Lacey Cannon Gonzales is a director, producer, and writer based out of Austin, Texas. She believes that truly great theatre experiences are honest, visceral, and thought-provoking. Lacey has served as Artistic Director of Oh Dragon Theatre Company since 2015 and is a new member of the Austin Critics Table. She has also been a certified professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician since 2009 and has designed looks for both theatre and film. Along with her writing partner, Lacey has recently submitted screenplays for film and television to the Austin Film Festival.
At the core of the play is a family examining what it means to benefit from white privilege in a racially biased society. Director, David Jarrott succeeds in turning Joshua Harmon's words into an accelerant that forces white progressives to reexamine themselves and where their allyship stands. This production starkly displays the characters' problematic views and statements while still leaving room for audiences to relate to the family's dynamic. In the end, the play is left unresolved and open-ended leaving plenty of room for discussion post-show.BWW Review: DANCE NATION is Brash, Brazen, and Unabashedly Beautiful September 5, 2019
DANCE NATION is a visceral, unyielding portrayal of the journey from child to adult. Barron's blistering new work marvels at the force and intensity of teenage girls and the subsequent undermining of that innate power. Brash, brazen, and unabashedly beautiful, it thrills and arrests audiences from start to finish. All together, the cast and creative team have perfectly captured the story's aching tenderness, biting humor, and undeniable life force.BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID is Family-Friendly Summer Fun July 25, 2019
As it did when it originally premiered, the drama holds a mirror up to what is considered acceptable in a society, without judgment or bias. The show's observant nature starkly highlights the place and power of women, a topic which still audibly resonates with audience members today.BWW Review: North American Tour of CATS Epitomizes Excellence May 9, 2019
This production of CATS epitomizes excellence in musical theatre. Putting a show of this caliber in the capable hands of this almost universally young cast is a move that pays off. With fresh, revitalizing energy, soaring music, and jaw-dropping choreography, CATS is sure to delight fans of the original show and a whole new generation of theatergoers. Hurry up and catch this spectacular show before it leaves Austin on May 12th.BWW Review: TREASURE ISLAND IN THE BAY OF BENGAL Gives New Perspective To An Old Story April 11, 2019
TREASURE ISLAND IN THE BAY OF BENGAL is currently playing at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. The adaptation written by Zane Baker and Susan Gayle Todd is based on the 1883 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, 'Treasure Island.' Directed by Susan Gayle Todd and Megan Moore Ortiz, the production infuses the classic tale of pirates and buried treasure with Bollywood style and South Asian culture.BWW Review: THREE SHITTY SONS is a Production Worth Further Attention March 21, 2019
THREE SHITTY SONS is a production worth further attention. While the play is sure to grow from this first staging, it possesses the bones of a well-crafted theatrical piece. Hilarious, fast-paced, and bizarre, this play is a brave and enjoyable new work.BWW Review: ANASTASIA is a Dazzling Spectacle! February 14, 2019
Whether you're a history buff, grew up with the film or are a newcomer to the mysterious story of the lost princess, you will find something to love. Run, don't walk to catch this instant musical theatre classic before it leaves Austin on February 17th.BWW Review: SHATTERED is a Fascinating Unscripted Experience January 24, 2019
Still, SHATTERED is a fascinating unscripted experience for theatre-goers. Given the nature of themes like mental health and grief, it was unclear how this new company would approach this concept. Fortunately, both cast and crew create a show that is original and entertaining to watch. Although its first appearance is not an entirely even one, this debut work from Fox Den Theatre Company is an intriguing introduction to Austin Theatre.BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL is Perfect Holiday Entertainment! December 13, 2018
In short, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is perfect holiday entertainment. This deeply affecting tale is filled with the redeeming power of love and the importance of charitable giving. Beautifully presented in a fun and festive package this production can be enjoyed by kids from one to ninety-two. Grab a cookie, a cup of hot cocoa and settle in to rediscover the story that made Christmas merry to begin with.BWW Review: MEN ON BOATS at Mary Moody Northen is Must-See Theatre November 15, 2018
MEN ON BOATS is hands down, must-see theatre! This production accomplishes what all plays aspire to, but few achieve - all-around excellence. The crew's journey, described by Sides as 'an apt metaphor for the peril faced by many in our society on a daily basis, ' is fraught with important meaning while still maintaining levity and fun. This 'rollicking' sometimes vulnerable show reminds its audience to find adventure in their own lives. After all, we only get one.BWW Review: MACBETH Highlights The Might of Women and Folly of Man November 1, 2018
All in all, MACBETH presented by Something For Nothing Theatre is an enjoyable evening of accessible theatre. Although the play falters in act two, the show itself is mostly well done. The talent of the women in this production is the undeniable force driving the show. While by no means are their characters innocent, one wonders if Macbeth would have fared better if he had listened to them a little closer.BWW Review: ATLANTIS: A PUPPET OPERA is a Mesmerizing Experience. September 13, 2018
REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES is an insightful look at the realities of immigration and the standards placed upon Latinx women. It's also an entertaining story about the incredible bond that women share. While the show is still finding its footing, its place and relevance in our community are undeniable.BWW Review: ALL SHOOK UP Has Appeal Despite Stumbling Blocks. July 12, 2018
All things considered, ALL SHOOK UP does possess a certain amount of appeal largely in part to the talent of the cast and musicians and the timeless music of Elvis Presley. The visually impressive spectacle created by the brilliant scenic artists and designers is also something the whole family will appreciate. While the show isn't without its stumbling blocks, Zilker Theatre Productions should be commended for providing free, accessible theatre for sixty years. This incredible accomplishment is a gift to the Austin community and is sure to continue delighting families for many years to come.BWW Review: MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR is Good Shakespearean Fun May 10, 2018
THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD is a must-see production for kids of all ages. With a funny, heartwarming story and engaging characters that rival any superhero this show is the perfect family theatre experience. Run don't walk to catch this story that is truly one of a kind.BWW Review: GOODNIGHT MOON is Delightful Entertainment March 8, 2018
GOODNIGHT MOON is delightful children's entertainment and sure to please any young fans of the original story. Brown's beloved tale is beautifully reimagined by Zach Theatre and provides non-stop fun the whole family will enjoy. Be sure to check out the petting zoo on your way into the theatre for some up close interaction with your child's favorite furry or feathery friends.