Bah! Humbug! Christmas shopping is for the birds! But I have to please the family with exactly the right present, and I have to figure out something for them to get for me. I don’t want anything, except maybe a new pair of shoes. I have always appreciated the Christmas message. It is an important one, spiritually, and I am glad to see that it is now a secular holiday as well. The spirit of giving is so important to all religions.… Continue reading
Christmas is upon us! As usual, the eight-ball is directly facing down this household. As usual, I’m behind it. There are stockings left to hang, hot chocolate needing marshmallows, and a tree that’s barely trimmed. Of course, last week when everything was still under control, the flu came to visit and nobody did a thing. Most of all, there is the pressure to find the perfect gifts! And me? What do I want for Christmas? I’d be happy with a new toothbrush right now!
…..Eureka! I have it. I… Continue reading
It’s hard to go wrong with Michael Frayn. His success as an author is significant and is equaled by his prowess as a playwright. One of the funniest plays of the 20th century is “Noises Off” written in 1982. He was inspired in 1970 while watching one of his very funny farces from the wings. Written for Lynn Redgrave “The Two of Us” was even funnier from backstage and he decided then that he must write a play ‘from behind’ and “Noises Off” was conceived.… Continue reading
The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma celebrates the Christmas season once again with “A Territorial Christmas Carol,” directed by the incomparable W. Jerome Stevenson. The tradition is an important one for resident and visitor alike. Childhood memories of seeing this marvelous show abound, and there are many fond remembrances of child cast members who grew up with the show, with Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim.
In 1987, the theatre sought out noted author Stephen P. Scott looking for a Christmas presentation… Continue reading
Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in 1843 during a time of change and the resulting chaos resulting from that change. The industrial revolution was altering almost every aspect of society as masses of rural residents moved into crowded cities to take advantage of the jobs provided. The resources needed to accommodate these hardworking industrious individuals did not exist and the wages were appallingly low. There were no labor laws to protect employees and employers took advantage of the lack in critically damaging ways exploiting women and children… Continue reading
Carpenter Square is presenting “Me & Jezebel” directed by Linda McDonald through December 16, 2017. This comedy is a delightful true story about a great adventure Elizabeth Fuller shared with her family and Bette Davis during the hotel strike that cast Miss Davis adrift. Fuller was friendly with a friend of Miss Davis and was thrilled to have her bring Bette Davis to dinner. The next day Miss Davis called and asked to impose for ‘a night or two’ and the adventure begins.… Continue reading
“Walk” is an interesting little show that is the latest project from Fresh Paint Performance Lab. It is a musical featuring songs very reminiscent of Stephen Sondheim. Playwright Ben Harrell and director, Chelcy Harrell bring us an excellent example of the Fresh Paint program with “Walk” their latest development. “Walk” takes place in New York City amidst the thriving, busy active metropolis filled with harried individuals who are perpetually in a hurry and leery of strangers. There are numerous short scenes taken from the lives of typical residents, teachers, construction workers, executives, students… Continue reading
In the past thirty years folks living in this region of been enchanted by “A Territorial Christmas Carol” at the Pollard Theatre. This show opens on the Friday after Thanksgiving and this year that will be November 24, 2017. The show continues on through December 23, 2017 and it certainly is a nice way to create the true spirit of Christmas. For nearly twenty of these memorable years the part of Ebenezer Scrooge is played by James Ong, a master in his craft. This year will be Ong’s final year as Scrooge, and while 2018… Continue reading
We’ve always loved our crooners, from barbershop quartets to the boy vocalists popular in the 1960’s such as The Four Tops, The Four Freshman and The Four Tops. “Plaid Tidings” is the sequel to “Forever Plaid” in which Stuart Ross tells the story of four young men wishing to emulate the popular Fours of the 50’s. They are called “The Plaids” and they are on their way to their first major ‘gig’ when they collide with a bus filled with Catholic school girls on their way to watch the Ed Sullivan show introducing The Beatles to America. No one in the bus is injured, but the four young men lose their lives. In Ross’s story they return to earth for one night to fulfill their destiny and perform the show they hoped would make them stars. Continue reading
The Christmas season is upon us and the Jewel Box Theatre unwraps the festive “Plaid Tidings!” The holiday edition of the classic “Forever Plaid”, created by Stuart Ross in 1990, is a sequel meant to lift broken spirits during the holidays following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It has since become a cheerful holiday treat to anyone seeking warmth and heart during this now over stimulated and rather over materialized season, and is a delight for any lover of a genuine Christmas song that hasn’t been digitally damaged with techno tunes. Continue reading