Guinea pygmalion

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 7:25am

It’s 1879, Victoria is in her 42nd year on the throne (and still has more than 20 years to go), the British Empire is at its height, the Industrial Age has led to new technologies and the upper-classes are delighted to claim the world for their own. It is inconceivable they will not dominate culture [...]

‘Tru’ and faults

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 6:00am

Capote comes into focus in ‘Tru;’ trashy ‘Book Club’ opines on litter-ature ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor I’m not sure gay culture as we have come to know it would have existed today without Truman Capote. Gays have long spoken in their own kind of code (“family,” “Friend of Dorothy,” “grrlll”), but Capote was [...]

Tru detective

Posted on 09 Jan 2015 at 6:30am

Jaston Williams shelves the Tuna to portray Truman Capote, America’s most flamboyant man of letters ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor My life has been more biblical than I deserve,” Jaston Williams drawls from his home in Lockhart, Texas, demonstrating a scathing wit that has made him one of the true legends of Texas humor. [...]

Mullino, Riggs, Baker launch new theater company

Posted on 30 Dec 2014 at 11:55am

Mullino, Riggs, Baker launch new theater company, Our Productions Dallas

The year in entertainment 2014: Stage

Posted on 25 Dec 2014 at 6:15am

Critical rankings of the best of 2014 in film, stage, television and books   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES   Theater is a mysterious thing. Usually, companies decide on a season of shows more than a year out, and they have no idea what the casts will be and how the shows will fit the mood of [...]

The year in entertainment 2014: ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Posted on 25 Dec 2014 at 6:00am

  ACTOR OF THE YEAR I say it every December, but that doesn’t make it less true: I love writing this column each year. Year-end lists are all about the best, and there’s a great deal of best-ness that happens that doesn’t get acknowledged month in and month out. It’s one thing to shout your [...]

REVIEW: ‘Once,’ the haunting anti-musical

Posted on 21 Dec 2014 at 2:42pm

The songs in Once — both the stage show and the film — are among the most impassioned and haunting acoustic ballads ever composed (one, “Falling Slowly,” won the best song Oscar), and they chill me each time I hear them.

‘Xmas’ reviews: ‘Carol,’ ‘Story,’ ‘Trailer Park’

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:35am

You can’t swing a dead reindeer around North Texas this month and not hit a production with the word “Christmas” in it. And why not? But not all Christmas tales are the same — from the sentimental to the spiritual to the irreverent to the secularly nostalgic, there’s something for every taste …. whether you’re [...]

‘Once’ is not enough

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 6:00am

For multi-talented performer Donna Garner, tuneful musical is a great fit Donna Garner first sang in front of an audience when she was five years old. She began piano about a year later, violin when she was nine, cello when she was 12… We could go on. The veteran stage star, who currently plays the [...]

Review: Kitchen Dog’s ‘The Arsonists’ becomes a farce of the mind

Posted on 13 Nov 2014 at 9:04am

Review: ‘The Arsonists’ at KDT — a farce of the mind