Best Theater Company - 2009
Big things are happening this season for Uptown Players, the gay-centric company known for edgy musicals, body-baring dramas and drag comedies. For two shows in 2010—the drama Equus and the raucous musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels—Uptown will take over the stage at the Kalita Humphreys Theater on Turtle Creek. This is an important step in the evolution of Uptown, which now boasts more than 12,000 patrons per season. Founders Jeff Rane and Craig Lynch have improved Uptown Players year after year, hiring better directors, designers and actors. The move to the main stage at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theater will make new demands on the troupe, but will also introduce Dallas' most ambitious company of artists to a wider audience.
The current production of Equus is outstanding. Each of the characters are extraordinarily well developed by the cast. The set and lighting are stunning but lend to the production's success - not stealing the show.
This is a heavy piece, and Equus is emotionally draining for the cast and the spellbound audience. Uptown Players production of Equus should not be missed by Dallas theater lovers.
Jeff & Craig - Mazel Tov!! Congratulations on the launching of another great season at Uptown. Can't wait to share these performances with you. Every one a Winner!best wisheslynne