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“Dancing Lessons” at Carpenter Square is a Tremendous Romantic Comedy

Chelsea Davis stars as Senga and Daniel Willsey as Ever in “Dancing Lessons,” a romantic comedy by Mark St. Germain. Carpenter Square Theatre is now taking reservations for shows playing January 11-26. Call 405-232-6500 or email csttix@coxinet.net for reservations.

Carpenter Square Theatre is presenting Mark St. Germain’s lightly romantic comedy “Dancing Lessons” through January 26, 2019.  The play tells the story of two extraordinary people, one, a successful scientist with autism and the other a successful but injured dancer.  The two person show is set in the apartment of the injured dancer, Senga Quinn.  Her severely… Continue reading

Whether you like it or not… HEDWIG Returns to The Boom

Hedwig

Matthew Alvin Brown as Hedwig. Photo by GlassEye Studios.

Internationally ignored yet universally loved, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a hard-rock musical that takes no prisoners and makes its own rules. It is welcome in theatre much like its title character, Hedwig Robinson, makes her own way in the world; by not really fitting right in anywhere. Hedwig is born Hansel Schmidt, a gay man who faces a miserable fate in East Germany (remember THAT border wall?). Hansel is heavily influenced by American radio and learns the story of Plato’s Symposium, a tale that’s relayed in the iconic… Continue reading

Curious George: The Golden Meatball is Adventurous and Fun for Young Audiences

Greg Gore as The Man with the Yellow Hat, Justin Larman as Chef Pisghetti, and Gavin Guthrie as Curious George. Photo by KO Rinearson.

Lyric Theatre’s 2019 kicks off with the third venture in their Theatre for Young Audiences series, presenting Curious George: The Golden Meatball. Opening January 23 through February 17 at the Plaza Theatre location, the four-week run of this kid friendly show features all daytime performances.

Mischievous monkey George and The Man in the Yellow Hat jump off the page and into this adventurous musical journey. George learns about cooking as he travels to Rome… Continue reading

XMAS: Consider Yourself DESTROYED… with LOVE

The Rokademy Experiment ready to destroy XMAS. Photo courtesy Matthew Alvin Brown.

Christmas is the most wonderful, sparkly, expensive, stressful, exhausting time of year. It’s steeped in tradition and oftentimes, redundancy. Thank goodness for small favors, like turning off the 24/7 radio repetition of the same fifteen songs. And for the Thelma Gaylord Academy’s Rokademy Experiment, which sets out to destroy that traditional Christmas bore… with love, of course. This group of teens is led by Matthew Alvin Brown, and they’re a rockin’ band of musical masterminds. The one night only special Christmas concert features music by The Ramones,… Continue reading

Ridiculous Holiday Fun with The Boom’s Scrooge in Rouge

 

The absurdity that is Scrooge in Rouge. Photo courtesy The Boom.

Scrooge in Rouge is a raucous parody of the beloved Charles Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol”. All seriousness aside, no really, don’t expect a single moment of genuinely serious dialogue, it pokes fun of the most famous Christmas story ever told in the best way possible. Already a disaster before it’s begun, the cast enters the stage with bad news. Everyone in the show, the cast that would exist if it were actually “A Christmas Carol”, has gotten food poisoning. The remaining players promise to pull off… Continue reading

“Whirling Winter Wonderlands” UCO’S Wondrous Variety Tribute to Christmas

Hope Chancey singing “Last Christmas’ Photo Courtesy of Steven Akins UCO

Merry Christmas!  It is a whirling wonderland outside; we even had a little snow the other day! And, with Oklahoma wind, things are certainly whirling!  Especially at the University of Central Oklahoma which is presenting “Whirling Winter Wonderlands” through December 15.    The program takes place in the Jazz Lab, off the UCO main campus.  “Whirling Winter Wonderlands” is an exciting variety show filled with old favorites we remember with joy. 

Reminiscent of the heyday of television Christmas Specials some decades ago,… Continue reading

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” Enthralls Austen Fans

Callie Dewees as Miss Mary Bennet in “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” at OCU. Photo courtesy of Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Jane Austen is one of the most popular novelists of her period, writing about the social constructs of the late 18th century.  ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ are favorites and have also been adapted into popular plays.  Continuing that delightful aura is Lauren Gunderson with “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.”  This play is a sequel to ‘Pride and Prejudice’ two years after the novel ends.  Elizabeth and her love, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy as… Continue reading

The Rokademy Experiment Destroys XMAS: with LOVE

The Rokademy Experiment Destroys XMAS: with LOVE. Photo courtesy Matthew Alvin Brown.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s so wonderful, sometimes you just can’t stand it. By mid-December, even the jolliest of holiday elves needs a little break. You may even be tempted to turn off the Christmas shopping radio commercials, roll up the windows to block out the wintry Oklahoma wind, and blast some not-so holy night rock ‘n roll power tunes. But, there’s an even better option for the steering wheel singer in us all! Just in time for a temporary reprieve from caroling… Continue reading

OU University Theatre and Helmerich School of Drama present A Christmas Carol

OU University Theatre’s A Christmas Carol.

The quintessential Christmas story about second chances, ghostly visits, and the things we can and cannot change returns to OU University Theatre. A new adaptation by director Tom Huston Orr is staged this year, and it’s rich in the history of A Christmas Carol. With poetic dialogue and moving moments for the would-be hero Ebenezer Scrooge, the audience is led into the colorful world of Victorian London and the most wonderful Christmas tale ever told.

Micah Weese is exceptional as Scrooge. Weese is at first booming and commanding, then becoming softer… Continue reading

Bon Appétit! at Carpenter Square’s “An Empty Plate at the Café du Grand Boeuf”

Holly McNatt and Glen Hallstrom as Mimi and Victor,

Michael Hollinger’s “An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf” is a story that’s really about people with more on their plates than they can handle!  Victor certainly seems unable to deal with the interesting dishes life has set before him.  He’s a devoted Hemingway enthusiast, and began his career as a young journalist for his father’s newspaper.  Along with writing, he was expected to do anything his father required, including babysit.  At his father’s death, he found himself quite wealthy, and 47 million dollars… Continue reading

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