Theater

Sartre in the Summertime

Bit of Stretch Theatre Co. at 14 Pews Houston opens its doors to returning college students every summer. Some don’t just want to hang around. Southwestern University (SU) students Emma Martinsen and Erin Cressy and New York [...]...

Review: The Birthday Party

Undermain Theatre May 2–June 2, 2012 Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party was first performed in 1958, around the same time as Ionesco’s Rhinoceros and Albee’s The Zoo Story, ushering in a movement called “Theater of the Absurd” and what some critics dubbed “Comedy of Menace.” [...]...

Review: Cicerone

The Ochre House May 19–June 9, 2012 There’s something unmistakably engaging and tantalizing about the story of Henry Miller, expatriated writer who came to Paris in the 1930s, colluded with Anais Nin, professionally and sexually, and went on to publish novels so laced with tempestuous [...]...

Review: God of Carnage

God of Carnage Dallas Theater Center at the Kalita Humphreys Theater May 11–June 17, 2012 Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage (translated by Christopher Hampton) is spectacular in a strange way, we keep waiting for a meltdown, and it comes, but without catharsis. We’re primed to witness [...]...

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 [...]...