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 [...]

A life in the theater

Posted on 16 Oct 2015 at 6:30am

Texas legend Jaston Williams reflects on a career trodding the boards in his new one-man show ‘Maid Marian in a Stolen Car’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor If you live long enough, hopefully you’ll be blessed with great experiences. For theater people, those experiences often make for incredible stories … literally in-credible. Take, [...]

Review: ‘Harbor’

Posted on 15 Oct 2015 at 12:00pm

Kevin (Kevin Moore) and Ted (Chad Peterson) are living one of the many gay stereotypes: The happy, 30-something male couple living a page out of the Pottery Barn catalogue — oozing understated good taste, drinking appletinis with abandon, making “brunch” into a verb. It’s so idyllic, it makes you sick … only you’re actually jealous [...]

Aren’t they bromantic?

Posted on 09 Oct 2015 at 6:30am

Kevin Moore and Chad Peterson aren’t a couple in real life — they just play one onstage… a lot. Meet Dallas’ gay answer to Lunt & Fontanne ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The theater world is filled with famous acting duos. Lunt and Fontanne. Olivier and Leigh. Moore and Peterson. Those last two [...]

Stage review: ‘Creep’

Posted on 08 Oct 2015 at 2:31pm

The fog rolls in almost as thickly as the imagery in Creep, one of the theater season’s most hotly-anticipated new productions. Written and composed by Dallas playwright Donald Fowler, it’s a unique reverie on the legend of Jack the Ripper, with thoughtful characterizations, several outstanding performances and a score that spans from beer-hall festive (“Old [...]

Stage review: ‘Matilda’

Posted on 01 Oct 2015 at 1:11pm

The history of kid-lit (and adult literature, for that matter) is populated by stories of neglect, privation and resilience. It makes sense: There’s no drama, really, if the tyke dies at 6 of malaria. From Oliver Twist to Harry Potter, the heroes of these tales are often young boys, but Matilda, the protagonist of novelist [...]

Jeepers Creepers

Posted on 25 Sep 2015 at 6:30am

Donald Fowler’s undertaking in bringing his world premiere musical ‘Creep’ — about Jack the Ripper — to stage taught him about collaboration, creativity … and himself ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor SCENE: It is four months before opening night, and in a nondescript rehearsal space in Addison, Texas, a dozen singers, a rehearsal pianist, [...]

Reviews: From ‘Moonshine’ to ‘The Mountaintop’

Posted on 24 Sep 2015 at 2:34pm

The Dallas Theater Center has kicked off its season with two simultaneous but very different shows at the Wyly Theatre — one a world premiere musical, the other a two-hander about Martin Luther King Jr. Both have their pros and cons, but maybe not the ones you expected. First is Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical, the much-discussed [...]

Uptown Players dominates DFW Theater Critics Forum awards

Posted on 14 Sep 2015 at 8:00am

The Nance won a best director nod for Bruce R. Coleman, acting for star B.J. Cleveland and for the ensemble, and outstanding original music composition. Uptown’s Catch Me If You Can won for director Cheryl Denson and actors Antony Fortino and David Lugo. Hedwig and the Angry Inch took a performance citation for star Kyle Igneczi and for director Jeremy Dumont