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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.

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.

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