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2003 Stories by Elaine Liner

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  • Open Toad

    published December 18, 2003

    Dallas theatergoers can be aggressively vocal with their opinions. Some audience members open their gobs and offer audible reviews of a show while... More >>

  • Plaid Tidings

    published December 11, 2003

    Somewhere Lawrence Welk is smiling. This holiday season there's ah-one and ah-two oldies musical revues on the boards, each offering Welkified... More >>

  • Double-wide Indemnity

    published November 20, 2003

    Bad things happen in trailer parks. Between tornados, they're magnets for human mayhem. Any episode of Cops finds a squad car rolling into... More >>

  • Hungarian Rhapsody

    published November 13, 2003

    Disturbing, daring, exceedingly funny, The Danube takes dark, unexpected turns. This fascinating one-act, now onstage in a sharply... More >>

  • Painful With Drawl

    published November 6, 2003

    Each scene in The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild, now onstage at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, is introduced with a... More >>

  • Ghoul Crazy

    published October 30, 2003

    Beneath the jagged scars on the heaving chest of Dr. Frankenstein's scary monster beats the heart of a true romantic. Just whose heart it is--or... More >>

  • Shaw Business

    published October 23, 2003

    'Tis pity Mother is a whore. That's the theme of George Bernard Shaw's drawing-room drama Mrs. Warren's Profession, now getting a... More >>

  • Tangled Webs

    published October 16, 2003

    In Kiss of the Spider Woman, the haunting Kander and Ebb musical now running at the Trinity River Arts Center, two men share a tiny... More >>

  • Casts of Killers

    published October 9, 2003

    Stephen Sondheim's Assassins takes aim at the American dream and blows it to smithereens. The strangely hypnotic musical, now... More >>

  • Island Fantasy

    published September 25, 2003

    At a recent performance of Hamlet at the Dallas Theater Center, the temperature inside the Kalita Humphreys Theater was so cold the ushers... More >>

  • Hamlet Maneuver

    published September 18, 2003

    Here's one way to tell if a production is good. Say the curtain goes up at 8 p.m. If the first time you check your watch the little hand is near... More >>

  • Anatomy Lesson

    published September 11, 2003

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch is every inch the rock musical Rent tried to be and wasn't. That Hedwig also is a campy drag... More >>

  • Auntie Mom

    published September 4, 2003

    You have to have some big set of scones to rewrite William Shakespeare's longest, most famous play. So here's some advice for Dallas... More >>

  • Walküre, Texas Ranger

    published July 31, 2003

    Squeezing Wagner's four-opera, 17-hour Der Ring des Nibelungen down to two hours and 20 minutes leaves no room for the... More >>

  • Hollow Victory

    published July 24, 2003

    For a moment in The Hollow, a toothsome Agatha Christie murder mystery now onstage at Theatre Three, it looks as if... More >>

  • Delusions of Grandma

    published July 17, 2003

    Just opened at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas is a play called Close Ties. The title is misleading, for the truth is, the... More >>

  • Bard to Tears

    published July 10, 2003

    One thing about watching Hamlet, Shakespeare's longest play: By the time the drama drags its boots into the fifth and final act, we... More >>

  • Will Power

    published July 3, 2003

    With a curtain time of 8:15 p.m., performances of Shakespeare Festival of Dallas' current production of The Taming of the Shrew light up... More >>

  • Coming and Going

    published June 12, 2003

    Lovers meet each other coming and going in The Last Five Years, a poignant and inventive two-person musical now onstage at Plano... More >>

  • Harlem Nocturne

    published June 5, 2003

    In the parlance of Harlem circa 1943, an "old settler" was an unsettling term for a woman of a certain age who had no children, no husband and no... More >>

  • So Seuss Me

    published May 29, 2003

    "Adults are obsolete children," said Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, the beloved author of dozens of books that taught children to read... More >>

  • Altar Egos

    published May 22, 2003

    Shortly after saying "I do," Jane, the main character in Ground Zero Theater Company's strange, sexy, wonderful new one-act play... More >>

  • Chaos Theories

    published May 15, 2003

    The plot thickens. In any decent stage play, that's what usually occurs around the 20-minute point in Act 1. We get some conflict, some trouble.... More >>

  • Bats Amore

    published May 8, 2003

    Bat Boy just wants to be loved. Is that so wrong? In the creepy, funny, disturbing Bat Boy: The Musical, now playing... More >>

  • Full Steam Ahead

    published May 1, 2003

    On a stripped-down set of black metal scaffolding and simple black wooden cubes, Irving's Lyric Stage company makes the audience see things... More >>

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