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Stages Repertory ­Theatre

Producing Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin proved himself over and over at Stages Repertory Theatre last season. The season of powerful scripts moved easily from money-making musicals like Altar Boyz to thoughtful social commentaries such as The Unseen and Black Pearl Sings. Rich with political heft, hilarious jokes and emotional power,...
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Kirk Markley for Orange Flower Water

Kirk Markley's set for Craig Wright's Orange Flower Water was not beautiful -- it was devastating. The script told the tale of badly behaving married folks, most notable for their ordinariness. And Markley's set, with its looming backdrop of to-the-rafters metro shelving, captured the terrible banality of their suburban world...
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The Language Archive: A Modern Fable of Language Lost and Found

7 years ago by Jim Tommaney
Check out our interview with director Sally Edmundson. The set-up: An academic, a linguist immersed in the problem of languages disappearing as people cease to speak them, seeks to record one that may be saved from extinction. His obsession with the spoken word is ironic as he is hugely inarticulate,...
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Tamarie Cooper's Doomsday Revue: A Delightful Evening of Inspired Foolishness

8 years ago by Jim Tommaney
See our interview with Tamarie Cooper about Doomsday Revue. The setup: Tamarie Cooper, co-founder of The Catastrophic Theatre, brings her annual musical comedy revue -- this is the 15th -- and a horde of committed actors and dancers to DiverseWorks in a colorful, splashy production. The execution: The set, designed...
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American Falls from Catastrophic Theatre: Dark, Funny and Rocking with Humanity

8 years ago by Jim Tommaney
The setup: New playwright Miki Johnson creates a series of interlocking vignettes that come together in a powerful finale, creating vivid characters with weakness, fears, needs, audacity and love, in a superb production that seems to have captured lightning in a bottle. The execution: Failure is an orphan, but success...
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Rock Musical Next to Normal at Stages Repertory Theatre: A Hit That Will Break Your Heart

8 years ago by Jim Tommaney
Read our interview with director Melissa Anderson. The setup: The regional premiere of the rock musical Next to Normal has opened at Stages Repertory Theatre, and with innovative staging, superb casting and a production dusted with magic, gives us a vehicle of pure entertainment that will break your heart as...
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Fleaven: Imagining an Entire Town Contained Within a Huge Shopping Mall

7 years ago by Jim Tommaney
The setup: After Miki Johnson's first play, American Falls, received the Best Play Award at the Houston Theater Awards this year from the Houston Press, her next play has been eagerly anticipated by theater buffs, and it arrives on the scene surprisingly different. Johnson is not a playwright, it seems,...
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American Falls

8 years ago by JIM J.TOMMANEY
With American Falls, new playwright Miki Johnson has captured lightning in a bottle. Catastrophic Theatre likens it to Thornton Wilder's Our Town, but after mentally riffling through Carson McCullers, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Edward Arlington Robinson and Edgar Lee Masters, I settled on David Lynch's television series Twin Peaks. But...
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Doting Mama

9 years ago by Jim Tommaney
The talented Tamarie Cooper opens the latest in a series of annual musical extravaganzas — this one rife with patriotism — to enchant yet again the hordes of her loyal followers, and to allow the Catastrophic Theatre to introduce newcomers to a remarkable talent: a Renaissance woman who conceives, directs,...
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The World's a Prison in The Unseen

12 years ago by Lee Williams
Craig Wright has been super-busy. In addition to all the plays he's written, the man has penned scripts for some of TV's hottest shows, including Lost, Six Feet Under and Brothers and Sisters. Not bad for a guy who earned a Masters in Divinity and worked as a fishmonger along...

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