Stage review: ‘Matilda’

Posted on 01 Oct 2015 at 1:11pm

The history of kid-lit (and adult literature, for that matter) is populated by stories of neglect, privation and resilience. It makes sense: There’s no drama, really, if the tyke dies at 6 of malaria. From Oliver Twist to Harry Potter, the heroes of these tales are often young boys, but Matilda, the protagonist of novelist [...]

Jeepers Creepers

Posted on 25 Sep 2015 at 6:30am

Donald Fowler’s undertaking in bringing his world premiere musical ‘Creep’ — about Jack the Ripper — to stage taught him about collaboration, creativity … and himself ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor SCENE: It is four months before opening night, and in a nondescript rehearsal space in Addison, Texas, a dozen singers, a rehearsal pianist, [...]

Reviews: From ‘Moonshine’ to ‘The Mountaintop’

Posted on 24 Sep 2015 at 2:34pm

The Dallas Theater Center has kicked off its season with two simultaneous but very different shows at the Wyly Theatre — one a world premiere musical, the other a two-hander about Martin Luther King Jr. Both have their pros and cons, but maybe not the ones you expected. First is Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical, the much-discussed [...]

Uptown Players dominates DFW Theater Critics Forum awards

Posted on 14 Sep 2015 at 8:00am

The Nance won a best director nod for Bruce R. Coleman, acting for star B.J. Cleveland and for the ensemble, and outstanding original music composition. Uptown’s Catch Me If You Can won for director Cheryl Denson and actors Antony Fortino and David Lugo. Hedwig and the Angry Inch took a performance citation for star Kyle Igneczi and for director Jeremy Dumont

Country-fried stakes

Posted on 11 Sep 2015 at 6:15am

Dallas Theater Center is betting that the gay creative team of its new musical will revive kitchy variety show ‘Hee Haw’ with doses of camp and sincerity ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Cards on the table: When most theaterfolk I know heard that the Dallas Theater Center was launching its 2015–16 season with [...]

Stage review: ‘Into the Woods’

Posted on 10 Sep 2015 at 11:40am

It’s surprising to realize Stephen Sondheim’s kitschy-smart fairy tale musical Into the Woods is nearly 30 years old now. It’s a charming show with Sondheim’s most hummable score and a winking script. No doubt about it: It’s a good show. Yet solid as it may be, the current production from Lyric Stage falls flat. The [...]


Posted on 04 Sep 2015 at 6:00am

‘Hedwig & the Angry Inch:’ The unlikeliest of musicals, about a transgender East German punk rocker, is the season’s most satisfying show   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor This may be the only time you’ll hear me say this: Size doesn’t matter. There are plenty of enormous musicals that specialize in budget-busting production values and [...]

Hedwig … out of the box

Posted on 28 Aug 2015 at 6:30am

For director Jeremy Dumont and actor Kyle Igneczi, ‘Hedwig & the Angry Inch’ taught them lessons about learning to let go ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The premise of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is so provocative — “a rock musical about a transgender German punk singer who has a botched transition surgery” [...]

A year in the arts

Posted on 14 Aug 2015 at 7:25am

The upcoming season of theater, dance, music, art and more — at a glance In addition to the highlights of the arts season (Page 26), there’s lost more to keep you occupied from now until next summer. Here’s the lineups for more than 20 local arts organizations, from theater to ballet, opera to music, comedy [...]

Theatre 3’s next act

Posted on 14 Aug 2015 at 6:30am

The deaths earlier this year of T3’s founder and music director left the 54-year-old company without a clear leader. But interim artistic director Bruce R. Coleman knows the show must go on By MARK LOWRY Bruce R. Coleman began his relationship with Theatre 3 as an intern, when he was thrown into the production crew of [...]