Abs fab

Posted on 21 Feb 2014 at 6:00am

Sexy, funny, profound ‘Vanya;’ something fishy at Fair Park; bad ‘Hat,’ Harry   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Vanya (Bob Hess) and his sister Sonia (Wendy Welch) have been living lives of quiet desperation on their version of Walden Pond, a remote lake house in Bucks County, Penn. Now in their 50s, they spend [...]

Review: ‘’Blue Roses’’

Posted on 14 Feb 2014 at 8:05am

Tennessee Williams’ first major work, The Glass Menagerie, was a memory play, a woozy dream refracted through the prism of experience. At its best, it has an otherworldly quality — something musical theater, with its artifice of breaking into song, should complement. But Shelley Butler, the director of Blue Roses, a world premiere adaptation of [...]

Body and Fitness: Tats entertainment!

Posted on 14 Feb 2014 at 6:00am

The actors’ ink in DTC’s ‘Oedipus el Rey’ is fake (except what isn’t)   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor If you’ve seen Dallas Theater Center’s edgy, raw production Oedipus el Rey — and if you haven’t, you definitely should (it runs ’til March 2) — you may have wondered, as I briefly did, whether any [...]

Review: ‘Cock’

Posted on 07 Feb 2014 at 8:15am

John (Justin Locklear, pictured far right) can’t decide whether he’s in love with a man (called M — Blake Hackler) or a woman (W — Danielle Pickard) in Mike Bartlett’s modern comic romance Cock, and if it strikes you as odd that the two people in his life don’t have names, well, that’s kind of [...]

Reviews: ‘Ghost: The Musical’ and ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’

Posted on 31 Jan 2014 at 8:15am

In Broadway’s ongoing insistence on making stage musicals out of 1980s movies (Footloose, The Little Mermaid, Hairspray) comes — finally — a remake from the ’90s: Ghost: The Musical, the sentimental tearjerker about Sam, a man whose soul can’t go to heaven until he says goodbye to (and saves the life of) his earthly girlfriend, Molly. [...]

‘Oedipus el Rey:’ Greek tragedy meets telenovela

Posted on 31 Jan 2014 at 8:05am

The British philosopher Jeremy Bentham invented the idea of a panoptikon, a circular prison where the inmates could be housed in an external ring while a guard station at the center could efficiently monitor their activities. So when you enter the 120-seat performance space of Dallas Theater Center’s Oedipus el Rey, set partly in a [...]

Cock of the walk

Posted on 31 Jan 2014 at 6:15am

Second Thought Theatre opens ‘Cock’ a play about … well, that’s sort of the question ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor The name a playwright gives to his work can be a game of expectation. Call your play Ghost, people expect to meet a ghost; call your play The Motherfucker with the Hat, and folks [...]

Return of the divas: ‘Broadway Our Way,’ ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘On the Eve’

Posted on 24 Jan 2014 at 6:00am

  A new year is usually a time for renewal, but three local theater companies have used January to look back with revivals — all worth seeing. Uptown Players’ Broadway Our Way, pictured, isn’t a revival, really, but rather a tradition: The yearly musical revue and fundraiser for the gay theater troupe. And because Uptown [...]

The boy from Oz: Queer puppeteer Jackson Eather of ‘Dinosaur Zoo Live’

Posted on 17 Jan 2014 at 9:29am

Aussie-born gay puppeteer Jackson Eather opens world premiere show ‘Dinosaur Zoo Live’

‘Avenue Q’ begins farewell run at Stage West

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 at 7:35am

  For a while, Avenue Q seemed like one of those shows that wouldn’t die — not that that’s a bad thing. It began a typical six-week run in the summer of 2012 at the Theatre Too space in Dallas, but was such a hit it was renewed three times, finally closing around Thanksgiving of [...]