Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Editor: Jillian Ball

Elizabeth Hurd


Oklahoma Art Scene and Hurd was created as a vehicle to ‘criticize’ art for the benefit of the public.  With a background in theatre that’s where we began.  We have always intended to branch out into the arts. Will Hurd is one of the better known Southwest Colorists in the nation, and I have yet to ‘review’ his art although working as his agent for 40 years I am certainly qualified to do so, and I intend to cover his next opening.  But that’s nepotism!!!  That’s right.  But it’s my blog!  … Continue reading

It’s the Perfect Time for Perfect Timing in “Sense and Sensibility” at Shakespeare in the Park

Wil Rogers (lighted), Becca Mitchell, Madeline Dannenberg and David Fletcher-Hall. Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park is presenting “Sense and Sensibility,” Jane Austen’s beloved tale of two young sisters attempt to find happiness within the strict confines of moral behavior in 19th century England.  The code of conduct that women in this Victorian era had to adhere to wasn’t always easy.  She had one choice; a good marriage.  That meant a woman had to, within a very few short years, love and inspire love in the richest man she could… Continue reading

Kismet Arts Studio and Theatre Astounds with “Oliver”

Emily Pace as Nancy shields Hudson Ratcliff as Oliver

Occasionally a talented director in community theatre will stumble upon the key to superb community theatre and a masterpiece is created in an unexpected place.  Angela Polk and Laura Himes own the Kismet Arts Studio and Theatre and their first full-fledged community performance of “Oliver” is a masterpiece, however the success of their production is no stumble.  It is, rather, the result of perfect understanding in birthing superb community theatre.

Almost everyone is familiar with the work of Charles Dickens in the wonderful novels he created, set in… Continue reading

Lyric Theatre’s “Mamma Mia!” Delights the Audience at the Civic Center

The cast of “Mamma Mia!” dancing in front of the taverna

In 1976 ABBA, one of the most popular rock groups of all time released “Dancing Queen” and while not everyone was a fan of ABBA, everyone became familiar with that song.  Not only is “Dancing Queen” a great song for dancing, it is a great song to hear on the radio on that long drive home.  And for that brief moment any woman can become the dancing queen.  Even my own mother who would be 100 this year was caught in such a brief moment… Continue reading

“Ruthless” is a Qualified Boom Success!

Emily Etherton as Judy Denmark and Erin Heatly as Tina Denmark in “Ruthless”

Favorite dramas from Hollywood’s heyday in the 50’s are “All About Eve” and “The Bad Seed.” Nancy Kelly originated Christine Penmark in both stage and movie productions of “The Bad Seed.”  Alongside her is Patty McCormack as the psychopathic daughter, Rhoda in the classic film.  Of course no one could forget Bette Davis and Anne Baxter in “All About Eve” the movie that created the iconic female conniver with Baxter as Eve, alongside the outstanding diva in Margot Channing so memorably played by Bette… Continue reading

Lyric’s “Hello Dolly” Continues a Tradition of Excellence and Style

The Cast of “Hello Dolly” with Dee Hoty gliding down the staircase in the iconic red dress by Jeffrey Meek. Photo courtesy of Lyric Theatre

Thornton Wilder wrote “The Merchant of Yonkers” in 1938, one of his few flops.  In 1955 he revised and retitled it into “The Matchmaker,” and it was a hit.  In 1964, Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman took the property and created the amazingly successful musical “Hello Dolly” starring Carol Channing and it was a smash hit! Stewart did the book and Herman wrote the music and lyrics, but Channing made it her… Continue reading

Comic Brilliance at Carpenter Square with “My Brilliant Divorce”

A scene from “My Brilliant Divorce,” at Carpenter Square Theatre. June 29-July 21, Pictured left to right are Richie Rayfield, Lilli Bassett, and Laurie Blankenship. 

Linda McDonald is a multi-talented choice for almost any performance endeavor, although she has not been seen dancing a jig, at least not lately.  She is a talented actress from “Ripcord” and “Mrs. Mannerly” to name a just a few productions from Carpenter Square, recently and she is an amazing writer with five mystery/psychological thrillers under her belt beginning with “Crimes of Redemption,” Oklahoma’s Best Fiction of 2013.  She clearly understands… Continue reading

“Always…Patsy Cline” A Fabulous Hit at The Pollard Theatre

Kara Chapman as Patsy Cline and Jodi Nestander as Louise Seger in “Always…Patsy Cline” Photo courtesy of The Pollard Theatre

The Pollard Theatre closes Season 31 with a smash hit.  “Always…Patsy Cline” was presented a few seasons ago and the response was so enthusiastic that the only choice was to put it on again.  Timothy Stewart returns to direct two incomparable actresses as Patsy Cline and her great friend and fan, Louise Seger.  They are Kara Chapman as Miss Patsy Cline and Jodi Nestander as Louise Seger.

The story is based on Patsy Cline’s life and… Continue reading

Romance Abounds in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Myriad Gardens

The beauty of Alissa Mortimer is evident in her portrayal of the lovely Titania, Queen of the Faeries in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo courtesy of Kathryn McGill.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has long been a favorite among lovers of Shakespeare.  It is funny, sexy, impossible and fast-paced. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park opens Season Number 34 with this excellent choice captivating audiences, despite the Oklahoma springtime heat.

Lance D. Marsh directs with a talented cast of actors. The story of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is as silly as any romantic comedy today. Theseus, Duke of Athens prepares… Continue reading

The Pollard Enchants with ‘The Little Mermaid

Jared Blount, right (Jetsam) and Emily Pace, left (Flotsam) surround and entice Emily Paige Cleek (Ariel) eelishly … courtesy off JJ Design

“The Little Mermaid” is being presented at the Pollard Theatre to substantial acclaim.  The movie was wonderful. It’s impossible, though, to equal special effects in animation with humans in live theatre.  Co-Directors Timothy Stewart and W. Jerome Stevenson decided to concentrate on characters and story instead. (A wise decision.) Putting their efforts into choreography, music, and acting pays off. The play is an enthralling piece of theatre for young children—and all ages.  Adults appear… Continue reading