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“A Company of Wayward Saints” Makes an Evening of Great Theatre

– Scapino (Keegan Zimmerman) as The Boy takes fishing advice from Ruffiana (Allyson Rose) as The Girl.

Commedia dell’Arte was a very popular form of theatre in Europe from the 16th through the 18th century. A troupe of players would develop specific characters and continually portray those characters through each improvisational production.  Wearing masks, there would be a warrior, a vamp, two young lovers, a wiseman and of course the harlequin  among them and they would play those same characters in every production as they traveled.  George Herman, American playwright first published “A Company of Wayward… Continue reading

“The Girl With the Green Eyes” Leaves Audience Seeing Red

Peter Fischaber as Groom Jack Austin and Jillian Wheeler as Bride Jinny Austin (the girl with green eyes) Photo courtesy of April Porterfield

“The Girl with the Green Eyes” by Clyde Fitch, a popular playwright from the late 1800’s through the early decades of the 20th century is being presented at 3rd Act Theatre.  Although Fitch has largely been forgotten he was the genius of his time…the Edwardian period.  “The Girl with the Green Eyes” is directed by Kate Adams who also has undertaken the adaptation of the play.  The playwright and, of course, the play… Continue reading

“Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker” Brings Holiday Cheer to Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park

Fans of Jane Austen and her wonderful stories about women.  Her characters are women who struggle in society.  They are intelligent women, but they have no standing in society without marriage.  That was the way of things in the Regency Period.  Women and Girls of the day, and every day ever since have identified with these characters, especially the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett.  Erin Woods is clearly an Austen fan and her play “Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker” is a delight.  The play is quite interactive as it is a Christmas Party hosted… Continue reading

The Christmas Train Has a Flat at 3rd Act Theatre.

Rob May as Leo Tannenbaum (left) and Caitlin Cairns as Donna Fay Cummings. The Christmas Express photos are courtesy of April Porterfield

3rd Act Theatre is presenting “The Christmas Express” a delightful little Christmas comedy by Pat Cook.  Living in a charming small town called Holly, the commonly held small town fate has local business suffering and the Depot for the train is certainly no exception. 

The Manager of the Holly Railway Station is Hilda Trowbridge played by Christine Jolly and her assistant/porter is Satch Brunswick played by Joe Burleigh.  Hilda suffers from severe depression and… Continue reading

The Pollard Theatre Extends Tradition with Newly Revamped “A Territorial Christmas Carol”

David Fletcher-Hall portrays Charles Dickens in the Pollard’s A Territorial Christmas Carol.

There are many changes, a magical new set designed by Jared Blount and Michael Long, and several new cast members as well as a few familiar faces.  pays homage to the previous incarnation of Scrooge by James Ong.  Timothy Stewart directs bringing fresh ideas to the story and paying homage to the traditions that have made “A Territorial Christmas Carol” a highlight at Christmas.

While the new faces bring excitement to the show, it is impossible not to think of faces never to be seen again,… Continue reading

Sophisticated and Saucy “Blithe Spirit” at OSP Entertains

Lydia Gray as Elvira left, and Renee Krapff as Ruth in Blithe Spirit. Photo courtesy of Alan Chapman

The pandemic is virtually over, yet there are still a few cases that crop up.  No community has been hit harder by Covid-19 than the theatrical community here in Oklahoma City.  The virus and the lockdowns directly and indirectly have had a major impact on every theatre in the metropolitan area and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park has been working hard to overcome these difficulties as we recover and move forward.  But this pandemic will always be with us… Continue reading

“Eat, Slay, Leave” Shivers with Halloween Horror at 3rd Act

Dani Becker as Amy creating a ceremony in “Eat, Slay, Leave” Photo courtesy of April Porterfield

This is the season for horrific theatre—for Halloween.  Horror is hard to do, especially when it is a little off the beaten path (so to speak)  but that is what 3rd Act Theatre achieves with the world premier production of “Eat, Slay, Leave” by Heather Meyer.

The show is about a young woman and her two best friends since childhood spending a weekend at the cabin in the woods that has been the family vacation spot forever.  There are many… Continue reading

Outstanding and Outrageous, Lyric’s “The Rocky Horror Show” is Smashingly Decadent

Lee Walter as Frank “n” Furter in The Rocky Horror Show at Lyric. Photos courtesy of Miki Galloway

“The Rocky Horror Show” is a cult-classic musical originally presented in 1973.  The story revolves around a young couple, Brad and Janet and their adventures that begin with a blow-out on the highway and wind up as quite a blow-out at the residence of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter where they have taken refuge.  Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter is a very unorthodox fellow based on the character of Dr. Frankenstein.  The sweet young couple is seduced into a world of… Continue reading

Fun is Always Found in a Noel Coward Farce, and 3rd Act’s “Hay Fever” Delivers!

Noel Coward is one of the wittiest playwrights gracing the 20th century his delightful English drawing room farces never fail to amuse and “Hay Fever” presented in 1924 is no exception.  The play is nearly a century year old and while it is a bit dated in some respects the pure comedy of the play is universally timeless.  “Hay Fever” has no discernible plot, but it is notable that many people, especially nowadays have virtually no plot to their lives and this makes the play absolutely relevant to the modern audience.

Don Taylor directs a cast of… Continue reading

Fun and Song in [title of show] at Pollard Theatre!

From left, Maddie Mae Billings as Heidi, Erin Heatly as Susan and Jordan Harris as Hunter with Seth Paden as Jeff standing behind Heatly, arms encircling her. Photo courtesy of Jared Blount, The Pollard Theatre.

“[title of show]” is a rather unorthodox title for the musical currently being presented at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma.  So, it deserves an unusual review as well—Let us begin at the end.

As the show ended and the actors took their curtain calls 9 people immediately stood up.  These nine are the nine that represent the song ‘Nine People’s Favorite Thing”… Continue reading