D. L. Groover
D.L. Groover has contributed to countless reputable publications including the Houston Press since 2003. His theater criticism has earned him a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) as well as three statewide Lone Star Press Awards for the same. He's co-author of the irreverent appreciation, Skeletons from the Opera Closet (St. Martin's Press), now in its fourth printing.
3 days ago | Stage
I've never truly understood the appeal of vampires. Sure, I love the folklore and the Transylvanian backstory, even though Romania's Borgo Pass in reality looks nothing like the blasted craggy heath from so many horror movies. I like the costume: ...
4 days ago | Stage
At the glorious conclusion to An American in Paris, no one at the Hobby will look askance when you dance up the aisle. Dancing is absolutely required. This melodious musical, “inspired by” the splendid Oscar-winning MGM movie that starred Gene Kel...
8 days ago | Stage
The set-up: There are no high-stepping singing waiters á la Hello, Dolly! anywhere near Elizabeth Irwin's gritty exposure of restaurant's lowest of the low – the busboys – in My Mañana Comes (2014). The only high kicks might be the precise traject...
10 days ago | Stage
The set-up: Celebrating its 60th season, venerable Theatre Southwest, housed in a musty strip mall off Fondren Road, manages to open our eyes to the wonders of theater. You never know what surprise is in store. I've yet to see a creepier Pillowman...
12 days ago | Music
The set-up: “Dies Irae,” the “Day of Wrath” second movement in Giuseppe Verdi's monumental Requiem (1874), is supposed to knock you on your ass. As the musical version of shock and awe, the vengeful Old Testament God delivers the last judgment to ...
15 days ago | Stage
The set-up: A.D. Players has started off its 50th season (!) with a tremendous double whammy. First and foremost, the venerable company, formed as After Dinner Players in the '60s, has finally relocated from its musty digs on West Alabama, its hom...