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

2019

OKC Improv is Great, Unpredictable Fun!

The OKC Improv troupe “High Noon Sirens”.

Do you ever find yourself improvising your way through a situation? We all do it. I know I certainly do. Sometimes these skills are necessary- for job performance, for navigating through a social scenario, or just figuring out how the world works. It’s a useful survival skill for our daily lives. It can also be used as entertainment. And entertain it does. I recently took a night out to visit the quintessential Improv theatre in Oklahoma City. Located in the Plaza, OKC Improv is a welcoming environment. According to Improviser/Actor and troupe… Continue reading

Legendary Laughs for Carpenter Square’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Casey (Derek Kenney) works as an Elvis impersonator until he gets fired at Cleo’s Bar on the Beach. Matthew Lopez’ comedy is about a young married man who is a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator and is induced to turn his jumpsuits into dresses and become a drag queen. It opens Carpenter Square Theatre’s 36th Season, and plays September 6-28 at the theater located at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City. For information, visit carpentersquare.com, and for reservations, call 405-232-6500.

Carpenter Square is a long-standing purveyor of edgy and delectable community theatre in Oklahoma City.  The current production “The… Continue reading

Lyric Theatre’s Frost/Nixon Hits Close to Home

D. Lance Marsh as President Richard Nixon and Matthew Alvin Brown as David Frost. Photo by K. Talley Photography.

Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon is based on the 1977 televised interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and the resigned and disgraced President Richard Nixon. When the Watergate scandal happened, the country became divided. The president resigned and was immediately pardoned, leaving the American people with none of the answers or justice they deserved. Americans lost faith in the political system. They became hardened by the idea that the very office they held in highest regard was nothing but a corrupt… Continue reading

The Legend of Georgia McBride Opens CST’s Season 36

Mark Ingham (Left) and Derek Kenny in CST’s Season Opener The Legend of Georgia McBride.

Carpenter Square Theatre has big plans for Season 36. They’re moving to a new location later this year. Their season opener, The Legend of Georgia McBride, will be presented at their 800 W. Main location. The move will occur after this play closes.

The Legend of Georgia McBride is a hilarious take on the important topics of sexual identity and acceptance. When Elvis impersonator Casey gets fired from his job, he has to find another means of making money. With a pregnant… Continue reading

Laughs Galore With “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Jewel Box

Arsenic and Old Lace

Julia Seely as Elaine Harper in the arms of Joe Burleigh as Mortimer Brewster in “Arsenic and Old Lace” Photo courtesy of Jewel Box

Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” has been a favorite for theatre patrons since it first opened at the Fulton Theatre on Broadway in 1941.  Since then it has become a successful film and a staple choice for academic and community theatres as well as professional houses.  This success is due to the hilarity of the dark comedy.  It is the epitome of wit, slapstick, double takes and rapid-fire timing when performed… Continue reading

“Driving Miss Daisy” Opens Another Perfect Show Beginning Another Perfect Season!

Driving Miss Daisy

Brenda Williams as Daisy Werthen and James A. Hughes as Boolie Werthen in “Driving Miss Daisy”. Photo courtesy of Jared Blount, The Pollard Theatre

Three plays, “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” followed by the musical “Parade” form the Atlanta trilogy of work from Alfred Uhry based on his own experiences as a Jew in the deep south of the 20th century.  The first production of “Driving Miss Daisy” was a major success and Uhry then wrote the screenplay for the award-winning film starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd.  The Pollard… Continue reading

The Lyric Depicts Real Life Drama with Premiere of Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon.

Matthew Alvin Brown (L) stars as David Frost and D. Lance Marsh as Richard Nixon in Lyric’s production of Frost/Nixon.

The Lyric is back at their Plaza District Theatre with the explosive Frost/Nixon. The 2006 play by Peter Morgan depicts a real-life, televised interview that occurred between two disgraced public figures. In 1977, David Frost landed an interview with the recently resigned President Richard Nixon. All eyes were on the two men as they both tried to resurrect their fallen careers. The play was turned into a movie in 2008 by Ron Howard and starred the original actors,… Continue reading

CityRep Provokes Thought and Communication with Every Brilliant Thing

Director Donald Jordan

From Left: Jon Haque, Director Linda Kay Leonard, CityRep Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan. Photo by Mutz Photography.

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) uses their stage to provide thought-provoking, moving theatre as well as community outreach through art. This is a unique dynamic that Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan prides himself on most. Says Jordan, “CityRep has a history of story offerings that are a part of our service. We’ve previously done the shows Next To Normal, Night Mother, The Laramie Project, and The Normal Heart.” In that same vein is the season opener Every… Continue reading

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Premieres an Outstanding Production of “The Book of Will”

Kate Kemmet as Alice Heminges and Chris Rodgers as Henry Condell in “The Book of Will” Photo courtesy of April Porterfield

Shakespeare in the Park on Paseo is presenting “The Book of Will” through August 31, 2019.  Lauren Gunderson’s amazing play tells the tale of Shakespeare’s fellow actors and friends, The King’s Men, collecting and publishing his works three years after his death.  Other group members are lost, and along with them their memories of parts played.  They decide to collect and publish Shakespeare’s works, to commemorate the genius of his writing for future generations. … Continue reading

“The Lost Boy” Provides a Dynamic Beginning for The 3rd Act Theatre

Don Taylor as Captain Hook threatens Brance Lanning as Peter Pan

The 3rd Act Theatre is off to a solid start with their first production, “The Lost Boy” by Ronald Gabriel Paolillo.  Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie and “The Lost Boy” is the story of J.M. Barrie’s writing Peter’s story. “Peter Pan” was first staged in 1894 and the first Barrie story exploring the boy who never grew up, “The Little White Bird” shows how the story of Neverland and a permanently young boy who can fly was developed by J.M.… Continue reading