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

Past Reviews

Powerful Performances at The Pollard with “Fences”

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie is presenting August Wilson’s award winning “Fences” under the skillful leadership of director Akin Babatunde.  Babatunde, a Brooklyn native, comes to us from Dallas, after bringing to Texas a significant talent that touches virtually every Dallas theatre.  And now, Mr. Babatunde has brought his director’s touch to Oklahoma to direct “Fences” for Guthrie’s Pollard Theatre Company.

The story revolves around Troy Maxson, a black man born just before the turn of the previous century.  In the 1950’s the obstacles for a black family to overcome were considerable, and in the arena… Continue reading

“Defending the Caveman” Diverts and Delights!

John Venable

Anyone who has ever loved another of the opposite sex, whether spouse, parent, sibling or friend is often flummoxed trying to figure things out.  Countless novels, short stories, plays, songs and operas are written and performed with the battle of the sexes at the center of the plot.  But anyone who really does want to figure it out should see “Defending the Caveman” and, suddenly, it will all become clear.  That understanding comes with more laughs than a barrel of monkeys or a cave filled with their descendants.

“Defending the Caveman” is the longest… Continue reading

Lyric’s “Assassins” is Well Executed and On Target

“Assassins” Cast led by Mateja Govice as John Wilkes Booth (center)

“Assassins” is one of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpieces, and an excellent example of the power in dark comedy, as well as musical dynamism. Music and lyrics are by Sondheim who based the story on an idea by playwright Charles Gilbert, Jr. and the book is by John Weidman. The story revolves around a gathering of historical presidential assassins, successful and unsuccessful, meeting in a public place which may be evocative of the most depressing aspect of societal institutional interaction-the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Because the show reflects… Continue reading

Laughing and Loving with “Defending the Caveman” from CityRep at OCCC

The battle between the sexes is never-ending, frequently all-consuming, and filled with joy.  The conflict is unique, with both contenders either winning or losing, and the treaty resolving the issues can be so blissful! Revealing well known foibles alongside contemporary views of feminism and masculine behavior, “Defending the Caveman” is the longest running solo show on Broadway for a very good reason!  Noted comic Rob Becker first premiered the one man show to delighted audiences in 1991, a treat Becker, himself, performed for many years. Since then other actors have presented the show, among them is actor… Continue reading

“37 Postcards” a Treat and a Laugh from Jewel Box

When tragedy happens wouldn’t it be wonderful to hide away pretending it didn’t happen? Of course, we all know that’s impossible, it simply wouldn’t work.  But…what if it did work?  No, impossible! Or, maybe just impossibly funny.  Playwright Michael McKeever certainly makes it work in”37 Postcards” one of his most popular comedies.  Director Don Taylor assuredly brings to this production of “37 Postcards” intelligent casting and comic sensibility. When the cast has timing, they have a hit. Continue reading

Carpenter Square Presents Picture Perfect Production with “Bakersfield Mist”

Elizabeth Hurd Published: January 13, 2017

Bakerfields Mist at Carpenter Square Carpenter Square begins 2017 with “Bakersfield Mist” directed by the versatile Ben Hall. “Bakersfield Mist” by noted playwright and director Stephen Sachs, is based on actual events.  A working class woman apparently discovers an unknown and very valuable masterpiece by Jackson Pollock in a thrift shop.  Continue reading

“Beyond the Stratosphere” Insightful, Interesting and Illuminating

Ryan Echols Published: December 23th, 2016

“Beyond the Stratosphere” by La’Charles Purvey, directed by Callison Coburn and now playing at Oklahoma City Theatre Company, looks at five black men struggling to live with HIV/AIDS in 1992. It is a journey of suffering, confusion, frustration, and pain, but it all comes down to taking it one day at a time. Continue reading

Making Merry in the Refined World of Jane Austen’s England

Elizabeth Hurd Published: December 13th, 2016

“Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker” is going to become a Christmas tradition in Oklahoma City. This is an interactive dramatic event for adults much like Creative Dramatics programs for children. The characters are the wonderful author of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen. She is hosting a Christmas Ball along with her beloved sister, Cassandra. Continue reading

“A Tuna Christmas” Wild, Wacky and Wonderful

Elizabeth Hurd Published: December 6th, 2016

The first of the ‘Tuna’ story is found in “Greater Tuna” a brilliant comedy set in the fictional yet familiar town of Tuna, Texas. Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard are the three genius creators and since 1981 the Tuna plays have become a favorite for audiences all over the nation. Williams and Sears performed and Howard directed the Texas hits. Continue reading