Posts Tagged ‘pantagleize’
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...


Richard Don Simms and Libby Bogart in A Midsummer Night in Texas.

Puck Yeah!

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There’s nothing particularly new about setting a Shakespeare play in some place and time other than the one that the Bard specified. We’ve all seen modern-dress versions of his plays  or versions set  in feudal Japan or c...



No experience? No problem. Newbie actors (from left to right) Frederick Cleveland Quince, Gary Whitaker, and Mike West join veteran thespian Richard Don Simms in Pantagleize’s Texas-ified version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Bard in Texas

Pantagleize funnels Shakespeare through twang and old-timey music.
JIMMY FOWLER
A Midsummer Night’s Dream has long been the favorite Shakespeare play of Violet O’Valle, founder and artistic director of Pantagleize Theatre. She’d never considered directing a production of it, however, until she heard ...


Pantagleize’s Dead Awaken

Ibsen is at his most surreal in the Fort Worth company’s latest.
JIMMY FOWLER
It’s hard to overestimate the influence of 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen on theater and, in particular, the modern English-speaking stage. With plays like A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, An Enemy of the Peopl...



Go Tell It on the Mountain

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Even now, Henrik Ibsen doesn’t really get his due. It’s hard for us to appreciate the rut that European theater was stuck in in the 19th century, filled with stock characters and sentimental clichés. That didn’t change u...


Women on Boards

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Written as a 60th birthday present for a member of the board of directors at Seattle’s ACT Theatre, Becky’s New Car has had a successful life among regional theater companies since its premiere in 2008. Inspired by a ground...



Pantagleize’s Home for Sad Songs

The Fort Worth company inaugurates its new space with an original production.
JIMMY FOWLER
When Richard Blake joined Pantagleize Theatre as managing director last fall, he told co-founder and artistic director Violet O’Valle that he intended to find the tiny company a permanent home. Pantagleize had been staging it...


Dollhouse

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Written in 1983 by the Romanian playwright Gilles Ségal, The Puppetmaster of Lodz is less a piece of Holocaust kitsch than a spin on the old story of a puppeteer who starts to lose the distinction between fantasy and reality. ...



Taking Wing

JIMMY FOWLER
Many years ago, when Violet O’Valle was a drama teacher in Houston public schools, she discovered a collection of scripts by the great Irish playwright Sean O’Casey in a campus basement. O’Valle, a descendant ...


Loco

Kultur
Pantagleize Theatre brings a couple of parents-to-be to life at a crossroads.