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2006 Stories by Elaine Liner

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  • Standard Transmission

    published June 15, 2006

    The day after seeing Stanton's Garage at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, I visited an aunt and uncle who are up in years.... More >>

  • Open Arms

    published June 15, 2006

    It used to be a Dairy Queen, which helps explain the Sunday-Monday-Happy-Days feeling inside Starfish Seafood Diner. Walk up to the... More >>

  • Unhinged

    published June 8, 2006

    You could call The Illusion a comedy. You could call ipecac an after-dinner liqueur. That doesn't make those descriptions accurate.... More >>

  • Ballsy

    published June 1, 2006

    Take Me Out, Richard Greenberg's Tony-winning drama now playing at Addison's WaterTower Theatre, tells a "What if?" story.... More >>

  • Curl Up and Die

    published May 25, 2006

    The Steel Magnolias are in bloom again. Robert Harling's all-woman 1987 play, full of sap, sass and silliness, is a favorite of... More >>

  • Brown Study

    published May 25, 2006

    If you don't like to eat in public, Aqua Italian Bistro and Bar is just about perfect. Think of it as a don't-see-anyone/won't-be-seen kind... More >>

  • Winging It

    published May 18, 2006

    Ever sat through a show thinking you've seen and heard it all before? The derivative tunes, the hackneyed lyrics. The creative duo Eric Rockwell... More >>

  • Short-changed

    published May 4, 2006

    Among the six actors in Nickel and Dimed, now playing at Kitchen Dog Theater, only the lead, Kristina Baker, is a member of... More >>

  • War on Tiara

    published April 27, 2006

    Miss Great Plains, Bonnie Louise Cutlett, looks as shaky as a lamb headed for slaughter. She steps forward during the "talent" round of the... More >>

  • Lovesick Blues

    published April 20, 2006

    Funny how two shows about feeling bad turn out to be the feel-good musicals of the year so far. They're all about heartache and despair and what... More >>

  • Devil's Playground

    published April 13, 2006

    Every new generation can glean fresh meaning from Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Now onstage at Addison's WaterTower Theatre... More >>

  • No Strings Attached

    published April 6, 2006

    Good live theater can work on you like a shot of joy juice. When everything clicks the way it did in Kitchen Dog Theater's recent Cloud... More >>

  • Kitsch in Sync

    published March 30, 2006

    Rats, The Mousetrap is back. So is The Phantom of the Opera, that great and glorious hunk of cheese from the grand... More >>

  • Lay On, MacBuff

    published March 23, 2006

    Who knew Macbeth could be so hot? Theatre Britain, that plucky little company so skilled at staging farces and Christmas... More >>

  • Little Orphan Trannies

    published March 9, 2006

    Out in Plano, on the big stage at Collin County Community College, you've got The Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show, a loud, dirty,... More >>

  • Up in Arms

    published February 23, 2006

    "Just a little touch of star quality" is how the chorus of peasants describes the title character in Evita, just opened by Lyric... More >>

  • Ankh Around the Clock

    published February 16, 2006

    Aida the grand opera by Giuseppe Verdi and Aida the Elton John/Tim Rice rock musical now running at the Uptown Players... More >>

  • Dangerous Moves

    published February 9, 2006

    Somebody at the Richardson Theatre Centre has been watching late-night Cinemax. Director Regan Adair's production of Christopher Hampton's... More >>

  • So Ova It

    published February 2, 2006

    Say you get some fine pâté de foie gras. You spread a big dollop of it on a thick, crusty slice of warm French baguette along with... More >>

  • Go With the Flow

    published January 26, 2006

    Urinetown is running at the WaterTower Theatre. Perfect. What a relief that it's such a wonderful production. Otherwise... More >>

  • The Luce-y Show

    published January 19, 2006

    Besides being Friday the 13th, the opening night performance of The Women, the Clare Boothe Luce comedy at Contemporary Theatre... More >>

  • Sing Out, Louise

    published January 12, 2006

    What started four years ago as a one-night-only fundraiser for the upstart Uptown Players has evolved into such a sell-out event that they... More >>

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