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  • Absolutely Fabulous

    published December 27, 2001

    The houselights go down, and with a cue from the stage manager/God-figure we're off and romping through the wild gay garden of Paul Rudnick's... More >>

  • No Miracle on Main Street

    published December 20, 2001

    Since its creation in 1961, Langston Hughes's Black Nativity has become the theatrical equivalent of fruitcake: It comes back... More >>

  • Warts and All

    published December 13, 2001

    Fairy tales are simple: Good is always fair of face, and evil is covered with warts. Leave it to Stephen Sondheim to muddle this easy equation... More >>

  • So Many Christmas Shows, So Little Time

    published December 6, 2001

    Never share the stage with a child or an animal, or so the saying goes. This bit of theatrical wisdom is especially true if the kid is as full of... More >>

  • Split Personality

    published November 29, 2001

    Romance/Romance is typical of the holiday fare Stages Repertory Theatre puts on this time every year: safe, inoffensive and thus... More >>

  • The Dark Side of the Moon

    published November 22, 2001

    In 1929 New York City was the center of the world, especially for a songwriter wanna-be like Fred Stevens, the goofy guy in the middle of George... More >>

  • My Name Is Mud

    published November 15, 2001

    Obie Award-winning playwright Maria Irene Fornes is one of director Jason Nodler's "playwriting heroes." It says so, right in the program of... More >>

  • Don't Call Her Honey

    published November 8, 2001

    Beautiful, badass Karen Finley has made a career out of kicking up controversy. The performance artist has been called everything from "the high... More >>

  • Cinderfella

    published November 1, 2001

    Wearing Coke-bottle glasses and dorky bangs, Guy Rose (Christopher Wright) is the quintessential geek. No wonder his snooty, rich-boy lover,... More >>

  • Starts and Stops

    published November 1, 2001

    The Little Room Downstairs Theater and Actors Theatre, two of Houston's most well-established small theaters, have closed their doors recently --... More >>

  • Spooky Schmaltz

    published October 25, 2001

    Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's Jekyll & Hyde premiered at the Alley Theatre in 1990, then in '97 moved to Broadway, where it... More >>

  • Culture Schlock

    published October 18, 2001

    As cool and swanky as it is, with its fusion jazz sound and its charcoal- and cream-colored minimalist set, Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning... More >>

  • Reunited, and It Feels So Bad

    published October 11, 2001

    There is an almost mystical loveliness to Craig Wright's The Pavilion, now playing under Rob Bundy's direction at Stages Repertory... More >>

  • Trailer Park Tragedy

    published October 4, 2001

    The Smiths are a flat-out nasty lot. You can tell just by looking at their shabby, low-rent, trailer-park living room. Gaffer tape holds together... More >>

  • Bleak House

    published September 27, 2001

    The trio of liars who populate Harold Pinter's dark, disturbing Betrayal are an astonishingly civil lot, especially given the rather... More >>

  • Eating It Up

    published September 20, 2001

    The place is gaudy, glittery, operatic and brimming with busloads of blue-haired ladies from the local retirement home -- practically the living... More >>

  • Plucked Feathers

    published September 20, 2001

    In 1984 Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's funny, feathery musical La Cage aux Folles won six Tonys, including Best Musical.... More >>

  • Battle Royale

    published September 13, 2001

    In the opening of Timothy Findley's Elizabeth Rex, we meet William Shakespeare, an astonishingly dull fellow as imagined here, who's... More >>

  • Handled With Care

    published September 6, 2001

    Before the audience is fully hushed, Tom Wingfield appears upstage in a gray half-light. Utterly ordinary, the quiet wire of a man pokes his way... More >>

  • Black Holes

    published August 30, 2001

    Self-help manuals have never been more popular. A trip to the bookstore will offer up how-to treatises on everything from changing your brake... More >>

  • Acting Up

    published August 30, 2001

    Little Tina Denmark is a very bad seed. The blond, blue-eyed pipsqueak, who stands center stage in Marvin Laird and Joel Paley's... More >>

  • One Madcap Moll

    published August 16, 2001

    The end of summer means one more loopy, annual installment of the series from Infernal Bridegroom Productions. Happily, Tamalalia 6... More >>

  • Branson on the Bayou

    published August 16, 2001

    Sit through The Theater Under the Stars version of Smokey Joe's Café -- The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, now at the Wortham,... More >>

  • Befitting the Bard

    published August 9, 2001

    The Houston Shakespeare Festival thunders in grand style across Miller Outdoor Theatre as one of the best that producing director Sidney... More >>

  • Unholy Ghost

    published August 2, 2001

    Since the invention of television and the VCR, we've all but lost the art of the well-told ghost story, the sort that keeps you up late at night... More >>

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