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  • Tristan and Isolde

    published June 14, 2012

    Never mind that the plot is convoluted and dense, and filled with potions and metaphors. It's the incredible music, the layered emotions that have... More >>

  • Dollhouse

    published June 14, 2012

    In Dollhouse, the new play at Stages Repertory Theatre, the character Nora is ''constantly making bets, playing tactics, trying to... More >>

  • Rigoletto

    published June 14, 2012

    If you know nothing else about opera, chances are you'll recognize the tune ''La donna è mobile'' from Giuseppe Verdi's... More >>

  • Jersey Boys

    published June 14, 2012

    Here's a test. Try reading the following song names without having at least one of them stick in your brain for the rest of today. ''Big Girls... More >>

  • A Few Good Men

    published June 14, 2012

    It was the breakthrough moment for playwright Aaron Sorkin. His courtroom drama A Few Good Men ran for more than a year on Broadway... More >>

  • God of Carnage

    published June 14, 2012

    Anyone who sits down to watch God of Carnage has to realize that what follows won't exactly be realistic, says Kim Tobin, actress... More >>

  • The Language Archive

    published June 14, 2012

    Imagine a professional linguist, a man who speaks countless languages and specializes in preserving dying ones, but who is unable to talk with his... More >>

  • Wittenberg

    published June 14, 2012

    Even before Shakespeare's Hamlet, the gloomy Danish prince haunted by the ghost of his murdered father, couldn't make up his mind back at... More >>

  • Catch Me if You Can

    published June 14, 2012

    If you thought the 2002 movie version of Catch Me if You Can was exhausting with all those times con man Frank Abagnale Jr. was... More >>

  • Memory House

    published June 14, 2012

    Several years ago, playwright and college professor Kathleen Tolan interviewed a woman who had adopted a six-year-old girl from a village in... More >>

  • Don Giovanni

    published June 14, 2012

    First performed in Prague in 1787, Mozart's Don Giovanni (Italian for Don Juan) is the story of a notorious womanizer who destroys... More >>

  • Show Boat

    published June 14, 2012

    Canadian tenor Joseph Kaiser says he'd always wanted to come sing in Houston and now he's gotten his wish; he'll be playing the role of the... More >>

  • Camelot

    published June 14, 2012

    In this production of Camelot for Theatre Under the Stars, director Richard Stafford has gone with lead actors who are younger than... More >>

  • The Mountaintop

    published June 14, 2012

    When Katori Hall started pitching her play about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on earth, no one in the United States was interested.... More >>

  • Hit-Lit

    published June 14, 2012

    Actor/writer/director Robert Wuhl (Good Morning, Vietnam; Bull Durham; and HBO’s Arli$$) has come back to the... More >>

  • The Marriage of Figaro and Moscow, Cheryomushki

    published June 14, 2012

    If you want a chance to see opera and musical theater stars in the making, then check out Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston, which... More >>

  • STOMP !

    published June 14, 2012

    Andres ''Pooh'' Fernandez (he got his nickname because he often wore Winnie-the-Pooh regalia) has been a member of STOMP! for 16... More >>

  • Stephen Petronio Company: Underland

    published June 14, 2012

    With so many stories to tell, American dancer/choreographer Stephen Petronio chose a darker journey when the Sydney Dance Company commissioned him... More >>

  • It's New Year's Eve and Houston's Discovery Green Is Looking a Little Soggy

    published Dec 31, 2012

    It was a plaintive lament from our city's mayor sent out earlier today. But alas, while Annise Parker may be the mayor of the fourth largest city in America, she does not control the weather. And as... More >>

  • First Look Became First Sound at AMC Theatre in First Colony Sunday

    published Dec 31, 2012

    Art Attack is a big fan of AMC Theatres with its Stubs card that gets us free stuff and the cleanliness of its theaters and all. We go all the time. But sometimes, especially on weekends, things can... More >>

  • December 31, 2012: Last Chance to Make a Donation to Your Favorite Arts Group

    published Dec 31, 2012

    Put this under the heading of "Priming the Pump" or "How to Avoid Pissing Away the Last Day of the Year." Today you're either at home or barely going through the motions at your office, hoping your b... More >>

  • Joseph Kaiser Takes on the Riverboat Gambler Role in the Houston Grand Opera's Show Boat

    published Dec 28, 2012

    This January 18 will be opening night for Houston Grand Opera's production of Show Boat, a somewhat risky, untraditional choice for an opera company, and one that Artistic and Music Director Patrick S... More >>

  • Peter Pan

    published June 14, 2012

    Cathy Rigby, the former world champion gymnast and Olympian who transformed herself into an actress and stage performer, has unretired from her... More >>

  • God Bless You, Every One

    published June 14, 2012

    Former company member John Feltch, returning to the Alley Theatre for the first time in 12 years to play Jacob Marley's ghost (and Mrs. Dilber)... More >>

  • Cover Story: Texas's Seven Deadly Crime Sins

    published Dec 26, 2012

    When staff writer John Nova Lomax set about his review of the crimes committed in Texas in 2012, he rapidly discovered that the Bible had a lot to say about them. Yes, all manner of crime that had ev... More >>

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