Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd

Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd

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The Pollard Theatre Extends Tradition with Newly Revamped “A Territorial Christmas Carol”

David Fletcher-Hall portrays Charles Dickens in the Pollard’s A Territorial Christmas Carol.

There are many changes, a magical new set designed by Jared Blount and Michael Long, and several new cast members as well as a few familiar faces.  pays homage to the previous incarnation of Scrooge by James Ong.  Timothy Stewart directs bringing fresh ideas to the story and paying homage to the traditions that have made “A Territorial Christmas Carol” a highlight at Christmas.

While the new faces bring excitement to the show, it is impossible not to think of faces never to be seen again,… Continue reading

Sophisticated and Saucy “Blithe Spirit” at OSP Entertains

Lydia Gray as Elvira left, and Renee Krapff as Ruth in Blithe Spirit. Photo courtesy of Alan Chapman

The pandemic is virtually over, yet there are still a few cases that crop up.  No community has been hit harder by Covid-19 than the theatrical community here in Oklahoma City.  The virus and the lockdowns directly and indirectly have had a major impact on every theatre in the metropolitan area and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park has been working hard to overcome these difficulties as we recover and move forward.  But this pandemic will always be with us… Continue reading

“Eat, Slay, Leave” Shivers with Halloween Horror at 3rd Act

Dani Becker as Amy creating a ceremony in “Eat, Slay, Leave” Photo courtesy of April Porterfield

This is the season for horrific theatre—for Halloween.  Horror is hard to do, especially when it is a little off the beaten path (so to speak)  but that is what 3rd Act Theatre achieves with the world premier production of “Eat, Slay, Leave” by Heather Meyer.

The show is about a young woman and her two best friends since childhood spending a weekend at the cabin in the woods that has been the family vacation spot forever.  There are many… Continue reading

Outstanding and Outrageous, Lyric’s “The Rocky Horror Show” is Smashingly Decadent

Lee Walter as Frank “n” Furter in The Rocky Horror Show at Lyric. Photos courtesy of Miki Galloway

“The Rocky Horror Show” is a cult-classic musical originally presented in 1973.  The story revolves around a young couple, Brad and Janet and their adventures that begin with a blow-out on the highway and wind up as quite a blow-out at the residence of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter where they have taken refuge.  Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter is a very unorthodox fellow based on the character of Dr. Frankenstein.  The sweet young couple is seduced into a world of… Continue reading

Fun is Always Found in a Noel Coward Farce, and 3rd Act’s “Hay Fever” Delivers!

Noel Coward is one of the wittiest playwrights gracing the 20th century his delightful English drawing room farces never fail to amuse and “Hay Fever” presented in 1924 is no exception.  The play is nearly a century year old and while it is a bit dated in some respects the pure comedy of the play is universally timeless.  “Hay Fever” has no discernible plot, but it is notable that many people, especially nowadays have virtually no plot to their lives and this makes the play absolutely relevant to the modern audience.

Don Taylor directs a cast of… Continue reading

Fun and Song in [title of show] at Pollard Theatre!

From left, Maddie Mae Billings as Heidi, Erin Heatly as Susan and Jordan Harris as Hunter with Seth Paden as Jeff standing behind Heatly, arms encircling her. Photo courtesy of Jared Blount, The Pollard Theatre.

“[title of show]” is a rather unorthodox title for the musical currently being presented at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma.  So, it deserves an unusual review as well—Let us begin at the end.

As the show ended and the actors took their curtain calls 9 people immediately stood up.  These nine are the nine that represent the song ‘Nine People’s Favorite Thing”… Continue reading

A New Spin on “Hamlet” at 3rd Act Theatre is Interesting and Entertaining

The Ghost of King Hamlet standing behind wife Gertrude played by Denise Hughes. Photo courtesy of April Porterfield

“The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” or, simply “Hamlet” is currently being presented by 3rd Act Theatre in Oklahoma City. Considered to be one of Shakespeare’s most important works, “Hamlet” is also the longest play in his considerable repertoire.  Dakota Lee Bryant directs expertly and the show breezes by without a hint of tediousness that can accompany the long productions.  This version is an adaptation by Bryant and has been re-imagined so, while it is shorter, the integrity… Continue reading

Children Shine in “Winnie the Pooh”

Callie Flatt as Tigger in “Winnie the Pooh” Photo courtesy of Jonathan Beck Reed

Dance Unlimited and Spotlight Academy collaborate on student productions.  This semester, “Winnie the Pooh” was presented by two different classes.  Spotlight Acting Academy, Broadway Babies presented “Winnie the Pooh” with a cast of children in the four-, five- and six-year age group, while the Razzle Dazzle class presented a more advanced version.

In addition to “Winnie the Pooh” there was a presentation of “Freaky Friday” by the Curtain Call Acting Class as well as the Totally Drama Acting Class and the Broadway Bound Class.… Continue reading

A Really Good Show at Pollard Theatre with “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Ellie Valdez as Lucy analyzes Tyler Clark as Charlie Brown in the great Peanuts show “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” Photo courtesy of Jared Blount

The last half of the 20th century was filled with iconic moments and the baby boomer generation ruled society.  Charles M. Schultz created the Peanuts Comic Strip in 1950 and everyone was hooked.  The adventures of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally and Snoopy were an integral part of baby boomer identity development and these characters have reflected the childhood of every generation since.   In 1967 Clark Gesner and… Continue reading

“The Amen Corner” Heart-Wrenching and Heart-Warming Jewel Box Production

TerJuana Brooks as Sister Moore (seated left) Norma Goff as Odessa (center) and Antisha Cole as Sister Boxer (right) discussing Church affairs. Photo courtesy of Derek Kenney

Jewel Box Theatre presents a heart-warming drama, “The Amen Corner” May 5 through 22, 2022,  Directed by LàCharles Purvey, the show has a cast of 13 dedicated actors.  The play by James Baldwin premiered in 1954 and examines the profound impact religion has on the African-American family.  The play centers around a minister of God, Sister Margaret Alexander.  She is the pastor of a church located just above her… Continue reading

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