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1999 Stories by Lee Williams

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  • Step Right Up

    published December 23, 1999

    "There's a sucker born every minute," or so said Phineas Taylor Barnum, the greatest American trickster who ever lived. As a boy of 12, Barnum... More >>

  • Merry Sex Mess

    published December 16, 1999

    I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a grown-up bit of holiday fare written by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, is a crowd-pleasing revue... More >>

  • Dickens on the Web

    published December 16, 1999

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  • Holiday Hokum

    published December 9, 1999

    In their efforts to capitalize on the holidays -- think family-size ticket sales -- artistic theater directors across the city dig through... More >>

  • As Good As It Gets

    published December 9, 1999

    For the past ten years the Alley Theatre produced an almost quintessential version of Dickens's A Christmas Carol. The show was full of... More >>

  • Heart of Darkness

    published December 2, 1999

    A coal-black darkness pounds in the heart of David Mamet's Edmond, a savage and utterly thrilling play about a middle-class white man's... More >>

  • Growing Pains

    published December 2, 1999

    Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing is, above all, sweet. Two boys come of age in the middle of a rough-and-tumble London... More >>

  • The Sweet Hereafter

    published November 25, 1999

    Jonathan Harvey's beautifully titled Hushabye Mountain, currently running at Theater LaB Houston, embraces a strange and lovely hodgepodge... More >>

  • Body Conscious

    published November 18, 1999

    Terribly silly and wonderfully philosophical, Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus makes for a bawdy night of brazen, British-style theater. And... More >>

  • Voice Activated

    published November 11, 1999

    Brandon Teena's turbulent life and tragic death have inspired a whole slew of creative endeavors, including several books, a documentary, a film... More >>

  • Fairy-tale Postscripts

    published November 4, 1999

    Fairy tales are seductive. In them the poor get rich, the lonely find love, and everyone lives happily ever after. They are worlds of simple... More >>

  • Green-Light Project

    published October 28, 1999

    Craig Lucas's The Dying Gaul is a strange and unruly script. As directed by Rob Bundy at Stages Repertory Theatre, the show is rich in... More >>

  • Oh, Brother!

    published October 28, 1999

    Oh, Kay!, by George and Ira Gershwin, is a hop back to a "quaint" time when bootleggers and flappers occupied American pop culture. Oh, for... More >>

  • Fresh Lemonade

    published October 21, 1999

    Lemonade runs through November 7 at the Alley's Neuhaus Arena Stage, 615 Texas, (713)228-8421. $37-$42. More >>

  • Rewriting the Good Book

    published October 21, 1999

    Corpus Christi runs through October 30 at The Little Room Downstairs Theater, 2328 Bissonnet, (713)523-0791. $12-$15. More >>

  • Dismal Dig

    published October 14, 1999

    Even though not much happens in Doug Grissom's Deep Down, the play is rich with dramatic potential. Unfortunately that potential is buried... More >>

  • Drowning Out The Bridge

    published October 7, 1999

    Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge is an urgent and arrestingly simple play. A middle-aged longshoreman named Eddie Carbone (James... More >>

  • Intensely India

    published September 30, 1999

    Tom Stoppard's astonishing mind, devastating wit and seemingly godlike knowledge of just about everything in the history of man are evident in... More >>

  • TV Trite

    published September 23, 1999

    TV writer Gary Goldstein's Parental Discretion is a peppery little comedy about an angst-ridden gay couple who can't decide whether to have... More >>

  • Great Stride

    published September 16, 1999

    As America's High Priestess of fashion, Diana Vreeland enthralled the nation. From 1936 to 1971, the great tastemaker of the 20th century ruled... More >>

  • Slaughterhouse Five

    published September 16, 1999

    Full-throttle politics can squeeze the life out of a play. Too much soapboxing is hard to take on a Friday night out. But The Gut Girls,... More >>

  • Grim Meal

    published September 2, 1999

    Chris Lee's Eat the Enemy is a long way from appetizing. Violent, mean-spirited and as cynical as it gets, this sitcom-style British play ... More >>

  • Fine Fusion

    published August 26, 1999

    Lately the folks at Infernal Bridegroom Productions seem hell-bent on proving themselves to be the most innovative and exciting theater company... More >>

  • Romantic Revolution

    published August 19, 1999

    Nothing's more dramatic than war. No one knows that better than Frank Wildhorn (his Tony-nominated Civil War premiered at the Alley last... More >>

  • Rich Ragtime

    published August 12, 1999

    At the turn of the 20th century, America burned with adolescent rage. It was a country struggling to find itself. Immigrants, African-Americans... More >>

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