Club diva Deborah Cox is B’way bound in a sexy ‘Jekyll’ If you’ve been in a club anytime in the last decade, you’ve heard a Deborah Cox song — either performed by Cox herself during one of her many Dallas visits, or lip-synced to perfection by a member of her devoted drag queen army. Her [...]
It’s a Wonderful Life is a heartwarming Christmas classic: A tender movie that avoids being cloying most of the time on its way to causing your heart to sink. It’s hard to go wrong with it. But also hard to improve upon, as playwright Joe Landry proves in his “Live Radio Play” version, now at WaterTower Theatre.
There’s nothing like a tuneful Gershwin musical, and Crazy for You, now at Theatre is indeed nothing like one (at least not at the weekend preview I attended). The orchestrations are muffled and fail to emphasize the right instruments; some songs, like “Embraceable You,” are paced too slowly while other, such as “Someone to Watch Over Me,” feel rushed.
Dallas Opera’s ‘Aida’ is staid, but star makes it worth it Among the great legends of opera are the performances of Aida that have including live animals — in some instances, actual African elephants — onstage during the “Triumphal March” at the end of Act II of Aida. Is there anything that makes grand [...]
Idealism, from the Founding Fathers in ‘1776’ to pro wrestlers in ‘Chad Deity’ As sports go, pro wrestling is certainly the chattiest. Golf is a game of whispers, baseball of nods, tennis of grunts and football of shouted play, but wrestling? It’s about talkin’ smack. It’s the most theatrical of athletic enterprises, if you don’t [...]
Now that ‘Greater Tuna’ is no more, Jaston Williams strikes a match with his autobiographical one-man show ‘Cooking with Kerosene’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor When Jaston Williams and his creative partner of 30 years, Joe Sears, announced this summer that they would no longer tour with the Tuna plays — a “four [...]
Pop culture’s most homoerotic ‘sport’ proving a boon to ‘Chad Deity’ star ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor The first time Corey Jones saw the costume he was expected to wear playing a pro wrestler in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, his reaction was simple: Hell, no. “It was basically a thong,” he [...]
What do Del Shores, Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer and a trailer park have in common? A masterful Texas tragedy ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor The first time Emerson Collins met Del Shores was opening night of the Dallas premiere of Shores’ play Southern Baptist Sissies. Collins played one of the leading roles, and Shores was in [...]
Literature is awash in clever, fictionalized meetings of historical celebrities, and for some reason, they always intrigue me, whether it’s Indiana Jones meeting Hitler or Alien actually going against Predator. OK, bad examples. But a very fine example, which finishes its run this weekend, is Freud’s Last Session at Theatre 3. In 75 breezy but [...]
Dark and clever, erotic and funny, ‘Hello Again’ is a thinking man’s musical ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor Beneath a streetlamp by the dock around the turn of the last century, a naive young doughboy approaches a lady of the evening. They engage in an acrobatic and explicit romp, but when it’s over, they [...]