Oh, what a circus

Posted on 10 Jul 2015 at 6:00am

‘Pippin’ is a bit of Vegas, a bit of Cirque du Soleil .. and a whole lotta fun ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Pippin was one of those shows at the vanguard of the quasi-revolutionary theater movement in the 1970s (after Hair), when youth culture was taking over, and when politics and social [...]

‘Dirty Dancing’

Posted on 26 Jun 2015 at 7:30am

The movie version of Dirty Dancing is one of those Hits That Never Should Have Been. Set in a Catskills resort in the early 1960s, is a cheesier-than-a-fromagerie romance about “bad boy” Johnny who seduces a virginal suburban princess (with the weirdly infantilizing name Baby) with his erotic hip swinging and musky masculinity. Daddy wouldn’t [...]

Deal or New Deal

Posted on 26 Jun 2015 at 6:15am

Uptown Players’ impressive ‘The Nance;’ ‘Annie’ percolates with schmaltz ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Dallas audiences are getting a good deal of the New Deal this week — both The Nance (locally produced by Uptown Players at the Kalita) and Annie (a national tour playing at the Winspear) view the 1930s through different [...]

Plumb role

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 6:30am

Perpetual middle child Eve Plumb grows up in the racy ‘Love, Loss & What I Wore’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES   Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Here’s a story of a lovely lady. Who’s been busy with a career of her own. You know her best as Jan, middle child on the cult sitcom The Brady Bunch as [...]

Lane change

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 6:00am

B.J. Cleveland — North Texas’ homegrown version of Nathan Lane — takes on a modern classic about a closeted performer in Uptown Players’ ‘The Nance’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com For all of his personal successes, B.J. Cleveland admits that, in many ways, he has had a shadow career. Look at some of his [...]

Review: Lyric Stage’s ‘South Pacific’

Posted on 18 Jun 2015 at 12:11pm

You root for Nellie because Janelle Lutz is one of the most intoxicatingly effervescent actresses on North Texas stages. She brings the performance more joyful abandon than I’ve ever seen delivered in the role before, filling the Carpenter Hall not with her size but with her boundless personality

Lyric Stage reveals 2015–16 season lineup

Posted on 12 Jun 2015 at 11:49pm

Shows include Into the Woods, Grand Hotel and Anything Goes

Stage reviews: A week of theater

Posted on 11 Jun 2015 at 10:47am

Reviews of the Dallas Solo Fest, Stage West’s ‘Vanya and Sonia,’ DSM’s ‘Cinderella,’ Echo Theatre’s ‘Precious Little,’ WTT’s ‘Manicures’ and Theatre Britain’s ‘Music Hall’

Tony Awards recap

Posted on 07 Jun 2015 at 10:30pm

Kelli O’Hara finally won a Tony Award Sunday as best actress in a musical, upsetting sentimental favorite Chita Rivera in The Visit, with best musical going to Fun Home

DSM, PAFW announce 2015–16 seasons

Posted on 07 Jun 2015 at 2:23pm

Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth will again have several cross-over shows for their 215–16 seasons