‘Bur-Less-Q’ wins national Nutty Award

383893_10151035593350436_1501932114_nThe Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents a Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker has been a tradition for several years — the brainchild of Mark-Brian Sonna, in which a rural Texas group accidentally books strippers to perform its annual ballet. It’s a local favorite, and now a national one. According to Sonna, the production was just awarded a Nutty Award (the Goldstar Nutcraker Award, officially) as most beloved production of The Nutcracker in the U.S. Previous winners include ballet companies like the Joffrey, the Kirov and even Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. And since it’s still going on, you can still see the show before the end of the year. Congrats, Mark-Brian!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

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—  Tammye Nash


I hate to have to say it, but I am so over Shakespeare. It was my college major, and theaters do it with the regularity of The Nutcracker at Christmastime, and frankly, I’m barded out.

Which is not to say I am directing my overall frustration specifically at Kitchen Dog Theater’s current production of Macbeth. At 100 un-intermissioned minutes, it’s a quick dart through the castles of Scotland — almost too quick. At heart, it’s a ghost story with witches and specters and lots of blood … only no blood here, and not a lot of mood. (The design is a convoluted modernization of urban guerrillas — Che Guevara meets Patty Hearst. Didn’t work.) But the problem is not really with the production, which kept my interest though never truly engaged me; the problem is doing it at all. Let’s declare a moratorium on iambic pentameter for two years. Even a great meal needs a palate cleanser.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Through March 5. KitchenDogTheater.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Feb. 11, 2011.

—  John Wright