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

Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd

Lyric Theatre Spectacularly Shocks with “The Rocky Horror Show”

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Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter (played by Eric Ulloa) prepares to return home. Photo Courtesy of K Talley Photography

Since 1973, almost everyone that loves this spooky time of year has experienced the outrageous cult classic ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ whether from the original London production in 1973 or both the Broadway production and hit movie starring Tim Curry as Frank ‘N’ Furter in 1975.   In 2016, J. Robert Moore portrayed Frank ‘N’ Furter at Lyric Theatre to rave reviews; now Moore has returned to direct, ushering in Eric Ulloa’s turn in platforms to dazzle Oklahoma audiences!

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Tyler Woods directs a “Perfect Storm” with “The Tempest” at Shakespeare in the Park on Paseo

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Mariah Warren as Ariel in OSP’s “The Tempest” Photo Courtesy of Kathryn McGill

Tyler Woods has long been known as an actor of superior qualities and a director of sublime intelligence, yet he has outdone himself with Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “The Tempest” at the Paseo location.  As a result, the entire cast of superlative actors has risen to greater heights creating one of the best Shakespearean productions to grace an Oklahoma City Stage. 

As the play opens a violent storm casts sailors and noble travelers into the sea and many survivors make it to a… Continue reading

“A Raisin in the Sun” Looks Back and Pays Forward

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Three generations of the Younger Family in “A Raisin in the Sun” Norma Goff as Lena Younger (left) Myles Currin-Moore as Travis Younger and Nykezia Giles as Ruth Younger (standing) Photo Courtesy of Jewel Box Theatre.

 “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry is one of the most definitively important plays of the 20th century.  Earning numerous awards since the 1959 Broadway debut, the play explores the obstacles faced by the black, or in the language of the day “colored,” community.  The title comes from a line in Langston Hughes poem ‘Harlem’ or ‘A Dream… Continue reading

Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” is the Perfect Comic Opera from Painted Sky

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Isaac Frishman as Count Almaviva courts Mary Beth Nelson as Rosina behind the suspicious eyes of Andy Papas as Doctor Bartolo in “The Barber of Seville” Photo courtesy of Painted Sky Opera

Painted Sky Opera presents “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” or “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini from September 20, 2019 to September 27, 2019 at the Freede Theatre in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.  Considered one of Rossini’s most popular comic opera’s, “The Barber of Seville” has been delighting audiences for over 100 years, and this version from Painted Sky hits the mark squarely. … Continue reading

Brilliance Abounds in “Every Brilliant Thing”

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Jon Haque in “Every Brilliant Thing” Photo courtesy of Mutz Photography

In 2013 the world changed just a little bit.  The change was imperceptible, and the results of that change cannot yet be measured.  But the results so far are dramatic.  Duncan Macmillan presented his play “Every Brilliant Thing” at the Ludlow Film Festival.  The one-man show starred Jonny Donahue, a British comedian.  The interactive and immersive piece has the copyright listed as 2016 because the improvisational aspects allowed the contribution of the actor to determine some of the fine points of the play. … Continue reading

Legendary Laughs for Carpenter Square’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Casey (Derek Kenney) works as an Elvis impersonator until he gets fired at Cleo’s Bar on the Beach. Matthew Lopez’ comedy is about a young married man who is a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator and is induced to turn his jumpsuits into dresses and become a drag queen. It opens Carpenter Square Theatre’s 36th Season, and plays September 6-28 at the theater located at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City. For information, visit carpentersquare.com, and for reservations, call 405-232-6500.

Carpenter Square is a long-standing purveyor of edgy and delectable community theatre in Oklahoma City.  The current production “The Legend… Continue reading

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

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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 with… Continue reading

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

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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 is… Continue reading

Jon Haque-A Man of Generosity and Generous Talent

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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 skills.… Continue reading

Amandanell Bold is a Bold Adventure in Action

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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 is… Continue reading