Posts Tagged ‘live theater’
Jake Heggie's Ahab Symphony receives its world premiere with the UNT Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 24 As sometimes happens with opera composers, Jake Heggie found himself unable to shut off the tap of inspiration after completing work on his opera version of Moby-Dick. So he composed a further orchestral piece about ...


(From left to right) Michael McMillan, Morgan McClure, Montgomery Sutton, Chip Wood, and Jenny King star in Circle Theatre’s current production.

Star Over Boise

Circle’s latest is a masterstroke in accessible sublimity.
JIMMY FOWLER
Idaho-born playwright Samuel D. Hunter is a hot property on the American stage right now, thanks in large part to his most recent Off-Broadway show The Whale, about a 600-pound man trying to reconnect with his daughter. Circle ...



A Bright New Boise plays at Circle Theatre, Mar 21-Apr 13.

My Own Private Idaho

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Circle Theatre continues to keep our theater scene fresh and relevant, opening the quietly disquieting A Bright New Boise this week. Samuel D. Hunter’s play, which debuted in New York in 2010, takes place entirely in the brea...


The Magistrate stars John Lithgow and screens Wednesday at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

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KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 13 One of Britain’s most famous comic playwrights during his time, Arthur Wing Pinero has since been eclipsed by his contemporaries Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. National Theatre Live tries to restore his reput...



A play with music (rather than a musical), Jubliee’s Black Pearl Sings demands nuanced performances.

Black Pearl Shines

Jubliee’s latest production skillfully handles some delicate race matters.
JIMMY FOWLER
“You are an authentic doorway to the past,” Susannah (Lana K. Hoover), an Anglo song collector for the Library of Congress, tells Pearl (Liz Mikel), an African-American prisoner in a Texas jail in the 1920s. The white lady ...


Lisa Fairchild and Mark Fickert (left) face off against Leah Layman and Brad Stephens in Circle’s latest.

Undercooked Carnage

A faulty script full of obviousness undermines a valiant effort by Circle Theatre.
JIMMY FOWLER
Civilization, basically, is a set of rules to which people frequently don’t adhere. That short, rather obvious statement sums up the plot, themes, and performances of Circle Theatre’s lively but insubstantial staging of the...



Off the Wall: Maverick Quilts now at the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

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KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 23 The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame pays tribute to unorthodox quilting designs with Off the Wall: Maverick Quilts. The appropriately titled show (which thankfully wasn’t titled Crazy Quilts) features quil...


Cindee Mayfield (right), Brandi Andrade, and Elias Taylorson make not-so-strange bedfellows in Theatre Arlington’s current production.

Existential Excellence

Theatre Arlington’s cast shines in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.
JIMMY FOWLER
“I have ambiguities that you have yet to fathom!” angrily shouts overeducated, understimulated Marjorie to her husband, Ira, a retired ear-nose-and-throat doctor. By all rights, many audiences should find Marjorie supremely...



Dana Schultes and Michael Corolla star in Stage West’s new production, about a young man who washes up on shore in a Nazi-occupied island in 1943.

Gabriel Ascends

On a Nazi-occupied island, strong women and children take wing.
JIMMY FOWLER
Theatergoers tired of plays with overly introspective characters and navel-gazing actor monologues, take heart: Stage West’s production of Moira Buffini’s WWII drama Gabriel, which opens this weekend, is full of women of ac...


George X. Rodriguez and Mary Jane Greer in The Devil’s Disciple.

High Dudgeon

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As a socialist, George Bernard Shaw tended to take a dim view of Americans, but as an Irishman, he had an even dimmer view of the British. He takes plenty of potshots at both in The Devil’s Disciple, his eighth play but his f...