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

Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd

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.  The… 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. Barrie.… 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 performing… 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.  And… 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 reconstructing… 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 imbibed… Continue reading

Another Dynamic Presentation from Lyric Theatre with “Newsies”

 

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The cast of Disney’s “Newsies” Photo Courtesy of K. Talley Photography

Lyric Theatre is a tremendous asset to Oklahoma City, bringing excellent theatre to Oklahoman’s gaining recognition on a national level.  Their summer productions at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall are always thrilling, staged with magic, glitz and genius level talent.  Another example of excellence from Artistic Director, Michael Baron can be seen in the latest production “Newsies” directed by Ashley Wells opening July 9 and running through July 14, 2019. 

“Newsies” is loosely based on the notorious newsboy strikes taking place in New… Continue reading

Carpenter Square’s “Clever Little Lies” Abounds with Clever Humor

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A visit to the parents turns into an uproar when son Billy’s phone keeps ringing in the new comedy “Clever Little Lies.” Pictured left to right are Chris Crane, Katy Hayes, Mary Sue Backus, and Pat Meirick. Joe DiPietro’s fast-paced play about marriage and all its ups and downs plays June 28-July 20 at Carpenter Square Theatre.

Joe DiPietro is an award winning playwright as well as a favorite for Carpenter Square audiences.  His imaginative “Clever Little Lies” is just as funny as it is clever; slightly shocking, simple but thought-provoking and hilarious all at the same time. … Continue reading

“Singin’ in the Rain” is a Splashing Smash Hit for Lyric

SINGING IN THE RAIN LYRIC 2019

Richard Riaz Yoder (left) Tatum Grace Ludlam (cente)r and Jeremy Benton (right) from “Singin’ in the Rain” Photo courtesy of K. Talley Photography

“Singin’ in the Rain” Lyric’s summer season opener is even better than remembered—surprising to Oklahoman’s after the rain endured this spring!  But delightful, refreshing and wonderful with a great cast, “Singin’ in the Rain” is a real crowd pleasure.  Lyric never disappoints with the massive Cecil B. DeMille level of musical extravaganzas, the quality of vocals and acting as well as dancing is always superb, but “Singin’ in the Rain” has something a little different.… Continue reading

Excellent Production from Shakespeare in the Park with “The Comedy of Errors”

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Jordan Nicholes as Dromio of Syracuse (right) and Tyler John Malinauskas as Dromio of Ephasus (left) eavesdrop on one another. Photo courtesy of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park

“The Comedy of Errors” is one of the bard’s most delightful and beloved comedies.  One of Shakespeare’s favorite humorous devices is mistaken identity and “The Comedy of Error’s has two sets of twins to confuse their fellows.  D. Lance Marsh directs the fun at Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park in the Myriad Gardens through June 29, 2019.

Separated at birth, the twin sons of Aegean are both named Antipholus, one… Continue reading