Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Editor: Jillian Ball

Elizabeth Hurd

Carpenter Square presents “Slasher” with a Dull Edge

Peter Fischaber as Marc Hunter directs a murderous scene in ‘Bloodbath’ with Jessica Biel as Sheena (last girl) being threated by Matthew Moreillon as Jodi Joshi.

“Slasher” is a hilariously camp spoof of popular slasher movies now turned to theatre. A young waitress in Austin, Texas, Sheena McKinney, is savvy—and her chance meeting with a movie director is the opportunity of her lifetime. Her mother, Frances, is disabled, bound to her wheelchair. She is also quite mad—a combination of insanity and raging feminism boil within her. The younger sister, Hildy, is just trying to pass chemistry. Sheena is offered… Continue reading

Glorious Ghosting from the Pollard Theatre with “Ghost the Musical”

Emily Pace as Molly and Seth Paden as Sam in “Ghost” Photo Courtesy of the Pollard Theatre

Now it is told musically! A story of love eternal and the bonds that death may never break.  A yarn of heroism and defeating corruption; an adventure filled with suspense.  A tale of friendship devastatingly false—yet withal a new friendship profoundly loyal.  “Ghost the Musical” is the latest hit from the Pollard Theatre in downtown Guthrie, thrilling audiences through October 27, 2018. “Ghost the Musical” is adapted by writer Bruce Joel Rubin from his hit movie “Ghost.”  Music… Continue reading

“Wait Until Dark” A Near Miss with Great Possibilities

Christine Lanning and David Fletcher-Hall in Wait Until Dark. Photo courtesy of James Beckel

“Wait Until Dark” is a frightening suspense thriller written by Frederick Knott, first performed in 1966.  Knott is noted for his rather convoluted mysteries designed to terrify and confuse.  “Wait Until Dark” tells of a young blind woman who becomes trapped in her apartment and besieged by nefarious forces.   The woman is Susy Hendrix and she’s married to a traveling photographer, Sam.  Susy has adapted well to her blindness getting about with ease, and her husband is careful to see… Continue reading

No Trouble: “The Music Man in Concert” is a Jewel-and that Rhymes with Pool!

Ember Reed (center) surrounding by River City Children. Photo courtesy of Wendy Mutz Photography

Tonight a musical extravaganza opens with the collaboration of Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre and Oklahoma City Community College presenting “The Music Man in Concert” honoring 60 years of joy from the original musical by Meredith Willson. Joining CityRep and OCCC are a number of partners such as the Ambassadors’ Concert Choir, Classen School of Advanced Studies, and Junior and Teen Race Dance Company.  The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), The University of Oklahoma (OU) and Painted Sky Opera, Dance Unlimited/Spotlight Acting Academy and Oklahoma… Continue reading

CityRep and OCCC Thrilling Audiences with 60th Anniversary “The Music Man in Concert”

Jonathan Beck Reed (Harold Hill) tempting the children of River City into joining the band. Photo coutesy of Wendy Mutz Photography

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) under powerfully creative Artistic Director Donald Jordan, in cooperation with Oklahoma City Community College is bringing an exciting program of Public Works to Oklahoma City.  An extravaganza that pools many of the wonderful performing arts organizations and talented stars is the result.  This extravaganza is in honor of the 60th anniversary of “The Music Man” and is titled “The Music Man in Concert” which will play at the… Continue reading

Tyler Woods Fascinates and Astounds as King Richard III!

Tyler Woods as Richard III woos Alexis Pudvan as Lady Anne in “The Tragedy of King Richard III” Photo courtesy of OSP

“The Tragedy of King Richard III” was likely written in 1593, a decade and a century after the last Plantagenet lost his throne.  Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park tells the fascinating story as Shakespeare intended brilliantly with Tyler Woods skillfully creating the wicked sociopath.  Richard was craven, but not cowardly, and in the convoluted turn his manipulations, machinations and scheming take, we find the evil wicked uncle brought to life.  In Richard, Shakespeare created… Continue reading

Carpenter Square’s Season 35 Excites with “The Gorges Motel”

Pictured left to right are: David Burkhart, DiAnn McDown, Mariah Warren, Vikki Simer, Karen Garlitz, Angela Lux, and Cam Taylor in ‘Missing, Part 3’

In 1921, Luigi Pirandello wrote “Six Characters in Search of an Author” a comedic one act, receiving critical acclaim.   Nearly 100 years later in 2017, six authors in search of structure plotted to create a comedy of nine vignettes titled “The Gorges Motel” a popular new comedy.  

 

“The Gorges Motel” opens Carpenter Square’s 35th season with light comedy from the six authors. The setting for “The Gorges Motel” is… Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at OSP’s Richard III

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L to R: Alexis Ward as Queen Margaret, Alyssa Fantel as Queen Elizabeth, Tyler Woods as… Continue reading

Hilarious Heresy in The Pollard’s “An Act of God”

Brenda Williams

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma kicks off its 32nd season with David Javerbaum’s popular controversial comedy “An Act of God” starring Brenda Williams.  Javerbaum is an award-winning comedy writer known for his prolific work as a staff writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His first book, The Last Testament: A Memoir by God was released in 2011 with “An Act of God” premiering in 2015.  Both were formed from a series of tweets @thetweetofGod.  The Pollard Theatre is a professional regional theatre of noted excellence and Timothy Stewart… Continue reading

“The Foreigner” Sparkles at Jewel Box Theatre

Barrett Davidson as Charlie Baker (red cup) Chris Harris as Betty Meeks (platter) and Matthew Percival as Ellard Simms (silver cup) Photo Courtesy of Jewel Box Theatre

Larry Shue is the author of “The Nerd” and “The Foreigner” two of the most popular award winning plays of the 1980’s.  The Jewel Box Theatre begins their 61st season with “The Foreigner” to delighted audiences.  Chuck Tweed directs and Barrett Davidson in the role of Charlie Baker.  There are many ‘sweet’ bits in “The Foreigner” and Tweed is well-known in Oklahoma theatrical circles as an ideal ‘bit’… Continue reading