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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.

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.

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