Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Editor: Jillian Ball

Past Reviews

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Fun Loving Devils in Jewel Box Production of “My Three Angels”

Three Angels, from left, Derek Kenney, Doug Monson and James A. Gordon

“My Three Angels” is the charming comedy from 1953 written by the collaborating couple Samuel and Bella Spewack and directed by Richard Lemin.  The play takes place in Cayenne, French Guiana in 1910 as the Edwardian Era closes.   Felix Ducotel, an honest, kindly, but quite inept family man manages a mercantile that his cousin, Henri Trochard owns.  He and his wife are having much needed repairs done on the roof by convicts as their home in Cayenne is a French penal colony. … Continue reading

The Rokademy Students Won’t Want for Love

 

The Rokademy Experiment presents The Hazards of Love. Photo courtesy Matthew Alvin Brown.

The Thelma Gaylord Academy’s Rokademy Experiment is no child’s play. The students that make up this band are polished performers who sparkle with the gleam of seasoned rock-stars. They take their audience on a ride they won’t soon forget. After attending an impromptu Christmas concert of theirs in December, the springtime show has remained one of the upcoming experiences I’ve looked forward to most. Unsurprisingly, they do not disappoint. This year’s concert is a 3 performance run of the concept album The Hazards of… Continue reading

Bonus Review: Beehive Is A Rockin’ Tribute to the 60s

(L to R) Stef Fortney, Jennifer Teel and Megan Montgomery star in Beehive: The 60s Musical. Photo courtesy Pollard Theatre Company.

Beehive: The 60s Musical is a hair raising good time for Pollard patrons. Susan Riley serves as narrator and she takes us from 1960, with the girl groups and iconic hairdos, all the way to Woodstock in 1969. Seen through the eyes of someone coming of age during this infamous decade, Beehive shows what it truly felt like to live while this era was unfolding. Music reflected the changing times as female empowerment began to take hold.… Continue reading

“Beehive” Fabulous in Every Age for Everyone

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The cast of “Beehive” Pictured from left are Mariah Warren, Stef Fortney, Susan Riley, De’Vin Lewis, Jennifer Teel and Megan Montgomery. Photo courtesy of Jared Blount

“Beehive” directed by Timothy Stewart is being presented at the Pollard Theatre April 12 through May 4, 2019.  “Beehive” is about six young women coming of age during the tumultuous 60’s decade. What a show, what a period of time for those who lived it.  In the 1960’s there was a real renaissance of music, attitude, style and growth.  We went through a period of the modern pompadour-the beehive hairdo… Continue reading

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is Heinously Delicious

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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. Photo courtesy The Boom.

Hold on to your quiches! The Boom’s quick-witted, crazy good-time play 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is comedy gold. Based in 1956, five ladies of  superb style and class gather together at the annual quiche contest. This passionate group, known as The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein, is prepared for anything. Armed with forks, ready to taste this year’s winning egg concoction, they gather in the community center turned bomb shelter. There, along with the audience members, they set off to taste and… Continue reading

OCU Presents “Picnic” in a Fine Performance

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Hal Carter played by Tyler Malinauskas and Madge Owens played by Sydney Epstein falling in love. Photo courtesy of Angela Polk taken by Bryan Cardinale Powell

William Inge is one of America’s greatest modern playwrights, earning a Pulitzer Prize for his 1953 “Picnic”, in which a young Paul Newman made his debut as Alan Seymour.  It’s no wonder that Oklahoma City University included “Picnic” on the 2019 season.  Directed by Kristen Cerelli, Assistant Professor of Acting and Voice at Oklahoma City University since 2016, “Picnic” features a fine student cast.  The set design by Dustin Bielich… Continue reading

Outstanding Performances from CityRep’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

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Cameron Law as Christopher Boone and the cast of “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” Photo courtesy of Mutz Photography

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is a fabulously rich mystery by Mark Haddon. The story is told from the perspective of a young man who looks at the world in a different way, a highly focused way. This book has been adroitly adapted for the stage by playwright Simon Stephens and has received numerous awards, including seven Olivier’s and five Tony’s for the productions.  Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre has taken on the… Continue reading

“Bright Star” A Magnificent Hit from Lyric Theatre!

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Bligh Voth and Michael Isaac twinkling in “Bright Star” Photo courtesy of KO Rinearson

Steve Martin has always been a favorite for anyone needing a laugh but he can write a heart-wrenching plot that will cause tears to flow down your cheeks. Martin is the playwright responsible for the book, story and music of “Bright Star” in collaboration with the amazingly talented Edie Brickell. The two of them have created a fantastic musical that, in the expert hands of Michael Baron, is Lyric Theatre’s latest hit production.

The story is set in the south and the music style is… Continue reading

“Death Tax” a Slightly Taxing Dark Comedy

Aiesha Watley as Nurse Tina sits beside the bedside of Linda McDonald as Maxine while Todd (Cam Taylor) and Maxine’s daughter (Katy Hughes look on.

Carpenter Square is presenting “Death Tax” the popular new play by Lucas Hnath.  While Hnath is clearly a fine writer, his style is particularly difficult when translating to the spoken word.  Specifically, his dialogue, and much of the play, consists of speech making by the characters rather than conversation.  The intensity in emotion is handled well by all the actors in both speaking and listening, yet they are unable to respond… Continue reading

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