Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Editor: Jillian Ball

Elizabeth Hurd

“James and the Giant Peach” Fun Fantabulous Fantasy!

Cast of “James and the Giant Peach” at Lyric

Lyric’s production of “James and the Giant Peach” is being performed through April 9 at Lyric at the Plaza.  Set Designer Kate Sullivan, is also the designer for “I Am My Own Wife” running concurrently. The beautiful and intricate set for both shows easily transforms from a lovely fun space for “James and the Giant Peach,” to the elegant but musty gentility found in the evening performances of “I Am My Own Wife” in short order.

“James and the Giant Peach” is a show that is great fun for… Continue reading

Lyric’s “I Am My Own Wife” is an Outstanding Theatrical Experience

Matthew Alvin Brown as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf

Oklahoma City’s Lyric Theatre presents Matthew Alvin Brown in a phenomenal one man performance of “I Am My Own Wife” from playwright Doug Wright. Wright became interested in the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, born Lothar Berfelde, and determined to interview her and tell her story of survival under oppression.  As a young man, Berfelde suffered under an abusive father, an SS officer of the Third Reich.  At the height of WWII Lothar defended himself successfully against his father, striking a blow for freedom for himself and his mother.… Continue reading

A Star Visits OKC Thanks to CityRep—Audra McDonald at OCCC

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) is one of the major assets in Oklahoma City.  Of course, Oklahoma is well known in the sporting arena with the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys and now the Thunders, but the contributions in performing arts are also being noticed.  Of course, Oklahoma City has long been known for producing exceptional talent in ballet as well as music and theatre.  Thanks largely to CityRep, major stars are recognizing Oklahoma City as an important place.  Important because here talent is appreciated and performers are given the credit they are… Continue reading

Poetry Expressed in Dance, Not Words

Oklahoma City University has long been noted for academic excellence in virtually every discipline.  In performing arts, it is evident from the quality of production in theatre, music, musical theatre and dance.  John Bedford, Dean of OCU’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management and Jo Rowan, Chairman of the Ann Lacy School of Dance and founder of the American Spirit Dance Company are quite a team.  Since 1981, the American Spirit Dance Company has showcased a revue that reveals the exceptional talents of the students attending OCU.  The program is exciting and… Continue reading

“Bus Stop” Breezy not Cheesy, Drama Peppered with Humor

The Jewel Box Theatre is nearing sixty years of quality community theatre.  “Bus Stop” by William Inge is just a little older.  Inge, a significant and award winning playwright created the drama with memories of his own roots on the plains.  The howling winds blowing across the prairies in Kansas and Oklahoma can suddenly produce dangerous storms.  An early March snowstorm has closed the roads in a small town just 25 miles west of Kansas City, Missouri.  The bus pulls into Grace’s Diner but cannot continue on as the roads have been closed. … Continue reading

“Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play” Fantastic and Fatalistic

Paul Taylor, Liza Clark and Bob Hess holding their Simpson Masks by Robert Pittenridge

 “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play” by Anne Washburn is a critically acclaimed favorite for the millennial generation.   Washburn envisions life for survivors following an apocalypse that has decimated the population and destroyed their infrastructure, including the nuclear power plants.  The resulting radioactivity further decimates the population several times over. Survivors group together defending themselves from marauders and wondering how to build a new world as they grieve for all they have lost.  Family, friends, lovers, neighbors, refrigeration, television and texting are… Continue reading

Salute

I would like to thank friends and colleagues for their support and company.

Will Hurd, Jillian Pritchard Ball, Phyllis Kimmel Libby, Thomas J. Hurd, James Hurd, Anna Holloway, Ryan Echols and Adam Davies have all provided valuable insight, chauffeuring, proof-reading, contributions and suggestions. 

Jillian Pritchard Ball is a new intern for okartsceneandhurd.com and her contributions will be increasing shortly.  I would like to extend a grateful welcome to her.

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Beautiful and Chilling “Dark Sisters” also Haunts

It is easy to love, to hear the music in the heart and soul that comes from loving another.  Understanding that this sustaining love is a gift from God makes the music even more beautiful.  And that is how the women feel in the opera “Dark Sisters” presented at Oklahoma City University in the Kirkpatrick Theatre. “Dark Sisters” is a modern opera premiering in 2011 and based on the events that took place in a cult that has been separated from the Church of Latter Day Saints for over a century.  Initially, plural marriage was an… Continue reading

Exit Laughing at Carpenter Square—Humorous and Almost Hilarious

Paul Elliott is the successful playwright who created a mythical character, Mary, and then wrote “Exit Laughing” for all of her survivors.  That includes any member of the audience viewing “Exit Laughing” or anyone loving someone who left us laughing through our tears.  Mary was the fourth in a weekly bridge game alongside her contemporaries, a group of genteel southern ladies who are reminiscent of the ladies in ‘Designing Women’ and ‘Golden Girls’ from sitcoms of the ‘80’s and followed by the hit movie, ‘Steel Magnolias’ in 1989.

In “Exit Laughing” Connie, Leona and Millie meet at… Continue reading

“Seminar” Profound and Comical Perspectives

Theresa Rebeck is a prestigious playwright with extensive experience in television and movies.  She understands the literary process and its contributors.  Although writers tend to be egocentric like many artists, they also must be empathetic in order to create the personalities readers or an audience can enjoy.  Rebeck’s “Seminar” is a play about writers and she reveals the conflicts and angst among them with wit as well as admirable character creation.  “Seminar” a BIGNOSE Production, presented at Shakespeare on the Paseo, also requires a director and actors who understand… Continue reading