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Bluegrass Musical Bright Star Premieres at The Lyric

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Ken Singleton as Billy Cane and Bligh Voth as Alice Murphy in Bright Star. Photo by K. Talley Photography.

Bluegrass is the classically American music, and it finds its home in musical storytelling with the Lyric’s Bright Star. Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star is a southern story of hope and growing up in North Carolina. Based in the 1920s and the 40s, Bright Star follows Alice Murphy through life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The musical was inspired by the 2013 bluegrass album Love Has Come for You, which earned a Grammy… Continue reading

Jewel Box Takes Audience Down the Aisle with a Smile in “Wedding Belles”

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Julia Donaldson (kneeling) as Glendine and Peggy Hoshall as Laura Lee (left) with Barbara DeMaio as Bobrita (right) and Chris Harris as Violet (far right) overwhelm Lindsay Nicole Steinberg as the blushing bride Ima Jean (center)

Jewel Box Theatre presents a wonderful and amusing comedy “Wedding Belles” a play guaranteed to put a twinkle in the eye.  The play is co-written by Alan Bailey and Ronnie Claire Edwards and premiered in 2008 to high acclaim.  The action takes place in the garden of Laura Lee Mcinerny, a prominent citizen of Eufala Springs, Texas in 1942.  Laura… Continue reading

CityRep Presents the Unique Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

CityRep’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, CityRep, is presenting the regional professional premiere of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, an intriguing tale with a special main character. Curious Incident focuses on Christopher, a 15-year-old, exceptional young man with a mystery to solve. Christopher must find a way to navigate the unknown outside world and the detective work at hand, a dilemma that is harder for him than most. Christopher has a special mind and therefore sees and experiences the world differently. He’s never ventured past… Continue reading

Crushing on Lyric Theatre’s Girlfriend

 

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From left, Ian Marcontell and Jimmy Mavrikes star in Girlfriend. Photo by KO Rinearson.

Lyric Theatre’s Oklahoma premiere musical Girlfriend is a coming of age story about two recent high school graduates falling in love. It’s typical in every way that love stories are. There are nerves, first kisses, awkward silences, and shared mixtapes. It’s young love at its finest, most recognizable moments. What’s not so expected is that this isn’t a regular boy-girl post high school story. The two lovers at the center are both men, and that brings a refreshing, unexpected turn of events to… Continue reading

Bonus Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch Round 2

 

Matthew Alvin Brown, Renee Anderson and the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

It’s a common theme amongst Hedwig and the Angry Inch die-hard fans. Affectionately known as “Hed-Heads”, we gather together at live performances of the show as often as we can. Scrunched together at the wobbly tables inside The Boom, we quiz each other on how many times we’ve seen Hedwig, when and where we first saw it, and what number we’re on for witnessing this cast. Counting myself amongst the most dedicated of Hed-Heads, this is a welcome conversation starter.

On this… Continue reading

Marvelously Thrilling “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” at Carpenter Square

Three Hydes gather to plot deviltry and tempting Jekyll. From left: David Burkhart, Rob Mays, Albert Bostick and far right as Henry Jekyll, Rick Lockett. Photo courtesy of Carpenter Square

One of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most popular novellas “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was first published in 1883.  The story concerns an idealistic doctor, Henry Jekyll, who becomes fascinated with the idea of conquering the evil in man.  He experiments upon himself, developing a formula that will isolate his own evil into a persona distinct from himself.  This creates two personalities within… Continue reading

“Almost Maine” Absolutely Delights

Timothy Stewart and Kris Schinske Wolfe in “Almost Maine” Photo Courtesy of the Pollard Theatre

“Almost Maine” is a delightful show about the lives and loves of folks living in a town that never quite became a township, hence, Almost, ME.  The play, written by John Cariani, tells the story of lovers, those who seek, those who find and those who lose at the game of love.  “Almost Maine” deals with romantic love, but also the love between good friends. The play consists of eight separate scenes featuring different characters. There is also a three-part series of… Continue reading

Artist Spotlight: OKC based Artist to Star in Casa Mañana’s Grease

Emily Pace stars as Frenchy in Grease. Photo by Adriana Tomeu.

Local artist and talent Emily J. Pace is taking a brief trip down to Fort Worth for a fun springtime show. Casa Mañana Theatre’s Grease opens March 2nd through 10th and it is Pace’s second time performing at the theatre. She was recently seen there in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas as one of a pair of Christmas Elves. A former musical theatre student at UCO, Pace is known and loved by Oklahoma City audiences. She’s recently been seen in Kismet Arts Studio’s award winning production of Oliver!… Continue reading

It’s Practically Love for The Pollard’s Almost, Maine

 

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The Pollard Theatre’s Valentine season play Almost, Maine is a love story in nine parts, featuring four actors who each portray several characters. Almost is a township that isn’t quite a town, and the citizens there are very nearly finding love on a snowy winter night. Though charming and simple, the challenge for the story is rather complex. The actors must portray four or five characters each, all of whom are only in one scene. The characters are mentioned again in subsequent vignettes, but never appear on stage after the vignette ends. Every time a scene goes… Continue reading

90s Rock Musical Girlfriend Set to Premiere at The Lyric

Jimmy Mavrikes, left and Ian Marcontell, right. Photo by KO Rinearson.

The rock musical Girlfriend, inspired by Matthew Sweet’s 1991 alt rock album, is a coming of age story of young love and self-discovery. The Lyric is bringing this regional premiere to OKC and their Plaza district stage via a collaboration with Washington D.C.’s Signature Theatre. Set in early nineties Nebraska, two young men find love in a world that’s not quite ready for them. Before the LGBTQ+ movement, before Pride Week, Queer Eye, and legal gay marriage, the world was a darker place for equality and the… Continue reading

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