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

This Season

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OKC Improv is Great, Unpredictable Fun!

The OKC Improv troupe “High Noon Sirens”.

Do you ever find yourself improvising your way through a situation? We all do it. I know I certainly do. Sometimes these skills are necessary- for job performance, for navigating through a social scenario, or just figuring out how the world works. It’s a useful survival skill for our daily lives. It can also be used as entertainment. And entertain it does. I recently took a night out to visit the quintessential Improv theatre in Oklahoma City. Located in the Plaza, OKC Improv is a welcoming environment. According to Improviser/Actor and troupe… Continue reading

Lyric Theatre’s Frost/Nixon Hits Close to Home

D. Lance Marsh as President Richard Nixon and Matthew Alvin Brown as David Frost. Photo by K. Talley Photography.

Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon is based on the 1977 televised interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and the resigned and disgraced President Richard Nixon. When the Watergate scandal happened, the country became divided. The president resigned and was immediately pardoned, leaving the American people with none of the answers or justice they deserved. Americans lost faith in the political system. They became hardened by the idea that the very office they held in highest regard was nothing but a corrupt… Continue reading

The Legend of Georgia McBride Opens CST’s Season 36

Mark Ingham (Left) and Derek Kenny in CST’s Season Opener The Legend of Georgia McBride.

Carpenter Square Theatre has big plans for Season 36. They’re moving to a new location later this year. Their season opener, The Legend of Georgia McBride, will be presented at their 800 W. Main location. The move will occur after this play closes.

The Legend of Georgia McBride is a hilarious take on the important topics of sexual identity and acceptance. When Elvis impersonator Casey gets fired from his job, he has to find another means of making money. With a pregnant… Continue reading

The Lyric Depicts Real Life Drama with Premiere of Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon.

Matthew Alvin Brown (L) stars as David Frost and D. Lance Marsh as Richard Nixon in Lyric’s production of Frost/Nixon.

The Lyric is back at their Plaza District Theatre with the explosive Frost/Nixon. The 2006 play by Peter Morgan depicts a real-life, televised interview that occurred between two disgraced public figures. In 1977, David Frost landed an interview with the recently resigned President Richard Nixon. All eyes were on the two men as they both tried to resurrect their fallen careers. The play was turned into a movie in 2008 by Ron Howard and starred the original actors,… Continue reading

CityRep Provokes Thought and Communication with Every Brilliant Thing

Director Donald Jordan

From Left: Jon Haque, Director Linda Kay Leonard, CityRep Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan. Photo by Mutz Photography.

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) uses their stage to provide thought-provoking, moving theatre as well as community outreach through art. This is a unique dynamic that Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan prides himself on most. Says Jordan, “CityRep has a history of story offerings that are a part of our service. We’ve previously done the shows Next To Normal, Night Mother, The Laramie Project, and The Normal Heart.” In that same vein is the season opener Every… 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

Driving Force: The Pollard Opens Season 33 with Driving Miss Daisy

Brenda Williams and Al Bostick rehearse for The Pollard’s Driving Miss Daisy.

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie opens their highly anticipated Season 33 with Driving Miss Daisy. Featuring a legendary cast, Driving Miss Daisy is directed by Pollard artistic director W. Jerome Stevenson. Brenda Williams and Albert Bostick are reprising their roles as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, with company member James A. Hughes as Boolie Werthan. The 1987 play by Alfred Uhry won a Pulitzer Prize before becoming an Oscar-winning movie in 1989, starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. It later enjoyed success with a revival… Continue reading

Taking Her Shot: UCO Alum Erin Clemons Returns to OKC with Hamilton Tour

 

Erin Clemons stars as Eliza Hamilton in the Philip Tour of Hamilton: An American Musical. Photo by Miguel Herrera.

Nothing is more abuzz in Oklahoma City right now than the national tour of Hamilton: An American Musical. Promised by OKC Broadway and the Civic Center way back in January 2017, Hamilton finally landed in OKC July 30th and runs 8 shows a week until August 18th. Hamilton is a modern-music telling of one of America’s long unsung founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. As described, the story “of America then, by America now”, is a spectacle of dance,… Continue reading

Kismet’s Hunchback of Notre Dame Stands Tall

 

Zachary Wright and the cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Photo courtesy Kismet Arts Studio and Theatre.

The Oklahoma regional premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a hidden gem in OKC community theatre. Director Angela Polk amasses a large cast of players who possess infinite energy and talent. This version of the musical, though not based strictly on the 1996 Disney film, does feature the music from it, written by the incomparable Alan Menken. This Hunchback is darker, a bit closer to the original Victor Hugo novel. This stage musical features, in stark color,… 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

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