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The Lyric Depicts Real Life Drama with Premiere of Frost/Nixon

Matthew Alvin Brown (L) stars as David Frost and D. Lance Marsh as Richard Nixon in Lyric’s production of Frost/Nixon. Photo by K. Talley Photography.

The Lyric is back at their Plaza District Theatre with the explosive Frost/Nixon. The 2006 play by Peter Morgan depicts a real-life, televised interview that occurred between two disgraced public figures. In 1977, David Frost landed an interview with the recently resigned President Richard Nixon. All eyes were on the two men as they both tried to resurrect their fallen careers. The play was turned into a movie in 2008 by Ron… Continue reading

CityRep Provokes Thought and Communication with Every Brilliant Thing

From Left: Jon Haque, Director Linda Kay Leonard, CityRep Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan. Photo by Mutz Photography.

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) uses their stage to provide thought-provoking, moving theatre as well as community outreach through art. This is a unique dynamic that Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan prides himself on most. Says Jordan, “CityRep has a history of story offerings that are a part of our service. We’ve previously done the shows Next To Normal, Night Mother, The Laramie Project, and The Normal Heart.” In that same vein is the season opener Every… Continue reading

Jon Haque-A Man of Generosity and Generous Talent

Jon Haque
Photo courtesy of CityRep

Jon Haque is a man of many talents and disciplines.  As the Business Manager at Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre Company  he is tasked with making things as simple as possible for the production and excels in that behind the scenes capacity.  He has had many successes as an actor in the Oklahoma City area not only at CityRep but at Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, the Pollard Theatre and Carpenter Square.  In 2007 he received an Emmy Award for his television work at PBS, excellent recognition of his acting… Continue reading

Amandanell Bold is a Bold Adventure in Action

Amandanell Bold Headshot

Amandanell Bold Photo courtesy of Savannah Lutrell Photography

There are some excellent university programs for the arts in Oklahoma.  But the real test for theatre folk doesn’t come from their academic career, it comes from their performance in the field.  Amandanell Bold has been in love with the theatre from childhood.  She has paid her dues working on the backstage crews and stage managing.  She loves the ambiance and the thrill that occurs backstage when the crew is able to support the actors and directors in a hit show.  Every now and then she… Continue reading

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Premieres an Outstanding Production of “The Book of Will”

Kate Kemmet as Alice Heminges and Chris Rodgers as Henry Condell in “The Book of Will” Photo courtesy of April Porterfield

Shakespeare in the Park on Paseo is presenting “The Book of Will” through August 31, 2019.  Lauren Gunderson’s amazing play tells the tale of Shakespeare’s fellow actors and friends, The King’s Men, collecting and publishing his works three years after his death.  Other group members are lost, and along with them their memories of parts played.  They decide to collect and publish Shakespeare’s works, to commemorate the genius of his writing for future generations. … Continue reading

“The Lost Boy” Provides a Dynamic Beginning for The 3rd Act Theatre

Don Taylor as Captain Hook threatens Brance Lanning as Peter Pan

The 3rd Act Theatre is off to a solid start with their first production, “The Lost Boy” by Ronald Gabriel Paolillo.  Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie and “The Lost Boy” is the story of J.M. Barrie’s writing Peter’s story. “Peter Pan” was first staged in 1894 and the first Barrie story exploring the boy who never grew up, “The Little White Bird” shows how the story of Neverland and a permanently young boy who can fly was developed by J.M.… Continue reading

Driving Force: The Pollard Opens Season 33 with Driving Miss Daisy

Brenda Williams and Al Bostick rehearse for The Pollard’s Driving Miss Daisy.

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie opens their highly anticipated Season 33 with Driving Miss Daisy. Featuring a legendary cast, Driving Miss Daisy is directed by Pollard artistic director W. Jerome Stevenson. Brenda Williams and Albert Bostick are reprising their roles as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, with company member James A. Hughes as Boolie Werthan. The 1987 play by Alfred Uhry won a Pulitzer Prize before becoming an Oscar-winning movie in 1989, starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. It later enjoyed success with a revival… Continue reading

Taking Her Shot: UCO Alum Erin Clemons Returns to OKC with Hamilton Tour

 

Erin Clemons stars as Eliza Hamilton in the Philip Tour of Hamilton: An American Musical. Photo by Miguel Herrera.

Nothing is more abuzz in Oklahoma City right now than the national tour of Hamilton: An American Musical. Promised by OKC Broadway and the Civic Center way back in January 2017, Hamilton finally landed in OKC July 30th and runs 8 shows a week until August 18th. Hamilton is a modern-music telling of one of America’s long unsung founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. As described, the story “of America then, by America now”, is a spectacle of dance,… Continue reading

Kismet’s Hunchback of Notre Dame Stands Tall

 

Zachary Wright and the cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Photo courtesy Kismet Arts Studio and Theatre.

The Oklahoma regional premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a hidden gem in OKC community theatre. Director Angela Polk amasses a large cast of players who possess infinite energy and talent. This version of the musical, though not based strictly on the 1996 Disney film, does feature the music from it, written by the incomparable Alan Menken. This Hunchback is darker, a bit closer to the original Victor Hugo novel. This stage musical features, in stark color,… Continue reading

Ella Latham

Ella Latham 2019

Ella Latham

Photo courtesy of Gretchen Latham

The Broadway Academy of Performing is presenting “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” August 3, 2019 featuring Ella Latham.  Latham is well-known to local audiences having appeared as Martha Cratchit in “A Territorial Christmas Carol” at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma.  Many people may remember her performance in “Oliver” at Kismet, where she performed as Bet. Latham earned the award of Best Supporting Actress from Broadway World for Bet and Martha in 2018.

The production will take place in Wichita KS at Newman University as the culmination of the week-long… Continue reading

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