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

2018

Carpenter Square Theatre’s “Crumbs from the Table of Joy”- Far Short of Joyful

                                                                                                          ……………by Adrienne Proctor

Michael Page (center) as Godfrey brings home crumbly cookies for his daughters Ernestina and Ermina, (Shermaine Taplin and Dashari Miller, Photo Courtesy of Rhonda Clark

Carpenter Square Theatre’s 34th Season is rolling right along with their fifth of eight shows this season. “Crumbs… Continue reading

“Crowns” A Gospel Musical brings Delight to Lyric Audiences!

M. Denise Lee as Mother Shaw presents a hat to Ashley Marie Arnold as Yolanda in “Crowns” at Lyric. Photo Courtesy of KO Rinearson

There is an attitude that is fleeting, reminiscent of a simpler time, a warmer place and a slower pace that may well disappear. That memory is preserved in “Crowns” a gospel musical currently being presented at Lyric Theatre at the Plaza.  “Crowns” was first realized as a beautiful coffee table book with photos of African American women all dressed up for Sunday go-to-meeting!  That means a hat—a hat that is not too flashy or… Continue reading

“The Bluest Eye” Controversial-Not Contentious

Erika Felix (Frieda MacTeer) in pink, Alyssa Peters (Claudia MacTeer) in orange flank Laura Kariuki as Pecola Breedlove Photo courtesy of Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Toni Morrison is a widely acclaimed author whose best-known work is “Beloved,” a favorite of many including Oprah Winfrey.  In 1970 her book, “The Bluest Eye” depicted a cry from the heart of a little girl who wished to be accepted into the society of the late 30’s and early 40’s as the United States was trying very hard to avoid war.  Pecola wanted blue eyes to make her pretty and popular and loved. Just… Continue reading

Military Centric “A Few Good Men” Brings High Drama and Entertainment at The Pollard

……….by Adrienne Proctor

Crystal Barby and Joshua McGowen in rehearsal for Pollard’s “A Few Good Men”

There’s no better place to see a show than the Pollard Theatre. In the heart of historic Guthrie, the Pollard makes for a lovely evening of theatre and is a hidden gem in the local art scene. Their stellar company is putting on a new classic with A Few Good Men. Well known as a movie, this original work by Aaron Sorkin was a Broadway play first, and audiences everywhere should see it in its intended form! Intense, gripping and dramatic, this… Continue reading

“Heisenberg” Excellence in Important Theatre Presented by CityRep

Stacey Logan as Georgie Burns and Ben Hall as Alex Priest in “Heisenberg” Photo courtesy of Briquet Media

“Heisenberg” or “ħeisen·berg” for purists, is the new romance written by Simon Stephens, first appearing in June of 2015 to profound critical acclaim.  It seems to have no relationship to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle–The statement in ‘quantum mechanics, formulated by Werner Heisenberg, that it is impossible to measure two properties of a quantum object, such as its position and momentum (or energy and time), simultaneously with infinite precision.’ Although Simon Stephens does come from a family of mathematicians he is… Continue reading

“Nunsense II: The Second Coming” is a Big Hit with Jewel Box Audience!

In 1985 Dan Goggin came up with a cute greeting card featuring a nun.  Everyone loved the line of cards and soon Goggin developed the idea of a musical comedy featuring cute nuns and called “Nunsense”.  Since that time there have been several spin-offs, six sequels and a couple of television shows.  The original production from 1985, “Nunsense” became the second longest running Off-Broadway show in history, second only to “The Fantastics”

“Nunsense II: The Second Coming” and the second sequel came along in 1992 taking place six weeks following “Nunsense” and continuing the story.  From… Continue reading

An Uncertain Romance Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

…By Clayton J. Blair

Ben Hall and Stacey Logan

CityRep continues their 16th season with the regional premiere of the 2017 Tony Award® nominated play “Heisenberg”, starring Oklahoma City’s own Broadway leading lady Stacey Logan and longtime local favorite Ben Hall.

Aboard a modern London train station, a man stands quietly lost in thought and a woman, a total stranger to him and 20 years his junior, comes up and kisses him on the back of the neck.  All of this happens before the show even begins….Intrigued?  … Continue reading

Two Friends, One Front Porch: Carpenter Square Presents “Ages of the Moon”

……….by Adrienne Proctor

The scene before us is a familiar one; two friends sharing a drink on a front porch in August, somewhere in the south. They’re waiting out the heat of the day and anticipating an upcoming lunar eclipse. The two reminisce over bourbon, and under the broken ceiling fan, which oscillates intermittently in the breeze. But this is no ordinary front porch. This is Sam Shepard’s “Ages of the Moon”, presented by Carpenter Square Theatre. Rob May is Ames and Michael Kramer portrays his long lost friend Byron, summoned by Ames for an over-due visit. Together the men… Continue reading

Excellence Abounds in “The Bathrobe Club”

    A Directed Reading of a New Play by Adam Davies

Review by Adrienne Proctor

Cast of “The Bathrobe Club” Photo Courtesy of Andy Hopkins

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, CityRep, sponsors a directed reading of “The Bathrobe Club”. Directed by Daniel Leeman Smith with Donald Jordan advising, this developing work is written by, and based on real-life experiences of, Oklahoma City based writer Adam Davies. The play covers mostly one day in the life of Davies and his infamous companion Bobby Zarem.

Scott Hynes portrays Davies. The hard to love yet impossible to hate Adam is angry at everyone… Continue reading

You Are Cordially Invited to the Reading of a New Play- The Bathrobe Club by Adam Davies

A Reading of
THE BATHROBE CLUB
by Adam Davies
 
Saturday, January 6th
5:00 pm
 
At the CityRep space downstairs in the
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker Avenue
 
 
The Bathrobe Club is presented in a Reader’s Theatre format.
Admission is free and by invitation only.
(There will be a Q&A and feedback session with the cast, crew, and playwright 
afterwards for those who are interested)
 
Daniel Leeman Smith, Director
Don Jordan, Advisor
Emily Pace as Brit Bayless
James Ong as Bobby Zarem
Scott Hynes as Adam Davies
 
THE BATHROBE CLUB… Continue reading