Big Dreams: Discovering Latina/o Theater in Texas
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Big Dreams: Discovering Latina/o Theater in Texas

What do we mean when we talk about Latina/o theater in Texas? This was the…

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<em>Straight White Men</em> at Second Thought Theatre
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Straight White Men at Second Thought Theatre

The premise of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, a play currently having its area…

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The Great Outdoors: <em>Electra</em> at Dallas Theater Center
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The Great Outdoors: Electra at Dallas Theater Center

It’s the first day of rehearsals for Electra (April 4-May 2), and Dallas Theater Center…

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A Storied <em>Snow White</em> comes to Catastrophic Theatre
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A Storied Snow White comes to Catastrophic Theatre

Once upon a time—a strange, tumultuous time called the 1960s—there lived a storyteller named Donald…

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Hiding in Plain Sites: CounterCurrent Artists Reveal Stories throughout Houston
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Hiding in Plain Sites: CounterCurrent Artists Reveal Stories throughout Houston

In 2014, the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts blazed a…

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Borders, Ritual and Awesomeness: Five Days of Fusebox
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Borders, Ritual and Awesomeness: Five Days of Fusebox

Fusebox, Austin’s contemporary, cross-disciplinary visual and performing arts festival, and all round benevolent force in…

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Ten Years of Tales: BooTown Celebrates 100 Grown-up Storytimes
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Ten Years of Tales: BooTown Celebrates 100 Grown-up Storytimes

The first time I experienced Houston’s BooTown and their now-famous Grown-up Storytime was in the…

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Primed for Growth:  Is Dallas the Country’s Next Hub for New Plays?
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Primed for Growth: Is Dallas the Country’s Next Hub for New Plays?

What is theater that doesn’t reflect contemporary realities? What kind of life can theatrical storytelling…

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<em>My Mañana Comes:</em> Responding to Times of Crisis
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My Mañana Comes: Responding to Times of Crisis

As the nation’s fourth largest city, Houston is home to more than 2.1 million people…

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Acting in Texas: James Belcher
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Acting in Texas: James Belcher

I've had the great privilege to see James Belcher on many a Houston stage. Right…

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Houston’s Landing Company finds a home at the Docks
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Houston’s Landing Company finds a home at the Docks

Like its hometown, the Landing Theatre was born on the banks of Buffalo Bayou and…

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Austin’s Zach Theatre continues the LBJ Saga with <em>The Great Society</em>
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Austin’s Zach Theatre continues the LBJ Saga with The Great Society

When Dave Steakley, producing artistic director of The Zach in Austin, decided to stage the…

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<em>Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</em> electrifies on stage
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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time electrifies on stage

A large dead dog lies motionless on stage, a garden fork skewered into it’s side.…

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Dangerous Journey Through Childhood: National Theatre of Scotland’s <em>Let The Right One In</em> Comes to Texas
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Dangerous Journey Through Childhood: National Theatre of Scotland’s Let The Right One In Comes to Texas

Depicting the everyday wonders and occasional psychological horrors of childhood and adolescence on stage and…

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Highs and Lows: <i>Gloria</i> at DTC
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Highs and Lows: Gloria at DTC

Satomi Blair and Drew Wall in Gloria. Photo by Karen Almond. In keeping with the…

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Housing the Drama: An Update on Dallas Theater Spaces
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Housing the Drama: An Update on Dallas Theater Spaces

Experimental plays and intimate dramas set in homes typically belong in black box theaters. The…

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Meditation on Murder: <em>Murder For Two</em> at Stage West
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Meditation on Murder: Murder For Two at Stage West

Murder for Two, a not-so-usual murder mystery musical comedy at Stage West Theatre in Fort…

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Theater in the Raw: Mara Richards Bim at Cry Havoc Theater Company
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Theater in the Raw: Mara Richards Bim at Cry Havoc Theater Company

When Mara Richards Bim landed back in Texas, she wanted to offer young people something…

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On Book: Readings Take Center Stage in Houston
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On Book: Readings Take Center Stage in Houston

Scene: a bare stage anywhere—in a theater, a rehearsal hall, even on an outdoor platform…

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Who the Dickens is Scrooge?: <em>A Christmas Carol</em> at Dallas Theater Center
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Who the Dickens is Scrooge?: A Christmas Carol at Dallas Theater Center

