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by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Sung in Italian with English supertitles Dallas Opera’s Heights of Passion 2014-2015 Season
Presented by Dallas Opera
Runs through 3/29/2015

Reviewed by Laurie Lynn Lindemeier,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

On opening night I viewed the Dallas Opera’s production of a well-known work, La Bohème, an opera that has been widely performed around the world for decades, and yet, the fact of the matter is, I was swept away by its romance…again. Yes, they used the same set and costumes as in past productions, but it didn’t matter. The Dallas Opera created fresh amorous joy of Puccini’s mastery. When a soprano friend texted me asking what I thought of it, I frankly replied, “Beautifully performed, traditional, and satisfying, kind of like apple pie.”

One can insert projections and electronic sounds into an opera, but what finally sifts out in this genre is…do the singers and orchestra rock my soul? And for this production, I answered “yes.” They successfully transported me from sitting ...

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by Adam Szymkowicz
Presented by Outcry Theatre Company
Runs through 3/29/2015

Reviewed by Mary L. Clark,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

BIFF, BAM, POW – watch out Dallas, love is becoming scarce and crime is prevalent down at the Margo Jones theatre in Fair Park. An evil doctor stops lovers’ tickers under the guise of liberating them from heartbreak, another doctor is building an artificial heart to replace his broken one, a femme fatale questions true love, and three female super heroes are fighting to make the city safe again.

Adam Szymkowicz’s Hearts Like Fists has all the makings of a comic book action story, with a deeper subplot underneath. The title gives a clue – can hearts mend, or is it easier to believe “you’ve got to keep everyone away . . .defending yourself from them”, a twist on words said by one of the crimefighters as they teach their ...

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by George Feydeau Translation by David Ives
Presented by MainStage Irving - Las Colinas
Runs through 4/4/2015

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

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas brings to the stage A Flea in Her Ear and outdoes itself! Through the comical farce, the audience joins a group of friends in Paris in1900 to see if spouses are cheating on one another or not. Director Andi Allan states it perfectly, “In fact, for a show that is thought to be about sex, the only one who actually gets lucky during this show is the audience.” And lucky is exactly what the audience was!

A Flea in Her Ear, originally in French, is a 1907 play by Georges Feydeau at the height of the Belle Epoque. John Mortimer translated the play for the National Theatre in 1966, playing at the Old Vic. Since then, this play has been performed across the United States ...

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Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film By special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.
Presented by Artisan Center Theatre
Runs through 4/18/2015

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

“Singin’ in the Rain, just Singin’ in the Rain …”. The 1952 film, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds, was a modest success when first released. However, the great songs and performances granted the film its current high status in film history. According to the American Film Institute, it is the #1 Musical Film of all time and #5 American Film overall.

The plot tells the tale of silent film star Don Lockwood who worked his way up in show business with his best friend Cosmo Brown. Don’s leading lady, Lina Lamont, is dense and vapid with an annoying voice. She believes the studio’s publicity about her and Lockwood’s romantic relationship no matter how many times Don tries to protest. Soon Don happens to meet Kathy ...

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