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Review: 'Les Miserables' a triumph from Theatre Tulsa | Tulsa World

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Everything about the musical “Les Miserables” is big — from the 2-inch thick, 1,200-page novel on which it was based, to the razzle-dazzle of its original production, with its turntable stage and buildings that contorted and collapsed into barricades.

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Arts Scene: 'One Man Star Wars' | Tulsa World

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Charles Ross has seen the three movies that make up the first trilogy of “Star Wars” film — you know, the good ones — about 400 times.

But such devotion was not merely the product of misspent youth. It was, in fact, in-depth research into what has become a virtual career for this Canadian performer: condensing the films “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” into a one-man show. ...

ARTS: Review of "La Cage aux Folles" by Tulsa Project Theatre | Tulsa World

By JAMES D WATTS JR World Scene Writer

Like a fledging trying to leave the nest, it took some time and a couple of crashes to the ground before Tulsa Project Theatre’s production of “La Cage aux Folles” was able truly to take wing. ...

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Review: 'Clybourne Park' collects discussions of racial prejudice | Tulsa World

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer 

Playwright Bruce Norris creates the sort of characters that you wish sometimes would have the good sense to know when to shut up. ...

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ARTS: REVIEW -- "A Streetcar Named Desire"

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer 

Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” is an oddly delicate vehicle that over the years has been ladened with a great deal of excess baggage. ...

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Review: 'Miracle on 34th Street' works best when music is playing | Tulsa World

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Tulsa Project Theatre may not quite pull off a miracle with its latest production, the Meredith Willson adaptation of "Miracle on 34th Street," which opened Friday at the Cox Business Center's Assembly Hall. But the company deserves a place on Santa's "Nice" list for thinking a bit outside the usual gift-wrapped box when it comes to holiday theater. ...

ARTS: REVIEW -- "A Christmas Carol" by American Theatre Company | Tulsa World

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

It’s a question I’m asked a lot this time of year: “How can you stand to see the same show over and over again, year after year?” ...

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Arts: REVIEW: "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Theatre Tulsa | Tulsa World

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Ernest Hemingway once said that the only hope a young artist has of making a name for himself is either to come up with something completely unique and original, or else beat dead men at their own game.

Theatre Tulsa’s new production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” is something of an attempt at the latter. Director Clayton B. Hodges has taken Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedy of manners and relocates it in a kind of post-apocalyptic England circa 2126. ...

REVIEW: "Deathtrap" by Tulsa Project Theatre | Tulsa World

Deathtrap; Chad Oliverson; Tulsa Project Theatre

By JAMES D WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

A juicy murder in Act One. Unexpected developments in Act Two. Sound construction, good dialogue, laughs in all the right places.

REVIEW: "Seminar" by Theatre Pops | Tulsa World

By JAMES D WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

For all its talk of fiction and literature, sentences and language, novelists and critics, Theresa Rebeck’s dark comedy “Seminar” –– Theatre Pops’ first production of the season and one of its submissions for the 2014 Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence –– is really not a play about writers and writing. ...

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Review: 'The Drowsy Chaperone' | Tulsa World

The title aside, there is nothing drowsy about "The Drowsy Chaperone." Starting with the title character herself - for her, "drowsy" is a term for the effects of all the assorted cocktails she consumes. These libations make her many things, but what one ordinarily thinks of as "drowsy" isn't one of them.

LOOK production's 'Hello, Dolly' stays true to old-school musicals | Tulsa World

When people talk about musicals and how "they don't write 'em the way they used to," it's likely they're thinking about "Hello, Dolly!" That's because "Hello, Dolly!" is a textbook example of "old school" musical theater. It has no agenda beyond making its audience laugh, dazzling them with some fancy footwork, and giving them a few songs that they will remember for days to come. 

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Review: 'A Small Fire' from Heller Theatre | Tulsa World

Adam Bock's play "A Small Fire" is aptly named. It is a compact little drama, made up of common, even mundane materials that require careful tending and a powerful spark to rise up in flames. Fortunately, Heller Theatre's production of this play, which opened Friday at the Henthorne PAC, benefits from the careful tending of David Lawrence's sensitive direction and the spark of Kathryn Hartney's uncompromising, fully lived-in performance as the play's main character. 

Review: "Hairspray" by Tulsa Project Theatre | Tulsa World

Tulsa Project Theatre’s “Hairspray” is about as silly as the name of the latest dance sensation that is sweeping the nation, as hyperactive as a toddler hopped up on soda pop and Snickers bars, and as solid as a bouffant lacquered in Aqua-Net.

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Review: "Of Mice and Men" by American Theatre Company | Tulsa World

For the Depression-era realism of his settings, and the plainspoken earthiness of his characters, John Steinbeck was essentially a fabulist.

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