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ARTS: Theatre Pops' "Spamalot" is all silliness

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer 

People who take part in community theater do so primarily because they enjoy what they do. Often, that enjoyment is the only compensation they receive for weeks of hard work.

And I haven’t seen a cast enjoy what it does with as much obvious, manic glee as that of Theatre Pops’ production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

Arts Scene: 'Spamalot' from Theatre Pops

By James D. Watts JR l World Sceene Writer

 

“On second thought, let’s not go to Camelot,” King Arthur says in the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” “’Tis a silly place.”

But being silly was the stock in trade of the British comedy troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus. And the group reached a pinnacle of silliness with their first feature film that took the myth of King Arthur and slapped it silly.

REVIEW: 'Tulsa Project Theatre's 'Godspell' Ensemble is musical's strengh'

By: James D. Watts Jr. l Tulsa World Sceen Writer

The company’s 2012 production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” proved that it could stage shows of a quality commensurate with its aims of being the city’s only Equity theater troupe. Its newest show, “Godspell,” demonstrates similar qualities, especially when it comes to singing.

REVIEW:' 39 Steps puts Hitchcock thriller on stage with comedic undertones

By James D. Watts JR.l Tulsa World Scene Writer

Whenever the hero of “The 39 Steps” needs to be helped or harassed, threatened or thwarted, chased or captured, it’s time to send in the Clowns.

That’s what half the cast of this stage adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock film are called, and they are responsible for playing all but four of the dozens of characters needed to tell the story.

And there are only two of them.

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.

ARTS: Review- 'Tulsa! A Radio Christmas Spectacular'

By James D. Watts JR. World Scene Writer

 Radio station KMOK is far from OK. Of the three radios stations serving the Tulsa area in 1949, it ranks fourth in popularity.

Shows such as the “Cowpoke Comedy Cavalcade” and “The Tulsa Shadow” aren’t able to compete with this new-fangled invention called television that just started broadcasting in town.

And now comes word that the station’s major sponsor is planning to move all its business to the new TV station.

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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.

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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