Dallas Theater Center heads back to the Kalita Humphreys Theater with The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías. Meredith McDonough, who previously worked on the new hit musical Fly By Night, returns to make her DTC directorial debut in this comedy about books and the people who love them. The Book Club Play begins previews on Thursday, January 1, 2015 with a Pay-What-You-Can performance and runs through Sunday, February 1. Tickets to The Book Club Play are on sale now.
“Reading has always been a private activity for me – journeying alone into new lands, meeting new people through someone else’s eye. So when I first encountered The Book Club Play, I was intrigued by the window that Karen Zacarías gave me into this unknown world,” said McDonough. “Each of the characters is trying to figure out their own path and each is fighting their own loneliness in a community that’s opened up to the public through the lens of a documentary filmmaker. The desire for intimacy and the plight of these characters is truly funny in their base humanity.” Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk photos by by Karen Almond
“Part play, part rock show, part party” was how Director Joel Ferrell described The Rocky Horror Show to me last night after the showing at the Dallas Theater Center (DTC). His production certainly treats Richard O’Brien’s masterpiece as such. There are first-rate musicians belting out the familiar but pleasurable numbers. A strong and enthusiastic cast animating the story. And an engaging and contrived stage design to build it all on. Little wonder that row upon row of the audience were on their feet when Time Warp came around and all the audience interjections familiar to attendees of the film version (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) peppered the dialog as well. Sometimes these were used to good effect, as when an interrupted Riff Raff improvised “as that lady said” to a Frank N. Furter cross examination. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
Les Misérables, affectionately known as ‘les Miz’ to millions of theatre goers, has arrived in Dallas just a scant 29 years after its first English language release and what an overwhelming and stylish performance it is by the Dallas Theater Center. Visiting director Liesl Tommy has produced a technically excellent production of this favorite, yet still found opportunities to introduce contemporary references that are fresh and relevant.
She must have found her task daunting. Les Misérables is the most watched musical in history. First performed (in the English language) in 1985 by the Royal Shakespeare Company at London’s Barbican Center after a two-year development program led by director Cameron Mackintosh, it went on to be the longest-running musical ever in London and to a record run on Broadway. This spring, a Broadway revival began at the Imperial Theatre. Add in Canada, Australia, Japan, Korea and Spain as countries currently hosting major productions, and you have a show that ‘everyone’ in your audience has seen and already formed expectations. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Dallas Theater Center brings the world’s greatest detective to the stage in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, written by Steven Dietz and directed by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. Audiences will be thrilled by Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle and opens in previews on April 25 with a Pay-What-You-Can performance on May 25 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Tickets to Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure are on sale now at the DTC website and by phone at (214) 880-0202. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
You can have it all this season at Dallas Theater Center. Magnificent musicals. Uproarious comedies. Deeply moving dramas. A new world premiere. Get transported to Greece in 500 B.C., 17th Century France, 20th Century America and back to the present. Get swept up and wowed along the way with spectacular, never-seen-before stagings, both at the state-of-the-art Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre and our beloved, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater. Subscribe today, and buckle up… it’s going to be a sensational ride. Continue reading
by Jayne Herring
Tonight, immediately following the Chiapas International 10th Anniversary Gala, a new young professionals group called Chiapas Connectors will take over the space with live music by Emerald City, open bar, a birthday cake and ice cream bar, and a World Market featuring international vendors.
Chiapas Connectors is a committee of young professionals dedicated to furthering the mission of Chiapas International in the DFW community through outreach and fundraising. Members are emerging community leaders with international and philanthropic interests and a passion for breaking the cycle of poverty through the use of microfinance loans and other anti-poverty solutions. Chiapas International, formerly known as The Chiapas Project, is celebrating their 10-year anniversary tonight at a gala dinner preceding the Connectors’ party. Since its inception in 2003 Chiapas International has raised more than $6 million and has helped more than 300,000 women and their families in seven countries take the first step out of poverty. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Dallas Theater Center announced today the upcoming production of Neil Simon’s classic American comedy, The Odd Couple, directed by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. When two men with struggling relationships, neat and particular Felix Ungar and disheveled and rough-edged Oscar Madison, decide to live together, the results are funny and poignant. The Odd Couple opens with previews on Friday, March 15 and runs through Sunday, April 14 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Continue reading