D. L. Groover
2 days ago | Stage
The set-up: EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! DISNEY'S NEWSIES IS A HIT! OK, that headline is hardly new news, since this exuberantly retro show, now on a national tour, has been a continual sellout since its 2011 debut at New Jersey's Paper Mill P...
4 days ago | Stage
The set-up: Is there a viscerally more exciting American play than William Gibson's bio-drama The Miracle Worker (1959)? Are there better plays? Sure. But I can't think of any other that so catches the audience by the throat and wrings it dry, tha...
14 days ago | Stage
The set-up: The role of con man deluxe “Professor” Harold Hill, star of Meredith Willson's all-American musical The Music Man (1957), is one of the iconic roles in musical theater. So where was actor J. Anthony Crane? The execution: Testing his me...
21 days ago | Stage
This may come as a surprise to some of you, but we theater critics do not love to bash a show. It gives us no pleasure to pan a poor production, no matter how much it deserves it, that fades in view even while we're watching it. However deserving ...
25 days ago | Opera
The set-up: Why is Houston Grand Opera's production of Stephen Sondheim's distinctively sour Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979) so dull? Where is the righteous fire, the scalding hypocrisy, the intense insanity? What happened to...
30 days ago
The Cherry Orchard Recently Houston's theater scene has been blessed with some very fine Chekhov knockoffs: last season's superlative rendition of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Alley; and, recently, a regional pre...