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

This Season

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3rd Act Entertains and Delights with Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple”

Felix (Ed Spinelli) and Oscar (Chris Rodgers) attempting to impress the Pigeon sisters Cecily (Brooke Howard) and Gwendolyn (Caitlin Cairns) Photos courtesy of J. Christine Lanning and were taken before clear masks could be finished.

Neil Simon has been entertaining audiences for decades with his comedic sense. His characters are found in improbable but plausible situations that are ripe with humorous potential and wonderful zingers. “The Odd Couple” has been a fan favorite since the 1965 Broadway premiere starred Art Carney and Walter Matthau, who reprised his role as Oscar for the 1968 movie hit with Jack Lemmon as Felix.… Continue reading

Plugged In at the Pollard Theatre

Matthew Sipress

Covid-19 has significantly impacted society at all levels, however, the Persian adage ‘This too shall pass’ is, thankfully, applicable.  When the pandemic ends there will be a return to normalcy, although normal may look a lot different in the future.  There will be some areas that have been impacted so profoundly that it is still difficult to predict what life will look like in the future.  That is especially true of live performance art. 

Kolby Kindle

In the 20th century it was thought that film and then television would destroy live theatre. … Continue reading

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”… make that “Drink” and Party On

Keegan Zimmerman (Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Drink”

Life is certainly different nowadays, but humor sustains us.  The entertainment industry, particularly live performance has been profoundly impacted by the pandemic and many theatres are not able to operate until the crisis has run its course.  While the equity houses are restricted by equity regulations along with the other precautions responsible business is taking, community theatre is unfettered by equity regulations.  Therefore it is possible to perform on a community level using common sense.  Masks, social distancing and deep cleaning are of vital importance and 3rd… Continue reading

“Moonglow” at 3rd Act is Over the Moon is Excellence

Jackie Smola stars as Maxine along with Rosemary Orwig Rogers as Diane (unpacking) in Kim Carney’s “Moonglow” at 3rd Act Theatre

Can two elderly people who can’t remember each other’s names fall in love and share intimate meaningful moments?  Or, perhaps a better question is:  can anyone stay alive without a measure of contentment that comes from a sense of belonging?  The kind of ‘belonging’ in loving and being loved, being held and holding another.

 “Moonglow” written by Kim Carney is a story of heartache, heartbreak, and heartwarming moments across generations.  Carney captures the essence… Continue reading

Live Theatre Returns!

Oklahoma Art Scene and Hurd will be returning shortly with the review for “Moonglow” presented at 3rd Act Theatre located in the Shoppes at Northpark.  Performances from June 12 to June 27 will be live at that location.  3rd Act Theatre has done extensive sanitation and has created social distancing for patrons with seating arrangements.  The actors on stage will be the only ones not wearing masks, as the crew and staff will wear them and the audience is required to have them as well.  There will be no food and drink in the theatre. … Continue reading

We’re All Plane People, and We All Come From Away

The North American Tour of Come From Away. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

September 11, 2001 is a day the world changed forever. Those who remember it consider it a dividing line. There is now only pre 9/11 and post 9/11. Those who were born later grew up in a world where the ideas of terrorism, Xenophobia, and fear of flying are a part of our daily lives. On the day the world changed, commercial aircraft bound for the U.S. were diverted to Canada for safe landing while the U.S. air space was under attack.

Come From Away tells the… Continue reading

A Theatre Reviewer Rambles: Meet Adrienne!

photo by Sami Marie photography

Hello! I’m Adrienne, the Managing Director of Oklahoma Art Scene and Hurd. I just graduated with a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Administration & Logistics from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. It has NOTHING to do with theatre, but it’s helped me in all aspects of my writing! I started with Scene and Hurd in 2017. The first show I reviewed was a directed reading of “Bathrobe Club” by Adam Davies. The first full production I reviewed was Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon at Carpenter Square Theatre, and it’s still one of my favorites!… Continue reading

It’s Chilly Outside, but “The Heat is On in Saigon”

Emily Bautista as Kim and Anthony Festa as Chris in the North American Tour of Miss Saigon singing “Last Night of the World.” Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Miss Saigon is based on the opera Madama Butterfly and tells the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim, orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar by the infamous and slimy Engineer. On her first night, she meets and falls in love with an American G. I. named Chris, but sadly they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim must survive any way she… Continue reading

Start the New Year Right with Lyric’s The Cat in the Hat

Lexi Windsor as Fish, Josiah Brooks as The Cat in the Hat, and Eli Bradley as The Boy. photo by K. Talley Photography.

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma produces high-quality, entertaining theatre for the whole family. Their Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) series offers exciting, professional theatre for the youngest patrons, and it’s always enjoyable for their parents too. Children are just as deserving of memorable theatrical experiences as their adult counterparts, and the Lyric’s TYA is sure to spark a lifelong love of live theatre for all who attend.

Kicking off 2020 is the latest in Lyric’s TYA series, Dr.… Continue reading

Washington, DC Based Monumental Theatre Prepares to Open 2020 Season

D.C.’s Monumental Theatre Company opens their 2020 season in March. Photo provided.

Founded in 2015 by collaborative artists Beth Amann, Jimmy Mavrikes, and Michael Windsor, Monumental Theatre Company is an innovative and exciting young theatre in a rich treasure trove for the arts- our nation’s capital. While DC is far from OKC, the theatre scenes in these two cities have a unique connection. Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma Producing Artistic Director Michael Baron previously held an Associate Artistic Director Role at Signature Theatre in DC. Signature and Lyric frequently collaborate, and the result is a lovely relationship between many DC based… Continue reading

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