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. ...
American Theatre Company won the award for Outstanding Production for "Of Mice and Men" at the fifth annual Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence, presented Sunday night at the Cascia Hall PAC. The company's staging of John Steinbeck's fable, about two drifters trying to hold on to the smallest of dreams during the harshest days of the Great Depression, won the $10,000 cash prize, the second time ATC has won this award. It also took top honors at the 2010 TATE awards for "12 Angry Men."
Wes Studi holds a unique distinction among the recipients of the Distinguished Artist Award from the Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence. He's the only honoree to have appeared in a production nominated for the TATE Awards. That was in 2010, when Studi took time out from his work in films and television to play a role in "Buffalo Gallery," an original play by Julie Little Thunder presented by Thunder Road Theatre Company.
If you've ever been cast in a musical, then you are well aware of a backstage phenomenon that no one in the audience has any idea about: actors, as a coping mechanism against the occasional boredom and/or punch-drunkery that comes from hours and hours of rehearsal, sing their own versions of the songs being sung out on the stage. They're usually really, really dirty, incredibly tasteless and wrong, and any line that ends with the word "luck," well, you know what the rhyme will be.
It's one of the most fun things about doing musical theater.
It's not every day that Hamlet must face down a family of zombies, or a corrupt president of the United States finds himself challenged by a pair of Dust Bowl-era drifters. But that is the case with the fifth annual Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence, which will be awarded at a ceremony Sunday. Sunday's event will also include the presentation of the Distinguished Artist Award to actor Wes Studi and the Mary Kay Place Legacy Award to American Theatre Company artistic director Kitty Roberts.