Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd

Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd

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Meteor Shower at Carpenter Square Theatre Needs a Bigger Audience.

……………………………………………………………………………..Reviewed by Scott Myers

7/10/2021

The cast of Carpenter Square’s production of Meteor Shower. From left, Lilli Bassett, Terry Veal, Ed Spinelli and Mikie Gilmore.

The final production of this ensemble play is written by a “wild and crazy guy,” Steve Martin. Martin is a television/film actor as well as a writer and Meteor Shower is about a true scientific event . I mention this mixed media performance because the story told by this energetic cast of 4 seemed like a tv show and at times a comedy play.

The story starts out with a nervous Corky, played with vigor… Continue reading

Grease Scores BIG on Football Field Show!

…………………………………………………………..……………………By Scott Myers

    I  was driving around the other night trying to stay cool in my air-conditioned  car. Being curious, when I saw a crowd gathering at Bishop McGuiness’ High School football stadium, I pulled into the parking lot and noticed their field strewn with various large platforms with castors (wheels), colored stage lights and fifties/early sixties’ music coming from within. Turns out that Lyric Theatre was debuting their production of Grease, by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey on the football field that evening.

    I’ve seen shows presented on all types of venues… Continue reading

A Good Old-Fashioned Mystery

………………………………………………………………………………….by Scott Myers

   I was out wandering around (in my air-conditioned car, of course) and saw a line of cars filing in to what used to be Jewel Box Theatre’s old home but instead they were driving down a slightly different road (I followed the many signs along the road) to what appeared to be their NEW venue. I found myself curiously drawn into this building which advertised The Vultures, by Mark A. Ridge. I picked up a program , without opening it, and found a comfortable  seat. on a raised platform overlooking the… Continue reading

Carpenter Square Excels in Production of “Skeleton Crew”

After Shanita (Mariah Warren) has a meltdown, worried about the future for her and her baby, Dez (Aldan Olds) tries to reassure her in a scene from SKELETON CREW playing May 21-June 12 at Carpenter Square Theatre.

Carpenter Square Theatre is presenting “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morisseau through June 12, 2021.  Directed by Albert H. Bostick Jr. and starring four superb actors this performance details a slice of life in the city of Detroit during the economic downturn of 2008.  The automobile industry is in collapse and factory shutdowns are commonplace.  And of course, Detroit, the motor… Continue reading

3rd Act Theatre Presents an Intellectually Interesting “Heartbreak House”

Rob May as Captain Shotover and Megan Billings as Ellie Dunn enjoy a brief quiet moment in the garden of Heartbreak House. Photo courtesy of J. Christine Lanning.

“Heartbreak House” is a convoluted play filled with typically English, rather un-inspirational characters symptomatic of the upper middle class.  This time period in English society reflects a certain decadence and comfort in the status quo.  The year is 1914 and the specter of the Great War about to begin hangs like a dark cloud over the landscape. The full title of the play is “Heartbreak House: A Fantasia in the… Continue reading

Richard Lemin Fabulously Directs “Gaslight” at Jewel Box Theatre

Derek Kenney as Jack Manningham and Katy Hayes as Bella Manningham in Jewel Box Theatre’s “Gaslight” Photo courtesy of Jewel Box Theatre.

Jewel Box Theatre is presenting Patrick Hamilton’s “Gaslight” under the expert direction of Richard Lemin and a cast of five talented performers.  “Gaslight” is a play of suspense and intrigue with complicated characters and is often known as “Angel Street”  in USA theatrical circles. “Gaslight” is best known as the 1944 American film starring Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotton and Charles Boyer and earning an Oscar nomination for Angela Lansbury in her first film role.

The play… Continue reading

Lyric’s Nunsense Makes Good Sense

                                                                  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………by Scott Myers

     I had the pleasure of attending the opening night performance of “Nunsense” performed by Lyric Theatre at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage (complete with ducks enjoying the ambiance). One of the staples of OKC’s arts scene did a great job of getting the audience from the outer streets of the metropolis to the cozy confines of the performance venue with ease… Continue reading

3rd Act Theatre Unravels the Origin of Medusa’s Mysterious Mythology in Bella Poynton’s “Medusa Undone”

……………………………………………………………………………………….by Scott Myers

Photo courtesy J. Christine Lanning, 3rd Act Theatre

I was excited to get out of lockdown for an evening of live local theatre and chose Medusa Undone. This is basically the backstory of how the mythical creature got her famous head full of snakes and the power to turn gawkers into stone. This difficult production was ably presented by the 3rd Act Theatre Company located in a renovated storefront at the  North Park Mall,in OKC.  This is the final production in their Noire series of shows that are definitely not of the usual community theater… Continue reading

“Ada and the Engine” a Wonderful and Worthy Show at Carpenter Square

Taylor Reich as Lord Lovelace, and Kaylan Ferrell Lady Lovelace (Ada) disagree as Laurie Blankenship portraying Lady Byron, Ada’s mother looks on. Photo courtesy of Carpenter Square.

Lauren Gunderson is certainly one of the most interesting modern playwrights around.  Gunderson makes math romantic in “Ada and the Engine” currently showing at Carpenter Square Theatre.  Tom Cowley directs an impressive cast of four in this fascinating show.  The central character is Lady Augusta Ada Byron Lovelace.  She is a brilliant mathematician and makes her mark on the world during the early days of the Industrial Revolution in… Continue reading

“Pressure Makes Diamonds” Showcases the Brilliantly Polished Denise Lee

 

Denise Lee in “Pressure Makes Diamonds at Lyric Theatre. Photo courtesy of K. Talley Photography

Sixty years ago today Denise Lee came into the world.  No fool, she just came close enough to April Fools Day to have a great deal of humor alongside a great vocal talent.  She started out in 1961, a diamond in the rough, but at the 60th anniversary of her birth, she shines brilliantly.  It is the pressure that creates the diamonds whether hidden deep in the ground or visibly glowing for all the world to see. Lee examines her… Continue reading

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