Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Managing Director: Adrienne Proctor / Editor: Jillian Pritchard Ball

Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd

Laughs Galore With “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Jewel Box

Arsenic and Old Lace

Julia Seely as Elaine Harper in the arms of Joe Burleigh as Mortimer Brewster in “Arsenic and Old Lace” Photo courtesy of Jewel Box

Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” has been a favorite for theatre patrons since it first opened at the Fulton Theatre on Broadway in 1941.  Since then it has become a successful film and a staple choice for academic and community theatres as well as professional houses.  This success is due to the hilarity of the dark comedy.  It is the epitome of wit, slapstick, double takes and rapid-fire timing when performed… Continue reading

“Driving Miss Daisy” Opens Another Perfect Show Beginning Another Perfect Season!

Driving Miss Daisy

Brenda Williams as Daisy Werthen and James A. Hughes as Boolie Werthen in “Driving Miss Daisy”. Photo courtesy of Jared Blount, The Pollard Theatre

Three plays, “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” followed by the musical “Parade” form the Atlanta trilogy of work from Alfred Uhry based on his own experiences as a Jew in the deep south of the 20th century.  The first production of “Driving Miss Daisy” was a major success and Uhry then wrote the screenplay for the award-winning film starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd.  The Pollard… Continue reading

Jon Haque-A Man of Generosity and Generous Talent

Jon Haque
Photo courtesy of CityRep

Jon Haque is a man of many talents and disciplines.  As the Business Manager at Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre Company  he is tasked with making things as simple as possible for the production and excels in that behind the scenes capacity.  He has had many successes as an actor in the Oklahoma City area not only at CityRep but at Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, the Pollard Theatre and Carpenter Square.  In 2007 he received an Emmy Award for his television work at PBS, excellent recognition of his acting… Continue reading

Amandanell Bold is a Bold Adventure in Action

Amandanell Bold Headshot

Amandanell Bold Photo courtesy of Savannah Lutrell Photography

There are some excellent university programs for the arts in Oklahoma.  But the real test for theatre folk doesn’t come from their academic career, it comes from their performance in the field.  Amandanell Bold has been in love with the theatre from childhood.  She has paid her dues working on the backstage crews and stage managing.  She loves the ambiance and the thrill that occurs backstage when the crew is able to support the actors and directors in a hit show.  Every now and then she… Continue reading

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Premieres an Outstanding Production of “The Book of Will”

Kate Kemmet as Alice Heminges and Chris Rodgers as Henry Condell in “The Book of Will” Photo courtesy of April Porterfield

Shakespeare in the Park on Paseo is presenting “The Book of Will” through August 31, 2019.  Lauren Gunderson’s amazing play tells the tale of Shakespeare’s fellow actors and friends, The King’s Men, collecting and publishing his works three years after his death.  Other group members are lost, and along with them their memories of parts played.  They decide to collect and publish Shakespeare’s works, to commemorate the genius of his writing for future generations. … Continue reading

“The Lost Boy” Provides a Dynamic Beginning for The 3rd Act Theatre

Don Taylor as Captain Hook threatens Brance Lanning as Peter Pan

The 3rd Act Theatre is off to a solid start with their first production, “The Lost Boy” by Ronald Gabriel Paolillo.  Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie and “The Lost Boy” is the story of J.M. Barrie’s writing Peter’s story. “Peter Pan” was first staged in 1894 and the first Barrie story exploring the boy who never grew up, “The Little White Bird” shows how the story of Neverland and a permanently young boy who can fly was developed by J.M.… Continue reading

Ella Latham

Ella Latham 2019

Ella Latham

Photo courtesy of Gretchen Latham

The Broadway Academy of Performing is presenting “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” August 3, 2019 featuring Ella Latham.  Latham is well-known to local audiences having appeared as Martha Cratchit in “A Territorial Christmas Carol” at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma.  Many people may remember her performance in “Oliver” at Kismet, where she performed as Bet. Latham earned the award of Best Supporting Actress from Broadway World for Bet and Martha in 2018.

The production will take place in Wichita KS at Newman University as the culmination of the week-long… Continue reading

James A. Hughes

James A. Hughes
Photo courtesy of The Pollard

James A. Hughes, resident company member of the Pollard Theatre is one of the most versatile actors in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area.  Hughes studied dance and costume design at Oklahoma City University, and his credits include directing and choreographing as well as performing on stage.  His range includes many roles, from the beloved Bob Cratchit in Pollard’s “A Territorial Christmas Carol” to Boolie Werthan in “Driving Miss Daisy” also at the Pollard.  “Driving Miss Daisy” is coming up again at the Pollard, opening August 23, 2019. … Continue reading

Once Again Lyric’s Titan Michael Baron Astounds with “Titanic”

The cast of Lyric’s Titanic.
Photos by K. Talley Photography

There is no doubt that  Michael Baron is a genius at launching a success—had he launched the Titanic, she never would have sunk-but sink she did and the great loss is a story that has fascinated the public for over a century.  The stories of courage and cowardice, wealth and poverty, sacrifice and greed are told beautifully by Peter Stone with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.  The “Titanic” musical is nothing like the fictional ‘Titanic’ movie by James Cameron, but it is a powerful story… Continue reading

Great Fun With The 3rd Act Theatre Presenting “Romeo & Juliet….sort of”

Opening Night Drunk

Cast and Crew of Drunken Classics. Photo courtesy of Sami Karbelk

“Romeo & Juliet….sort of” “Drunken Classics” and soused Shakespeare—the marriage of improvisation and Shakespearean lilt.  The 3rd Act Theatre Company is a brand new theatre located at the popular Shoppes at Northpark at the corner of 122nd and May Avenue.  Until they begin their first season with “The Lost Boy” August 8, 2019 at this great location, they have been gathering at many of the watering holes throughout the city showcasing their talents.  They do so with wine taken with wisdom and beer… Continue reading