Productions of the A Christmas Carol have decorated the stages of local theaters for decades.…

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Acting in Texas: Joel F. Grothe
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Acting in Texas: Joel F. Grothe

Joel F. Grothe holds court as Thomas Cromwell in Main Street Theater's production of Hilary…

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Angels in Houston: <em>It’s A Wonderful Life </em>at HGO
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Angels in Houston: It’s A Wonderful Life at HGO

It's the holiday season, which means we get all crazy about making memories with our…

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Judging Judgement of Fools at Horse Head Theatre
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WOWZA: <em>Funnyman </em> at Circle Theatre Scratches Below Comedy’s Surface
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WOWZA: Funnyman at Circle Theatre Scratches Below Comedy’s Surface

The title, Funnyman, is a little misleading. Sure, this tightly-structured work by Philadelphia playwright Bruce…

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Taking the Lead: ZACH Theatre provides Access to All
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Taking the Lead: ZACH Theatre provides Access to All

Power Study: Main Street Theater’s Rebecca Greene Udden on <em>Wolf Hall</em>
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Power Study: Main Street Theater’s Rebecca Greene Udden on Wolf Hall

This month, Houston’s Main Street Theater becomes the first U.S regional company to attempt the…

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Making It Look Easy: Jubilee Theatre’s New Artistic Director William “Bill” Earl Ray
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Making It Look Easy: Jubilee Theatre’s New Artistic Director William “Bill” Earl Ray

William “Bill” Earl Ray says theater is in his genes. His grandmother was a gospel…

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New Theater New Audiences: Lott Entertainment Presents Moves to the Alley
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New Theater New Audiences: Lott Entertainment Presents Moves to the Alley

A year ago, Lott Entertainment Presents, introduced Houston to cabaret and theatrical performances rarely seen…

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A Culture Collective: Art Outside the Therapy Hour
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A Culture Collective: Art Outside the Therapy Hour

In the months following our two comedy improvisation classes with Beta Theater last year, our…

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Ann Flashes Back to Another Feisty Politician
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Ann Flashes Back to Another Feisty Politician

Dorothy Ann Willis Richards’ had a personality about the size of the state she governed.

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Scene Change: A Former Theater Artist Explores Houston’s Reinvigorated Theaters
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Scene Change: A Former Theater Artist Explores Houston’s Reinvigorated Theaters

Theater is a close-knit community, but such a collaborative art form demands presence, and it’s…

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Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Matt Hune Launch the Rec Room
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Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Matt Hune Launch the Rec Room

Though only two months old, Houston’s latest performing arts venue, the Rec Room, has established…

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Deep Woods & The Courage To Question: <em>De Kus (The Kiss)</em> at Stages Repertory Theatre
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Deep Woods & The Courage To Question: De Kus (The Kiss) at Stages Repertory Theatre

A woman takes a walk through the woods. She travels with a destination weighing heavy…

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‘Dreamless’ Is a Simple Play With a Big Heart
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‘Dreamless’ Is a Simple Play With a Big Heart

Dreamless, the latest at Ochre House Theater, is a loosely drawn sketch of a play.…

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The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates 40 with a Stellar Season
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The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates 40 with a Stellar Season

Design in Texas: Ryan McGettigan
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Design in Texas: Ryan McGettigan

Set designer Ryan McGettigan’s bold designs have graced the stages of many of the theater…

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Archaeology of the Stage: Hidden Room Theatre and the Ransom Center
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Archaeology of the Stage: Hidden Room Theatre and the Ransom Center

Austin’s Hidden Room Theatre is steadily building an international reputation for their almost archaeological approach…

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The Troublemakers: A young generation of Dallas theater makers pursue socio-political activism in their work
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The Troublemakers: A young generation of Dallas theater makers pursue socio-political activism in their work

In Dallas, a generation of young playwrights is beginning to flex dramatic muscle in pursuit…

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Bare Bones Shaw: <em>Bedlam</em> Comes to Stark Naked
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Bare Bones Shaw: Bedlam Comes to Stark Naked

This summer, Houston drama-lovers need to brace themselves for bedlam— stark naked bedlam that is,…

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Digital Detectives Probe a Dystopian Future in <em>The Nether</em> at the Alley
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Digital Detectives Probe a Dystopian Future in The Nether at the Alley