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Zac Thriffiley

Zac Thriffiley

Zac Thriffiley is currently a PhD student in English researching American literature and culture. Over the years, Zac has been heavily involved in the arts communities of wherever he has lived. He has performed in and directed theatrical productions through southeastern Louisiana, including in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. While working on his MA in Chicago, Zac covered the arts and culture scene for his university’s graduate student newspaper and served as a judge for Stage Left Theatre’s new playwright residency. Whenever he isn’t seeing a play or singing along to showtunes, Zac is exploring the city’s various bookstores and restaurants - usually with his two dogs in tow.



BWW Review: THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Dives Into the Best Kind of Nautical Nonsense at Bass Performance Hall
February 21, 2020

Everyone's favorite invertebrate has surfed into the metroplex in the form of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, bringing a tidal wave of imagination and talent in its wake. The Broadway hit runs through February 23 at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall.

BWW Review: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS Equals Too Much Fun at Circle Theatre
February 17, 2020

Circle Theatre's ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS isa?'with all its chaos and decadencea?'a welcome relief from the tumult of our own hectic lives while also managing to introduce audiences to some of the incredible talent that help make up our community.

BWW Review: ANDI BOI Continues a Conversation at Dallas Children's Theater
February 14, 2020

The most recent entry in a citywide program of arts activism is Dallas Children's Theater's Teen Scene Players' production of ANDI BOI. This original work by a local DFW playwright Bruce Coleman runs through February 16.

BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT Brings a Breathtaking 'Something Different' to the Winspear Opera House
February 6, 2020

The current touring production of THE BAND'S VISIT has blown into Dallas, bringing the much-needed refreshing relief of a secluded oasis along with it.

BWW Interview: Jacob Hemsath of FRANK-N-FRIEND at Casa Mañana
January 30, 2020

When the perils of the playground combine with the creatures of the Gothic and the humor of a good laugh shared among friends, the new musical FRANK-N-FRIEND comes to life, making its world premiere at Casa Mañana.

BWW Review: BERNADETTE PETERS IN CONCERT Brings Down the House at Dallas Symphony Orchestra
January 25, 2020

This mix of Dallas's finest with New York legends makes for a stunning evening that should remind the city of just how lucky it is to have a world-class orchestra in the center of the arts district.

BWW Review: CHRISTMAS WITH CHEYENNE JACKSON AND MEGAN HILTY Throw a Festive Get Together at Dallas Symphony Orchestra
December 21, 2019

Audiences of all ages will be delightfully astonished by Jackson and Hilty's holiday concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, running through December 22 at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

BWW Review: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Delivers a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience at AT&T Performing Arts Center
December 18, 2019

Through a combination of brilliantly creative stagecraft and psychologically complex characterizations, the current touring production of the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND revival immerses audiences in an experience unlike any other, one in which the power of a story creates a new world from every possible human emotion right before our eyes.

BWW Review: SWIMMING WHILE DROWNING Rises Above the Surface at Cara Mía Theatre
December 3, 2019

Emilio Rodríguez's recent play SWIMMING WHILE DROWNING, currently receiving its Dallas premiere with Cara Mía Theatre, manages to share the trials and tribulations of two queer homeless youths in a manner inventive, tender, and authentic.

BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE Not Quite a Singular Sensation at MainStage Irving-Las Colinas
November 8, 2019

While the current production of A CHORUS LINE at MainStage Irving-Las Colinas works hard to present a cohesive and coherent vision of what the show can be, the musical frequently feels more like an open cattle call than an exhibition of extraordinary talent.

BWW Interview: Mariah Lotz of ONCE at AT&T Performing Arts Center
November 7, 2019

BroadwayWorld DFW's Zac Thriffiley talks with Mariah Lots about the challenges and joys of playing one of the most complex roles in contemporary musical theatre.

BWW Review: CHICAGO IN CONCERT Sizzles with Sin at Dallas Symphony Orchestra
October 5, 2019

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's CHICAGO IN CONCERT is a thrilling reimagination of a familiar favorite, one that excites with its inventiveness while remaining faithful to the story and sounds audiences have come to hold near and dear to their hearts.

BWW Review: Swipe Right on a Flirty and Fun FIRST DATE at Stage West Theatre
September 22, 2019

FIRST DATE, the romantic comedy musical closing out Stage West Theatre's 40th season, is sweet, charming, tender, uproariously funny, and a celebration of all the worthwhile risks we take in the search for love.

BWW Review: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Concocts a Bittersweet Confection at AT&T Performing Arts Center
August 25, 2019

While Wonka's chocolates and candies can still be found in stores across the globe, the latest iteration of his now-classic story of succession tastes stale and a?' at times a?' lacks any taste at all.

BWW Review: A 3D ADVENTURE Screens a Madcap, if Uneven, Blockbuster at Circle Theatre
August 24, 2019

Matt Lyle's A 3D ADVENTURE more than lives up to its title, providing audiences with a madcap rush of scenes filled with action and laughter. But much like a hastily edited fight sequence, the story often feels clunky and uneven, privileging easy gimmicks over dramatic development.

BWW Review: THE CAKE Bakes Up a Deliciously Thoughtful Delight at Uptown Players
August 16, 2019

With a plot seemingly ripped from the headlines, Uptown Players' production of THE CAKE tells a delightful, surprisingly nuanced story of the ever-present conflict between idealism and reality, rock-steady faith and troubling doubt.

BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Successfully Continues the 'Tradition' at Music Hall At Fair Park
August 8, 2019

This current production makes a compelling argument for the freshness and timelessness of FIDDLER and its message. The performers fill every scene and musical number with a renewed sense of urgency, determined to show that the forces that worked upon Tevye's family and his tight-knit community are still very hard at work all these decades later.

BWW Review: LES MISERABLES Gives a Triumphant Rallying Cry at Bass Performance Hall
June 26, 2019

LES MISERABLES is here once more for Dallas-Fort Worth in a triumphant new touring production that is every bit as breathtakingly excitingly and heartbreakingly relevant as when the show first premiered over thirty years ago.

BWW Review: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS Provides a Moving Glimpse into the Past at Uptown Players
June 24, 2019

Under the thoughtful direction of Cheryl Denson, the cast and creative team of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS approaches the story of the Upstairs Lounge Fire with an incredible amount of compassion and authenticity that comes to audiences at a critical moment.

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Will Move the Earth Under Your Feet at AT&T Performing Arts Center
June 19, 2019

As BEAUTIFUL returns to Dallas, it is immediately clear that the musical has lost none of its freshness, remaining just as much of a rousing hit as it was when it first toured in the area several years ago.