Frankly explicit ‘Stranger by the Lake’ goes full-frontal

Posted on 21 Mar 2014 at 7:40am

Oh, what it must have been like at Cannes last year! First, Blue Is the Warmest Color — a three-hour, sexually-explicit lesbian romance — won the coveted Palme d’Or, then Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake takes the Queer Palm and the best director trophy in the Un Certain Regard competition (it later scored eight [...]

Hero worship

Posted on 21 Mar 2014 at 7:30am

DTC’s world premiere musical ‘Fortress of Solitude’ explores a bromance derailed ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor …………………………………. FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St. Through April 8. DallasTheaterCenter.org. …………………………………. Dylan (Adam Chanler-Berat) was one of those kids who was more his parents’ experiment than their child. They were hippie-dippy social pioneers, ones who [...]

Consciences & Queen

Posted on 14 Mar 2014 at 6:00am

Rock’s glam days reborn, and ‘Hamlet’ becomes a comedy at Theatre 3   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor The biggest surprise about Less Than Kind, a 70-year-old romantic comedy from British playwright Terence Rattigan making its North American debut at Theatre 3, is: Who knew Rattigan did comedy? His works were the quintessence of [...]

In the ‘House’

Posted on 21 Feb 2014 at 7:45am

TCC’s chamber chorus tackles ‘Alexander’s House,’ a gay mini-opera   RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer getrichindallas@gmail.com When the Turtle Creek Chorale’s artistic director, Trey Jacobs, first saw the play-with-music Alexander’s House, it hit close to home. The story — about a gay man who passes away, leaving behind his partner, friends and a son who [...]

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 [...]