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2012 Stories by Margaret Downing

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  • Venus in Fur

    published June 14, 2012

    Venus in Fur, currently onstage at the Alley Theatre, is a 95-minute, one-act, two-actor play based on the erotic novel Venus in... More >>

  • Die Fledermaus

    published June 14, 2012

    It’s Prince Orlovsky’s costume ball and everyone is in disguise and, according to mezzo--soprano Susan Graham, desperately trying to... More >>

  • Aida

    published June 14, 2012

    He’s a soldier, captain of the Egyptian guard, and his first loyalty is to his king. All that falls away in Aida when a... More >>

  • Veronica's Room

    published June 14, 2012

    It's 1973 and a young couple on a date goes out to dinner, where an older man and woman talk them into following them home to meet the family.... More >>

  • All Girls

    published June 14, 2012

    Three 13-year-old girls share the stage with a psychiatrist mother determined to make the best choices for her daughter in All... More >>

  • You Can't Take It with You

    published June 14, 2012

    Frank Capra made a movie out of it starring James Stewart back in the 1930s that to this day has a 96 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.... More >>

  • Peter and the Starcatcher

    published June 14, 2012

    It's a tale more raucously comic and at the same time darker than the J.M. Barrie original, according to actor John Sanders, who plays Black... More >>

  • Lizzie the Musical

    published June 14, 2012

    ''She completely butchered her stepmother and father in 1892 and got away with it because she hired expensive attorneys,'' says actress Carrie... More >>

  • Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Musical

    published June 14, 2012

    It's a road show for the modern ages set to the pop music in which two drag queens and a transsexual board a battered old bus for a journey... More >>

  • The Real Thing

    published June 14, 2012

    Main Street Theater returns to favorite playwright Tom Stoppard (its 17th production of one of his works) with The Real Thing, a... More >>

  • Australia's Strange Fruit: Swoon

    published June 14, 2012

    ''It's a timeless, romantic story,'' says Strange Fruit Manager on Tour Nami Hall, not mentioning at first that it's done 15 feet in the air. Two... More >>

  • The Book of Mormon

    published June 14, 2012

    Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park, took their relentless irreverence to Broadway and although some may have been praying... More >>

  • Wicked

    published June 14, 2012

    Kathy Fitzgerald, with several Broadway shows to her credit, says she has made a career of playing funny women. When she was offered the role of... More >>

  • Houston Shakespeare Festival

    published June 14, 2012

    This year's Houston Shakespeare Festival offerings of Antony and Cleopatra and As You Like It give a Booker T. Washington... More >>

  • A Chorus Line

    published June 14, 2012

    It's a modern classic — the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize award-winning story of 17 dancers auditioning for an available eight spots in a chorus... More >>

  • Road Show

    published June 14, 2012

    The musical Road Show tells the story of two brothers, Wilson (Tom Frey) and Addison (L. Jay Myer). Sons of a critical father,... More >>

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club

    published June 14, 2012

    Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle never met — although they attended the same university a year apart and were fans of each... More >>

  • Macbeth

    published June 14, 2012

    Actor Philip Lehl says, ''It's one of those challenges that any actor can measure themselves by. It's a great play and if you can do it well, then... More >>

  • Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg: The Heist

    published June 14, 2012

    Kate O'Hare is a dedicated FBI agent, completely sure of herself in the performance of her 18-hour-a-day duties. Crafty Nick Fox serves the role... More >>

  • Flashdance — the Musical

    published June 14, 2012

    Alex, the dancer with big dreams from Pittsburgh, is coming to Houston in Flashdance — The Musical, the play derived from the... More >>

  • Close-up Space

    published June 14, 2012

    In Close Up Space, father Paul Barrow is a book editor consumed by a need to set things straight grammatically, to eliminate all... More >>

  • Sister Act

    published June 14, 2012

    Ta'Rea Campbell, appearing as Deloris in the musical Sister Act, says she and Deloris are both a little ''sassy,'' but while Deloris... More >>

  • Spamalot

    published June 14, 2012

    Actor Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn in Chicago on Broadway) has been a Monty Python fan since his youth, which is standing him in good stead now... More >>

  • Il trovatore (The Troubador)

    published June 14, 2012

    The story is not a happy one. There's poison, babies switched at birth, thwarted love and fratricide. ''But the music is fantastic,'' says Italian... More >>

  • The Elephant Man

    published June 14, 2012

    Before Joseph Merrick employed his one useful arm, his left, to build a model of St. Phillip's Church, he was an abused star performer in a freak... More >>

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