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Marvelously Thrilling “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” at Carpenter Square

Three Hydes gather to plot deviltry and tempting Jekyll. From left: David Burkhart, Rob Mays, Albert Bostick and far right as Henry Jekyll, Rick Lockett. Photo courtesy of Carpenter Square

One of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most popular novellas “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was first published in 1883.  The story concerns an idealistic doctor, Henry Jekyll, who becomes fascinated with the idea of conquering the evil in man.  He experiments upon himself, developing a formula that will isolate his own evil into a persona distinct from himself.  This creates two personalities within… Continue reading

“Almost Maine” Absolutely Delights

Timothy Stewart and Kris Schinske Wolfe in “Almost Maine” Photo Courtesy of the Pollard Theatre

“Almost Maine” is a delightful show about the lives and loves of folks living in a town that never quite became a township, hence, Almost, ME.  The play, written by John Cariani, tells the story of lovers, those who seek, those who find and those who lose at the game of love.  “Almost Maine” deals with romantic love, but also the love between good friends. The play consists of eight separate scenes featuring different characters. There is also a three-part series of… Continue reading

“Twelfth Night” Brilliantly Reveals True Shakespearean Comedy

Viola masquerading as Cesario played by Jessa Schinske in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” Photo courtesy of OSP

Kathryn McGill directs “Twelfth Night” with perfection.  Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park opens their 35th Season with a splendid production of one of Shakespeare’s most amusing comedies.  “Twelfth Night” or ‘What You Will’ is one of Shakespeare’s most complicated romantic comedies utilizing one of his favorite devices: mistaken identity.  Shakespeare was fascinated with twins, and he uses a pair of twins in “Twelfth Night” as well as the upcoming “The Comedy of Errors” also showing this season.

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“Hair” A Crowning Achievement from UCO and CityRep!


The tribe led by Sheila (Hope Chancey) protests. Photo courtesy of Mutz Photography

The University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre have been collaborating for a decade providing excellent theatrical productions, and Hair is at the pinnacle of great musical theatre.  Of course, fifty years ago, Hair was a departure from traditional musical theatre, and the success of the musical was a surprise to writers Gerome Ragni and James Rado.  Alongside Greg MacDermott (music), Hair became an overnight sensation.  Half a century has passed and Hair remains as sensational as ever.

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“The Wolves” Performed Excellently at OCU

Kaiden Lynn Matthews as #13 in “The Wolves” photo courtesy of OCU/flickr/cardinalepowell

“The Wolves” by Sarah DeLappe is a directorial success at Oklahoma City University.  Courtney DiBello cast ten extremely talented students and 3 ‘swing’ members in this interesting work.  The award winning play is written for an ensemble group of young actresses as they warm up for their weekly soccer game.  The two act-play brings the modern approach of telling several intertwining stories rather than concentrating on one single drama and, perhaps, a subplot or two.  DeLappe is a young playwright creating typical teens… Continue reading

“Barefoot in the Park” is a Big Hit for Jewel Box Theatre

David Fletcher-Hall as Victor Valasco tempts Lilli Bassett as the mother of the bride with delectable oddities as Korri Worner playing bride Corie Bratter looks on. Photo courtesy of David Fletcher-Hall, by Jim Beckel

Jewel Box Theatre kicks off the New Year with “Barefoot in the Park” one of Neil Simon’s most amusing romantic comedies.  Set in New York City in 1967, “Barefoot in the Park” tells the story of a young spontaneous and vivacious bride moving into her first apartment as a married woman.  Her husband is a bright lawyer, attempting to develop the persona of… Continue reading

“Hair” Coming Soon to UCO from CityRep and the University of Central Oklahoma

“Hair” tribal members–that’s Hagen Wano on the bottom in the yellow geometric shirt with the faux fir vest collar! Photo courtesy of CityRep

“Hair” is opening February 6 at 7:30 and stars Guthrie resident, Hagen Wano in the role of Berger, alongside many extremely talented performers.  “Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical” is a joint production between the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre.  This cooperative venture is an opportunity for students to work alongside seasoned Equity Actors in a Musical Theatre Extravaganza that is a vital and relevant part of American culture.… Continue reading

“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