Local Theater News
THEATER White Rock volunteers take a bow at Curtain Call
It was glitz and glamour last Friday night when Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) celebrated its annual fundraiser, the 2013 Curtain Call. DSM’s Guild, a membership organization, was integral in making the event a success, and a number of White Rockers are active volunteer members of the group.
This year’s event, “Broadway Bound,” was in tribute to Charles H. Pistor, who passed away in 2012.
“Not only was Charlie my best friend, but he was an avi...
THEATER Lake Highlands thespians recognized by DSM
Tuesday night the Music Hall at Fair Park was transformed into Broadway’s Beacon Theatre, home of the Tony Awards, for the 2013 annual Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA), and it was standing room only (SRO).
As nominees walked the red carpet, they were photographed and interviewed by local broadcast and print media including WFAA-TV and The Dallas Morning News, who are media partners for the program. The pa...
THEATER Afternoon show brings 'Comfort'
One Thirty Productions, in cooperation with the Bath House Cultural Center and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, announces the opening of Kathleen Clark’s warm comedy, “Southern Comforts.” One Thirty is the first company in the Dallas area to produce “Southern Comforts,” which enjoyed a successful run at the Alley Theatre in Houston featuring Hal Holbrook and the late Dixie Carter. Clark’s adaptation explores what can happen when ...
THEATER ‘Angels Fall’ in drama at Contemporary Theatre
In a remote New Mexico town, circumstances bring six random strangers together at a small Catholic church. Due to an accident at a nearby nuclear plant, the highway is closed. The story takes a back seat, though, to interesting characters and their relationships in Contemporary Theatre of Dallas’ (CTD) current offering, “Angels Fall.”
First onstage are the middle-aged traveler Niles Harris and his younger wife, Vita. While hoping the authorit...
Collins trancends time
Last Thursday, April 11, the weather had turned cold and dreary, which chilled the bone but set the tone for the music of one of America’s premier songstresses, Judy Collins. Not all her songs are sad, but they are full of wintry and windswept longing and magic. Now at 73, she looks the part of the venerable spinner of Scotch-Irish melodies and reminiscences.
Wistful and hauntingly beautiful, her music mesmerized and enraptured several hundr...
THEATER ‘Wicked’ defies gravity at Dallas Summer Musicals
When 15 semi trucks arrived at Dallas’ Music Hall last week, workers unloaded several tons of enormous sets, complex backdrops, countless lights, electronics and props, and 300 costumes. “Wicked” was coming to town.
A massive, growling dragon, spanning the entire proscenium arch with red eyes ablaze, opened the show to a sold-out audience.
There wasn’t a still, quiet moment for the rest of the production, with its non-stop energy. The action ...
THEATER Amusing performance is ‘oddly’ refreshing at the Wyly
In 1968, Oscar Madison and Felix Unger squabbled and needled their way right into audiences’ hearts as the award-winning film “The Odd Couple” hit theaters.
The set of last Friday’s Dallas Theater Center (DTC) production of “The Odd Couple” was a mess – literally. The Wyly Theatre’s stage was strewn with clothes, snacks, dirty dishes and junk, as called for in the script. It wasn’t quite “Hoarders,” but close.
Despite the squalor, the show’s...
THEATER Doughboys rise to the occasion with Pride
A traveling flour salesman and a country musician walk into a radio station. The musician says, “Let’s collaborate,” and the salesman says, “Good idea.” The pair co-sponsors a half-hour show for Fort Worth’s radio station WBAP. Flour sales soar.
And so the Light Crust Doughboys were conceived in 1931 when Burris [Flour] Mills hired musicians to advertise the company’s Light Crust Flour on the radio.
O’Daniel, the former flour salesman, was en...
THEATER Play 'personal Valentine' for playwrite's mother
Wingspan Theatre Company and One Thirty Productions, in partnership and in cooperation with The Bath House Cultural Center and The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, will present a two-day staged reading of “For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again” by Michel Tremblay.
French Canadian Tremblay is probably best known as a political playwright. His play, “The Sister’s In-Law” (Les Belles Soeurs), revolutionized Canadian theatre, sparked pub...
A colorful “Mary Poppins” performs at Dallas Summer Musicals through March 30.
With umbrella poised and duffle bag in hand, Dallas’ favorite super nanny made her usual entrance onto the Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) stage Wednesday, March 20. She will float through a short engagement of “Mary Poppins” through March 30. The closing performances are through March 30, with Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is the best way to describe DSM’s produ...