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

2019

“Holmes and Watson” Take a Plunge

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Ford Filson, Peter Fischaber Grant Britton, and …Photo Courtesy

Carpenter Square is presenting another Jeffrey Hatcher success:  “Holmes and Watson” directed by Tom Cowley.  Jeffrey Hatcher is a renowned playwright, whose award-winning plays have been produced with great success and earning rave reviews, including at Carpenter Square.  The production “Holmes and Watson” first premiered in 2017 in Arizona and is now showing here in Oklahoma City through November 9, 2019. 

Theatre is a collaborative art form.  It requires the dedicated cooperation of playwright, director, actors, technical crew, and audience.  While each is indispensable to… Continue reading

Artist Spotlight: Kat Metcalfe

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Kat Metcalfe stars as Magenta/Usherette in Lyric Theatre’s Rocky Horror Show. Photo by Taylor Paulson.

October is beginning to look a lot like the holiday season warm-up. It’s busier than ever, especially for theatre. Artists, technicians, and reviewers alike are running crazy trying to get everything covered. This writer is LIVING for the tight schedule, just focusing on one musical, and one pumpkin spice latte, at a time.

One of those theatre artists, Kat Metcalfe, understands the hustle all too well. She’s currently in a hit run of The Rocky Horror Show at Lyric Theatre as Magenta/Usherette. The demanding… Continue reading

The Pollard’s Evil Dead is Bloody Great!

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Wil Rogers and Megan Montgomery in The Pollard’s Evil Dead: The Musical.

Evil Dead: The Musical is a bloody, gory, funny, grotesque, absurd, ridiculous thrill of a parody and it’s great fun for theatre-goers. The Pollard Theatre brings it back by popular demand after a sold-out run five years ago. This go-round is exceptionally directed by Pollard company member Jared Blount, who’s not afraid to bring the gore directly to the audience. Evil Dead follows a group of five college kids on a Spring Break trip, in an abandoned cabin, in a dark and mysterious wood. What could go… Continue reading

The 3rd Act Theatre Company Presents a Fantastic “Dracula”

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Don Taylor as “Dracula” in Gary Wright’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. Photo Courtesy of Sami Karbelk

Since the 15th century the name of Vlad Dracul has inspired dread in the hearts of Romanians and the terror based on numerous legends spread. The largely imaginary Vlad the Impaler became ingrained as an instrument of fear throughout the world.  Since 1897 when Bram Stoker published his Gothic novel ‘Dracula’ vampires have reigned supreme within nightmares bidden and unbidden, chilling souls from sole to crown.  Gary Wright’s play “Dracula” premiered in 1999 and is quite true to Stoker’s original… Continue reading

Hilarious Spoof “Evil Dead: The Musical” Back by Popular Demand!

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Unsuspecting youths making their way to the cabin in the woods–Cast of “Evil Dead: The Musical” Photo Courtesy of Jared Blount, The Pollard Theatre

The Pollard Theatre reanimates “Evil Dead: The Musical” to an audience committed to fun, frivolity and fabulous fear.  In 1981 Sam Raimi conceived the horror flick, “The Evil Dead,” birthing an entire franchise dedicated to bad zombies.  George Reinblatt wrote the book and lyrics for “Evil Dead: The Musical,” premiering in 2006, and it has since become a part of the cult classic ‘Evil Dead’ series. Additional Lyrics are by Christopher Bond.  Music… Continue reading

Lyric Theatre Spectacularly Shocks with “The Rocky Horror Show”

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Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter (played by Eric Ulloa) prepares to return home. Photo Courtesy of K Talley Photography

Since 1973, almost everyone that loves this spooky time of year has experienced the outrageous cult classic ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ whether from the original London production in 1973 or both the Broadway production and hit movie starring Tim Curry as Frank ‘N’ Furter in 1975.   In 2016, J. Robert Moore portrayed Frank ‘N’ Furter at Lyric Theatre to rave reviews; now Moore has returned to direct, ushering in Eric Ulloa’s turn in platforms to dazzle Oklahoma audiences!

Richard… Continue reading

“A Raisin in the Sun” Looks Back and Pays Forward

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Three generations of the Younger Family in “A Raisin in the Sun” Norma Goff as Lena Younger (left) Myles Currin-Moore as Travis Younger and Nykezia Giles as Ruth Younger (standing) Photo Courtesy of Jewel Box Theatre.

 “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry is one of the most definitively important plays of the 20th century.  Earning numerous awards since the 1959 Broadway debut, the play explores the obstacles faced by the black, or in the language of the day “colored,” community.  The title comes from a line in Langston Hughes poem ‘Harlem’ or ‘A Dream… Continue reading

OU’s Cabaret Remains Startling and Relevant

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Kirsten Myers as Sally Bowles in OU’s Cabaret. Photo courtesy OU University Theatre.

Cabaret opened on Broadway in 1966, but it remains shockingly relevant in 2019.  Based in Berlin in the early days of the Nazi party, Cabaret is alluring and tempting, dark and horrific, and it still speaks to cultural and political topics that we’re debating to this very day. Cabaret features two worlds: The drab boarding house where American writer Cliff Bradshaw spends his days working on his latest novel, and the exciting and seedy Kit Kat Klub, every bit the opposite, where he spends his nights.… Continue reading

UCO’s Musical Theatre Department Presents the Spooky, Spectacular Macabaret

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The cast of UCO’s 2017 production of Macabaret.

There’s something fun about mashing up words, especially for the season at hand. The ever popular Snowpocalypse comes around occasionally for an impeding snow storm and the apocalyptic response that ensues. Then of course, there’s the classic Fallsummoween. This is one we’re very familiar with in Oklahoma. It’s officially Fall, according to the calendar, but it still looks and feels like Summer outside. So naturally, we crank the A/C down, turn off the lights, and burn a pumpkin candle, just pretending like it’s Halloween. The UCO Musical Theatre students are capitalizing on… Continue reading

Go Back to High School with UCO’s Grease

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UCO’s Grease at Mitchell Hall Theatre. Photo by Mutz Photography.

Though it debuted in 1971, with a hit movie in 1978, it seems like Grease has been around forever. It’s woven so completely into the American songbook, and heavily into the theatre rotation, that nearly everyone from sea to shining sea knows the songs, the characters and at least some of the story. But in case you’ve somehow missed it entirely, here’s a quick rundown: Based in 1959, the classmates of Rydell High, an Anywhere, USA High School, assemble back at school after an eventful summer. A new student joins… Continue reading