Ohlook gets new address, and chance to go North with gay play

Ohlook, the self-described “crazy little theater in Grapevine” which we’ve reported on in the past because of their odd, gay-friendly slate of definitely-not-the-‘burbs theater, needs to raise some dough. As we noted last summer, their gay little production of Dog Sees God won some awards at a play festival in Rochester, N.Y. They have the chance to do the same in Canada, but need to raise funds to get it there.

They hope to represent the U.S. at the Liverpool International Theater Festival in Nova Scotia (May 16–20). Any contributions to their travel fund (you can donate at OhlookPerform.com) would help them spread a little queer culture north of the border.

In other news, Ohlook — which has been on a hunt for a new theater space — finally has nailed one down, and will open soon at 1631 W. Northwest Highway in Grapevine. To say goodbye to their old space, this Friday will be a marathon performance of Evil Dead: The Musical. Starting at 8 p.m., it’ll be performed every two and a half hours until they can’t go on. It’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket).

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Grapevine’s Ohlook Performing Arts Center wins competition, but is on the hunt for new home

A few weeks ago we reported that Grapevine’s Ohlook Peforming Arts Center, which incongruously specializes in edgy, queer-friendly fare, was headed to a community theater play competition with Dog Sees God, which deals humorously with homophobia and other issues. Well, last month the production took home lots of kudos at that festival in Rochester, N.Y., winning best overall production, ensemble, director, featured actor, supporting actor and sound design.

The news came, unfortunately, just as word that Ohlook’s landlord informed the company that he would be selling the property they have called home since 2004. They are on the hunt for a new space.

Here’s a suggestion: Since you do so much gay stuff, how ’bout relocating closer to the gayborhood?

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Ohlook goes to theater festival with gay play

Grapevine’s Ohlook Performing Arts Center’s production of the gay play Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, has been selected for competition in AACTFest11, the American Association of Community Theatre play festival, to be held in Rochester, N.Y. June 20-26.

Dog Sees God is an irreverent comedy that imagines what would happen if the gang from Peanuts — Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, etc. — grew into dysfunction teens. Among the developments: Pig Pen has turned into a neat-freak jock who masks his own gay longings in homophobic rants; Linus has become a pothead philosopher and Schroeder is a survivor of his father’s sexual abuse.

Earlier this year, Ohlook produced Trannie, a musical riff on Annie as a cross-dresser looking for her biological father.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones