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THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY
by Tennessee Williams
Presented by WingSpan Theatre
Runs through 10/25/2014

Reviewed by Chris Jackson,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

CLARE: You shouldn’t have spoken that word! “Confined”! FELICE: Oh. A prohibited word. When a word can’t be used, when it’s prohibited, its silence increases its size. It gets larger and larger till it’s so enormous that no house can hold it.

When my wife and I lived in New Orleans, I once stood behind Tennessee Williams in a long line at a bank in the French Quarter. I couldn’t summon the courage to talk to him then, nor when I sometimes saw him walking in the Quarter, nor as I sat at a table next to him and his companion in a hamburger joint. A friend told me at that time that Williams had tried to pick up her brother at a bar ...

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SEARCH AND DESTROY SEARCH AND DESTROY
by Howard Korder
Presented by L.I.P. Service
Runs through 10/25/2014

Reviewed by Elaine Plybon,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

Search and Destroy is best known as a screenplay, adapted from a script written for stage by Howard Korder. The film, produced in 1995, starred actors such as Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Illeana Douglas, Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper, John Turturro, and Christopher Walken. L.I.P. Service successfully translates the screenplay back into a stage presentation in their production.

The experience opens with a backlit projection of opening credits, bringing to mind a movie production. The credits, though containing a few typos, are well done and instilled anticipation of an action-filled production. The set, designed by Director Jason Leyva is simple - four simulated brick columns, the screen, with two chairs and a table which also serves as a desk, and even the interior of a car. The simplicity provides a setting for each ...

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RAPUNZEL! RAPUNZEL! A VERY HAIRY FAIRY TALE RAPUNZEL! RAPUNZEL! A VERY HAIRY FAIRY TALE
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
Presented by Dallas Children's Theater
Runs through 10/26/2014

Reviewed by Jeremy William Osborne,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

It's not Grimm but it’s not Disney either. Rapunzel at Dallas Children's Theater is a simple, fun and familiar tale of the damsel trapped in the tower. An artistic triumph, the “very hairy fairy tale” will delight audiences of all ages.

Without a blinded prince or twin babies born, and certainly no swinging from her hair, Rapunzel! Rapunzel! tells the tale of a girl locked in a tower, her stepmother's plan to have her miss her eighteen birthday, lose her rights to the crown, and make the stepmother queen. With the help of a passing knight and his faithful hairdresser friend, each out on their own quest for glory and satisfaction, Rapunzel is freed from her captivity and all is right in the world once more.

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CABARET CABARET
Book by Joe Masteroff Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb Based on the Play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Presented by Runway Theatre
Runs through 10/26/2014

Reviewed by Jeremy William Osborne,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

Cabaret at Runway Theatre in Grapevine is stunning. With remarkable performances from all members of the cast and gorgeous lighting and choreography, it is easily the best non-equity show of the year in the metroplex.

The show takes place from 1929-1931 during the Nazi rise to power in Berlin. A young American novelist, Cliff Bradshaw, gets drawn into the city’s nightlife by an English performer, Sally Bowles. Slowly though, the exciting night life begins to crack and politics come seeping in. Cliff plans to whisk Sally away to the safety of America, while those left behind must live with the consequences of their choices. This is all set against the backdrop of a seedy nightclub in Berlin where a bawdy Emcee and his Kit Kat Club performers ...

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THE BAD SEED THE BAD SEED
by Maxwell Anderson
Presented by Richardson Theatre Centre
Runs through 10/26/2014

Reviewed by Chris Jackson,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

There was a little girl, Who had a little curl, . . . When she was good, She was very good indeed, But when she was bad she was horrid Longfellow

Nature or nurture? This question has launched many heated debates among professionals and nonprofessionals alike for years. Pre-determined by genetics or learned by circumstances, or are some people, children in this case, just born evil? A tough question with no easy answers, both sides of the argument standing strong. Maxwell Anderson’s play, adapted from ...

