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    PUBLISH DATE: 8/19/12
    NEWS: Review: Humanimals haunt landscape of 'Surveys'
    DESCRIPTION: Magnificent and terrifying, "Jane Alexander: Surveys (From the Cape of Good Hope)," is the latest exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Joseph Campana
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/19/12
    NEWS: Gallery keeps the lights on at Turrell hologram exhibit
    DESCRIPTION: What is it that makes you want to reach out and touch the impossible image of a hologram?........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/18/12
    NEWS: Will Travel for Art 
    DESCRIPTION: Making Houston's airports more artful: Flying need not be an eyesore thanks to LAYOVER push....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/17/12
    NEWS: Houston Museum of African American Culture exhibit explores human side of abstraction
    DESCRIPTION: For the second official exhibition at its new facility on Caroline Street, the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) is examining the inner workings of the human spirit with the help of two noted abstractionists who have maintained close working relationships with the arts organization in recent years....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/15/12
    NEWS: The Buzzy Awards for Theatre Excellence in Houston for the 2011-2012 Season
    DESCRIPTION: Once again, I feel that Houston has the kind of talent that Broadway does—perhaps on an even higher caliber in many cases........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/12/12
    NEWS:Art City: HAA launches power2give site
    DESCRIPTION: Local arts and cultural organizations have a new tool in their fundraising chest for special projects, and it gives donors a clear view of where their money is going........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/11/12
    NEWS: The Screwtape Letters: C.S. Lewis's Fight Between Good and Evil
    DESCRIPTION: To paraphrase that famous commercial for Levy's Jewish Rye Bread, you don't have to be Christian to like this dramatization of C.S. Lewis's ironic apologia to faith.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L.Groover


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/10/12
    NEWS: MUTANTS FROM BEYOND (THE ATLANTIC)
    DESCRIPTION: Acclaimed South African artist Jane Alexander unleashes animal-human hybrids in CAMH show...
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/10/12
    NEWS: The Houston Press Announces the 1st Annual Houston Theater Awards
    DESCRIPTION: Think Houston has a great theater scene? So do we. In order to recognize Houston's vibrant and ever expanding theater offerings, the Houston Press is initiating its first annual Houston Theater Awards recognizing the best local theater and opera offerings over the last year. ..........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Olivia Flores Alvarez


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/10/12
    NEWS: Museum of Dysfunction V: A Showcase of Sorts
    DESCRIPTION: Mildred's Umbrella each year embraces the monumental task of wading through hundreds of manuscripts to find gems that sparkle. This year a panel of 13 experienced troupers reviewed more than 200 short plays for its fifth Museum of Dysfunction..........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Jim Tommaney


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/10/12
    NEWS: Hope Stone's WRECK-WE-UMMM: A Refreshing Take on Life Set to Mozart's Swan Song
    DESCRIPTION: With a penchant for youthfulness and more than a flourish of yellow, Hope Stone Dance Company invites you to its playdate with premier talent from Houston's dance, theater, and music scenes in Lemonade Stand 2012: WRECK-WE-UMMM..........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Alex Randall


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/10/12
    NEWS: Mildred’s Umbrella’s Museum of Dyfunction V Offers Something for Everyone
    DESCRIPTION: MIldred’s Umbrella Theater Company opened its fifth new works festival last night with its yearly Museum of Dysfunction, an interesting conglomeration of new short plays by up-and-coming local and national playwrights, whose works were chosen from over two hundred submissions.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/09/12
    NEWS: Hope Stone performs Wreck-we-umm at Houston Ballet Center
    DESCRIPTION: Mozart left his “Requiem” unfinished when he died in 1791, but Houston choreographer Jane Weiner isn’t done with it yet....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/09/12
    NEWS: You've Got the Power
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Arts Alliance kickstarts donations to small arts groups with online fundraising platform...
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/09/12
    NEWS: Free for All: Jane Alexander, Raul Gonzalez, Asia Society, Lou Berney and Baby Jesus
    DESCRIPTION: Two art exhibits open on Friday, the much-anticipated "Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope)" at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and "Raul Gonzalez: Farewell Show" at the Jack Meier Gallery..........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Olivia Flores Alvarez


