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  • Eden Run

    published December 15, 2005

    In the beginning, Children of Eden looks like it might have a prayer. What else would you expect from a show that stars God? Adam,... More >>

  • Christmas Brawls

    published December 8, 2005

    Christmas may come but once a year, but Clive and Belinda hope to do so several times--and under the tree, no less--in Sir Alan Ayckbourn's bitter... More >>

  • Had a Cow, Dude

    published December 1, 2005

    Boys will be girls in the British "panto" tradition, carried on again this holiday season by Theatre Britain in their intentionally... More >>

  • Homo for the Holidays

    published November 24, 2005

    "There is no amendment against same-sex comedy," warns comic actor Paul J. Williams in his introduction to another performance by... More >>

  • Walking on Eggshells

    published November 10, 2005

    They talk, we listen. Stripped down to basics, that's live theater. And in two new productions--the warm and funny Visiting Mr.... More >>

  • Raunch Dressing

    published November 3, 2005

    Give us a T! Give us an A! A little of both are on display in Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical, now shaking its pompons and some... More >>

  • Duchamping at the Bit

    published October 27, 2005

    Oprah Winfrey needed to prove the depth and breadth of Sir Anthony Hopkins' talent. So the other day on her show she asked the Oscar-winning actor... More >>

  • Say Amen, Somebody

    published October 20, 2005

    Miracles abound in Crowns at Dallas Theater Center and Handler at Quad C Theatre in Plano, two... More >>

  • Wicked Good

    published October 13, 2005

    Because of the wonderful things she does, Stephanie J. Block makes Wicked a magical ride. Same goes for Kendra Kassebaum, David... More >>

  • Tommy Who?

    published October 6, 2005

    Tommy, we can't hear you. And it's a shame. He still plays a mean pinball, that deaf, dumb and blind kid, but once he snaps out of his... More >>

  • Some Pig

    published September 29, 2005

    Actors are animals. That's the theme of this week's hayride, which takes us to a happy barnyard and a dreary backstage rat's nest. Over at... More >>

  • Slowly They Turn

    published September 22, 2005

    In its opening scene, David Lindsay-Abaire's Wonder of the World threatens to be just another sitcom-on-a-stage. But it doesn't take... More >>

  • Itchy and Scratchy

    published September 15, 2005

    Months of therapy are all it will take to come to grips with Tracy Letts' dark and funny Bug, onstage now in its area premiere at... More >>

  • Farce Majeure

    published September 8, 2005

    The real test of any play written as a star vehicle is how it works when performed by lesser mortals. Two productions that have just... More >>

  • The Color of Funny

    published September 1, 2005

    Home to many a forgettable, popcorn-tossing, low-comedy melodrama, Pocket Sandwich Theatre now owns bragging rights to something pretty... More >>

  • Boom-boom Room

    published August 25, 2005

    The first person we see in Contemporary Theatre of Dallas' explosively funny production of Beth Henley's The Miss... More >>

  • Dead Baby Jokes

    published August 11, 2005

    How do you make a dead baby float? Two scoops ice cream, two scoops dead baby. Old joke. Terrible joke. But there it is, coming out of the mouth... More >>

  • Sissy Fits

    published August 4, 2005

    If only Zach could see Southern Baptist Sissies, now running at Uptown Players. All summer dozens of online blogs have... More >>

  • Star Spanglish Girl

    published July 28, 2005

    The hot tomato juicing up the new comedy Pico de Gallo: The Return of the Queen is one "Chula Cholula," a spicy little slice of... More >>

  • Poseidon Adventure

    published July 21, 2005

    They're naked and wet at Theatre Three, where the in-the-round stage becomes a burbling swimming pool for the production of Mary... More >>

  • Zip-A-Dee Doodoo

    published June 30, 2005

    What must go on offstage at Disney's On the Record? Eight singers and nine musicians populate this sickeningly cheerful revue of... More >>

  • Break a Leg

    published June 23, 2005

    If she weren't so stinkin' crazy, Annie Wilkes would be a writer's best friend. In Misery, the highly enjoyable stage play of the... More >>

  • Hotsy Totsy Nazis

    published June 16, 2005

    Mel Brooks' The Producers is the gift that keeps on giving. First there's the original 1968 film, a nearly perfect 88 minutes of... More >>

  • The Nanny Diarios

    published June 9, 2005

    Two women exist on strangely parallel planes in Lisa Loomer's play Living Out, now onstage in an exciting and powerfully acted... More >>

  • Flawed Couples

    published June 2, 2005

    Neil Simon's 31st play, The Dinner Party, now at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, skips the meal and serves up a big fat cream... More >>

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