The Pollard Theatre concludes another perfect season with “Bring It On: The Musical” a remarkable show. Excellent productions and performances abound, and the final show in the 30th season is right on target! “Bring It On: The Musical” is loosely based on the movie “Bring It On” successful at the turn of the century. The Guthrie, Oklahoma stage musical directed by Timothy Stewart is equally successful. The story is about high school cheerleaders, the most popular girls in high school, claiming the most denigrated achievement later in life. Campbell Davis, head… Continue reading
Charles Ross has returned to Oklahoma City bringing the “Star Wars One Man Trilogy” as hoped, much to the joy of committed fans. Thanks to Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Ross has been brought back after a four year absence when he performed “One Man Lord of the Rings Trilogy” for CityRep. Charles Ross is from another planet himself (Canada) and he brings to this show superior delineated characters, subtle and slapstick humor and a love of all things star wars, starry and starry-eyed. “Star Wars One Man Trilogy” was born about 16 years ago as a… Continue reading
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents “The Taming of the Shrew” beginning their 33rd season with one of Shakespeare’s most popular and fun comedies. Directed by Caprice Woosley, “The Taming of the Shrew” takes advantage of some forgotten traditions in this production.
In the day of the bard slang was a lot more poetic, and theatre was often a lot more spontaneous. Traveling troupes of troublesome troubadours would pull up their wagons and present a play from a hodge-podge of costume remnants straight out of your closet. Woosley brings back this troupe to introduce the… Continue reading
“Creating Claire” is the story of Claire Buchanan, a docent at a science museum and stay-at-home mom. Trained as a teacher, she devotes most of her time to her autistic daughter, Abigail. Abigail attends public school, but needs additional help beyond that available in her special needs class. Reggie Buchanan is a devoted husband and father, and Victoria Halstead is friend and curator of the Earth and Sky Museum, where Claire is a tour guide.
The Buchanan’s are agnostic, and most of their friends are as well. One day, Claire surprises everyone by introducing the… Continue reading
The object belongs to hir who just came here or didn’t you hear? Many of us are beginning to hear about a new personal pronoun, pronounced ‘here or hear’ that is a combination of his/him/ her. Taylor Mac is the author of “Hir” a critically acclaimed new play celebrating the use of gender-neutral pronouns and gender neutral existence. For writers it may be an improvement to ‘he, she or it’ for every occasion; it certainly takes the lilt out of literature.
It is also too early to determine whether ‘Hir’ is critically acclaimed because it is… Continue reading
There is a defining moment in a lifetime when one is required to make a leap of faith. The University of Central Oklahoma tells such a story with their latest production entitled “Leap of Faith” by Glenn Slater. The story is based on a movie of the same name starring Steve Martin and, although the role is serious, Martin uses his own subtle version of levity that makes the serious movie viable. The musical screenplay is somewhat different but the primary premise is the… Continue reading
Oklahoma City University has a stellar weekend with the music of Cole Porter resounding and rejuvenating theatre patrons fortunate enough to attend “Anything Goes” this past weekend. Director, David Herendeen, assembles talented and sophisticated students into the madcap story that has been enthralling audiences the world over since 1934. Jan McDaniel directs music and conducts the powerful orchestra. Cassandra VanHouten choreographs the dance numbers that are so perfectly suited to tap dancers with perfect timing, natural rhythm and sleek grace.
This group of students is not only extremely talented musical theatre performers; they are talented actors… Continue reading
Every now and then a name jumps out of the program for one reason or another. In “South Pacific” now showing at Jewel Box Theatre, that name belongs to Scott Hynes. It seems to be in the wrong place. He’s in front of the lights—when he’s usually behind them! Hynes is the pre-eminent lighting designer for the OKC area. His role in “South Pacific” is that of the dashing, debonair Frenchman, Emile De Becque. Fortunately, he is also the lighting designer, and everyone in the show… Continue reading
The refreshingly politically incorrect musical called “The Producers” opens at the Pollard to a delighted audience. Mel Brooks is an American Icon and his original movie of the same name was then adapted to a stage musical by Brooks. The live production from Guthrie, Oklahoma is a professional masterpiece that rivals any other. Max Bialystock remarks early in the piece (to paraphrase) that reviews come out earlier when the critic leaves at intermission. The critic is critical to success or failure. But how could any critic… Continue reading
Carpenter Square Theatre is presenting “The Whipping Man” by Matthew Lopez. Directed by Linda McDonald, “The Whipping Man” is an interesting drama set at the end of the Civil War. Jews comprise only a small part of the population in the American South and before the Civil War the number of Jews who ran plantations and were slave owners was an extremely small number, less than 2% of the entire Southern Jewish population. But they were there and they suffered alongside their neighbors. Their slaves were no different… Continue reading