Darius’ turn

Posted on 13 Dec 2013 at 6:30am

Everything’s coming up roses for Darius-Anthony Robinson, a veteran gypsy of theater striking out with his one-man cabaret   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Darius-Anthony Robinson never intended to become the sassy, sashaying drag actor he has become, but when you are as fabulous as he is, you kinda expect something like that would [...]

‘Rudolph’ hosts gay-family matinee

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 8:30am

UPDATE: Discount! Use promo code PRANCER for $10 off tickets in select sections for the performance on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Seats in great locations for the reduced price of only $40 (regularly $50). Booking fees apply. Valid on price level 2 only. Promotion is not valid on previously purchased tickets. ORIGINAL POST: Rainbow [...]

REVIEW: ‘Other Desert Cities’

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 at 4:30pm

  The Wyeths are the kind of family that pretend to be superficially progressive but still use vaguely racists terms like “Chink food” and proudly display photos of themselves having dinner with the Reagans. Still, mom Polly (Connie Coit), a retired writer of cheesy ’60s teen comedies and dad Leland (John S. Davies), a former actor-turned-politician, [...]

REVIEW: David Mamet’s ‘Race’ at KDT

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 at 7:35am

“Do you know what you can say to a black man on the question of race?” African-American lawyer  Henry Brown (Jamal Gibran Sterling) asks his client (Cameron Cobb). “Nothing,” the (white) client replies. “Absolutely correct.” And yet, that’s exactly what (white) playwright David Mamet takes on in his play Race, getting its local premiere from [...]

It’s good to be ‘King’

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:40am

As good as Disney’s stage production of The Lion King is, every time I see it I think the same thing: Nothing that happens after the first 10 minutes can compare to the excitement and majesty of an amazing spectacle that is the opening number: A sunrise onstage, with African chanting morphing into the Elton [...]

The Texas tornado

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 at 8:30am

Jaston Williams is back with more tales of Texas life in his one-man show ‘Blame It on Valentine’   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Anyone who grew up in the dusty plains of West Texas probably has some stories to tell of crazy characters, kooky family and outrageous behavior meant to cut the boredom. [...]

Edges of insanity

Posted on 04 Oct 2013 at 10:30am

  Two suburban couples are having a neighborly cookout when Detroit, pictured, opens. It’s a familiar scene, but this one is rife with tension. The more affluent pair, Mary (Tina Parker) and Ben (Ian Steck), are having financial troubles occasioned by the economic downturn, but are keeping up a brave face; the poorer couple, Kenny [...]

Harlem Renaissance at DTC

Posted on 27 Sep 2013 at 10:00am

The impressive thing about Lorraine Hansberry’s signature work, A Raisin in the Sun, isn’t that it was the first play by an African-American woman to run on Broadway, but that such a fact hardly matters in the context of its effectiveness. It could just as easily have been written by Arthur Miller or Eugene O’Neill [...]

‘Peter’ principals

Posted on 20 Sep 2013 at 10:15am

  A few seasons ago we got the umpteenth tour of Peter Pan; this summer, we had Fly, the new sequel; and now, barely a month later, Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to the same source material. What accounts for all this –quelmania? Have our playwrights simply run out of fresh ideas? Rick Elice, [...]

The boyz in the band

Posted on 20 Sep 2013 at 9:45am

Theatre Arlington worship at the ‘Altar’ — can I get an ‘amen’?   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Altar Boyz is a conceptually simple show that must be a bitch to pull off. For 85 breezy minutes, a Christian boy band, on the final stop of its Raise the Praise Tour, tries to convert [...]