How Jacob Brent went from small town roller rink to choreographer for discorific ‘Xanadu’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor When a choreographer works on a show, he’s usually looking for actors who can dance. But when Jacob Brent was tapped to work on WaterTower Theatre’s production of Xanadu, the requirements weren’t that simple. Not [...]
The last time I saw Peter Pan and company onstage (just last year), the Boy Who Never Grew Up was played by a post-menopausal woman, Capt. Hook was a foppish dandy in pristine Victorian garb and Tinkerbell was little more than a lighting designer’s wet dream. Oh, how things have changed. Fly, the new musical [...]
For the third consecutive year, Uptown Players will put on a bonus series of play to coincide with Dallas Gay Pride Week, including some returning favorites and several acclaimed off-Broadway shows.
The hardest thing to parse about the play Children of a Lesser God isn’t really that half the exposition takes place in a largely foreign language — specifically, American Sign Language. A play about deafness? How does that work? The fact is, it works just fine. No, the problem is another, albeit it also [...]
‘Songs’ doesn’t remain the same; ‘Flashdance’ is more like ‘Silly Elliot’ Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of song cycles, the theatrical equivalent of rock concept albums. Typically, they are songs linked only because they come from the same composer, sometimes loosely connected with a common theme. If I wanna see that, I can go [...]
The show rests largely on its close-harmony duets, especially “What You Don’t Know About Women: (sung by Lee Jamison and Kassiani Menas) and “You’re Nothing With Me” (sung by Gregory Lush and Alexander Ross).
As he prepares to direct ‘Songs for a New World,’ peripatetic theater pro Coy Covington reflects on 50 shows with Uptown Players ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor Coy Covington is a man of many wigs … er, hats. Virtually no one has a more varied theater career in Dallas. By day, he’s on staff [...]
Exhilarating ‘Traces’ gives the circus street cred with dazzling ‘acroballetics’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor When Traces begins its show with a snarky curtain speech (encouraging you to text during the show and use flash photography), you know: This is not Cirque du Soleil. Cirque shows nuzzle up to you with a nudging wonder, [...]
Tim Johnson’s One.Man.Show. is brilliant, while Sister Act is simply brilliant fun.
Father-son matters resonate onstage & off for Stan Graner Stan Graner knows from experience that experience puts you in the know. When Graner first started performing in theater, he was entirely dedicated to musical comedy roles. After 20 years of that, however, he began to worry. “I didn’t want to become the aging chorus [...]