Gary Laird

Gary Laird Gary Laird is a former professor and administrator at Lamar University, a playwright and producer/director active in the Houston theater scene since the early 90s.


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BWW Review: Josephine Reigns Supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER at Midtown Arts CenterBWW Review: Josephine Reigns Supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER at Midtown Arts Center
Posted: Feb. 27, 2017


BWW Review: TUTS Delivers the Perfect Recipe in AN AMERICAN IN PARISBWW Review: TUTS Delivers a Frothy Souffle of a Musical
Posted: Feb. 23, 2017


BWW Review: THE GHOST SONATA Haunts at Classical Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE GHOST SONATA Haunts at Classic Theatre
Posted: Feb. 11, 2017


BWW Review: HOUSTON BALLET Resets CINDERELLA at Wortham Theater CenterBWW Review: HOUSTON BALLET Resets CINDERELLA at Wortham Theater Center
Posted: Mar. 6, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: Houston Ballet World Premiere of Stanton Welch's THE NUTCRACKER Is a World-Class SpectacleBWW Review: World Premiere of Stanton Welch's THE NUTCRACKER Is a World-Class Spectacle
Posted: Nov. 27, 2016


BWW Review: Houston Grand Opera's FAUST Pulls Out All the StopsBWW Review: Houston Grand Opera's FAUST Pulls Out All the Stops
Posted: Nov. 2, 2016


BWW Review: Josephine Reigns Supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER at Midtown Arts CenterBWW Review: Josephine Reigns Supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER at Midtown Arts Center
Posted: Feb. 27, 2017


BWW Review: Houston's Theater Under the Stars Ventures INTO THE WOODSBWW Review: Theater Under the Stars Ventures INTO THE WOODS
Posted: Dec. 9, 2016


BWW Review: Houston Ballet's LEGENDS AND PRODIGY ASTOUNDSBWW Review: Houston Ballet's LEGENDS AND PRODIGY ASTOUNDS
March 18, 2017

Houston Ballet's program of three contemporary ballets, running now at THE WORTHAM CENTER, is breath-taking. This is the first of many adjectives I will reach for in this review. I may run out, but you'll get the drift.

BWW Review: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Asks the Musical Question, 'SHALL WE DANCE?'BWW Review: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Asks the Musical Question, 'SHALL WE DANCE?'
March 16, 2017

The latest iteration of the production on tour is crafted with care and performed with verve. It's an 'old-fashioned' Broadway staple, and it never wears out its welcome. It unabashedly tugs at the heartstrings, tickles the funny bone and jerks the tears, just as it did when it opened 66 years ago this month. Few musicals achieve this kind of longevity, and more than a few of those are from the pens of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

BWW Review: HOUSTON BALLET Resets CINDERELLA at Wortham Theater CenterBWW Review: HOUSTON BALLET Resets CINDERELLA at Wortham Theater Center
March 6, 2017

In this retelling of the beloved fairy tale, pretty much everything is thrown out the window for a darker, edgier story of an independent woman fighting against her circumstances for a chance at a better life.

BWW Review: Josephine Reigns Supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER at Midtown Arts CenterBWW Review: Josephine Reigns Supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER at Midtown Arts Center
February 27, 2017

Josephine reigns supreme in THE LAST NIGHT OF JOSEPHINE BAKER.

BWW Review: TUTS Delivers the Perfect Recipe in AN AMERICAN IN PARISBWW Review: TUTS Delivers the Perfect Recipe in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
February 23, 2017

A frothy souffle of a musical.

BWW Review: THE GHOST SONATA Haunts at Classical Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE GHOST SONATA Haunts at Classical Theatre Company
February 11, 2017

After two hours, plus intermission, I left the theater feeling as though I had just attended a concert superbly played by an orchestra of virtuoso performers and conducted by a maestro.

