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Wonderful Life

13 years ago by Marene Gustin
Maybe it was Oscar fever, but last weekend, a lot of the Houston Ballet repertory program Life and Laughter was reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Take the Houston premiere of artistic director Stanton Welch's Tu Tu. Created for San Francisco Ballet in 2003, this is a gorgeous ensemble...
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A Step Beyond

14 years ago by Marene Gustin
Simple Elegance, the repertory program kicking off Houston Ballet's 37th season, isn't simple or always elegant. But it is one of the best rep evenings HB has ever offered. The Simple in the program's title refers to the streamlined, minimal classical movement by legendary choreographers Hans van Manen, Glen Tetley...
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A Nut for Nostalgia

18 years ago by Marene Gustin
Reviewing The Nutcracker is akin to critiquing Santa Claus. The ballet has a childish story, overly broad characterizations and, by today's standards, simplistic choreographic dialogue. But to say so would be sacrilegious to an American holiday icon that's been around since San Francisco Ballet produced the full first-length version in...
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Lighten Up

18 years ago by Lauren Kern
The title character in Manon is usually played as an amoral femme fatale. After all, Sir Kenneth MacMillan's ballet -- based on Abbé Prévost's 18th-century novel Manon Lescaut -- has her betraying her true love, penniless divinity student Des Grieux, to be the mistress of a wealthy man. But as...
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Slipper Magic

17 years ago by Marene Gustin
Behold the demi-caractère. It is technically a character role using classical steps but is recognizable as the guys who aren't the prince. Ben Stevenson's ballets are rife with them. Former dancer Parren Ballard stole the stage as Renfro in Dracula, every male dancer in Houston Ballet has taken turns in...
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Men in Tights

17 years ago by Marene Gustin
Balanchine said that ballet is woman, but it's the men of Houston Ballet who are eye-catching in the company's winter repertory program. As yet there is no one to wear the crown of Carlos "Air" Acosta, but longtime company member Dominic Walsh comes closest with his charismatic dancing. Among the...
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Stage Capsule Reviews

13 years ago by D. L. Groover
Coppélia Houston Ballet's current run of the beloved classic Copplia will delight fans of big-spectacle, happy story-ballets. This 1870 three-act tells the story of a boy and girl in a small town (in this version, Desmond Heeley's sets and costumes invoke early Bavaria) who are betrothed. But problems start when...
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Capsule Reviews

15 years ago by D. L. Groover
Done to Death Vermont playwright Fred Carmichael's 30-plus light romances and murder comedies have been a boon to regional theaters, and his works and patronage have been instrumental in the reputation and success of that state's Dorset Theatre Playhouse. If you're acquainted with one of his most performed plays, thanks...
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Capsule Reviews

15 years ago by Nancy Galeota-Wozny
Bad Dates An icky date can happen to anyone. But Theresa Rebeck's one-woman show is a reminder of how hilarious they can be in retrospect. The whole production takes place in single mom Haley's bedroom, where she primps and dresses for several dates as she tells us about her life...
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Capsule Reviews

16 years ago by D. L. Groover
Boy Groove "You make my hips buck," sings the gyrating boy band, voguing in front of the audience. Aaron Macri and Chris Craddock's musical spoof Boy Groove is having its U.S. premiere at Theatre LaB Houston, and in it, fictional teeny-bopper sensation Boy Groove gets screwed just like it ought...

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