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Angels in America: The Theatrical A/B Test

Rare is the opportunity to observe an A/B test on stage. Acting teachers likely see this sort of thing more often, but regular theatre artists like me certainly do not. On occasion, I’ve seen the same show twice, with an understudy going the second time. I’ve seen nine different productions of A Funny Thing Happened On …

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Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw

Major Barbara: When Relevancy Shifts

This week, I listened to a podcast of LA Theatre Works’ production of Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw. It was well-performed, with actors such as Roger Rees, Hamish Linklater, and Kate Burton in primary roles. Especially impressive was Kirsten Potter in the role of Barbara, an actress that was previously unfamiliar to me. Judging …

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Hello Again Movie: Stage to Screen Adaptations

When you leave a play or movie with questions, that can be a good thing. Some stories are complicated, meant to give rise to controversy and discussion afterward. I certainly had a lot to examine upon leaving the movie Hello Again, but the primary question was: Should this musical be a movie at all? The …

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The Power of Words: Dance Poetry

The Neustadt Festival of International Literature & Culture was this week at the University of Oklahoma. The event is held annually and sponsored by World Literature Today magazine, recognizing special achievements in the areas of both literature and children's literature in alternating years. This year's festival was created around the poet Marilyn Nelson, who was …

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Constellations Play By Nick Payne - Photo by Angie LaPaglia

Review of “Constellations” at IAO Gallery

"A tour-de-force for the actors, the play allows Etherton and Clark to show their virtuosity, and they make the most of it. The characters sweep from comic to tragic,  confessional to argumentative, flippant to earnest, and Etherton and Clark nail the roles with barely a chance to take a breath." Check out Larry Laneer's review …

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