OK Art Scene and Hurd

Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd

Chagrin Falls at 3rd Act Theatre is Outstanding.

Rob May as Riley McDougal contemplates the joke retirement gift from Slaughterhouse colleagues. Photo courtesy of April Porterfield.

Mia McCullough is a talented playwright with many awards to her name.  Her play titled “Chagrin Falls” is currently being presented at 3rd Act Theatre in Oklahoma City.  Amandanell Bold directs a cast of four men and two women. The action takes place in the small Oklahoma town, Chagrin Falls, named for a four-foot cascade outside of town.  Oklahomans can be a rather self-deprecating lot, and initially the townsfolk seem rather defensive about where they live and work.… Continue reading

The Venetian Carnival Celebration of Painted Sky Opera Shines for Patrons

Barbara DeMaio, Executive Director of Painted Sky Opera performing at the 2020 Gala.  Photo courtesy of  James Michael Avance.

The gloom of this world is but a shadow and singers must lift their voices to the sky painting it with the sounds of glory.  Yes, this pandemic has brought loss and tragedy to us all and recovery is ponderous.  There are set backs and slip ups but through the tragedy there is the bright light of life and survival. And, in opera, tragedy can be the core that brings us together as one race, one people… Continue reading

UCO returns to Mitchell Hall with RENT

(L-R) Jaylon Crump as Tom Collins and Samuel Moran as Angel

UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) and the Musical Theatre Division present Jonathan Larson’s Rent, running until October 10th at Mitchell Hall Theatre. UCO’s Musical Theatre program is one of the best in the state. They produce big, bold works, and never shy away from tough subjects. Rent is polarizing, at times controversial, and it’s an institution of American musical theatre history. Love it or hate it, nearly everyone has an opinion on it. Playwright Jonathan Larson died suddenly before Rent was out of previews,… Continue reading

Meteor Shower at Carpenter Square Theatre Needs a Bigger Audience.

……………………………………………………………………………..Reviewed by Scott Myers

7/10/2021

The cast of Carpenter Square’s production of Meteor Shower. From left, Lilli Bassett, Terry Veal, Ed Spinelli and Mikie Gilmore.

The final production of this ensemble play is written by a “wild and crazy guy,” Steve Martin. Martin is a television/film actor as well as a writer and Meteor Shower is about a true scientific event . I mention this mixed media performance because the story told by this energetic cast of 4 seemed like a tv show and at times a comedy play.

The story starts out with a nervous Corky, played with vigor… Continue reading

Jewel Box Theatre- “A Good old fashioned mystery” for their new venue.

    I was out wandering around (in my air-conditioned car, of course) and saw a line of cars filing into what used to be Jewel Box Theatre’s old home but instead, they were driving down a slightly different road (I followed the many signs along the road) to what appeared to be their NEW venue. I found myself curiously drawn into this building which advertised The Vultures, by Mark A. Ridge. I picked up a program, without opening it, and found a comfortable seat. on a raised platform overlooking the Library set (competently designed by Shawn Hancock) I would… Continue reading

Grease Scores BIG on Football Field Show!

…………………………………………………………..……………………By Scott Myers

    I  was driving around the other night trying to stay cool in my air-conditioned  car. Being curious, when I saw a crowd gathering at Bishop McGuiness’ High School football stadium, I pulled into the parking lot and noticed their field strewn with various large platforms with castors (wheels), colored stage lights and fifties/early sixties’ music coming from within. Turns out that Lyric Theatre was debuting their production of Grease, by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey on the football field that evening.

    I’ve seen shows presented on all types of venues… Continue reading

A Good Old-Fashioned Mystery

………………………………………………………………………………….by Scott Myers

   I was out wandering around (in my air-conditioned car, of course) and saw a line of cars filing in to what used to be Jewel Box Theatre’s old home but instead they were driving down a slightly different road (I followed the many signs along the road) to what appeared to be their NEW venue. I found myself curiously drawn into this building which advertised The Vultures, by Mark A. Ridge. I picked up a program , without opening it, and found a comfortable  seat. on a raised platform overlooking the… Continue reading

Carpenter Square Excels in Production of “Skeleton Crew”

After Shanita (Mariah Warren) has a meltdown, worried about the future for her and her baby, Dez (Aldan Olds) tries to reassure her in a scene from SKELETON CREW playing May 21-June 12 at Carpenter Square Theatre.

Carpenter Square Theatre is presenting “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morisseau through June 12, 2021.  Directed by Albert H. Bostick Jr. and starring four superb actors this performance details a slice of life in the city of Detroit during the economic downturn of 2008.  The automobile industry is in collapse and factory shutdowns are commonplace.  And of course, Detroit, the motor… Continue reading

3rd Act Theatre Presents an Intellectually Interesting “Heartbreak House”

Rob May as Captain Shotover and Megan Billings as Ellie Dunn enjoy a brief quiet moment in the garden of Heartbreak House. Photo courtesy of J. Christine Lanning.

“Heartbreak House” is a convoluted play filled with typically English, rather un-inspirational characters symptomatic of the upper middle class.  This time period in English society reflects a certain decadence and comfort in the status quo.  The year is 1914 and the specter of the Great War about to begin hangs like a dark cloud over the landscape. The full title of the play is “Heartbreak House: A Fantasia in the… Continue reading

Richard Lemin Fabulously Directs “Gaslight” at Jewel Box Theatre

Derek Kenney as Jack Manningham and Katy Hayes as Bella Manningham in Jewel Box Theatre’s “Gaslight” Photo courtesy of Jewel Box Theatre.

Jewel Box Theatre is presenting Patrick Hamilton’s “Gaslight” under the expert direction of Richard Lemin and a cast of five talented performers.  “Gaslight” is a play of suspense and intrigue with complicated characters and is often known as “Angel Street”  in USA theatrical circles. “Gaslight” is best known as the 1944 American film starring Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotton and Charles Boyer and earning an Oscar nomination for Angela Lansbury in her first film role.

The play… Continue reading

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