REVIEW: “Fortune” from MBS

I’ll have a review of WaterTower Theatre’s new production of the Pulitzer-winning August: Osage County later this week, but in the meantime, our friends at TheaterJones have checked out another show playing at the Addison Theatre Centre, MBS Productions’ Fortune, now at the Stone Cottage Theatre and running through April 14. Check out the review here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

MBS announces 2011-12 season

MBS Productions, which specializes in world premieres, often with a gay (and always racy) twist, has revealed its upcoming slate, which includes another favorite come back.

The season starts on Oct. 13 with Octavia, a Roman tragedy about Emperor Nero and his wife that, apparently, was banned by the Roman leader 2,000 years ago and is getting its debut now.

Once again, the Christmas show will be The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents a Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker, pictured, about a team of exotic dancers who put on a less-than-traditional holiday pageant.

The Game of Love and Chance, a sex farce about mistaken identities, runs just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Bretton B. Holmes’ Fortune, in which an estranged father and son are forced to spend a week together in order to inherit a family fortune, opens March 22.

The season closes with two plays by resident playwright Alejandro de la Costa: 2 Couples 2, where two married couples decide to vacation together, each unaware that their spouses are having same-sex affairs with each other; and The Importance of Being Lovely about a drag queen scorned.

Tickets are available at MBSProductions.net.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ plays tonight at WaterTower

Green thumbs beware

When a good idea turns into a blood-craving monster plant — well, lives get turned around. WaterTower Theatre premieres the fun and frantic Little Shop of Horrors, where Seymour, a lowly florist, tries to turn his fortune around and ends up with a big mess. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s songs only add to the wacky flair of it all.

DEETS: WTT, 15650 Addison Road, Addison. Through July 31. $30. WaterTowerTheatre.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Gay game-show set designer Ed Flesh dies

Ed Flesh, the gay man who designed the Wheel of Fortune wheel, has died at 79, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Flesh is survived by his partner of 44 years, David Powers. Flesh gave the game show its look by designing the wheel to spin horizontally, not vertically. He began his career designing off-Broadway sets before he was hired by NBC. He gave many other game shows their look as well. He designed the $25,000 Pyramid as well as the sets for Jeopardy, Press Your Luck, The New Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. He also designed the set for David Letterman’s original NBC talk show and special sets for Oprah. He was also the set designer for the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

—  David Taffet

FEEDBACK: Why I’m supporting Kunkle

Why I’m supporting Kunkle

Thank you for the in-depth expose on the three major mayoral candidates (“Decision in Dallas,” Dallas Voice, April 8).

While there are different opinions regarding the candidates, David Kunkle is my personal choice. I have watched him closely over the last several years and was so impressed with his style of leadership and soft-spoken manner when he was police chief. He went all over this city, listening and getting feedback from not only the GLBT community, but everywhere.

Additionally, he is effective. He may not be the flashiest or most dynamic of the candidates, but he’s a keen thinker and avid reader focused on real world solutions on what works and what doesn’t.

He also appreciates the eclectic aspects of Dallas. That’s an important place to be in my mind, so that we can attract not only Fortune 500 companies but also the small businessman/woman and the budding creative entrepreneurs who want to live in our city.

I don’t know that I necessarily want another CEO as mayor. We hear all the time that government should be run like a business. I think it should not be. Contrary to popular belief today, government is not a business.

Municipal government needs an experienced and competent administrator. In addition to serving as Dallas police chief, David Kunkle also has experience serving as the assistant city manager of Arlington, which will provide him with a skill set from day one that will no doubt serve him well as mayor.

Ron Natinsky and Mike Rawlings both are pleasant gentlemen and they each bring their own “skill set” to the table and there are good people supporting them. But I’m going to be casting my ballot for David Kunkle.

Jay Narey
Dallas

—  John Wright

Marco Rodriguez scores onstage and on YouTube

This time last year, gay playwright-actor-comic Marco Antonio Rodriguez announced he was shutting down his local Martice Enterprises theatrical production and headed for Nuevo York to seek his fortune.

Well, things have gone pretty well for him.

Today, Rodriguez announced his latest play, the Spanish-language Dominican comedy La Luz de un Cigarillo, will be headed to off-Broadway for a production in the summer of 2011. That’s pretty big news — a step away from Broadway. Kudos to Marco!

And if you’re jonesing for a little of Marco since he left, well, check out these video for his Pico de Gallo comedy show, directed by our own Israel Luna. Funny stuff.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones