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 [...]

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 [...]

A ‘Boy’ and his ‘Dogfight’

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 7:25am

This summer in Dallas has been a golden age for excellent musicals. In addition to DTC’s exceptional rethinking of Les Miz, Uptown Players has mounted the can’t-miss show of the year, and WaterTower Theatre gives a joyous but serious-minded show a crackling production. How to choose? Don’t — see them all. You can start with [...]

Musical Keyes

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 6:15am

Justin Keyes adds a touch of sexy passion  to his role in DTC’s stirring production of ‘Les Miserables’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Dallas Theater Center’s acclaimed rendering of Les Miserables has been praised for all the invigorating changes made by director Liesl Tommy, especially the modern dress. But if you’re paying attention, there’s [...]

Uptown Players announces 2015 season

Posted on 29 Jul 2014 at 7:20pm

The Nance, Hedwig and the Angry Inch among lineup at the Kalita

Life of Benj

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 6:00am

Benj Pasek, the gay half of the B’way team Pasek & Paul, talks about the North Texas debut of their musical ‘Dogfight’   SCOTT HUFFMAN   | Contributing Writer scott_in_dallas@yahoo.com From the moment he read the back of the DVD release, self-professed theater geek Benj Pasek, 29, was intrigued with the idea of turning Dogfight — a [...]

Journey to ‘Oz’

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 6:00am

Alex Ross reunites with director Cheryl Denson for Uptown Players’ regional  premiere of the flamboyant musical biography ‘The Boy from Oz’   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor When North Texas theater companies want to mount splashy, entertaining musicals, they all know what the secret weapon is to making them great … and it’s not [...]

‘Les’ is less… is more

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 6:00am

Scaled down and modernized, DTC’s ‘Les Miserables’ hits the high notes   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The first image you see in the Dallas Theater Center’s new production of Les Miserables is of orange jumpsuited men being manhandled by black-leather-clad stormtroopers. Is this an Oz-inspired BDSM fantasy or the musical adaptation of a [...]

In brief: ‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 7:35am

The first act of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark — playwright Lynn Nottage’s play about the African-American experience in the 1930s, as lived by black women on the fringe of the movie business in Hollywood — is an intriguing and unexpected comedy played with wit and a veil of pathos. Vera Stark (Yolanda Williams, [...]

Courting disaster

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 8:00am

Gays in politics mark ‘Soho;’ ‘Titanic’ steers toward the iceberg   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The problem with old-fashioned fairy tales? Not enough fairies. At least, not the modern kind. That’s not the problem with Soho Cinders, a present-day updating of the Cinderella story. There are no magical fairies here, not the kind [...]