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/09/12
    NEWS: Behind the scenes
    DESCRIPTION: Rehearsals reveal the very guts of dance and the way creative minds tick...
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/09/12
    NEWS: SLABs and Hip Hop At the HMAAC: Voom, Voom, Voom
    DESCRIPTION: Last night, Art Attack swung by the Houston Museum of African Culture (HMAAC) for the presentation of "Still Holdin' SLAB: Cars, Music, and Community in Houston, Texas," which was co-sponsored by the Houston Arts Alliance.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Abby Koenig


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/08/12
    NEWS: DiverseWorks moving to Midtown Houston
    DESCRIPTION: The 30-year old alternative arts organization announced Wednesday it is relocating to 4102 Fannin Street (at Cleburne), vacating the warehouse north of downtown that it has occupied for 20 years........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/08/12
    NEWS: Celebrating the Bard
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Shakespeare Festival serves up a tragedy and a comedy in fine form.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L.Groover


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/08/12
    NEWS: A New Chapter 
    DESCRIPTION: After 20 years in downtown warehouse, DiverseWorks plans move to historic Midtown building...
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/06/12
    NEWS: Shakespeare Festival's "Hamlet" is no tragic production
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Shakespeare Festival’s current production climbs high enough to rate as a creditable response to the play’s challenges — thanks chiefly to Benjamin Reed’s vital, vivid performance in the title role.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/06/12
    NEWS: HSF Presents Rotten HAMLET and Tasty Texas Melodramatic COMEDY OF ERRORS
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Shakespeare Festival opened its 37th season at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on Friday, August 3, with Shakespeare’s longest play, Hamlet. The Houston Shakespeare Festival is running Shakespeare’s shortest play, The Comedy of Errors, in repertory with Hamlet, his longest......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/02/12
    NEWS: Houston's Cindy Pickett returns for Shakespeare Festival
    DESCRIPTION: Call it a homecoming — slightly overdue. Cindy Pickett played Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” during the first Houston Shakespeare Festival in 1975......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 8/01/12
    NEWS: Creative town: Arts types earn more in Houston than any other city — with a $9.1 billion impact
    DESCRIPTION: With its worldwide reputation for a booming energy sector, Houston's creative side is easy to overlook. But a just-released study, commissioned by the Houston Arts Alliance and conducted by EMSI, paints the city's economy as ripe for future creative growth. .....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Whitney Radley


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/31/12
    NEWS: Study finds Houston has a growing creative community
    DESCRIPTION: Think Houston is a city built mostly around oil and gas, NASA and cutting-edge medicine? The massive metropolis, it seems, also is a kaleidoscope of creativity..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/31/12
    NEWS: Stages’ STEEL MAGNOLIAS is Star-Studded Stroke of Genius
    DESCRIPTION: Folks, in every case, the actresses who are starring in Stages Repertory Theatre’s production of Robert Harling‘s Steel Magnolias, totally and completely blow away their “star” counterparts from the film......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/31/12
    NEWS: ‘Steel Magnolias’ strikes right chord
    DESCRIPTION: “Steel Magnolias” is not only the theatrical equivalent of a chick flick, but it’s also a field day for actresses........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/30/12
    NEWS: First Lady Suite: Another Home Run from Bit of a Stretch Theatre Co.
    DESCRIPTION: After its mesmerizing former production of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, the young Bit of a Stretch Theatre Co. hits another home run with Michael John LaChiusa's thoroughly intriguing first major work, the chamber musical First Lady Suite.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L.Groover


