OK Art Scene and Hurd

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

An Exciting Tribute to Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” at The Bethany Stage

                                    ………………………………………………………….by Scott Myers

Peter Fischaber as Captain Wentworth and Kristin Stang as Anne Elliot in Jane Austens “Persuasion”  Photo courtesy of Bethany Stage

 I was excited to see one of my favorite author’s words presented live on stage as opposed to the movies that we generally are exposed to. Seeing a play version of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” is a great idea for a date night or afternoon matinee as presented by Bethany Stage, 6632 NW 36th St, Bethany, OK… Continue reading

3rd Act Theatre presents “The Importance of Being Earnest” with Wonderful Wit

Don Taylor as Lady Bracknell makes an entrance. David Mays as John (Jack/Earnest) Worthing and Justice Wickstrom as Algernon Moncrieff display courteous deference. Photo courtesy of Dakota Lee Bryant

It’s no secret that one of the Oklahoma City’s newest community theatres is off to a brilliant start.  Every production from 3rd Act Theatre is an outstanding example of excellence and “The Importance of Being Earnest” is an incredibly fun and well executed show!  Directed by Jamie Brewster, this classic from Oscar Wilde, bridges three centuries of amusingly disarming wit.  The retro-futuristic concept of “Steampunk,” which capitalizes… Continue reading

We’re All Plane People, and We All Come From Away

The North American Tour of Come From Away. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

September 11, 2001 is a day the world changed forever. Those who remember it consider it a dividing line. There is now only pre 9/11 and post 9/11. Those who were born later grew up in a world where the ideas of terrorism, Xenophobia, and fear of flying are a part of our daily lives. On the day the world changed, commercial aircraft bound for the U.S. were diverted to Canada for safe landing while the U.S. air space was under attack.

Come From Away tells the… Continue reading

A Theatre Reviewer Rambles: Meet Adrienne!

photo by Sami Marie photography

Hello! I’m Adrienne, the Managing Director of Oklahoma Art Scene and Hurd. I just graduated with a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Administration & Logistics from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. It has NOTHING to do with theatre, but it’s helped me in all aspects of my writing! I started with Scene and Hurd in 2017. The first show I reviewed was a directed reading of “Bathrobe Club” by Adam Davies. The first full production I reviewed was Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon at Carpenter Square Theatre, and it’s still one of my favorites!… Continue reading

It’s Chilly Outside, but “The Heat is On in Saigon”

Emily Bautista as Kim and Anthony Festa as Chris in the North American Tour of Miss Saigon singing “Last Night of the World.” Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Miss Saigon is based on the opera Madama Butterfly and tells the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim, orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar by the infamous and slimy Engineer. On her first night, she meets and falls in love with an American G. I. named Chris, but sadly they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim must survive any way she… Continue reading

Carpenter Square Presents “The Mystery of Love and Sex” Tragically

Kylan L. Durant and Hannah Youngblood as Jonny and Charlotte serving a dorm room dinner. Photo Courtesy of Carpenter Square Theatre

 “The Mystery of Love and Sex” by Bathsheba Doran is a sensitive and sometimes humorous exploration of adolescent discovery, sexual identity, and coming to terms with unresolved issues.  It’s certain that a large part of what makes life and all the ensuing problems bearable is humor.  Without joy there is no life.  Rhonda Clark directs a cast of four main characters and one delightful cameo with a great deal of sensitivity, but the humor in… Continue reading

Start the New Year Right with Lyric’s The Cat in the Hat

Lexi Windsor as Fish, Josiah Brooks as The Cat in the Hat, and Eli Bradley as The Boy. photo by K. Talley Photography.

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma produces high-quality, entertaining theatre for the whole family. Their Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) series offers exciting, professional theatre for the youngest patrons, and it’s always enjoyable for their parents too. Children are just as deserving of memorable theatrical experiences as their adult counterparts, and the Lyric’s TYA is sure to spark a lifelong love of live theatre for all who attend.

Kicking off 2020 is the latest in Lyric’s TYA series, Dr.… Continue reading

Washington, DC Based Monumental Theatre Prepares to Open 2020 Season

D.C.’s Monumental Theatre Company opens their 2020 season in March. Photo provided.

Founded in 2015 by collaborative artists Beth Amann, Jimmy Mavrikes, and Michael Windsor, Monumental Theatre Company is an innovative and exciting young theatre in a rich treasure trove for the arts- our nation’s capital. While DC is far from OKC, the theatre scenes in these two cities have a unique connection. Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma Producing Artistic Director Michael Baron previously held an Associate Artistic Director Role at Signature Theatre in DC. Signature and Lyric frequently collaborate, and the result is a lovely relationship between many DC based… Continue reading

Amahl and the Night Visitors from Painted Sky Opera is Beautiful Christmas Message

Amahl and the Night Visitors

The Three Kings of Amahl and the Night Visitors.

By: Elizabeth Hurd


 

On Christmas Eve, 1951, NBC premiered the first opera written for television. It was called Amahl and the Night Visitors and it became a Christmas Eve tradition for 15 years.   Gian Carlo Menotti, noted Italian-born American composer, based the opera on The Adoration of the Magi by Hieronymus Bosch.   Many families gathered in front of their television sets to view the opera and Amahl’s beautiful story. However, things change and in 1966 NBC decided to update their programming, but the story of… Continue reading

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Provides Excellence in Theatre and Soul

Don Taylor (standing at right) as Jacob Marley arriving at the counting-house where David Mays as the Recordkeeper explains things. Photo courtesy of Christine Lanning

In 1994 noted performer and novelist Tom Mula released a slightly different take on the classic we all know and love by Charles Dickens called “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”.  Now on stage, this story is being produced by the 3rd Act Theatre as a ‘Bonus’ production for Christmas.  Doug Van Liew directs a cast of four on a very minimalist set, creating Mula’s version of “A Christmas Carol” from Marley’s viewpoint and… Continue reading