With ‘Lucia di Lammermoor,’ the Houston Grand Opera assembles a vocally impressive cast that breathes new life into a 19th century operatic standby. With ‘Dead Man Walking,’ it steps boldly into dark corners of the 21st century, where acting chops are as vital as vocal ones. It succeeds in both instances.
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Presented by Second Thought Theatre, ‘Thom Pain (based on nothing)’ by Will Eno was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, and it deserves the honor – as exasperating as the brilliant, sardonic monologue can be for some people.
Mel Brooks has always been about going for the big, outrageous laugh. So what can a Broadway musical adaptation do to make us forget Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle hoofing it as doctor and monster? Jerome Weeks reviews.
Margaret Fuller was an American feminist pioneer. She was a literary ally of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau — she edited the literary journal of the Transcendentalist movement. Doesn’t sound like the subject for a fanciful new comedy? No? But happily, that’s what Kitchen Dog delivers.
Playwright Annie Baker is only 29, but she’s already had a Boston festival of her small-town New England comedies. WaterTower Theatre presents the area premiere of ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ – wherein Baker’s gentle minimalism meets the power of a community-center drama class to mess up your personal life. Jerome Weeks reviews.
After a Tarleton State University student production of Terrence McNally’s “gay Jesus” play, ‘Corpus Christi,’ was cancelled, after a Fort Worth theater offered to stage the production and then rescinded the offer, after all the controversy, a long-running touring version made its debut Friday at the Cathedral of Hope.
The Fort Worth Opera took a daring departure from tradition with the world premiere of ‘Before Night Falls’ on Saturday. But any hope that the new opera would rival the success of Dallas’ recent ‘Moby-Dick’ was dashed before the lengthy first act was finished.
The triple Tony Award-winning musical comedy about puppets getting drunk and having sex comes to the Winspear. It works as more than just a smart-mouthed satire of Bert and Ernie, says Jerome Weeks, more than just an R-rated spoof of ‘Sesame Street.’
It looks wrong, but it’s not. The elongation of that stone face is not the fault of the photo. Contemporary Spanish artist Jaume Plensa deliberately distorts his busts of young women like that. And it’s those alabaster heads — eleven of them, six feet tall — that are the fascinating achievements in his new show, Genus and Species, at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play finally comes to Texas, and Estelle Parsons gets to play the meanest-mouthed matriarch since Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The drug-fueled, obscenity-strewn decline of an Oklahoma family eventually goes over the top, but the more-than-three-hour trip there is hilarious and harrowing.