Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Editor: Jillian Ball

Past Reviews

“Suite Surrender”—Sweet Sensation from Jewel Box Theatre

Actors pose in publicity photo for Jewel Box Theatre’s production, “Suite Surrender.” From left: Joe Bonfiglio, Amandanell Bold, standing, and Zaneen Hotchkiss. Photo taken Monday, Sep 11, 2017. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Jewel Box Theatre presents the hysterical farce, “Suite Surrender” through October 22, 2017 by noted playwright, Michael McKeever.  The comedy is directed by Don Taylor, and he has the perfect cast to deliver the witty repartee with the perfect timing the play deserves.  Timing is everything, double takes are imperative for the double entendrs, and a certain lack of fear from the actors… Continue reading

Exceptional Performances in “Hamlet” from Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park!

Hamlet (Luke Thomas Eddy) challenges his mother, Queen Gertrude (Kathryn Mcgill)

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is presenting “Hamlet” to put an exclamation on their 33rd season.  Now that we have such beautiful cool evenings it is a welcome return to the Myriad Botanical Gardens for the performance.  “Hamlet” is one of the better known Shakespearean masterpieces; everywhere we go we take a bit of “Hamlet” along with us.  What falls ‘trippingly’ from our tongues in common speech is frequently Shakespearean, and, more often than not “Hamlet” is the source.

“Hamlet” is always studied in… Continue reading

“A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline” is a Closer Walk with Music

Julie Johnson as Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley and as a youngster little Ginny Hensley broke into the music world with a delicious and delightful honkytonk sound.  As she grew into Patsy Cline her music was distinguished by her powerfully emotional voice, and she is the first ‘country’ artist to cross over into the ‘pop’ charts.  But she didn’t just cross over, she transcended.  Her music was just that–music.  And it seared the soul, an ability universally recognized.  She died too young; she was only 30 years old when that… Continue reading

CityRep Announces:

Below is a letter from Don Jordan regarding the unfortunate news.

Here at okartsceneandhurd, we would like to extend our appreciation of Hal Holbrook and his continued ability to perform in film and television.  While we are going to miss Hal Holbrook’s performance, we are certainly looking forward to CityRep’s next offering of outstanding performances!

Good morning friends,

Donald Jordan here. I wanted to personally share a letter I received yesterday late in the afternoon from Hal Holbrook.  

As you know, Hal was scheduled to start his fall tour with an appearance as MARK TWAIN… Continue reading

“Ripcord” at Carpenter Square’s Pleases Patrons

Mark Fairchild as Scotty and Lilli Bassett as Marilyn gang up on Linda McDonald as Abby over dinner

Carpenter Square begins the 34th season of excellent community theatre to Oklahoma City audiences with David Lindsay-Abaire’s recent play “Ripcord” premiering in 2015. The comedy is billed as a cross between ‘Odd Couple’ and ‘Golden Girls’ and follows the somewhat shallow surface of the best television situation comedies.  Good comedy is based on tragic possibilities at the very least, and while the prominent appreciation of situation comedies on television rarely delved into the meaty aspects of tragedy, “Ripcord” certainly… Continue reading

Tulsa Theatre Project Collaborates with Lyric on “I Am My Own Wife”, an Outstanding Theatrical Experience

Matthew Alvin Brown as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in “I Am My Own Wife” from Lyric Production.

One of the most outstanding shows seen by okartsceneandhurd is a Lyric Production of “I Am My Own Wife” starring the talented Matthew Alvin Brown.  The Lyric production is now a co-production by Lyric and Tulsa Project Theatre.  Directed by Michael Baron is now showing in Tulsa from September 13 through September 24, 2017.  The theatre address is 110 E. 2nd Street in Tulsa and tickets and information is available by calling 918-770-6679 or visit www.tulsaprojecttheatre.com.  They… Continue reading

CityRep Premieres Julie Johnson taking us on “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”

Julie Johnson, Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline, (Virginia Patterson Hensley) was born September 8, 1932 and in the short 30 years she had upon this earth she made an important mark, through a significant sound.  A sound that tears at your heart as Patsy sings of grief and mourning and a beautiful tone as she sings of hope and morning.  It’s quite a legacy to leave with her rich contralto voice occasionally moderating into a sweet soprano and a twang that made her a country singing star. The twang is not just country; it is the universal sound… Continue reading

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” Broad Humor-Subtle Wit with Neil Simon at The Pollard

Gathered writers marvel at Max Prince (Sid Caesar, portrayed by Timothy Stewart)

Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” was born in “Your Show of Shows” — 90 minutes of exceptional television history.  Some may remember sneaking out of bed to sit on the hard hall floor peeking around the door to watch the 9:00 o’clock extravaganza and falling in love with Imogene Coca.  While the love scene between Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster on the beach in From Here to Eternity is a favorite romantic movie classic it is still the face of Imogene Coca… Continue reading

“To Kill A Mockingbird” Reveals Little Gems and Big Baubles

Tad Thurston as Atticus Finch and David Patterson as Bob Ewell flank Brian C, Scott (seated) as Tom Robinson in the courtroom

Jewel Box Theatre, an Oklahoma City tradition, kicks off the 2017-2018 season with “To Kill A Mockingbird” a powerful story by Harper Lee.  Harper Lee’s book came out in 1960 and earned the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. By 1970 the book was expertly adapted to the stage by Christopher Sergel.  A film, also a classic starring Gregory Peck, was adapted for the screen by Horton Foote. The movie garnered numerous Academy Award nominations with Peck… Continue reading

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Opens a Wonderful Noel Coward with “Private Lives”

Renee Krapff, Greg White, David Fletcher-Hall and Claudia Fain

“Private Lives” is only one of the great Noel Coward’s masterpieces and it is full of vim and vigor.  The play from 1930 is sophisticated and elegant, a hallmark of that glorious period of witty repartee and snappy comebacks.  “Private Lives” reveals the essence of the period, when the world was transitioning from the excesses of the 1920’s to the stark survival mode brought about by the depression.  Audiences were enabled to escape privation and recall worry-free, free-wheeling times. The comedy was then, as it is now,… Continue reading