OK Art Scene and Hurd

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

A Nice Family Christmas – Carpenter Square Theatre

Ryan Echols Published: December 1st, 2016

The holiday season brings about a feeling of love and unity; a time to bring together relatives in joyful merriment and for the purpose of cheerful exchange – for some. “A Nice Family Christmas,” open now at Carpenter Square Theatre, is a look inside one Minneapolis family whose Christmas takes on a much more dysfunctional atmosphere. Continue reading

“A Territorial Christmas Carol” is A Traditional Treasure!!!

Elizabeth Hurd Published: December 1st, 2016

Once again the Pollard Theatre delivers with an amazing version of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. The adaptation by Stephen P. Scott makes this classic tale the ideal tradition. Set in the original capital of Oklahoma Territory; Guthrie, Dickens tells the poignant story of the Crachit family and Scrooge to the young settler, William Moody. Continue reading

Jewel Box Theatre’s “Leading Ladies” Fabulously Funny Farce

Elizabeth Hurd Published: November 17th, 2016

Shakespeare uses mistaken identity and imposters as a comic vehicle quite frequently. The device never fails to bring lots of laughs.  So what would a pair of down on their luck, Shakespearean actors do when they run out of funds and performance dates? Follow the lead of the bard of course! So that is what Ken Ludwig, noted playwright, does in “Leading  Ladies” now showing at the Jewel Box Theatre. “Leading Ladies” premiered in 2004 to rave reviews and Jewel Box audiences genuinely enjoy the farce.   Continue reading

“Killer Joe” – Tops in Low Life

Elizabeth Hurd Published: November 5th, 2016

Oklahoma City Theatre Company presents “Killer Joe” as the latest in their new ‘Barely Legal’ season. The season may be ‘live and daring’ but this show is live and depraved. Not for the faint of heart. Tracy Letts is a noted award winning playwright and actor. Continue reading

Reduxion Theatre convincingly Terrifies with “The Woman in Black”

Elizabeth Hurd Published: October 2oth, 2016

Susan Hill’s 1983 horror novella called ‘The Woman in Black’ inspired Stephen Mallatratt to write an equally frightening stage play of the same name. “The Woman in Black” is the second longest running play on London’s West End after “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie. And now Reduxion Theatre in Oklahoma City seeks to terrify Oklahomans with the suspenseful story. Continue reading

“Heathers: The Musical” Too Dark to be Real-Too Funny to be False

Elizabeth Hurd Published: October 12th, 2016

Daniel Waters is the well-respected screen writer known for ‘Adventures of Ford Fairlane’ and ‘Hudson Hawk’ who also penned “Heathers” in 1988. “Heathers” earned an Edgar Award, but was largely overlooked commercially. As is often the case with ‘sleepers’ “Heathers” ultimately became a cult classic. Those good old school days are a myth, and the high school experience is horrific for most kids. Continue reading

High Energy “Fully Committed” at Lyric on the Plaza

Martin Burke in Lyric’s 2016 production of FULLY COMMITTED. Photo by KO Rinearson.

Anna Holloway Published: September 23rd, 2016

Lyric Theatre has brought an entertaining and energetic show to their Plaza stage. “Fully Committed” follows a day in the life of a reservation clerk at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. Played by Martin Burke, Sam is the guy at the bottom of the pecking order as he responds to calls and demands from patrons, coworkers, family, and boss, all of whom are played by Martin Burke.  Continue reading

Coolly Romantic “Romeo and Juliet” Shows at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage

Elizabeth Hurd Published: September 16th, 2016

It was a dark and stormy night…and also the opening of “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” at the Myriad Botanical Gardens presented by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. Opening night can be a little shaky and the possibilities of rain certainly played a part. Artistic director, Kathryn McGill directs the production and assuring everyone that, if the show gets rained out, tickets will provide admission to an upcoming performance.  Continue reading

“Becky’s New Car” Opens to Appreciative Audience at Carpenter Square

Elizabeth Hurd Published: September 5th, 2016

Carpenter Square Theatre opens a 33rd season with a light-hearted comedy, “Becky’s New Car” by noted American playwright Steven Dietz. Artistic Director Rhonda Clark directs. The action takes place in a typical American city like Seattle. Becky Foster is a middle-aged, middle-class and rather muddled woman with a 26 year old son living at home and a doting husband. Continue reading