BWW Review: DRY POWDER Teaches the Art of the Deal at Alley TheatreBWW Review: DRY POWDER Teaches the Art of the Deal at Alley Theatre
February 1, 2017

Sarah Burgess's new play at the ALLEY, DRY POWDER teaches us the art of the deal.

BWW Review: A CURIOUS INCIDENT Occurs Onstage At The Hobby CenterBWW Review: A CURIOUS INCIDENT Occurs Onstage At The Hobby Center
January 27, 2017

The play is a cauldron of emotion, presenting a range of human behaviors for Christopher to navigate, and hopefully, conquer.

BWW Review: Houston's Theater Under the Stars Ventures INTO THE WOODSBWW Review: Houston's Theater Under the Stars Ventures INTO THE WOODS
December 9, 2016

TUTS has done the seemingly impossible. They've made Sondheim cute.

BWW Review: Houston Ballet World Premiere of Stanton Welch's THE NUTCRACKER Is a World-Class SpectacleBWW Review: Houston Ballet World Premiere of Stanton Welch's THE NUTCRACKER Is a World-Class Spectacle
November 27, 2016

As re-imagined by Artistic Director Stanton Welch, the holiday classic pulses with new life and over-the-top theatrics reminiscent of 19th century production at its peak, but brought into the 21st by cutting-edge technology.

BWW Review: The Alley Thinks We Need a Little Christmas. They're Right.BWW Review: The Alley Thinks We Need a Little Christmas. They're Right.
November 26, 2016

It's hokey. It's manipulative. It's just plain corny. And it's the spirit of the season.

BWW Review: WOLF HALL PART II Brings Up the Bodies at Main Street TheaterBWW Review: WOLF HALL PART II Brings Up the Bodies at Main Street Theater
November 22, 2016

That this work could be adaptedat all for the stage, much less a small black box theater, is somewhat remarkable, but Udden and her team of more-than-capable actors and designers have done it proud.

BWW Feature: MFAH Screens Two Unique and Very Different Films - HIERONYMUS BOSCH & CS BLUESBWW Feature: MFAH Screens Two Unique and Very Different Films - HIERONYMUS BOSCH & CS BLUES
November 17, 2016

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston screens two very different and unique films: COCKSUCKER BLUES and HIERONYMUS BOSCH: TOUCHED BY THE DEVIL.

BWW Review: Houston Grand Opera's FAUST Pulls Out All the StopsBWW Review: Houston Grand Opera's FAUST Pulls Out All the Stops
November 2, 2016

HGO's production of Gounod's FAUST puts the 'grand' in grand opera. The current production has all the bells and whistles - a timeless story, a top-notch cast, the costumes, sets and lighting of an all-out extravaganza. In short, it has everything the word 'opera' conjures up. And it's at the Wortham, all for you.

BWW Review: TUTS Teaches a Lesson In HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYINGBWW Review: TUTS Teaches a Lesson In HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
October 31, 2016

'60s musical comedy confection HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is all about climbing the corporate ladder by hook or (mostly) crook.

BWW Review: ELIXIR OF LOVE at Houston Grand OperaBWW Review: ELIXIR OF LOVE at Houston Grand Opera
October 26, 2016

BWW Review: Houston Grand Opera opens the season with an eye-popping ELIXIR OF LOVE

BWW Review: Sassy, Sexy A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Opens the Season at Alley TheatreBWW Review: Sassy, Sexy A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Opens the Season at Alley Theatre
October 17, 2016

It is a genuine pleasure to see such a capable cast going through their paces with verve and a certain aplomb. When an ensemble so obviously enjoy what they are doing, it connects instantly with the audience, and a full house roared and applauded throughout the performance.

BWW Review: Firecracker Productions Takes on Human Relationships in BECKY SHAWBWW Review: Firecracker Productions Takes on Human Relationships in BECKY SHAW
October 11, 2016

BECKY SHAW explores the eternal ins and outs of personal relationships. It asks the basic questions: to whom do we owe loyalty, and at what cost? How do we set limits, and how do we abide by them? What are the consequences if we don't?