Review: “Hands on a Hard Body’

Posted on 03 Oct 2014 at 6:32am

The manager at Floyd King Nissan in Longview needs a gimmick to move inventory, and for a decade or more, his Hands on a Hard Body contest seems to do the trick: Let locals put their name in a hat, and 10 lucky folks will get the opportunity to win a $22,000 pickup, and all [...]

Keep on truckin’

Posted on 03 Oct 2014 at 6:30am

How a gay Highland Park intellectual and a nice Jewish girl from the Upper West Side collaborated to create ‘Hands on a Hard Body,’ a touching musical about car-touching Texas rednecks ARNOLD WAYNE JONES   Doug Wright is dining over lobster tacos, lamb burgers and onion rings at Dee Lincoln Steak, across from the Quadrangle [...]

REVIEW: DTC’s anything-but-rocky, definitely-not-a-horror ‘Show’

Posted on 23 Sep 2014 at 2:24pm

Seeing the Dallas Theater Center’s full-on erection of Richard O’Brien’s puzzling, explosive cult classic did not make me more gay … as if that were possible.

Even better

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 6:00am

Queer sex advice columnist Dan Savage brings his live Savage Love show to Dallas JONANNA WIDNER  | Contributing Writer __________________ SAVAGE LOVE LIVE Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Sept. 20. 8 p.m. $29–$44. UptownPlayers.org. __________________ Dan Savage began his career as the man behind the now-syndicated advice column Savage Love, which first ran [...]

IN BRIEF: ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’

Posted on 12 Sep 2014 at 7:25am

In many ways Fiddler on the Roof — which debuted an amazing 50 years ago — rewrote the book on musicals. It was a comedy, with a bubbly score that also incorporated ethnic melodies and traditional dances while it took heartbreaking turns. Set at the turn of the century in a small Russian village, it’s [...]

Playful Pride

Posted on 12 Sep 2014 at 6:15am

Dan Savage, Steven Crabtree and other favorites return for Uptown fest   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Uptown Players, Dallas’ gay theater company, is back again with its annual Pride Performing Arts Festival including musicals, plays, comedy and spoken word performances, with an opening night gala show Sept. 12, and performances every day through [...]

Well played

Posted on 05 Sep 2014 at 8:10am

Out Tony-winner Joe DiPietro reinvents an old musical with ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer ………………………….. NICE WORK IF YOU CAN… Fair Park Music Hall, 909 First Ave. Through Sept. 21. DallasSummerMusicals.org. Bass Performance Hall, 535 Commerce St., Fort Worth. Sept. 23–28. BassHall.com. ………………………….. Though its 20 classic Gershwin tunes would [...]

Babs babble on

Posted on 05 Sep 2014 at 8:00am

Dishy one-man show ‘Buyer & Cellar’ gives a perfect vehicle to star Michael Urie ARNOLD WAYNE JONES Executive Editor .………………………. BUYER & CELLAR City Performance Hall, 2420 Flora St. Through Sept. 6. ATTPAC.org. ……………………….. Buyer & Cellar, which has a brief run (it closes Saturday) at City Performance Hall as part of ATTPAC’s new Off Broadway [...]

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 [...]