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  • Grace Notes

    published December 21, 2006

    Part Christmas pageant, part tent revival, Jubilee Theatre's jubilant Black Nativity could make a heathen care about the... More >>

  • Jangled Belles

    published December 14, 2006

    Holy, holy, moly. Go to WaterTower Theatre, if you dare, to witness the "world premiere" of Happy Holi-divas!, a craptacular... More >>

  • Meshugge and Spice

    published December 7, 2006

    That fat Christmas tree in the parlor is the first hint that things aren't exactly kosher in the Levy/Freitag family. In Alfred Uhry's light and... More >>

  • Yule Winner

    published November 30, 2006

    We wear the chains we forge in life. Link by link their weight increases until at last the burden is so great it drags us down into the grave.... More >>

  • Maim That Tune

    published November 23, 2006

    Ear-bruising vocals and eye-stinging costumes are no strangers to Theatre Three. But with Glorious! this impecunious... More >>

  • Flimflam Ma'am

    published November 16, 2006

    Revenge is for suckers," says Henry Gondorff, Paul Newman's character in The Sting. Among con artists the rule is you get stung, you move... More >>

  • Lifer Partners

    published November 9, 2006

    The title—Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story—sends chills all by itself. There's a musical about America's most... More >>

  • Grass Menagerie

    published November 2, 2006

    No secret what Tennessee Williams might have been inhaling as he worked his chubby fingers over the typewriter keys creating The... More >>

  • Cat and Souse

    published October 26, 2006

    Leave it to Tennessee Williams to pick the perfect name for a character in the throes of an emotional breakdown: Brick. Failed pro football... More >>

  • Quixote Pie

    published October 19, 2006

    If ever a role called for heaps of bravura, it's Don Quixote. Errant knight, madman, tilter at windmills, storyteller--Quixote is the blazing sun... More >>

  • Who's on Faust?

    published October 12, 2006

    How far will a man go to win back his own soul? That question drives the drama of two new productions, Jubilee Theatre's Joe Turner's... More >>

  • Teutons of Fun

    published October 5, 2006

    With Paul Rudnick's Valhalla, the Uptown Players plunge right into the sticky-sweet center of a gooey comic confection. This... More >>

  • Swine and Roses

    published September 28, 2006

    She's fat. No, really. But she's OK with it. Just about as OK as any big girl can get in a thin-obsessed world. Question is, is he OK being the... More >>

  • Hoof Dreams

    published September 21, 2006

    The message of Women and Horses and a Shot Straight From the Bottle is, "Mamas, do let your babies grow up to be cowgirls." The play... More >>

  • Island of Calm

    published September 21, 2006

    It is raining hard the second time I make it to Kona Grill. One of those bad boyfriend summer rains--the kind that shows up unexpectedly,... More >>

  • Heavens, No

    published September 14, 2006

    A great many angels may comfortably waltz on the head of a pin, but putting 20 actors and four musicians on the pint-sized stage at the Flower... More >>

  • Willy and Wailin'

    published September 7, 2006

    Like Willy Loman, Classical Acting Company's Death of a Salesman aspires to greatness and comes up well short of... More >>

  • Terror-bly funny

    published August 31, 2006

    Without actress Trista Wyly, the new show at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre would be just another ho-hum, pleasant little trifle. High art... More >>

  • Secrets and Lanais

    published August 17, 2006

    Funny what a hot day and cold booze will bring out in people. Some hard truths, for one thing. And in James McLure's paired one-acts, Lone... More >>

  • Closet Case

    published August 10, 2006

    Perhaps the saddest aspect of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer's autobiographical 1985 play about the first wave of AIDS deaths, is... More >>

  • Fractured Fairy Tales

    published August 3, 2006

    Once upon a time there were two musicals that began with the words "Once upon a time." Into the Woods, now at WaterTower... More >>

  • ABBA Fab

    published July 13, 2006

    Mamma Mia!, defying critical drubbings for half a decade, has been called a Twinkie of a musical. But that's an insult to spongy... More >>

  • Puck Rock

    published June 29, 2006

    What fools these mortals be. And what fun the revival of Randy Tallman and Steven Mackenroth's rock comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream: The... More >>

  • Gator Done

    published June 29, 2006

    Cajun used to mean exotic. Twenty-five years ago, before Chef Paul Prudhomme foisted his blackened redfish on gustatory history--giving lesser... More >>

  • Le Bon Pain

    published June 22, 2006

    Less is more entertaining in the perversely spare little oddity called Thom Pain (based on nothing), playing in the intimate Bryant... More >>

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