Billy Masters

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:30am

Is Bryan Singer lawsuit off its rails? You know that lawsuit against Bryan Singer, pictured, and others about sexually abusing male youths in the ’90s? Well, it looks like that entire situation might be going away … or at least on hiatus, as we say in the biz. In the weeks since Michael Egan brought [...]


Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:25am

Dallas’ performing arts scene has been growing tremendously in the past recent years, and although that momentum has mainly been propelled by theater, dance is on its heels. “We have seen a surge, over the past four years, and it’s wonderful,” says Gayle Halperin about the dance scene. “There are more dancers here now, and [...]

IN BRIEF: ‘Full Gallop,’ ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:25am

The version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, onstage at the Winspear through Aug. 24, feels like a fresher, hipper version of a musical that’s — gasp! — nearly 30 years old. Old things don’t usually seem younger, but when you add a flavor of steampunk and sex appeal, plus erase a [...]

The unkindest cut

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:25am

We take a closer look at the suspects in ‘Shear Madness,’ the (very gay) comic mystery at Theatre 3 The victim was not well-liked. Her “friends” all have motives to want her dead. And the bumbling policemen investigating her murder, Nick O’Brien and Mikey Thomas, need the audience’s help in figuring out whodunit. We got [...]

A performing arts wish list

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:20am

Many North Texas arts companies have impressive seasons lined up, but these 10 titles are the ones that have us most excited in the coming year ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor As I was compiling the list of all the spectacular dance, theater, music, comedy and fine arts performances and exhibitions scheduled for the [...]

Urie gregarious

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 6:30am

From ‘Betty’ to Babs, Plano native Michael Urie prepares for a rite of passage:  His North Texas professional stage debut in the one-man comedy ‘Buyer & Cellar’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor If you ask most knowledgeable Americans to name the country’s preeminent school for drama, most will probably reply “Juilliard.” But those in the [...]

Tease & gays

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 6:15am

Lesbian burlesque star Lillith Grey puts mystery, and sex appeal, into a reemerging performance art form TAMMYE NASH  | Managing Editor For most people, the word “burlesque” conjures up images of vaudeville theaters packed full of rowdy working-class men whooping and whistling as woman struts across a stage, shedding clothing and teasing the audience by manipulating feathery [...]

Magic in motion

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 6:00am

Chadi El-Khoury is a relative newcomer to the world of dance, but his company is starting to move MARK LOWRY  | Special Contributor Chadi El-Khoury’s trajectory as a choreographer is not far removed from his, and his family’s, immigrant story. His parents moved from their native Beirut in the late 1990s, when he was in [...]

Best Bets • 08-15-14

Posted on 14 Aug 2014 at 11:10pm

Friday 08.15 Thriller ‘Wait Until Dark’ jumps out at you at CTD It was one of the signature thrillers of the 1960s — the film version of Wait Until Dark with Audrey Hepburn, about a blind woman terrorized by shady villains in her Greenwich Village apartment. But before it was a movie, it was a tense [...]

Pet of the Week • 08-08-14

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 7:50am

Hunter was brought to Operation Kindness as a stray. He is a great looking 1-year-old white, black and tan fox terrier mix. Hunter is that great small-to-medium-sized dog that can travel and sit with you. He is a sweet dog who could be that final piece for that all-American family photo. Hunter has a great [...]