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 [...]

REVIEW: Lone Star Circus: Charivari

Posted on 03 Jan 2014 at 7:35am

Circuses are always most fun when kids are there, so it’s a good thing the Dallas Children’s Theater is presenting Lone Star Circus’ latest creation, Charivari. This family-friendly performance combines professional clowns, acrobats and athletes with youngsters still learning the basics. (On opening night, the mom of one of the participants, Erykah Badu, showed up [...]

Dallas Voice’s Actor of the Year

Posted on 27 Dec 2013 at 9:21am

Dallas Voice’s Actor of the Year

The year in entertainment: Stage

Posted on 27 Dec 2013 at 6:15am

Our critics rank the best of 2013 in film, stage and music and more   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES   Year-end “best of” lists are always a mixed bag. Theater is the liveliest art form, and there can be gaffes or “off” days on performances, shows that grow on you and those that start strong but [...]