Theater

Review: King Hedley II

We’ve probably all heard some version of Chekhov’s maxim, that if a loaded gun is introduced on stage, it better be used before the play is through. In August, Wilson’s King Hedley II seems to bring a new weapon in each scene [...]...

Review: American Falls

A century ago, armed with little more than secondary knowledge gleaned from travel guides and Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography, Franz Kafka attempted to write an “American” novel. The manuscript shows its main character [...]...

Review: The Unexpected Man

After seeing The Unexpected Man, I am at a loss to understand why God of Carnage has received so much more attention. The Unexpected Man has everything to do with the way we live our lives. It is a play about how time eats us [...]...

Review: La Cage aux Folles

George Hamilton kissed a guy. OK, so a few other things happened before that in the Theatre Under the Stars production of La Cage aux Folles, starring the ever-bronzed Hamilton as Georges and Broadway veteran [...]...

Review: August, Osage County

August: Osage County, Tracy Letts’ powerful, punishing, acerbic comedy on the internal collapse of Western Civilization, received a formidable, well articulated production at the hands of Rene’ Moreno, directing at Water Tower Theatre. Pam Dougherty [...]...

Review: Art of Murder

Annie is stuck in a desperately unhappy marriage with Jack (Jordan Willis) a pathological, if successful painter, who delights in degrading her, when he’s not repeating his mantra, “I am an artist. Do not judge me.” The first time we see Jack, he is popping up from an isolation tank, roughly [...]...

Review: Apocalypse Town

Sure, the word ‘apocalypse’ might bring to mind a scorched-earth wasteland, an image of a world abandoned, forsaken — an image which a project concerned with life in post-conflict Kosovo might want to conjure [...]...

Review: “In the Next Room”

I dare you to bring your Mom to this play, which features more orgasms than I’ve ever seen on stage in a long history of theatergoing. True to its subtitle, “The Vibrator Play” aims to shock and titillate, but Ruhl is too smart [...]...

What’s Old is New Again

John Johnson, known throughout Houston’s tight-knit stage commu­nity as “JJ,” is happy enough sharing the official motto of the troupe he founded, for which (as with his name) Classical Theatre Company [...]...