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1997 Stories by Megan Halverson

Archives: 1997 | 1996
  • A Touch of the Familiar

    published May 15, 1997

    If there is any generic setting for short plays, writes the editor of a recent volume of such works, it's a restaurant. The built-in pauses that... More >>

  • Down the Road

    published May 8, 1997

    There are rare moments in theater when the line between art and life fades and the twain meet. Tamarie Cooper knows about that line, and about... More >>

  • S R O

    published May 1, 1997

    Harlem's Pointe Ballet dancers, sheltered as they often are, seem unlikely prospects for a labor strike. But every now and then the art... More >>

  • Neighborhood Values

    published May 1, 1997

    August Wilson's Two Trains Running, an installment in the subscriber-sharing deal between the Alley and the Ensemble theaters, seems an... More >>

  • Restoration Man

    published May 1, 1997

    It was a hopeless scene. On a midsummer morning in 1995, a rundown Sixth Ward neighborhood was filled with the floating gray particles that only a... More >>

  • On the Fringe

    published April 24, 1997

    The great frustration of being a lover of alternative theater is being limited -- by geography or vacation dollars -- to the amount of risky fare... More >>

  • Separation Anxiety

    published April 24, 1997

    When invited into the homes of the very rich, one has certain expectations: a peek at the art collection; a little wistful envy over the quality... More >>

  • Alone Again

    published April 10, 1997

    Carson McCullers, the wunderkind Southern novelist who was both adored and shunned in post- World War II literary circles, was a most unlikely... More >>

  • Still Tragic

    published April 3, 1997

    Long before opening night, the second half of the Alley's two-part production of The Greeks was saddled with weighty responsibilities. There were... More >>

  • Moving Stories

    published April 3, 1997

    A line of dancers perched on a long bench laughs soundlessly, and then whispers a line of prose that builds until it's a collective shout. Like... More >>

  • S R O

    published April 3, 1997

    Mixing It Up In Brussels, dance performances are as common as chocolate shops. Movement is the city's prime cultural product, and Brussels... More >>

  • Still Waiting

    published March 27, 1997

    Of all the modern masters of theater, Samuel Beckett probably offers a stage director the widest opportunity to invent meaning and, right along... More >>

  • S R O

    published March 20, 1997

    Big and Bouncy "The existence of a floor," Elizabeth Streb says over the phone from a tour stop in Kansas City, "is a problem." Coming from... More >>

  • Story Time

    published March 20, 1997

    It's a late afternoon in early March, and Elia Arce is looking rather wistfully into a empty rehearsal studio at DiverseWorks's gallery and... More >>

  • Dancing in the Dark

    published March 20, 1997

    The out-of-town dance critics who flooded Houston last week weren't here just because they admire the Houston Ballet (though that's part of it).... More >>

  • The Song of Jackie O

    published March 13, 1997

    The most cynical man I ever knew believed in Jackie O. A valet at one of her favorite hotels, he was moved by her silent grace -- evident even in... More >>

  • Myth and Reality

    published March 13, 1997

    In early February, Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd appeared on Channel 8's Weeknight Edition with Ernie Manouse touting the Alley's... More >>

  • Rite Fine

    published March 6, 1997

    The looming premiere of the Houston Ballet's Dracula has all but overshadowed the company's spring repertory concert. But, as is usually the case... More >>

  • A Day to Remember

    published March 6, 1997

    When Ella Fitzgerald died last year, one of her many obituaries pointed out that, influential and respected as she was, she was never quite as... More >>

  • Swangin' and Bangin' ... and getting to that other level with the disciples of screw

    published February 27, 1997

    There are certain neighborhoods in Houston where, late at night and into the early hours of the morning, well-groomed cars with large speakers... More >>

  • Female Trouble

    published February 20, 1997

    While theater has a long history of investigating father-son relationships (from Shakespeare's King Henry and Prince Hal to Arthur Miller's Willy... More >>

  • Chekhov, Intimately

    published February 6, 1997

    An aging grande dame sweeps into her childhood home in Russia following a long absence, her youngest daughter and a Parisian entourage in tow,... More >>

  • S R O

    published January 30, 1997

    Mixing It Up Anyone wondering just how riveting theater can be should have been in the audience for Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los... More >>

  • For Love --or Money

    published January 30, 1997

    Jean Baptiste Poquelin, known to most of the world as Moliere, was born a child of privilege. That he chose to enter the theater and, worse,... More >>

  • Tangled Hair

    published January 23, 1997

    It may be a theatrical cliche to say that what goes on backstage can often be more entertaining than what the audience sees, but in the case of... More >>

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