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OCU Presents “Picnic” in a Fine Performance

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Hal Carter played by Tyler Malinauskas and Madge Owens played by Sydney Epstein falling in love. Photo courtesy of Angela Polk taken by Bryan Cardinale Powell

William Inge is one of America’s greatest modern playwrights, earning a Pulitzer Prize for his 1953 “Picnic”, in which a young Paul Newman made his debut as Alan Seymour.  It’s no wonder that Oklahoma City University included “Picnic” on the 2019 season.  Directed by Kristen Cerelli, Assistant Professor of Acting and Voice at Oklahoma City University since 2016, “Picnic” features a fine student cast.  The set design by Dustin Bielich… Continue reading

Outstanding Performances from CityRep’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

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Cameron Law as Christopher Boone and the cast of “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” Photo courtesy of Mutz Photography

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is a fabulously rich mystery by Mark Haddon. The story is told from the perspective of a young man who looks at the world in a different way, a highly focused way. This book has been adroitly adapted for the stage by playwright Simon Stephens and has received numerous awards, including seven Olivier’s and five Tony’s for the productions.  Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre has taken on the… Continue reading

“Bright Star” A Magnificent Hit from Lyric Theatre!

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Bligh Voth and Michael Isaac twinkling in “Bright Star” Photo courtesy of KO Rinearson

Steve Martin has always been a favorite for anyone needing a laugh but he can write a heart-wrenching plot that will cause tears to flow down your cheeks. Martin is the playwright responsible for the book, story and music of “Bright Star” in collaboration with the amazingly talented Edie Brickell. The two of them have created a fantastic musical that, in the expert hands of Michael Baron, is Lyric Theatre’s latest hit production.

The story is set in the south and the music style is… Continue reading

Stations of the Cross through ‘Via Crusis’ at Scottish Rite Temple

Via Crusis 2019“Via Crusis” or The Way of the Cross.  The story of the long dark hours leading to the crucifixion of our Lord, Jesus, the Messiah.  Professor Wayne Campbell’s thoughtful script was a favorite for audiences every Easter at the Scottish Rite Temple in Guthrie for over 50 years. “Via Crusis” is now returning as a production of the Invisible Theatre Company as a Reader’s Theatre.  Tim Heaton, Artistic Director of the Invisible Theatre Company has created a thoughtful adaptation for the reading to be performed Friday, April 12, 2019.  The 2019 production is the first… Continue reading

“Death Tax” a Slightly Taxing Dark Comedy

Aiesha Watley as Nurse Tina sits beside the bedside of Linda McDonald as Maxine while Todd (Cam Taylor) and Maxine’s daughter (Katy Hughes look on.

Carpenter Square is presenting “Death Tax” the popular new play by Lucas Hnath.  While Hnath is clearly a fine writer, his style is particularly difficult when translating to the spoken word.  Specifically, his dialogue, and much of the play, consists of speech making by the characters rather than conversation.  The intensity in emotion is handled well by all the actors in both speaking and listening, yet they are unable to respond… Continue reading

What We Lost

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Beehive: The 60s Musical Returns to The Pollard

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Beehive: The 60s Musical. Photo courtesy The Pollard Theatre.

Beehive: The 60s Musical is the ultimate celebration of female empowerment, music, fashion, and hairdos that defined an era. The 1960s were a time of great change for American history, and with it came some of the best music by the most iconic artists. Beehive celebrates these feminine revolutionaries and features some of their most recognizable tunes.  Audiences will love hearing “My Boyfriend’s Back”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Natural Woman” and more.

Timothy Stewart directs this revival production, which is returning to the… Continue reading

The Rokademy Experiment Braves The Hazards of Love

the decemberistsThe Thelma Gaylord Academy’s Rokademy Experiment is gearing up for another epic concert performance. This time around, they’re performing The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists. Part rock theatre, part storytelling, the concept album is more than just fun rock music. The album features a plot and characters and creates a lavish musical fairy tale with each of the seventeen songs. The Rokademy has already impressed peers and parents alike with their rockin’ Christmas show, and this year’s annual spring concert is sure to bring the fire once again. This intricate lyrical journey is a chance for the students… Continue reading

Bluegrass Musical Bright Star Premieres at The Lyric

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Ken Singleton as Billy Cane and Bligh Voth as Alice Murphy in Bright Star. Photo by K. Talley Photography.

Bluegrass is the classically American music, and it finds its home in musical storytelling with the Lyric’s Bright Star. Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star is a southern story of hope and growing up in North Carolina. Based in the 1920s and the 40s, Bright Star follows Alice Murphy through life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The musical was inspired by the 2013 bluegrass album Love Has Come for You, which earned a Grammy… Continue reading