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'The Adolescent Surrealislt'- Playwright Jack Allen debuts 'Cowboy'

Photo curtisy of Mellisa Lukenbaugh

BY Alicia Chesser l The Tulsa Voice 

The night after I talked with playwright Jack Allen about “Cowboy,” I dreamed about it. It was a weird, multilevel world of flickering Super 8 slides and the lonely sighs of tumbleweeds. Of course, I hadn’t seen the play yet. I hadn’t even seen publicity photos. Whether or not that’s what it looks like, the gloriously absurd world Allen described to me lodged in my subconscious—a suitably surreal testament to the power of his enthusiasm.

Arts Scene: American Theatre Company's 'A Christmas Carol'

By James D. Watts JRl World Scene Writer 


It took Charles Dickens only six weeks to write "A Christmas Carol," which was first published Dec. 19, 1843.

And it took about the same amount of time before the first stage adaptation of the novella was presented.

Since then, "A Christmas Carol" has never been out of print, and adaptations of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitors one bleak Christmas Eve are everywhere.

Experiences to Share at the Tulsa PAC

 Show Buzz by Nancy Hermann l Greater Tulsa Reporter


When people ask me when is the best time to visit Tulsa, my first thought is to reply “anytime,” but my answer, most often, is “October.”

Between football and the State Fair, there is much activity to remind us that fall has arrived. Please save some time for shows at the TulsaPAC. October is our busiest month of the current season and some internationally known talent is dropping by.

ARTS: Review of Miss Saigon

By: James D. Watts JR. l Tulsa World

 I heard something very unusual at the end of Theatre Tulsa's opening night performance of "Miss Saigon." Silence.

Typically, hardly a second passes between the obvious end of a performance and the audience's reaction. But when the curtain lowered Friday after the final tragic moments of "Miss Saigon," the crowd in the Tulsa PAC's Williams Theater remained almost reverentially quiet, a silence gently broken only by the sound of a few people crying.

Theatre Tulsa works to make 'Miss Saigon' Fly

By James D. Watts JR l World SCene Writer


Theatre Tulsa will open its 92nd annual season this coming weekend with “Miss Saigon,” the musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, authors of “Les Miserables.”

“Miss Saigon” takes the story of Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly” and relocates it to war-torn Southeast Asia in the 1970s.

The fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War is one of the pivotal moments in the story, and “Miss Saigon” is maybe best known for the scene when a helicopter lands on stage.

Weekend Arts

Weekend Arts: Cherokee Art Market and fairy tales are in store for Tulsa this week 

James D. Watts JR l World Scene Writer 

‘The Lost Pages of ...’

Take a familiar fairy tale, add a few original characters with agendas that go beyond the hope of a simple “happily ever after,” and treat the whole enterprise with the sort of pop-culture irreverence that one normally finds in animated films such as “Shrek” or “Megamind.”

The Life Dramatic: 103 Shows to See on Stage

by Alicaia Chesser and the Tulsa Voice Staff

The Tulsa Voice lays out 103 shows to see on stage during the fall and winter. Each performance is listed and can be viewed online. For show times and performance locations, visit

How Tulsa got Wicked-The Tulsa Voice

It’s a tidy office in South Tulsa, far from the thriving, eccentric arts districts revitalizing the central city. The waiting-room table offers local magazines and a book chronicling the history of Christianity in America. It’s a cozy, calming atmosphere, maybe not what one would expect to see at the home office of Celebrity Attractions, the production company that brought “Wicked” to Tulsa.

Spam alert!- The Tulsa Voice

The dog days—they’re here. Heat so blinding and relentless that rational thinking becomes a massive feat. Endless hours with restless children. Nothing to do but get as naked as permissible and as ridiculous as possible.

Blessed are those who bring us farce in such moments. The genre celebrates the absurdity of human existence with improbable plot twists, exaggerated characters, larger-than-life situations and broad humor. It’s the funhouse mirror-image of tragedy, the gift of laughing at the preposterous nonsense of it all.

REVIEW: 'Chicago' puts Theatre Tulsa talent to good use

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Theatre Tulsa has been nothing if not ambitious for its 92nd season, beginning with the monthlong run last summer of “Les Miserables.”

The company’s latest offering, the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse creation “Chicago,” is almost as ambitious in size and scope as “Les Miserables.”

And it’s almost as successful in achieving its aims — not as completely, perhaps, but close enough.

Arts Sceen:Theatre Pops' ''August:Osage County''

By JAMES D. WATTS JR, Word Sceen Writer

 The last time “August: Osage County” played Tulsa, it was January 2010, when the Broadway touring production starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons came to the Tulsa PAC.

Naturally, so did the snow and ice that ended up cutting the run short.

A Christmas Carol

By James D. Watts JR. World Scene Writer

American Theatre Company takes a great deal of pride in the fact that, with the exception of the source material, its annual holiday production of “A Christmas Carol” is an all-Tulsa creation.

The script and the songs were written by ATC founding members Bob Odle and Richard Averill, the show’s set was designed by Richard Ellis, and the costumes were designed by Jo Wimer.

ARTS: Review -- "Wait Until Dark"

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

The first major character in American Theatre Company’s production of “Wait Until Dark” is on stage long before the show begins.

New play from Theatre North tackles education problems, offers solutions

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

The problem isn’t what we talk about when we talk about the problems and challenges that public schools, teachers and students must face.

The problem, according to the title of Rodney L. Clark’s latest play, is that “All We Ever Do Is Talk About It.” Theatre North will present the play this weekend at the Tulsa PAC.

Sapulpa Community Theatre announces run of 'You Can't Take It With You' | Sapulpa

SAPULPA — Sapulpa’s only live theater venue, 124 S. Water Street, is has announced the Friday, Oct. 11 opening of “You Can't Take It With You,” written by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman, directed by Brittany Scott.  ...

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