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Show People

Show People is a rather vague play about 4 nutty people coming together to act in a ‘Grand Charade’. The driving force is Tom, who hires a couple to portray his parents in a weekend […]

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If you ever wondered what Star Trek on steroids would be like (and who hasn’t!) pay a visit to The Gaslight Theatre in Tucson. They are currently staging Space Trek, a version of Star Trek […]

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Ann Richards: The Play

The play Ann by Holland Taylor is just about as controversial as the person who is the subject of the play: Texas Governor Ann Richards (1933-2006), who served one term from 1991-1995. I often ask […]

Film Studies

Cowboys in Space

If you thought the Wild West was only in Texas, look up to the sky. Cowboys In Space, a new exhibit at the Bullock Museum in Austin, shows that cowboys fly spaceships at least as […]

Book Reviews

Commander in Cheat

It is amazing that author Rick Reilly can say so much about Donald Trump’s personality based on a golf game. So much, in fact, it fills a whole book: Commander in Cheat. Reilly contends you […]

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Forever Plaid

Even though Forever Plaid has never been on Broadway, this feel-good musical from 1989 is now a staple of theatre productions all over the world. The Plaids in this production at the Georgetown Palace are: […]

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An Edwardian Fairytale of the Cosmos

A play about astronomy does not at first blush capture the imagination, perhaps because most people associate astronomy with mathematics. Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson breaks free of these inhibitions, focusing on the real-life struggles […]

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Old Western Melodrama

When a melodrama opens with a marriage proposal, you know there will be dangerous shoals to navigate before it’s all over. In the case of Wake Up Napsville, the danger comes from a dynamite-throwing bad […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has a long pedigree. The 1964 film Bedtime Story was remade in 1988 as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. The stage musical, which is now being performed at […]

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  • Several images come to mind when one thinks of Van Gogh, especially sunflowers, and starry night scenes. The current exhibit of 50 of his works at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is, to a [...]

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  • The allure of Andrew Lloyd Webber’ s Cats is elusive. Like a Civil War, it tends to divide families. I talked with one middle-age couple at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, where Cats premiered [...]

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  • Show People is a rather vague play about 4 nutty people coming together to act in a ‘Grand Charade’. The driving force is Tom, who hires a couple to portray his parents in a weekend [...]

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