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/30/12
    NEWS: Bit of A Stretch’s FIRST LADY SUITE is Brilliant Musical Theatre, Beautifully Performed
    DESCRIPTION: I was not at all familiar with Michael John LaChiusa‘s First Lady Suite until I saw Bit of a Stretch Theatre Company’s brilliant production of it Sunday afternoon at Studio 101 at 1824 Spring St.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/29/12
    NEWS: Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA is Wondrously Magical Feast of Senses
    DESCRIPTION: Cirque du Soleil has reinvented the circus as we once knew it and it is all for the better. Along with their reinvention, they have recaptured the imagination and the sense of wonder of millions of adults who are magically transported back to a time when they were children.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/27/12
    NEWS: Perspectives 179 -- Alvin Baltrop: Dreams into Glass: Not Overlooked Any More
    DESCRIPTION: The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, can always be relied upon to produce exhibits that push conventional boundaries, exhibits that make us think and reflect on ourselves and society, and this collection of photographs by Alvin Baltrop does just that. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Emma Catherwood
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/27/12
    NEWS: Top Shelf Shorts from NightCap Theatre Displays a New Company's Talents
    DESCRIPTION: Houston's new NightCap Theatre follows its entertaining production of The Coitus Plays in February with Top Shelf Shorts, ten brief plays that showcase the writing talents of its two founders, as well as those of 18 actors and six directors........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Jim J. Tommaney
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/27/12
    NEWS:Comedy of Errors With a Texas Twang: Cindy Pickett and Mark Metcalf Join the Houston Shakespeare Festival
    DESCRIPTION: Actress Cindy Pickett (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, St. Elsewhere) grew up in the Houston heat. She was no stranger to theater, given that her father the late Cecil Pickett was so involved with it. So she didn't hesitate to agree to join this year's Houston Shakespeare Festival sponsored by the University of Houston's School of Theatre & Dance when she was back in town for a recent tribute to her father, a longtime UH professor.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Margaret Downing


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/26/12
    NEWS: All you need is love: Menil to take part in an innovative global exhibit on the art of romance
    DESCRIPTION: In a unique Transatlantic collaboration, the Menil Collection is set to join St. Louis' Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos in Nigeria for a global look at the changing meanings of love in contemporary society......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/26/12
    NEWS: Houston Tops Our List Of America's Coolest Cities To Live
    DESCRIPTION: Houston is known for many things: Oil, NASA, urban sprawl and business-friendly policies. But the Texas city deserves to be known for something else: coolness......
    SOURCE: Forbes
    WRITER(S: Morgan Brennan


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/26/12
    NEWS: St. Philip's new harpsichord well worth the long wait
    DESCRIPTION: "When you buy an instrument like this, you don't just buy a standard-issue model," says Matthew Dirst, organist at St. Philip Presbyterian Church and director of Ars Lyrica concerts. "When you buy something like this from a builder, you talk through all the details......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Colin Eatock


