Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Managing Director: Adrienne Proctor / Editor: Jillian Pritchard Ball

Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd

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Carpenter Square Presents “The Mystery of Love and Sex” Tragically

Kylan L. Durant and Hannah Youngblood as Jonny and Charlotte serving a dorm room dinner. Photo Courtesy of Carpenter Square Theatre

 “The Mystery of Love and Sex” by Bathsheba Doran is a sensitive and sometimes humorous exploration of adolescent discovery, sexual identity, and coming to terms with unresolved issues.  It’s certain that a large part of what makes life and all the ensuing problems bearable is humor.  Without joy there is no life.  Rhonda Clark directs a cast of four main characters and one delightful cameo with a great deal of sensitivity, but the humor in… Continue reading

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Provides Excellence in Theatre and Soul

Don Taylor (standing at right) as Jacob Marley arriving at the counting-house where David Mays as the Recordkeeper explains things. Photo courtesy of Christine Lanning

In 1994 noted performer and novelist Tom Mula released a slightly different take on the classic we all know and love by Charles Dickens called “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”.  Now on stage, this story is being produced by the 3rd Act Theatre as a ‘Bonus’ production for Christmas.  Doug Van Liew directs a cast of four on a very minimalist set, creating Mula’s version of “A Christmas Carol” from Marley’s viewpoint and… Continue reading

“Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker” at Shakespeare on Paseo is a Fun and Fanciful Tribute to Austen

Cassandra Austen played by Lindsey Rollins and Jane Austen played by Jodianne Loyd. Photo Courtesy of David Bricquet

Jane Austen loved to write and she wrote well, publishing her novels anonymously and gaining a measure of respect.  She wrote about life as she knew it and the importance of attending the right balls and garden parties.  She gave us a glimpse of what behavioral ‘dance’ young couples had to perform in attempting to find a place in their future.  Her novels are beloved by many, and although women today have fewer difficulties in creating a future, everyone… Continue reading

“Arcadia” An Important Masterpiece from Oklahoma City University

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Zachary Scott Prall as Septimus in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” directed by Hal Kohlman, OKCU. Photo courtesy of Bryan Cardinale-Powell

It is a delightful and never-ending source of amazement to find the artistic level of talent in the heartland of Oklahoma.  We have a number of great theatre groups producing outstanding productions to rival Broadway.  This, of course, begins with the inspiration and education found in universities such as Oklahoma City University (OKCU) with outstanding music, theatre, art, and dance departments.  The Oklahoma City University Theatre Department is presenting Tom Stoppard’s brilliant play “Arcadia” from December 5 through… Continue reading

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” Lavish with Talent, Heart and Soul

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Joshua McGowen as Jake Laurents and Kara Chapman as Sally Applewhite playing George and Mary Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Photo courtesy of Jared Blount, The Pollard Theatre

The brightest age of entertainment may well have been in the days of radio, with great shows, like “The Shadow” and “Topper,” all full of wit, humor and the listener’s imagination.  Each show had a sound effects man to recreate the sounds seen during the live presentation.  Jack Donovan Foley refined many of these sounds and they are used extensively in Joe Landry’s “It’s a… Continue reading

“Visit Santaland at Carpenter Square for Santaland Diaries”

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C.W. Bardsher as Crumpet the Macy’s Christmas Elf. Santaland Diaries, Carpenter Square. Photo Courtesy of Rhonda Clark

Carpenter Square Theatre presents “Santaland Diaries” for a little holiday cheer.  American humorist David Sedaris first presented “Santaland Diaries” as an essay on the Morning Edition of National Public Radio.  The broadcast led to Joe Montello’s adaptation of the essay for stage, and the show has been a staple Christmas offering for theatre-goers looking for a little bah-humbugish humor.  “Santaland Diaries” is a one-man show about the adventures of a Macy’s elf during the hectic Christmas season. 

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“I Cried Because I Had No Shoes Until I Saw a Man Who Had No Feet.” *

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Sherry Jo Ward, First Chair for Disabled
Photo courtesy of Sherry Jo Ward

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, led by Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan, presented an informative, moving and funny One-Woman Show by Sherry Jo Ward titled “Stiff” on November 20th, 2019.  

OKC REP once again partnered with the OCU School of Theatre and professor Rick Reeves to present the Oklahoma premiere of this nationally acclaimed production.

The show took place at the intimate CitySpace location in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.  It is due to the imagination and foresight of Jordan… Continue reading

Historic Jewel Box Theatre Ends 62nd Season with Entertaining “Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes”

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From left, Katy Hayes as Marsha Bernstein, Denise Hughes as Kate Corrigan, Asa Brittan as Jeff Bernstein and Chris Harris as Molly Blumenthal in “Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes” Photo courtesy of Jewel Box Theatre.

Jewel Box Theatre ends Season 62 in conjunction with the end of this year, 2019, presenting “Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes”.  It is an amusing tale of suburban life in the 80’s by Sandra Fenichel Asher.  This cute comedy is directed by Deborah Franklin, familiar to Jewel Box audiences for many years.  Franklin has assembled a delightful cast of gals… Continue reading

Fascinating, Funny and Fabulous is CityRep’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

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Stacey Logan starring as Nora and Steve Emerson starring as Torvald in Lucas Hnath’s “A Dolls House, Part 2” at CityRep. Photo Courtesy of Wendy Mutz Photography

A door slam heard round the world took place on stage at the Royal Copenhagen Theatre in Denmark in 1879.  The date was December 21 and the occasion, the premiere of Henrik Ibsen’s new play, “A Doll’s House”.  The tale concerns Nora, a typical housewife of that era, and her husband, Torvald.  Nora discovers that marriage, in a man’s world, is based on a masculine conception of the ideal wife:… Continue reading

Loving Letters in the Romantic Musical “She Loves Me” at Bethany Stage

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“She Loves Me” cast. Photo courtesy of Bethany Stage.

She Loves Me” is a lovely little musical love story based upon a premise that has been popular in ‘the shop around the corner’ and ‘in the good old summertime.’  Two young people begin corresponding through a lonely hearts advertisement in the papers and fall in love through their letters.  Sent anonymously to a ‘dear friend’ neither knows the identity or appearance of the other.  As this romance reaches the point of a meeting one of them discovers the identity of the wonderful pen pal.  She is… Continue reading

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