By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
Since it's the Music Hall at Fair Park, the sound quality is awful, however. On opening night, the voice of the Lady of the Lake came through the speakers like she was singing underwater. Microphones cut in and out. Loud fuzz and feedback obliterated lyrics. This venue subjects patrons, more than 3,000 at every performance, to audio quality worse than that of the average Greyhound bus station. In the last song in Spamalot, they sing "Life's a piece of shit." So is the Music Hall's sound system.
Streetcar will be directed by René Moreno, but before he does that, he will return to the stage for the first time in years to star in Kitchen Dog Theater's much-anticipated January production of Shakespeare's Richard III. Since an accident years ago that damaged his spinal cord, Moreno's used a wheelchair, a device that could be employed with great effect in a villainous role usually portrayed as a limping hunchback. Actor and Kitchen Dog company member Ian Leson will direct.
WaterTower has snagged regional premiere rights to Lynn Nottage's award-winning Intimate Apparel. The drama about an early 20th-century black woman's long-distance romance with the man of her dreams is scheduled to open at the Addison theater next May.
Theatre Three's theme for next season is shows with movie tie-ins. In September they'll produce the Dallas premiere of the R-rated comedy-thriller Popcorn by British comedian-writer Ben Elton. Set on Oscar night in Hollywood, the play finds a director of ultra-violent films embroiled in a series of murders inspired by his work.
Dallas Theater Center, in transition next season from departed artistic director Richard Hamburger to new guy Kevin Moriarty, will stage David Mamet's profane drama about real estate and male bonding, Glengarry Glen Ross, in October. A three-night run of Hamburger's new project, an all-marionette Sound of Music, will premiere at DTC in early November. Wouldn't it be funny—a real Pythonesque touch—if they used live actors for "The Lonely Goatherd" scene?