Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Editor: Jillian Ball

Past Reviews

“Ghost Stories and Wholesome Halloween Fun” Friday in Guthrie, Oklahoma

The Invisible Theater Company is performing “Ghost Stories and Wholesome Halloween Fun” this Friday evening (October 26, 2018) at the Guthrie Scottish Rite Temple, 900 East Oklahoma Avenue, Guthrie, Oklahoma.  There is a raven in the temple….

Sponsored by the Guthrie Scottish Rite Lodges # 35 and # 162, and Guthrie Ace Hardware, the production includes a selection of great Halloween stories such as “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe and other wonderful classics.  The presentation is done in a reader’s theatre format concentrating on the vocal presentation rather than a full scale production with scenery… Continue reading

Carpenter Square presents “Slasher” with a Dull Edge

Peter Fischaber as Marc Hunter directs a murderous scene in ‘Bloodbath’ with Jessica Biel as Sheena (last girl) being threated by Matthew Moreillon as Jodi Joshi.

“Slasher” is a hilariously camp spoof of popular slasher movies now turned to theatre. A young waitress in Austin, Texas, Sheena McKinney, is savvy—and her chance meeting with a movie director is the opportunity of her lifetime. Her mother, Frances, is disabled, bound to her wheelchair. She is also quite mad—a combination of insanity and raging feminism boil within her. The younger sister, Hildy, is just trying to pass chemistry. Sheena is offered… Continue reading

All You Need is Music… and a LOT of Hairspray!

Phoebe Butts and the cast of Hairspray at Sooner Theatre. Photo credit Wendy Mutz Photography.

Hairspray is presented by Sooner Theatre and directed by Jennifer Teel. Music direction is by Mervin Tay. Hairspray is a fun little ditty of a show about the 1960s, black and white television ads, aerosol cans of styling products, and bouncy teenager Tracy Turnblad. Tracy is a devoted fan of the local teen dance television program “The Corny Collins Show”. Tracy and her best friend Penny set out to land a spot dancing in the show, and on the way discover a noble quest.… Continue reading

Rocky Horror is Back at The Boom and We’re So Glad!

 

Joshua McGowen as Frank N. Furter in The Boom’s Rocky Horror. Photo courtesy Rocky Horror cast

By Jillian Ball and Adrienne Proctor

Oh, Brad! The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Boom is an interactive crazy train that’s an absolute blast from start to finish.

Joshua McGowen is amazing as the twisted “sweet transvestite” Dr. Frank N. Furter. McGowen embodies the role with heat and attitude, making his own tweaks while staying true to the original. His makeup is gorgeous and his attitude is sharp. He has the audience enthralled from the second he appears onstage. However… Continue reading

Glorious Ghosting from the Pollard Theatre with “Ghost the Musical”

Emily Pace as Molly and Seth Paden as Sam in “Ghost” Photo Courtesy of the Pollard Theatre

Now it is told musically! A story of love eternal and the bonds that death may never break.  A yarn of heroism and defeating corruption; an adventure filled with suspense.  A tale of friendship devastatingly false—yet withal a new friendship profoundly loyal.  “Ghost the Musical” is the latest hit from the Pollard Theatre in downtown Guthrie, thrilling audiences through October 27, 2018. “Ghost the Musical” is adapted by writer Bruce Joel Rubin from his hit movie “Ghost.”  Music… Continue reading

“Wait Until Dark” A Near Miss with Great Possibilities

Christine Lanning and David Fletcher-Hall in Wait Until Dark. Photo courtesy of James Beckel

“Wait Until Dark” is a frightening suspense thriller written by Frederick Knott, first performed in 1966.  Knott is noted for his rather convoluted mysteries designed to terrify and confuse.  “Wait Until Dark” tells of a young blind woman who becomes trapped in her apartment and besieged by nefarious forces.   The woman is Susy Hendrix and she’s married to a traveling photographer, Sam.  Susy has adapted well to her blindness getting about with ease, and her husband is careful to see… Continue reading

UCO’s The Most Happy Fella Makes for a Most Happy Theatregoer

Promo photo for UCO production of “The Most Happy Fella.” Sonnet Lamb as “Rosabella” and Sean Steele as “Tony.”
Photo by Daniel Smith.

By Clayton J. Blair and Staff 

“The Most Happy Fella” is considered Loesser’s most ambitious and romantic musical. It first appeared on Broadway in 1957 and ran for 676 performances. Since then, it has enjoyed several revivals, including one staged by the New York City Opera. For a show that came out in direct competition with “My Fair Lady”, it surely should be considered one of the great operettas.

“The Most Happy Fella” is… Continue reading

The Lyric’s World Premiere Musical When We’re Gone is A Rock of Art

 

Van Hughes (John), left, and John Furey (Todd). Photo by KO Rinearson

By Elizabeth Hurd and Adrienne Proctor

Lyric Theatre is premiering When We’re Gone, a fascinating new rock musical by two up and coming writers. They are Scotty Arnold who writes the music and Alana Jacoby who created the book and lyrics. They combined three interesting elements: Punk, Pop and Plague. Essentially this is a punk-pop musical set in 1349 during the horrendous scourge we know as the Black Plague. The music is a surprisingly good fit for the emotional as well as the physical obstacles… Continue reading

No Trouble: “The Music Man in Concert” is a Jewel-and that Rhymes with Pool!

Ember Reed (center) surrounding by River City Children. Photo courtesy of Wendy Mutz Photography

Tonight a musical extravaganza opens with the collaboration of Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre and Oklahoma City Community College presenting “The Music Man in Concert” honoring 60 years of joy from the original musical by Meredith Willson. Joining CityRep and OCCC are a number of partners such as the Ambassadors’ Concert Choir, Classen School of Advanced Studies, and Junior and Teen Race Dance Company.  The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), The University of Oklahoma (OU) and Painted Sky Opera, Dance Unlimited/Spotlight Acting Academy and Oklahoma… Continue reading

Spooky, Sexy and Sultry- The Pollard Premieres Ghost: The Musical

Emily Pace as Molly and Seth Paden as Sam in The Pollard’s Ghost: The Musical.

Storytelling is what The Pollard Theatre does best. Never capitalizing on glitz and spectacle, Artistic Director W. Jerome Stevenson and his company choose time and time again to focus on the beautiful stories that unfold on their stage. What results is heartfelt performances that inspire and move audiences, minus unnecessary flash or distraction. Located in gorgeous historic Guthrie, The Pollard is a place to experience down to earth, honest and real storytelling. The Pollard is staying true to that core belief with their new… Continue reading