Author: Arnold Wayne Jones

Reviewing the unreviewable: DTC’s ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’

Note: I have no interest in ruining anyone’s enjoyment of the play. You can read this review and not learn any information that would spoil the experience, except where clearly indicated. In the spring of 2010, an Iranian playwright named Nassim Soleimanpour, whose work had been censored by the totalitarian government, sat down to write a piece — I (and he) hesitate to call it a play, exactly — called White Rabbit Red Rabbit. The gimmick behind it is intriguing, and has made it an international sensation: There is no director, a single actor, the barest of sets and lighting,...

Read More

ABC cancels hit ‘Roseanne’ reboot suddenly, following racist tweets from Barr

It seemed as if the reboot of Roseanne was a risk that paid off. Ever since Will & Grace announced it was coming back to a “limited run” (only to be extended to two full seasons after high ratings), it has become standard for networks to tease a reboot of a show as “limited,” while holding out hope that ratings will be good enough to cement a full season order (it’s a way to bring back the stars without the humiliation of “canceling” the show if it flops). And after Roseanne debuted in March to huge ratings — nearly...

Read More

Flying ‘Solo’

Donald Glover’s Lando, above, would be a better subject for a prequel. ‘Star Wars’ prequel is a squishy bore for fanboys only ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  |  Executive Editor [email protected] Legacies are precarious things — just ask Bill Cosby. You can build up good will over decades, but all it takes is one false move to erase it. Alien3 undercut the prior two films in its opening scene; and remember midi-chlorians? Yeah, I bet you wish you could forget them. And so it goes with the new Star Wars prequel Solo. Over four prior films (Episodes 4 through 7), Han...

Read More

REVIEW: ‘Jersey Boys’

After umpteenth tours in North Texas over the last decade, what more can you say about Jersey Boys? A doo-wop band of the 1960s does good, but encounters tragedy and discord along the way, leaving a legacy of hits. Of its band-bio jukeboxer ilk — Beautiful, On Your Feet, Million Dollar Quartet, The Boy from Oz, Motown the Musical —  this one, about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is one of the best. (Beautiful, about Carole King, and On Your Feet, about Gloria Estefan, are equally entertaining, and contain to my ears better music.) Well, here’s what you more...

Read More