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/26/12
    NEWS: FIVE DAYS, 30-PLUS MOVIES 
    DESCRIPTION: "Not just another white gay male movie": QFest looks to shake things up and celebrate everyone ......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/25/12
    NEWS: Shakespeare for beginners in Winedale
    DESCRIPTION: At this Shakespearean boot camp set on 225 bucolic acres near Round Top, the play's the thing, but not the only thing.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/25/12
    NEWS: Stages’ Life Could Be A Dream is Fantastic, Fiery Blast From Past
    DESCRIPTION: Stages Repertory Theatre does jukebox musicals better than anyone else in town and their latest production of Roger Bean‘s Life Could Be A Dream proves that Stages is the rightful King of the Jukebox Musicals.............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/25/12
    NEWS: Silence is Golden
    DESCRIPTION: Shhh . . . please don't disturb the art! Menil looks to the quiet side in powerful new exhibit  .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/24/12
    NEWS: Fairies and stodgy lords face off in 'Iolanthe'
    DESCRIPTION: .Granted that a distinctly British blend of propriety and whimsy is a hallmark of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic operas, "Iolanthe" nonetheless registers as a shade more pixilated than most.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/24/12
    NEWS: Main Street Theater’s DOG ACT is Brilliant Play, Brilliant Production, Brilliantly Acted
    DESCRIPTION: Leave it to Rebecca Greene Udden, founder and artistic director of Main Street Theater, to jump on the Liz Duffy Adams vaudeville bandwagon to bring another of her masterpieces to life during this long, hot summer of fluff and other stuff. I dare not destroy the brilliance, the mystery, the exhilaration, the magnificence, the grandeur, the glory of Ms. Adams’ latest masterpiece, Dog Act, brilliantly brought to life by director Andrew Ruthven and his exceptional cast of characters. .............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/23/12
    NEWS: Talent Reigns at Theatre Southwest's 15th Annual Festival of Originals
    DESCRIPTION: For the 15th year, Theatre Southwest presents its annual array of one-act plays, giving playwrights, directors and actors an opportunity to prove their mettle......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Jim J. Tommaney
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/23/12
    NEWS: NightCap Theatre’s TOP SHELF SHORTS is Dynamite Original Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: Extraordinary playwrights Eric James and Peter Wittenberg, Jr. have joined together to showcase their amazing talents with their own theatre company, NightCap Theatre, which has produced, in association with Obsidian Art Space, Top Shelf Shorts, featuring 10 of the best short plays by these two talented playwrights. Top Shelf Shorts is the second offering of NightCap Theatre, the first being the well received The Coitus Plays last spring............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/21/12
    NEWS: “Life Could Be a Dream” revisits familiar terrain
    DESCRIPTION: “Life Could Be a Dream,” but it feels like a rerun in the latest of Roger Bean’s jukebox revues to make its area debut at Stages Repertory Theatre.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/21/12
    NEWS: Stages' LIFE COULD BE A DREAM - A Sweet, Nostalgic Hit
    DESCRIPTION: Stages Repertory Theatre promised to keep the fun in summer with its selection of summer shows, and they have delivered with the 50s & 60s flashback, doo-wopping delight LIFE COULD BE A DREAM..............
    SOURCE: BroadwayWorld.com
    WRITER(S: David Clarke


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/21/12
    NEWS: TUTS’ Yankee Doodle Dandy is Wonderful Song and Dance Extravaganza
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre Under The Stars is marking its 45th summer of FREE musicals at Miller Outdoor Theatre with the musical revue Yankee Doodle Dandy, which chronicles the life of George M. Cohan, “the man who owned Broadway.” ............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/20/12
    NEWS: MFAH to be only U.S. venue for Prado masterpieces
    DESCRIPTION: Is a visit to Madrid's legendary Prado Museum on your bucket list? About 100 of its masterpieces will make their only U.S. appearance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in "Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces From the Prado" Dec. 16-March 31.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/20/12
    NEWS: Gilbert and Sullivan in Texas accents: Houston touring company builds an unexpected following
    DESCRIPTION: As one might expect from an English stage director who specializes in Gilbert and Sullivan productions, Alistair Donkin's career in theater has been a delightful combination of fortune, absurdity and acclaim .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/20/12
    NEWS:“Yankee” passable as vaudeville, weak as biography
    DESCRIPTION: "Yankee Doodle Dandy” has the right idea, but for too much of the show’s running time, goes about it the wrong way. This year’s free Theatre Under The Stars production at Miller Outdoor Theatre has the worthy goal of paying tribute to legendary entertainer George M. Cohan, bringing his songs and his life story to a new audience......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/20/12
    NEWS: MFAH lands a pair of superstar conservators: Married art experts to be key figures in expansion
    DESCRIPTION: David Bomford and Zahira (Soni) Véliz — who will become director of conservation and a senior paintings conservator, respectively — will maintain holdings for MFAH and its two house museums, Bayou Bend and Rienzi, in addition to initiating research and scholarship. They come as something of a team — the two are married........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/18/12
    NEWS: Generations’ BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Rocks Out Big Time!
    DESCRIPTION: In the musical theatre genre, there are very few musicals that are capable of delivering an all out satisfactory contemporary rock experience. Generations: A Theatre Company‘s current production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson in Hamman Hall on the Rice University campus delivers the hippest, rockingest, campiest, sexiest, firiest feast of the senses since it’s glorious production of Spring Awakening last summer...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/18/12
    NEWS: Canines on Canvas: The Reliant Dog Show's Student Art Contest
    DESCRIPTION: Much like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo sponsors an art contest for kids, the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows gives student artists the chance to show their stuff alongside the champion pedigreed dogs that start hitting the runways today. .......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Margaret Downing


