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.
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 appeallargely 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.BWW Review: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE is Energetic, Must-See Fun at TexArts February 22, 2018
When We When Are Married is the first production of 2018 from Different Stages. Penned by J.B. Priestly, the original production opened in London in 1938 and the 1985 West End revival went on to win the Oliver Award for Best Play. It also holds the distinction of being the first play to be televised unedited when it was broadcast by the BBC in 1938. In addition to receiving film and TV adaptations over the years, the play has also been broadcast several times by radio across the U.K.BWW Review: MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERELY at Austin Playhouse is a Charming Holiday Comedy December 7, 2017
Austin Playhouse's production of MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY, continues the season of holiday-themed entertainment in Austin. Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, but taking the characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this play endeavours to be a potential sequel to the beloved classic. This time, however, the focus is shifted from previous heroine, Elizabeth to her sister, Mary.BWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES is Quick-Witted Holiday Fun November 30, 2017
Ringing in the holiday season is Georgetown Palace Theatre and their production of SANTALAND DIARIES. Originally written as an essay by humorist, David Sedaris, it was first read on National Public Radio's Morning Edition in 1992. An instant crowd-pleaser, the essay gave Sedaris his first major break and lead to a much longer version that debuted on-air in 1996. In that same year, Joe Mantello began adapting Sedaris' work into a one-man stage show. The one-act play premiered in on November 7th, 1996 at New York's Atlantic City Theatre Company starring Timothy Olyphant. Since its first initial run, the show has gone on to become a seasonal standard for regional and college theatre.BWW Review: ANNIE Delights at Georgetown Palace Theatre October 26, 2017
FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS is presented by Southwestern University's Sarofim School of Fine Arts. Written by Alan Ball, this comedy premiered in 1993 at New York's Manhattan Class Company. Although the play was written over twenty years ago and is set in the late 80's, it tackles many topics still relevant today. From personal issues such as love, relationships, and marriage; to societal matters like gender inequality, homophobia, and religion.BWW Review: ENFRASCADA is an Engaging Story about the Magic of Women September 21, 2017
The latest offering from Austin's Teatro Vivo is ENFRASCADA, a comedic tale of love, heartbreak, and the magical relationships of women. Written by Tanya Saracho, this dark comedy premiered as a part of the 2011 Clubbed Thumb Summerworks in New York City under the direction of Jerry Ruiz.BWW Review: A PERFECT LIFE is a touching new musical with potential. September 8, 2017
A PERFECT LIFE is presented by Austin Theatre Project as part of its 2017 season. This world premiere is based on the musical, One Man Band by Tony and Emmy Award winner Larry Hochman, Marc Elliot, and James Lecesne. The original One Man Band enjoyed a well-received New York run in 1985. Original composers Larry Hochman and Marc Elliot, who is also the show's lyricist, have teamed up with playwright Laurie Hochman, to tell this bittersweet, but ultimately hopeful story of life, love, and loss.BWW Review: A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE is an intimate tribute to a musical giant. July 27, 2017
Considered by many to be one of the top country artists of all time, Patsy Cline was a pioneer for women in country music and as a crossover artist. Her story is one of personal struggle and determination, overcoming obstacles from poverty to a devastating car accident; but none of that comes to mind when thinking of this country music legend. What does is her tough as nails resolve, smiling face, and emotionally charged voice that has sold millions of records and is one of the reasons most country artists count her as a major influence.BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at Austin Playhouse is Lighthearted Fun. June 1, 2017
GUYS AND DOLLS is presented by Austin Playhouse as part of their 2016-2017 season. Directed by Don Toner and with musical direction by Susan Finnigan, this musical theatre gem tells the story of rolling the dice and taking a gamble on love. The musical, based on two short stories by Damon Runyon, originally premiered on Broadway in 1950 with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It went on to win the Tony in 1950 for Best Musical and was later adapted into the 1955 film starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando.BWW Review: THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU: A FEVER DREAM STEEPED IN BLOOD is a Riveting Tour de Force April 13, 2017
THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU: A FEVER DREAM STEEPED IN BLOOD is presented by The Paladin Theatre Company. Written, directed, and performed by Charles P. Stites, this one-man play is an adaptation of the H.G. Wells science fiction classic. The play first premiered at Frontera Fest in 2014 and later moved on to San Francisco's Emerald Tablet, where it went on to win Best Solo Performance from the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Table Awards.Review: GONDAL - New Play Misses The Mark, But Shows Promise March 9, 2017
GONDAL is presented by the University of Texas at Austin's Theatre and Dance department, as part of UT New Theatre showcase. Now in its tenth year, UTNT presents newly created works of theatre from UT graduate playwrights. Created to facilitate these emerging artists, UTNT serves as the jumping off point for their original and imaginative creations. In the words of curators, Steven Dietz and Liz Engelman, these plays, "seek to delight and disrupt you; to turn the familiar inquiry of the name "play" on its head.BWW Review: Theatre En Bloc's NEVA is Must-See Theatre February 23, 2017
NEVA is the latest offering from Austin's Theatre En Bloc. Written by Chilean playwright, Guillermo Calderon, this politically charged play is a brutally honest and timely look at the precarious relationship between art, politics, and social justice. Set in Russia at the dawn of the revolution, this explosive production raises more questions than it answers with ferocity and biting humor.