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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: Theatre North's 'Women Around Town'

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

A woman who was scorned and run out of her home town returns decades later to wreak a unique sort of vengeance in Samm-Art Williams’ play “Woman from the Town.”

The central character, Lila, has transformed herself from a poor, outcast, unwed mother into a powerful real estate mogul. As her home town undergoes an economic downturn, Lila is there to buy up the foreclosed homes of the people who treated her so abysmally.

But Lila’s plan, like any act of vengeance, does not work out quite the way she planned.

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.

Art Scene: 'Bad Jews'

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

Few things can tear a family apart quite like coming together after a funeral.

That’s the case in “Bad Jews,” Joshua Harmon’s comedy about a supremely dysfunctional clutch of cousins who engage in heated verbal and physical battles over which of them deserves a family memento.]

One believes she deserves it because she is the only “real Jew” in the family — unlike her cousin, who has divorced himself from most of the trappings of his heritage.

Arts Scene: Theatre Tulsa's 'Next To Normal'

By James D. Watts JR.


When Theatre Tulsa presented the limited run of the musical “Next to Normal” this past summer, the Tulsa World’s review stated:

“This is a show that deserves an audience, not simply because it deals with a challenging subject in artful and compelling fashion, but also because the cast and crew of this production are operating on a remarkably high level.

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.

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: Review of 'The Taming of the Shrew' by Tulsa Ballet

Taming of the Shew, Tulsa Ballet

By James D. Watts JR. l World Scene Writer


The old theatrical adage that "dying is easy — comedy is hard" is doubly true when it comes to ballet.

Ballet is a physical art form, and physical comedy is most often created by performers willing to execute all kinds of off-balance, out-of-kilter, potentially dangerous moves in order to elicit a laugh.

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.


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.


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