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What’s Not to Like…Or Love In “As You Like It” from Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park

Sophia Boyer as Celiz (left) and Emily Pace as Rosalind in “As You Like It” at Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. Photo courtesy of Kathryn McGill.

Oklahoma native Erin Sloan is directing “As You Like It” through May 14, 2022.  It is great to be back for regular seasons and say goodbye to the worst of the pandemic.  Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park begin the 2022 season with “As You Like It” a delightful comedy showcasing Shakespeare’s signature twist of characters in disguise creating confusion and social gaffes galore.  The play is not only a great example… Continue reading

Lyric Theatre Comes Back to the Plaza with “Head Over Heels” bringing Fun and Fantasy Back Inside!

– Vince Leseney as Basilius and Nick Hone as Dametas. Photo courtesy of Miki Galloway.

Vince Leseney has an expansive presence as well as voice and it takes a hearty crew to perform at that level.  Michael Baron assembled that hearty crew in Lyric’s “Head Over Heels” currently playing at the Plaza.  Yes, they are back indoors at Lyric’s home theatre in the Plaza district! 

“Head Over Heels” is an exuberant musical written by Jeff Whitty.  The show is based on ‘Arcadia’ by Sir Philip Sidney, but the music is all from rock and roll icons… Continue reading

“Sherlock Holmes” Proves to be a Great Escape!

Peter Fischaber as Sherlock Holmes (right) and David Fletcher-Hall as Professor Moriarty (left) discuss evil vs. good, as usual! Photo courtesy of April Porterfield.

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most loved as well as respected characters because of his wit as much as his brilliant intellect.  That wit comes from the breast of Dr. John Watson and from the brain of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  The character is fascinating and timeless, and part of that fascination comes from new interpretations, new readers and their take on the genius detective.

Playwright Tim Kelly is one of the… Continue reading

Carpenter Square Live Shows Come Soon—Meantime GREAT Radio with “Sunset Boulevard”

Elin Bhaird Star of Carpenter Square’s “Sunset Boulevard”

The world has been through significant and multiple major upheavals with the pandemic and not surprisingly the after effects due to the shutdown have been just as devastating to many.  The light is shining brightly at the end of the tunnel and a return to normalcy is imminent although some things are different now. 

Soon Carpenter Square Theatre will be able to announce a return to live performance with Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” directed by Rhonda Clark.   The secondary pandemic delays on the new location… Continue reading

Lyric Theatre Presents a Powerful Premiere with “Distant Thunder”

From left, Chelsea Zeno, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Aiden Łe:ldin Rogers (that is the correct spelling) and Jeff Barehand in DISTANT THUNDER. Photo courtesy of Miki Galloway

“Distant Thunder” is the name of a new musical that incorporates elements of typically romantic musical theatre chemistry in song along with a little pop and a little Native American traditional music.  The musical is a collaborative piece with Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Shaun Taylor-Corbett, a mother/son duo writing the book.  Lynne Taylor-Corbett also directs “Distant Thunder” while Shaun Taylor-Corbett partners with Chris Wiseman on the lyrics and music as well as starring as… Continue reading

Rumor Confirmed: Neil Simon’s “Rumors” is a Smash Hit!

Taylor Reich as Ken Gorman and Katie Kimberling as Chris Gorman in Rumors at Jewel Box Theatre.

Neil Simon is one of our most prolific as well as funny playwrights with numerous successful Broadway  productions.  One of them is “Rumors” written in 1988.  “Rumors” is a particularly popular play, as it has plenty of opportunity for actors to shine—farce is fun!  In the collaboration between author and performer it is absolutely paramount that actors have impeccably perfect timing.  Director Denise Hughes has assembled a cast that has that element of perfection in their performances. … Continue reading

Intellectual Amusement at 3rd Act Theatre in “The Shakespeare Conspiracy”

Don Taylor as Elizabeth I spymaster in “The Shakespeare
Conspiracy”at 3rd Act Theatre Company. Photo courtesy of April Porterfield

Conspiracy Theories abound due to uncertainties and vulnerabilities but also in a sense of fun.  “The Shakespeare Conspiracy”, is a play by Ted Bacino and Rufus Cadigan and based on Bacino’s 2010 novel of the same name.  And it is fun, yet based on logical possibilities of the many conflicting rumors as well as those facts as we know them to be.  There have been numerous speculations over the years about the impact and rapid development of Shakespeare… Continue reading

A Wonderful Production of Noël Coward’s “Brief Encounter” at Jewel Box Theatre

Leah Coleman Arnold as Laura Jesson. Photo courtesy of Lance Payne, Jewel Box Theatre.

Noël Coward. Versatile, witty, brilliant and engaging, Noël Coward was an actor’s dream playwright.  The great movie “Brief Encounter” starring the brilliant stage actress Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard was directed by David Lean in 1945.  The screen play was based on Coward’s play “Still Life” a short play in five scenes.  Emma Rice has since adapted the stage play from the Coward’s screenplay of “Brief Encounter” and “Still Life” two of Coward’s greatest works. 

In 2010 one of Oklahoma City’s finest… Continue reading

“An Ideal Husband” is an Ideal Show for Today from 3rd Act Theatre

Brooke Howard as Mrs. Gertrude Chiltern and Cam Taylor as Senator Chiltern in “An Ideal Husband”. Photo courtesy of April Porterfield

Oscar Wilde, venerated and vilified is a playwright not to be tampered with.  Yet Kate Adams successfully tweaked “An Ideal Husband” to create a play both as elegant as Wilde intended and also particularly familiar to modern audiences.  Adams also directs the 3rd Act Theatre presentation kicking off 2022 with engaging success.

Set in Washington D. C. “An Ideal Husband” reveals political corruption and blackmail at its most nefarious and discusses morality in public life as… Continue reading

OKC Rep Hosts Inua Ellams ‘An Evening With an Immigrant’ part of ‘UNDER THE RADAR: ON THE ROAD’

Inua Ellams. Photo courtesy of Oliver Holmes.

‘An Evening With an Immigrant’ by Inua Ellams, a modern renaissance man.  Ellams is a writer, a poet, a dreamer grounded in reality.  Inua Ellams was born in Nigeria in 1984.  He and his family left Nigeria when he was but 12, and they took refuge in the United Kingdom.  Ellams is the child of a Muslim father and a Christian mother.  Moderacy and reason not being appreciated by extremists, Nigeria became unlivable for the family and hence the move to the UK.  Outside of three evocative… Continue reading