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/17/12
    NEWS: 'Dog Act' wags all over with inventive comedy
    DESCRIPTION: In any play or film with a post-apocalyptic setting, things are going to be bad. In Liz Duffy Adams' "Dog Act," they're also funny - most of the time.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/17/12
    NEWS: Country Playhouse’s AVENUE Q is Outrageously Fantastic
    DESCRIPTION: Country Playhouse is the first Houston theatre to produce Avenue Q, the human/puppet musical that won Tony awards for Best Musical in 2004, the Best Book of a Musical by Jeff Whitty, and Best Original Score by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/17/12
    NEWS: Generations Theatre's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: A Take-No-Prisoners Production
    DESCRIPTION: The award-winning rock musical that was a New York downtown sensation but fared less well with B'way audiences is given its Houston premiere in a rousing take-no-prisoners production by Generations Theatre that captures the raw vitality of our seventh president........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Jim J. Tommaney


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/16/12
    NEWS: DOG ACT - Intriguing Intellectual Fare
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater’s regional premiere production of Liz Duffy Adams’ DOG ACT is a dark and challenging show that is fantastically moving and altogether enjoyable.............
    SOURCE: BroadwayWorld.com
    WRITER(S: David Clarke


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/16/12
    NEWS: Tamarie Cooper’s DOOMSDAY REVUE at Catastrophic is Hysterical, Hit Musical
    DESCRIPTION: If you have never had the great honor of experiencing Tamarie Cooper’s humongous sense of humor by attending one of her shows, you have missed one of the cult phenomenons of the Houston theatre scene. Tamarie is unrivaled with her hilarious takes on life and is gifted with a sense of humor that is pure, delicious, outright joyful, and as bright as the noonday sun.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/16/12
    NEWS: Tamarie Cooper's Doomsday Revue: A Delightful Evening of Inspired Foolishness
    DESCRIPTION: Tamarie Cooper, co-founder of The Catastrophic Theatre, brings her annual musical comedy revue -- this is the 15th -- and a horde of committed actors and dancers to DiverseWorks in a colorful, splashy production.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Jim J. Tommaney


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/16/12
    NEWS: FrenetiCore Dancers Get Deep, Contemplative in Memoriam
    DESCRIPTION: FrenetiCore, a dance company known for its experimental and multimedia works, has created a mature movement narrative that's all soul and contemplation in Memoriam. ........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Adam Casteneda


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/14/12
    NEWS: It's Upstairs, Downstairs at MFAH
    DESCRIPTION: Art you're supposed to laugh at contrasts serious sittings .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Leslie Loddeke


