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Review: CHICAGO is Celebrating Its 25th Anniversary at Theatre Under the Stars with N Photo Review: CHICAGO is Celebrating Its 25th Anniversary at Theatre Under the Stars with New, Rousing Energy
by Miranda Keating - February 08, 2023

Show after show, CHICAGO makes the crowd roar and come to their feet, energizing all with its storytelling, dancing, and glamor. There is no wonder why CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, a Grammy®, and thousands of standing ovations over the years, and the show is still rousing audiences ...
Review: The Garden Theatre's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Presents Shakespeare with Mode Photo Review: The Garden Theatre's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Presents Shakespeare with Modern Sass and New Energy
by Miranda Keating - January 27, 2023

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is arguably the most well-known comedic play in the world. Every production I have seen has had its own charm, but they all followed the story traditionally, making the same jokes and all trying to reach mimesis. Going to The Garden Theatre's production, I expected no dif...
Review: Classical Theatre Company's THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL Presents Classical Theatre Photo Review: Classical Theatre Company's THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL Presents Classical Theatre in An Innovative, Groovy Way at The Deluxe Theater
by Miranda Keating - January 20, 2023

THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL is presented with new life! The play reflects a comedy of errors that occurs after a false rumor is purposely spread. In a typical Restoration Comedy, you may expect wigs and quill pens, but this production uses minimal wooden set pieces, modern costumes, and a cast of 6 to te...
Review: STIRS UP STILL THINGS at Ishida Dance Company Photo Review: STIRS UP STILL THINGS at Ishida Dance Company
by Brett Cullum - January 06, 2023

If true art is the ability to tell a story through a medium, then what this group has achieved is a remarkable level of marrying movement with narrative. Rarely have I witnessed dance where emotions and poetry are so clear, and performed with such passion....
Review: The Traditional A CHRISTMAS CAROL Enraptures Audiences With Its Exciting, New Photo Review: The Traditional A CHRISTMAS CAROL Enraptures Audiences With Its Exciting, New Telling at The Alley Theatre
by Miranda Keating - December 19, 2022

Many already know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. However, despite the many productions and movies I have seen of this timeless story, I truly believe that the Alley Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL was the most exciting telling that I have experienced. Live music, active puppets, and daring spectacle kep...
Review: THE COLORED FOLKS GOOD TIME HOUR at Vincent Victoria Presents Photo Review: THE COLORED FOLKS GOOD TIME HOUR at Vincent Victoria Presents
by Brett Cullum - December 15, 2022

After seeing this film, I can’t get Cherry Cola Pitts out of my mind. He haunts me in the best of ways. Vincent embodies the character so well, and there are moments where you can see a sadness emerge from behind the otherwise leering prankster....
Review: MARY POPPINS Delights All With Its Timeless Tunes and Stunning Spectacle at T Photo Review: MARY POPPINS Delights All With Its Timeless Tunes and Stunning Spectacle at Theatre Under The Stars
by Miranda Keating - December 14, 2022

When one thinks of the holiday season, many imagine 'The Nutcracker' or 'A Christmas Carol'. These productions are traditional for many reasons, but MARY POPPINS and the Christmas spirit pair very well together! With beautiful stage pictures, technical spectacle, stunning talent, and heart-warming t...
Review: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Dazzles Audiences with Spectacle and Holiday Photo Review: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Dazzles Audiences with Spectacle and Holiday Cheer at the Wortham Theater Center
by Miranda Keating - December 06, 2022

With more than 70,000 patrons seeing it every year, Houston Ballet’s THE NUTCRACKER is one of the most celebrated traditions of the holidays, and rightfully so! Being performed for over 35 years, the production is full of incredible orchestrations, wonderful imagery, and a magical story to boot. Do ...
Review: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Gets Reimagined at Classical Theatre Company Photo Review: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Gets Reimagined at Classical Theatre Company
by Christian Gill - November 25, 2022

'That's a lot of laughs in there,' one kind audience member said to me during one of the intermissions. 'A lot of witticisms.' There's something special about seeing a piece of work from almost two hundred and fifty years ago manage to play to a modern audience....
Review: THEY DO NOT MOVE Enthralls Audiences at The Catastrophic Theatre Photo Review: THEY DO NOT MOVE Enthralls Audiences at The Catastrophic Theatre
by Miranda Keating - November 23, 2022

The Catastrophic Theatre is now presenting the world premiere of THEY DO NOT MOVE by Brian Jucha with the Catastrophic ensemble. There is joy to be found in this show because it brings its audience in, has them constantly take stock of new situations, causes them to reflect on the state of the world...
Review: CRUEL INTENTIONS - THE 90S MUSICAL at The Garden Theatre Photo Review: CRUEL INTENTIONS - THE 90S MUSICAL at The Garden Theatre
by Brett Cullum - November 19, 2022

It’s a rock musical featuring all of the naughty behavior of the original film and marries it to the “hits of the day” that were hot when it came out. Innuendos about “booty sex” merge with Backstreet Boys hits in a jukebox musical that revels in the absurdity of the original concept....
Review: Six the Musical Packs a Powerful Punch at the Hobby Center for the Performing Photo Review: Six the Musical Packs a Powerful Punch at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
by Armando Urdiales - November 11, 2022

The story goes that Toby Marlow and Lucy moss after meeting in their years at university, made a decision to write a musical about the six wives of Henry VIII. Their inspiration, a tiny poem that goes “Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived” has become the basis of a megahit musical ...
Review: 4th Wall Theatre Company Strikes a Spooky Chord in Lucas Hnath's THE THIN PLA Photo Review: 4th Wall Theatre Company Strikes a Spooky Chord in Lucas Hnath's THE THIN PLACE
by Armando Urdiales - November 02, 2022

