In brief: ‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 7:35am

The first act of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark — playwright Lynn Nottage’s play about the African-American experience in the 1930s, as lived by black women on the fringe of the movie business in Hollywood — is an intriguing and unexpected comedy played with wit and a veil of pathos. Vera Stark (Yolanda Williams, [...]

In brief: ‘Noises Off,’ ‘Good People’

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 10:32am

Noises Off. A farce about a theater troupe doing a terrible production of an even worse play could get too meta — what if this production really is terrible? And could you tell? Trust me, you could. But you needn’t worry about that with Noises Off, perhaps the most bulletproof slamming-door romp since Moliere died, given [...]

UP’s Pride Fest moves back to fall

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 7:35am

For the past three years, Uptown Players has produced the Pride Performing Arts Festival — a showcase of plays and live performances with gay themes — during Dallas’ Gay Pride Week in September. But when the group announced its upcoming season last summer, the fest was moved to National Gay Pride Month — that’s now [...]

A marriage of convenience … or a redefinition of the institution?

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 7:25am

The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took to Keep My Best Friend in America, and What It Taught Us About Love by Liza Monroy (Soft Skull Press 2014) $16.95320 pp. What makes a marriage work? Is it effort, honesty, trust, acceptance, love?  Or, as in The Marriage Act, should you strive to marry your best [...]

Bottom gun: Gay military ‘Burning Blue’ too tame

Posted on 06 Jun 2014 at 7:55am

Burning Blue could be called “the gay Top Gun,” but since Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis were in the original, maybe “the out Top Gun” is more appropriate. Yes, it’s another story of love in the military. That it involves two male Navy pilots raises — but doesn’t answer — the question: Who’s top gun [...]

Eddy monster

Posted on 06 Jun 2014 at 7:25am

Religion and mawkishness make for strange bedfellows in ‘Art and Science’ Robert (David Benn) is one of those older-generation gay men, now in his twilight, who came of age when being out was virtually unheard of — the kind who says “lover” and “homosexual” because he’s never felt totally comfortable in his own skin, and who [...]

Grilled to perfection

Posted on 30 May 2014 at 7:20am

‘BBQ’ roasts modern society; ‘Booth’ explores the making of an assassin   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Some people are just inherently, effortlessly funny. They have porous minds, where ideas seem to escape in a slow leak — you’re never sure where a drip will lead, or if it  will pool into a primordial [...]

Alyssa Edwards to host bachelor(ette) auction

Posted on 09 May 2014 at 8:00am

  RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 veteran Alyssa Edwards is staying busy this month, In addition to her scheduled performance at the Purple Party this weekend, she’ll be back at the Rose Room on May 22 as hostess with the mostes’ for the Noche de Rumba date auction. Sponsored by The LULAC Young Adult Rainbow [...]

The gift of gay

Posted on 09 May 2014 at 7:55am

Wedding season is here, as is the time for gift-giving to happy couples Wedding season unofficially kicks off this month, and with more and more states deeming same-sex marriages legal you’re bound to receive an invitation to your friends’ fabulous nuptials any minute. And that means you’ll need to buy a gift. But instead of [...]

Dysfunctional divas

Posted on 09 May 2014 at 7:35am

Fitting in with ‘Sherlock’ and ‘The Lyons’   The Lyons begins with the end. Act 1, set entirely in a hospital room, is about a dysfunctional family tentatively coming together while dear ol’ dad (Terry Vandivort) is in the grip of a death-rattle that includes spewing contempt for his gay son Curtis (Austin Tindle) and [...]