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THE BROTHERS SIZE THE BROTHERS SIZE
by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Presented by Jubilee Theatre
Runs through 10/26/2014

Reviewed by Angela Newby,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

The bond between brothers is complex and mysterious. In The Brothers Size, Ogun and Oshoosi Size are faced with the realization that blood is thicker than water, and that sacrifice can take on a whole new meaning.

Jubilee Theatre is starting their 2014-2015 season with phenomenal production of The Brothers Size. Director Tre Garrett held nothing back with this show and I left the theater feeling every emotion possible. Garrett guided the three actors toward a vivid intimacy that hypnotized the audience.

The Brother Size is the second in a trilogy of works entitled The Brother and Sister Plays by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Referencing Yoruban legends, it uses African-change invocations, with characters speaking their stage directions to invite the audience into the story and remind them ...

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LES MISÉRABLES LES MISÉRABLES
Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Presented by Music Theatre of Denton
Runs through 10/26/2014

Reviewed by Bonnie K. Daman,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

My senior year in high school, our required reading for AP English included a gripping novel written by Victor Hugo titled Les Misérables. At the time, I was surprisingly unaware that a musical of the same name existed, telling Hugo’s tale of revolution, hope love and redemption. Also little did I know, only weeks after completing the assignment, I would have the opportunity to experience my first production of Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre in London. Thus began a love affair with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s work and all things “Les Miz”.

Before entering the Campus Theatre in Denton, it’s quite obvious the local community shares my sentiments. Plastered on each door is a sign that indicates a SOLD OUT show and a SOLD OUT run ...

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BONNIE & CLYDE BONNIE & CLYDE
Music by Frank Wildhorn Lyrics by Don Black Book by Ivan Menchell
Presented by WaterTower Theatre
Runs through 11/2/2014

Reviewed by Charlie Bowles,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

“Are people born wicked? Or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?” What makes a person turn evil? It’s the question we always ask, but seldom answer.

On November 22, 1933, thirty years to the day before JFK was shot, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow visited Clyde’s mother Cummie. The place was an open field at what’s now the intersection of Airport Freeway and Esters Road in Irving, Texas. As their car approached, a group of Texas lawmen aimed a fusillade of bullets at their car, hitting Clyde and Bonnie. But Clyde outdrove them and got away. Six months later, the same lawmen were joined by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer on Louisiana 154, east of Shreveport, where they caught the couple in their 1934 Ford V8 and shot so many rounds into ...

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THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
Book, Music and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Presented by Stolen Shakespeare Guild
Runs through 11/2/2014

Reviewed by Larry Ukolowicz,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

Stolen Shakespeare Guild has chosen and produced some of the most beloved musicals, comedies and dramas ever written and with great success. From Guys and Dolls, to The Importance of Being Earnest, to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and a variety of Shakespeare masterpieces, they continually challenge not only themselves but their audiences as well. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is now a part of their legacy of stimulating works.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel of Charles Dickens. The work was unfinished at the time of his death, June 9, 1870, and his ending for it is unknown. Supplying a conclusion to the book has occupied writers’ time from Dicken’s death to present day. The most unusual attempt to complete the story ...

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HAIR HAIR
Music by Galt MacDermot Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Presented by Greater Lewisville Community Theatre
Runs through 11/2/2014

Reviewed by Charlie Bowles,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

As a teen coming of age in the 60’s, my transition to adulthood included experiences filled with peril at times, but it was also exciting. With Vietnam and Charles Manson on one side and Haight-Ashbury and Woodstock on the other, race riots and anti-war rallies filled the airwaves. JFK, RFK, King, moon landings and fantastic music, the times alternately took a toll on and swelled the pride of the country. LSD, “dropping out”, and massive experimentation with drugs was common among many youth. Women burned bras, blacks marched on Washington and youth rebelled. But there was also peace and love, commune-(ities), free love, and a flowering music scene that changed the world. How you interpreted this depended on where you lived and who your friends were.

Into this turmoil and ecstasy rose ...

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