rock musical playing currently at the Kalita Humphreys Theatre, aptly titled Fly By Night. Is … Continue reading

No Joke: Second City’s Rough Dallas Ride

National tragedy as opportunistic improv skit and joke fodder? You have to be kidding. It appears that Second City and the Dallas Theater Center think they found the treasure trove of source material in the 1963 Kennedy assassination and approaching Dallas commemoration of that tragic event. This is how they “barbecue” Dallas on stage? I’ll … Continue reading

Carnage Unfettered in DTC’s Mosh Pit

“We are not fucking Neanderthals!”  exclaims the character Veronica in Dallas Theater Center’s production of Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage”, running through June 17 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Hard to tell they aren’t Neanderthals from watching the belabored, lowest common denominator production piloted by Associate Artistic Director Joel Ferrell, where relationships unfold with the … Continue reading

Next Falls; Carnage’s God Rises at DTC

“You won’t see me in a thong on a float, but I’m still a fag.” When the most grounded, believable, fully developed character in a play delivers a glib line like that, calculated to elicit a laugh, there’s not much hope for the other characters in the show.  Couched in a smug 1980’s “it’s naughty … Continue reading

Behemoth Rides Again: GIANT at The Wyly Theatre

First things first. Critics enjoy sharing opinions. Here is mine. A musical about Texas with few Texan singers in it? As the flagship professional theatre company in the North Texas region with a distinguished history, Dallas Theater Center prides itself for its acting ensemble, the Brierley Resident Acting Company. At least half of the actors … 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

To Save A Mockingbird: Dallas Theater Center & Casa Manana

“A sprawling, somewhat old-fashioned family entertainment that floods the stage with actors and scenery”: that’s how New York Times critic Stephen Holden described a 1991 production of a version of Christopher Sergel’s To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted from the Pulitzer prize-winning 1960 Harper Lee novel of the same name. He might have been describing the … Continue reading

A FIZZLIN’ WIZ @ Dallas Theater Center

Guest review by Robert Neblett I love The Wiz. It is one of my all-time favorite musicals. I think that its finale number “Home” is one of the top five best Broadway numbers ever written. When I heard that this show would conclude Dallas Theater Center’s 2010-2011 season, I felt more excited than I have … Continue reading