Actor of the Year

Posted on 24 Dec 2015 at 2:01pm

As I write every year: This is my favorite piece to do each December, a remembrance of all the talented individuals who work so diligently in the footlights to entertain us in live performances throughout the year. Because live theater is temporary, these folks leave their art to our memories, and the least we can […]

Review: ‘Elf The Musical’

Posted on 17 Dec 2015 at 1:53pm

Review: ‘Elf The Musical’ exceeds expectations with campy sensibility

‘Jersey’ boy

Posted on 11 Dec 2015 at 6:15am

‘Jersey Boys’ co-author Rick Elice, on his life-changing musical … and the horrible, life-changing year he has endured ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Rick Elice still remembers the first time he saw Roger Rees. In fact, it was exactly 34 years ago this month. “I saw him in Nicholas Nickleby, and my life changed,” […]

Review: ‘The Totalitarians’

Posted on 26 Nov 2015 at 5:00pm

Imagine a politician as stupid as Michele Bachmann (complete with the gay hubbie), who speaks in Sarah Palin word salads as she pontificates racist screeds like Donald Trump full of the bat-shit crazy ideas of Ben Carson, and you have the hysterically scary demagogue Penelope Easter (Tina Parker) in Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s The Totalitarians, given […]

Stage Review: ‘The Sound of Music’

Posted on 13 Nov 2015 at 7:30am

After years of review theater and film, I can honestly say I need to take a moratorium on some genres of performing arts: Shakespeare. Moliere. Anything adapting or inspired by Peter Pan. And — I hate to say it — Rodgers & Hammerstein. Honestly, few theater artists were as lushly thoughtful and transformative as the pair, […]

Stage reviews: ‘Grand Hotel,’ ‘Picnic’

Posted on 05 Nov 2015 at 12:54pm

Lyric Stage’s ravishing ‘Grand Hotel,’ Theatre 3 oozes sex with ‘Picnic’

The hills are alive!

Posted on 29 Oct 2015 at 10:47am

Acclaimed director Jack O’Brien, on reinventing an American classic Think you’re busy? Try being Jack O’Brien. A three-time Tony Award winner (for The Coast of Utopia, Henry IV and Hairspray), the acclaimed theater director has two shows opening in Dallas this week: The world premiere of the Jake Heggie-Terrence McNally opera Great Scott at the […]

7 plays, 1 theme

Posted on 23 Oct 2015 at 7:25am

MBS Productions resurrects Theatre of Death Seven plays, one theme, all in less than two hours — That’s what you get in MBS Productions’ Theatre of Death, on stage through Nov. 8 at the Stone Cottage Theatre in Addison. “Theatre of Death” is a collection of plays from the genre known as “Teatro Breve” — […]

Acting out

Posted on 23 Oct 2015 at 6:15am

Actor/activist Jim J. Bullock, pulling himself up by his own ‘Kinky’ bootstraps SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer “One of the things that has been a huge gift to me is my resilience,” out actor (and former Texan) Jim J. Bullock, 60, says. “I am a resilient person in life. A good thing about this […]

A ‘Whale’ of a show

Posted on 16 Oct 2015 at 7:30am

Leyva shines in L.I.P. Service production Mark Lowry | Contributing Writer FARMER’S BRANCH — Gay men don’t all look like Abercrombie and Fitch models. But on the flip side, even fewer look like Charlie, the central character of Samuel D. Hunter’s beautifully crafted 2012 play The Whale. In fact, very few people in general […]