Journey to ‘Oz’

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 6:00am

Alex Ross reunites with director Cheryl Denson for Uptown Players’ regional  premiere of the flamboyant musical biography ‘The Boy from Oz’   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor When North Texas theater companies want to mount splashy, entertaining musicals, they all know what the secret weapon is to making them great … and it’s not [...]

‘Les’ is less… is more

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 6:00am

Scaled down and modernized, DTC’s ‘Les Miserables’ hits the high notes   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The first image you see in the Dallas Theater Center’s new production of Les Miserables is of orange jumpsuited men being manhandled by black-leather-clad stormtroopers. Is this an Oz-inspired BDSM fantasy or the musical adaptation of a [...]

In brief: ‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 7:35am

The first act of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark — playwright Lynn Nottage’s play about the African-American experience in the 1930s, as lived by black women on the fringe of the movie business in Hollywood — is an intriguing and unexpected comedy played with wit and a veil of pathos. Vera Stark (Yolanda Williams, [...]

Courting disaster

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 8:00am

Gays in politics mark ‘Soho;’ ‘Titanic’ steers toward the iceberg   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The problem with old-fashioned fairy tales? Not enough fairies. At least, not the modern kind. That’s not the problem with Soho Cinders, a present-day updating of the Cinderella story. There are no magical fairies here, not the kind [...]

In brief: ‘Noises Off,’ ‘Good People’

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 10:32am

Noises Off. A farce about a theater troupe doing a terrible production of an even worse play could get too meta — what if this production really is terrible? And could you tell? Trust me, you could. But you needn’t worry about that with Noises Off, perhaps the most bulletproof slamming-door romp since Moliere died, given [...]

DSM, Bass theater series announced

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 9:31am

Kinky Boots, Cinderella, Once and Pippin among the highlights of the upcoming seasons for Dallas Summer Musicals and Bass Hall’s Performing Arts Fort Worth

UP’s Pride Fest moves back to fall

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 7:35am

For the past three years, Uptown Players has produced the Pride Performing Arts Festival — a showcase of plays and live performances with gay themes — during Dallas’ Gay Pride Week in September. But when the group announced its upcoming season last summer, the fest was moved to National Gay Pride Month — that’s now [...]

Cinderella stories

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 6:30am

Out actors Peter DiCesare and Sean Burroughs create their own fairy tale endings   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor For actors Peter DiCesare and Sean Burroughs, the Dallas theater experience had been like a fairy tale. In less than two years, DiCesare has had acclaimed featured roles in The Producers (as Carmen Ghia), Sweeney [...]

Eddy monster

Posted on 06 Jun 2014 at 7:25am

Religion and mawkishness make for strange bedfellows in ‘Art and Science’ Robert (David Benn) is one of those older-generation gay men, now in his twilight, who came of age when being out was virtually unheard of — the kind who says “lover” and “homosexual” because he’s never felt totally comfortable in his own skin, and who [...]

A Tony primer

Posted on 06 Jun 2014 at 6:15am

Before Sunday’s awards, we take a look at the hottest hits on Broadway   CLINT HASSELL  | Contributing Writer The Tony Awards are Sunday, and that means a host of new plays and musicals will be enshrined in the gay collective consciousness for all time. But as of now, chances are you haven’t seen [...]