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/13/12
    NEWS: LION KING at Hobby Center is Hugely Entertaining Spectacular
    DESCRIPTION: Above all, The Lion King IS a huge, gorgeous, captivating, colorful, sometimes mind-blowing, spectacular extravaganza that is ingeniously staged, directed, and costumed by the amazing Julie Taymor............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/11/12
    NEWS: The Zoo Story
    DESCRIPTION: Edge Theatre mounts Edward Albee's haunting one-act play.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/9/12
    NEWS: A Tale of Two Black Coffees–Company OnStage and Alley Productions
    DESCRIPTION: The theatre gods arranged something only they thought was funny—two theatres, the Company OnStage and the Alley Theatre producing Agatha Christie‘s first play, Black Coffee, simultaneously.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/08/12
    NEWS: Marching to Houston's beat
    DESCRIPTION: Rothko's al fresco drumming series tunes the city's diverse cultures ........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/8/12
    NEWS: Palmer Schooley's shiny dream
    DESCRIPTION: "Ten years from now," says architect Palmer Schooley, walking through DuZER, his latest creation, "this will be a normal house. This is how all houses will be built."......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/07/12
    NEWS: Behind the Scenes at MFAH's American Made: Historic treasures from three museums
    DESCRIPTION: American Made: 250 Years of American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston covers a dizzying array of over 200 objects across artistic media and drawn from the MFAH as well as the Bayou Bend Collections and Rienzi. With featured appearances of iconic figures from Audubon and O’Keeffe to Newman and Diebenkorn, the challenge of America Made for viewers will be taking it all in.. .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joseph Campana


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/07/12
    NEWS: Can you believe a Tony's in her future?
    DESCRIPTION: Cher plans Broadway musical autobiography .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Michael Graupumann


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/5/12
    NEWS: Bruce Lumpkin Tapped As Artistic Director of Theatre Under the Stars
    DESCRIPTION: Barrymore Award winner Bruce Lumpkin has been named the artistic director of the Theatre Under the Stars, the Houston, TX, regional theatre announced July 5.......
    SOURCE: Playbill.com
    WRITER(S: Adam Hetrick


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/05/12
    NEWS: Superwoman to the rescue!
     DESCRIPTION: Jade Simmons defies classical music convention, plays with fire .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Chris Becker


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/5/12
    NEWS: 'Large Animal Games' isn't so wild and crazy
    DESCRIPTION: In its relatively short history, Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company has amassed a track record as a nervy albeit hit-and-miss operation......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/03/12
    NEWS: A classical music concert for every string
    DESCRIPTION: Meghan Caulkett's 47 reasons to love the harp .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks


