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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 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

“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

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

Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Inspires Audiences with the Charming Novella by Charles Dickens.

Lexi Windsor and Jennifer Lynn Teel (foreground) with Scrooge in background. Photo Courtesy of KO Rinearson

Lyric Theatre is presenting the favorite classic by Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” to Oklahoma audiences through December 24, 2018.  This Christmas extravaganza is an Oklahoma City favorite.  Michael Baron directs with flair and he also adapted the production from the novella, taking advantage of the novel attributes within the Lyric facilities to facilitate a very polished production with the special Baron touch.  He uses fragments of Walt Disney combined with a bit of Blake Edwards and a snippet of… Continue reading

Pollard Delivers a Wonder with “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”


Joshua McGowen, Kara Chapman, and Jared Blount (Foley artist) “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” Photo courtesy of The Pollard Theatre

In “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” playwright Joe Landry paid great homage to Frank Capra’s classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” from 1946.  Joshua McGowen continues that by paying homage to Jimmy Stewart’s captivating performance in the beloved movie.  Under director W. Jerome Stevenson’s thoughtful guidance, McGowen adopts Stewart’s distinctive speech pattern and mannerism, while making the character his own.  The radio play takes us back to a typical… Continue reading

Jewel Box Theatre Tremendously Thrills with “The Games Afoot”

Tad Thurston as Felix Geisel (left) and Don Taylor as William Gillette (right) manhandle the slightly floppy remains of Mariah Warren as Daria Chase. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

“The Games Afoot” or “Holmes for the Holidays” is Ken Ludwig’s exciting tribute to William Gillette, famous actor and playwright, and of course Sherlock Holmes.  Gillette wrote the very successful “Sherlock Holmes” with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collaborating.  Gillette also starred in the production giving over 1300 performances in more than 30 years.  That production was a renowned success making Gillette a wealthy man.  As… Continue reading

Interactive Immersion in Performing and Visual Arts in “Those Who Lie Beyond”

Ashley J. Mandanas , cast member of “Those Who Lie Beyond”

Ronn Burton, founder of 19th Century Hound, opens their first show in Oklahoma City.  “Those Who Lie Beyond” is a fascinating theatrical journey.  The presentation style is a new form of theatre that is sweeping the country, and Oklahoma’s diverse theatrical community finds an exciting thrill in this brand-new genre.  The idea of immersive theatre is to remove the ‘fourth wall’ between stage and audience, combining the two spaces into one.  The audience becomes an integral part of the performance, sometimes as a… Continue reading

This Veterans Day Join OCCC and CityRep Presenting Stephen Lang in “BEYOND GLORY”

Stephen Lang in “Beyond Glory”

In days of old our heroes were warriors, King Arthur, Winston Churchill, General George Patton…the heroes of our fathers and ourselves.  But nowadays our heroes are often movie stars, Robert Shaw, Robert Redford, Robert Hardy, Katharine Hepburn and Stephen Lang.  Stephen Lang, now there is a hero movie star, and he has let us know his heroes.  The Medal of Honor Recipients he portrays in “Beyond Glory” must be his heroes.  Larry Smith’s book “Beyond Glory” contains the personal stories of 23 Medal of Honor Recipients… Continue reading

Oklahoma City University Presents an Excellent “Julius Cæsar”

Oklahoma City University is presenting “Julius Caesar” a historical tragedy by William Shakespeare.  This production has been adapted by D. Lance Marsh, who directs “Julius Caesar” with a student cast of exceptional actors.  “Julius Caesar” is different in many ways from typical Shakespeare as it lacks the contrived confusion we have come to know in his romances and comedies. The language is pure Shakespeare, of course, but very crisp and the action is quite straightforward. “Julius Caesar” is the most often quoted of Shakespearean plays, as it is so full of excellent ‘sound bytes’ that can be… Continue reading

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