Lauren Smart

Race at Kitchen Dog Theater

David Mamet writes great debates. His characters navigate the twists and turns of a well-formed argument, deflating weaker points, inflating new ideas, poking holes in meaning, until finally the play ends, at which point the audience is left defeated. ...

Upgrading the Bard

Leave it to Austin’s maverick troupe, the Rude Mechs, to tackle Shakespeare’s “problem plays.” Even the Bard’s esteemed canon contains a few duds, and in the new bi-annual series, Fixing Shakespeare, the Rude Mechs attempt to slice and dice these plays into more contemporary, and perhaps more palatable, shows. ...

Five Days In the Dark

In its fifth year, Houston Cinema Arts Festival takes over movie theaters and various other venues throughout the heart of the city for five days in November. ...

Peter and the Starcatcher

If the title character of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan existed before the beloved story begins, he might have been a nameless boy in the bowels of a boat caught in the crossfire of warring pirates. That’s the story of Peter and the Starcatcher, a winsome play touring the country and still enjoying a successful run on Broadway....

Undermain at 30

The logo of the Undermain Theatre adorns a sandwich board at the edge of the Deep Ellum neighborhood in Dallas. The lone black and yellow marker beckons curious theatergoers to venture below Main Street for shows they can't see anywhere else. Undermain Theatre celebrates its 30th year with a lineup of three brand new plays, continuing its lifelong commitment to presenting original plays that challenge audiences. Whether it's an edgy new work by David Rabe or a scintillating production of August Strindberg or Harold Pinter, the consistently high quality of work at the Undermain Theatre is unrivaled in the local scene....

No Limits in the Book of Mormon

A centerpiece of the first act of The Book of Mormon is the song, "Hasa Diga Eebowai." This Ugandan phrase punctuates the show's irreverent version of "Hakuna Matata," in which a tribe sings about AIDS, Africa, and telling God where he can stick his lightning bolts....
Lauren Smart

Lauren Smart

Lauren Smart is an arts writer and educator based in Dallas.