Posts Tagged ‘play’
A troupe of actors looks to protect their talent after the apocalypse in Stage West’s Mr. Burns, a post-electric play.

Bart to the Future

The apocalypse gets Simpsonized in Stage West’s Mr. Burns.
Kristian Lin
The Simpsons was hardly the first cartoon to make humorous references to both highbrow and lowbrow culture, but the breakneck pace of its in-jokes and its willingness to get esoteric helped make it into the postmodern comedy in...


Jeremy Schwartz represents the hall-of-mirrors nature of Amphibian Stage Productions’ The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote

Well Don

This ain’t Man of La Mancha. Amphibian does up Don Quixote proud.
Kristian Lin
Reading Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote is a strangely unsettling experience. It was written when the novel form was just being invented, which is perhaps why you don’t get the sense of a beautifully polished, structurally...



Wendy Welch (dressed as the Wicked Queen) and Shannon J. McGrann (dressed as Snow White) bicker on their way to a costume party in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Snow White and the Half-Naked Man

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike gather for agreeable farce at Stage West.
Kristian Lin
Even during Anton Chekhov’s life, people were parodying his plays. They’re easily identifiable targets, with their Russian aristocrats sitting in drawing rooms with their ennui and commenting on the weather. Of course, the ...


Jim Covault shows Nate Davis what he means by the color Red in Stage West’s new production.

Red: Creative Blocks

In its new production, Stage West searches for Mark Rothko’s true colors.
Kristian Lin
Unlike, say, writers, visual artists can be illuminating to watch at work, which is why so many films and plays are about painters or sculptors. Showing an actor daub paint on canvas or carve a block of material into a sculptur...



Gabriel Lawson, Gil Pritchett, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, and Kyndal Robertson show their flower power in Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.

Black Songs Matter

The moment is ripe for Jubilee Theatre’s Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.
Kristian Lin
Right now, we all could use a little more African-American righteous anger in our lives. If you don’t believe me, just watch the videos of poor Walter Scott and Eric Harris being killed by cops. Or you can watch something tha...


Patsy Ferran and Arthur Darvill in Treasure Island.

Treasure Girl

Big Ticket
When adapting Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island to the stage, how do you make this hoary old classic new? For playwright Bryony Lavery, the answer was simple: Turn its hero into a girl. So her Jim Hawkins is now an inn...



Dog Days

Dark Days

Fort Worth Opera prepares for its festival by discussing its most harrowing production yet.
Edward Brown
Dog Days isn’t your typical opera. No unrequited love, no redemption, no slapstick humor, and the main character doesn’t sing a single line. But this new work by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek wasn’t...


portrillos

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED · 7 Similar to rodeo, charrería is a traditional Mexican competition demonstrating skill in horsemanship. The World Series of Charrería will bring this style of horse show to the Will Rogers Memorial Center, the first ti...



Kristi L. Mills (left), Jerry Downey (top), Duke Anderson, and Taylor Staniforth star in Circle’s latest.

Bear the Predictability

A crack cast overcomes boilerplate characters in Circle Theatre’s latest.
JIMMY FOWLER
“I’d rather have a bear in my lap than a pregnant liberal!” snaps Kyle (Duke Anderson) to his wife Nan (Taylor Staniforth) after she’s duct-taped him to the ratty old recliner in their rural Georgia home. His words soun...


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

Night & Day

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...