2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award Recipient Dallas Theater Center, in collaboration with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and AT&T Performing Arts Center, presents Public Works Dallas’ As You Like It, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members. Directed and choreographed by Ann Yee, As You Like It will run for five performances from Friday, Aug. 16 to Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Ticketing information will be released at a later date, but tickets will be free to the public and available at several community locations, by phone and online. Continue reading
2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award Recipient Dallas Theater Center (DTC) presents The Great Society at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. A co-production with the Alley Theatre and directed by DTC Enloe/Rose Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty, The Great Society begins on March 9 and runs through April 1. A Pay-What-You-Can performance will be Sunday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m., and Press Night will be Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to The Great Society are on sale now and by phone at (214) 880-0202. 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
Two weeks from tonight, on Cinco de Mayo, Dallas’ live storytelling series Oral Fixation will complete its overwhelmingly popular 3rd season at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Wyly Theatre with a dynamic and diverse evening of outrageously juicy true tales on the theme “The Whole Enchilada.” It’s been an amazing season and they plan on going out with a bang.
The biggest catch of this cast is undoubtedly Mico Rodriguez of “Mr Mesero” (and of course founder of Mi Cocina) fame who will come out of the shadows to share his fascinating tale of success and struggle in the Tex Mex biz. Mico is this fantastic storyteller, who often conjures these intricate back stories for his restaurants. Also noteworthy are a Dallas Observer writer’s raunchy play-by-play at a recent enchilada-eating contest and a woman’s remarkable journey through evangelism and sexuality conversion therapy to accepting herself as she is.
by Steven Doyle
This Monday, April 14 at 8pm in the brand-new venue on Level 6 of the Wyly Theatre, Oral Fixation will bring you seven juicy true-life tales on the theme, “Ducks in a Row.” Join Oral Fixation for an evening of stories including a woman exposing the intricacies of life with OCD, a lesbian’s attempt to learn how to ride a bicycle at the advanced age of 22, and a new dad’s attempt to reconcile with his wild little brother. Continue reading