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Artist Spotlight: OKC based Artist to Star in Casa Mañana’s Grease

Emily Pace stars as Frenchy in Grease. Photo by Adriana Tomeu.

Local artist and talent Emily J. Pace is taking a brief trip down to Fort Worth for a fun springtime show. Casa Mañana Theatre’s Grease opens March 2nd through 10th and it is Pace’s second time performing at the theatre. She was recently seen there in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas as one of a pair of Christmas Elves. A former musical theatre student at UCO, Pace is known and loved by Oklahoma City audiences. She’s recently been seen in Kismet Arts Studio’s award winning production of Oliver!… Continue reading

It’s Practically Love for The Pollard’s Almost, Maine

 

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The Pollard Theatre’s Valentine season play Almost, Maine is a love story in nine parts, featuring four actors who each portray several characters. Almost is a township that isn’t quite a town, and the citizens there are very nearly finding love on a snowy winter night. Though charming and simple, the challenge for the story is rather complex. The actors must portray four or five characters each, all of whom are only in one scene. The characters are mentioned again in subsequent vignettes, but never appear on stage after the vignette ends. Every time a scene goes… Continue reading

90s Rock Musical Girlfriend Set to Premiere at The Lyric

Jimmy Mavrikes, left and Ian Marcontell, right. Photo by KO Rinearson.

The rock musical Girlfriend, inspired by Matthew Sweet’s 1991 alt rock album, is a coming of age story of young love and self-discovery. The Lyric is bringing this regional premiere to OKC and their Plaza district stage via a collaboration with Washington D.C.’s Signature Theatre. Set in early nineties Nebraska, two young men find love in a world that’s not quite ready for them. Before the LGBTQ+ movement, before Pride Week, Queer Eye, and legal gay marriage, the world was a darker place for equality and the… Continue reading

Come in From the Cold and Warm Your Heart with Almost, Maine

It’s cold outside! The northern U.S. is experiencing subzero temps, and even temperate Oklahoma is blustery and chilly by February. What better way to treat your Valentine than to snuggle up in a cozy theatre and warm up with a love story. Actor and playwright John Cariani’s play Almost, Maine is the perfect show for just that. One of the most produced plays in the U.S., four thousand theatre companies have produced it so far, and it has surpassed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in high school productions.

The play about the town that almost is and isn’t quite finds… Continue reading

The Lyric Serves Up Delicious Fun with Curious George: The Golden Meatball

The cast of Lyric Theatre’s Curious George: The Golden Meatball. Photo by KO Rinearson.

The Lyric Theatre has done it again with their newest Theatre for Young Audiences show. Curious George: The Golden Meatball is a delightful musical that’s suited for the youngest patrons in the family. Geared toward kids in the pre-k through third grade age ranges, the show features the sweet little monkey on his quest to help his friend enter the Golden Meatball contest in Rome. Gavin Guthrie is little George and he’s joined by his good friends, The Man in the Yellow Hat, Chef Pisghetti,… Continue reading

Hedwig at The Boom is Everything You’ve Waited For

Matthew Alvin Brown stars as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Renowned stage and screen writer John Cameron Mitchell and musician Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch is not a musical. It’s a rock narrative, disguised as theatre, which is disguised as a drag show, and it’s all balled up into the fire and fury of one wronged woman. It’s a middle American tragedy set in the back alley dive bars that decorate our country, playing host to the down and outs and the would be rock stars on open mic nights. And it’s unapologetically and… Continue reading

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

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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