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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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MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET
by Tom Dudzick
Presented by Theatre Arlington
Runs through 11/9/2014

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

Little did they know, but Theatre Arlington took me home with their production of Miracle on South Division Street. I lived on the east side of Buffalo, NY, off of Clinton Street in the Polish district, from the ages of thirteen to twenty, right where this play takes place. The verbal hard ‘A’ accent from the hood was missing in this production, but the written words were very much in alignment with my memories. Playwright Tom Dudzick incorporates Catholicism in with everyday life in the play and it is also the way I remember the neighborhood. If some people find this show a bit absurd, the characters unbelievable, I would have to back up Dudzick by saying, “I know these people. I lived with them, my ...

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THE 39 STEPS THE 39 STEPS
Adapted by Patrick Barlow From the novel by John Buchan From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock
Presented by ONSTAGE in Bedford
Runs through 11/9/2014

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

The 39 Steps is a spoof on Alfred Hitchcock’s movie of the same name. ONSTAGE in Bedford takes on this spy play where Richard Hannay, a man with a boring life, quickly becomes entangled in a web of deceit and mystery as he tries to clear his name of murder. This is a fast-paced whodunit with a mixture of a Hitchcock masterpiece with a dash of Monty Python. Four talented actors play over 150 different characters, thus the film’s serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of physical comedy with a few allusions and puns on other Hitchcock films.

Director Mike Hathaway did a phenomenal job assembling the cast who was able to easily portray all 150 characters that were ...

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Book by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith
Presented by Plaza Theatre Company
Runs through 11/15/2014

Reviewed by Joel Taylor,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

In the spirit of Halloween Plaza Theatre Company has brought to their stage just the perfect musical to celebrate the holiday of ghosts, goblins, and zombies! Little Shop of Horrors is a black comedy that has been produced as a musical as well as being made into a very successful film. The musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, is about a poor florist shop worker that finds a plant during an eclipse of the sun. While raising the plant, he soon learns that the plant does not thirst for water; instead it hungers for human blood and flesh. The music, composed by Menken is in the style of the early 1960’s and includes influences from early rock, doo-wop and early Motown. Several well-known songs from the musical include ...

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FELLOWSHIP! FELLOWSHIP!
Book by Kelly Holden-Bashar and Joel McCrary Music by Allen Simpson
Presented by Circle Theatre
Runs through 11/22/2014

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

When J.R.R. Tolkien penned The Lord of the Rings in the 1950s, he most likely did not have dreams of it becoming movie and most assuredly had no visions of it becoming a musical. Kelly Holden-Bashar and Joel McCrary did, and the result of their efforts, along with music by Allen Simpson, results in a wonderful parody of the Fellowship of the Ring.

At Circle Theatre, Director Lyle Kanouse, has brought together the perfect cast to produce the hilarious spoof that is Fellowship! the musical. The minimal set and thrust proscenium demands that the action and believability rests solely on the talent of the performers and this cast delivers.

The most visible item in the Circle Theatre’s intimate basement space are the two supporting columns on either side of the stage. Set ...

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