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.
12 hours ago | Opera
When the posh denizens of Manhattan's upper east side need a gang leader, let it be tenor Norman Reinhardt. Never has the role of Tony in the Broadway classic West Side Story (1957) sounded so fine, been so lovingly sung, been heard to such advant...
6 days ago | Stage
Anyone know the Russian expression for “¡Ay, caramba!” How about, “What were they thinking!” There are many different ways to stage Nikolai Golgol's classic satire The Government Inspector (1836). I'm not convinced Classic Theatre's production is ...
8 days ago | Opera
There are so many glories to be gleaned from Opera in the Heights' spirited production of Leonard Bernstein's “operetta” adaptation of Voltaire's masterpiece Candide (1956) that it seems almost churlish to point out its faults. But the show, howev...
9 days ago | Stage
Broadway chroniclers rate Cabaret (1966) as one of the essential '60s shows: the first musical to digress from Rodgers and Hammerstein, the first to go dark, the first to have an overall concept, the first subversively sexy show, the first to affr...
10 days ago | Stage
By his own account, playwright and Pulitzer-Prize winner Lawrence Wright (for the mesmerizing non-fiction account of the rise of Al-Qaeda, The Looming Tower) had written 87 drafts for Cleo, now having its world premiere at the Alley Theatre. He ne...
27 days ago | Stage
It smells good at Ensemble Theatre these days where Prester Pickett's dramedy Eighth Day of the Week embraces us with cozy family values. During intermission, the aroma of home cooking wafts through the house. Someone behind me thought somebody ha...