Two chairs, a side table, and a lone actress on stage begins 4th Wall Theatre’s production of Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place. These four elements are the creation of a spooky and eerie story of what lies between the mortal and ghostly worlds. Ultimately, 4th Wall’s The Thin Place features top-tier per...
Review: COYOTE ON A FENCE at Dirt Dogs Theatre Photo Review: COYOTE ON A FENCE at Dirt Dogs Theatre
by Brett Cullum - October 31, 2022

This is a morally complex piece of theater, and luckily the cast is up to the challenge of bringing these people to life without judgment or any trace of hesitation. The language, the situations, the truths, are all difficult matters that have to be handled directly and confidently....
Review: THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS Energizes and Brings Its Audience to Its Feet! Photo Review: THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS Energizes and Brings Its Audience to Its Feet!
by Miranda Keating - October 31, 2022

When I walked out of the theater after watching THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS, I had a big ol' smile on my face. I feel that all could enjoy this show since it has everything you could ever want in a production! It is truly special that this show, which has a future across the U.S. if not on Broadway som...
Review: KINKY BOOTS Struts Its Stuff and Dazzles Audiences at The Deluxe Theatre! Photo Review: KINKY BOOTS Struts Its Stuff and Dazzles Audiences at The Deluxe Theatre!
by Miranda Keating - October 25, 2022

If you are looking for a fun night out this weekend, KINKY BOOTS is the show for you! With catchy music created by Cyndi Lauper, flashy costumes, amazing dance moves, and a feel-good story, this musical is not one to miss. Through the show’s entertaining numbers, audience members are reminded that i...
Review: HADESTOWN Dazzles at Broadway at the Hobby Center Photo Review: HADESTOWN Dazzles at Broadway at the Hobby Center
by Brett Cullum - October 05, 2022

What did our critic think of HADESTOWN at BROADWAY AT THE HOBBY CENTER? The HADESTOWN national tour finally arrives in Houston after a significant pandemic pause, and it appears the wait was worth holding our breath for. ...
Review: MISS MAUDE Gains Potential at AD Players Photo Review: MISS MAUDE Gains Potential at AD Players
by Armando Urdiales - October 03, 2022

You would think a story with its title character would be the main focus of a play. For example, Beetljuice the Musical’s title character almost never leaves the stage and has a character arc, or in The Music Man, the literal Music Man, Harold Hill, remains the center of attention for most of its pl...
Review: Tensions Rise in Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress at Main Street Theater Photo Review: Tensions Rise in Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress at Main Street Theater
by Armando Urdiales - October 03, 2022

Tension. Defined in the dictionary as mental or emotional strain. This simple seven letter word sums up the production of Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress currently playing at Main Street Theater. Don't be confused though, this tension that discusses race, politics, and other contemporary issues i...
Review: World Premiere Of Ken Ludwig's LEND ME A SOPRANO Invigorates Audiences At The Photo Review: World Premiere Of Ken Ludwig's LEND ME A SOPRANO Invigorates Audiences At The Alley Theatre
by Miranda Keating - September 28, 2022

When I go to a theatre production, I hope for a show that whisks me away from my current worries. I crave to see spectacle and beauty in the visual elements, and I wish to be stunned by the talent. Ken Ludwig's LEND ME A SOPRANO at the Alley Theatre gave me everything I desire in a theatre productio...
Review: TUTS AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Oozes Charisma at Hobby Center for Performing Arts Photo Review: TUTS AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Oozes Charisma at Hobby Center for Performing Arts
by Armando Urdiales - September 26, 2022

Fats Waller is one of the many black artists over the centuries whose music still permeates popular culture. His stylistic rhythms are part the foundation of the quintessential American sound and it is due to this that his musical revue AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ is a tremendous work of art. TUTS season open...
Review: SCRAMBLED at Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company Photo Review: SCRAMBLED at Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company
by Miranda Keating - September 25, 2022

This past weekend, Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company presented a visiting artist from Israel through her one-woman show that made its audience laugh and cry while educating about the struggles of infertility. Inspired by the true story of its performer, SCRAMBLED is highly physical show that is int...
Review: Alric Davis' BASHFUL, AND THE NOIZE Creates an Emotional Journey at Sankofa C Photo Review: Alric Davis' BASHFUL, AND THE NOIZE Creates an Emotional Journey at Sankofa Collective
by Armando Urdiales - September 14, 2022

Where to begin to explain Alric Davis' semi-autobiographical play Bashful, and the Noize. Equal parts Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop, Pasek and Paul's Dear Evan Hansen, and Simon Stephens A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Davis' play is an amalgamation of storylines that are equal...
Review: Creative Movement Practices' GIDEON AND THE BLUNDERSNORP Excites Adventurers Photo Review: Creative Movement Practices' GIDEON AND THE BLUNDERSNORP Excites Adventurers of All Ages At MATCH
by Miranda Keating - September 06, 2022

The Texas Premiere of musical GIDEON AND THE BLUNDERSNORP is certain to delight anyone with a taste for adventure! The story follows a stableboy and a viscountess who must work together to fight a treacherous monster. In the end, all those who watch are reminded that, with dedication and aspiration,...
Review: NO SPEAKING LEFT IN ME at ISHIDA DANCE At The MATCH Photo Review: NO SPEAKING LEFT IN ME at ISHIDA DANCE At The MATCH
by Brett Cullum - August 13, 2022

Unfortunately ISHIDA DANCE’s NO SPEAKING LEFT IN ME is only at the MATCH complex this weekend for Friday and Saturday night. It is a pity the company couldn’t run these works longer, because word of mouth should be strong after this amazing showcase of modern contemporary dance. It is something th...