    PUBLISH DATE: 7/3/12
    NEWS: Edge Theatre’s ZOO STORY Brilliantly Performed Albee Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Jim Tomanney’s Edge Theatre Company has produced the most magnificent Zoo Story this critic has ever witnessed........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 6/30/12
    NEWS: Texas Rep’s BEEHIVE is 6 Fabulous Women Taking Us Back to the 60s
    DESCRIPTION: Texas Repertory Theatre‘s Beehive: The 60s Musical is so packed with passion, precision, nostalgia, and brilliance from its six mega-talented performances that some bad sound issues opening night could not prevent a rousing standing ovation from happening.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 6/29/12
    NEWS: Ensemble’s “Sanctified” entertains with spirited song
    DESCRIPTION: Great faith, little faith or no faith at all, you’ll likely have a blast at the Ensemble Theatre’s “Sanctified” — even if its designation as a “gospel comedy musical” raises red flags for individuals who usually don’t care for that sort of thing.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 6/29/12
    NEWS: Mildred’s Umbrella’s LARGE ANIMAL GAMES is Hip, Poetic, Poignant
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston premiere of Steve Yockey‘s Large Animal Games is Mildred’s Umbrella’s second piece to produce in its new theatre home at Studio 101, 1824 Spring St., a space it shares with Stark Naked Theatre Company and Classical Theatre Company.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 6/22/12
    NEWS: Lone Star Lyric’s ON THE 20TH CENTURY is Fast, Furious, Fabulous!
    DESCRIPTION: Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival has produced a dazzlingly dynamic and immensely entertaining concert version of On The Twentieth Century, with a splendid score by Cy Coleman and a crazy, screwball book and nutty lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 6/21/12
    NEWS: Bit of a Stretch Theatre Company’s NO EXIT is Enthralling, Engrossing
    DESCRIPTION: Jean-Paul Sartre, the great existentialist, wrote his most famous play, In Camera, or No Exit, in 1944 about three deceased characters who are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. That room just so happens to be one of the many rooms of hell.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 6/19/12
    NEWS: Unity’s MIRACLE WORKER is Magnificent Theatre at its Best & Brightest
    DESCRIPTION:Unity Theatre in Brenham has brought into being a magnificent production of William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 6/18/12
    NEWS: Generations’ OUR TOWN is Magnificently Resplendent Production
    DESCRIPTION: Our Town tells his story via a narrator who characterizes the citizens of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, through the details of their daily lives in three acts.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 6/15/12
    NEWS: Main Street’s RED HOT PATRIOT is Loving, Laughing, Luminous Tribute to Molly Ivins
    DESCRIPTION: “There are two kinds of humor,” she once told People magazine. “One is the kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule. That’s what I do.”.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 6/07/12
    NEWS: Music Box Theater’s Travelsty is Nostalgic Musical Road Trip Extraordinaire
    DESCRIPTION: Travelsty boils down to a van trip The Fantastic Four are taking. Let’s hit the road and sing our way across the country!...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 6/01/12
    NEWS: Noises Off at Alley Theatre is Unfunny Waste of Time and Talent
    DESCRIPTION: Michael Frayn‘s Noises Off is widely considered to be one of the best farces of the twentieth century. I saw a production of it at the Alley Theatre in the nineties and remembered it being quite funny...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/28/12
    NEWS: Catastrophic Theatre’s World Premiere of American Falls is Stunning, Powerful, Brilliant
    DESCRIPTION: Miki Johnson‘s first play, American Falls, is receiving its world premiere by The Catastrophic Theatre at DiverseWorks....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/25/12
    NEWS: Main Street Theater’s My Wonderful Day is Wonderfully Funny
    DESCRIPTION: My Wonderful Day was completed in 2009 and Main Street Theater‘s production of the play is a regional premiere.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/24/12
    NEWS: Choreographer Nicolo Fonte See(k)s a new ballet that's "Made in America"
    DESCRIPTION: Fonte's new ballet See(k) runs tonight through June 3 at the Wortham Theater Center as part of Houston Ballet's "Made in America," which also includes Mark Morris' Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes and George Balanchine's Theme and Variations. .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/24/12
    NEWS: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Roars its Way Back to Houston
    DESCRIPTION: In 1990, as the final curtain came down on opening night at The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Marvin Zindler took to the stage and began twirling his baton. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Margaret Downing


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/24/12
    NEWS: Arts hub or hip grocery store?
    DESCRIPTION: Renderings of Independent Arts Collaborative space have an industrial edge .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/24/12
    NEWS: Stretching the Definition of Printmaking at McClain Gallery
    DESCRIPTION: McClain Gallery's current participation in PrintHouston 2012 -- an ongoing celebration of both traditional and non-traditional printmaking -- will satisfy those seeking either representation of the form thanks to three concurrent exhibitions.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Meredith DeLiso
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/23/12
    NEWS: The art of survival: Weaving Home reveals the courage of Houston's Karenni refugees in cloth 
    DESCRIPTION: The activity of weaving is to the Karenni community from Burma (currently Myanmar) what home cooking, cleaning and checking email is to most Houstonians — it's just something everyone does.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/23/12
    NEWS: Long Live King Hedley
    DESCRIPTION: Each character gets a center-stage aria in this most operatic of August Wilson's cycle plays.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/22/12
    NEWS: 'Next to Normal' turns challenging theme into compelling theater
    DESCRIPTION: “Next to Normal” tackles the thorniest topic imaginable for a musical — mental illness — and treats its somber theme with such honesty, artistry and originality that it makes exhilarating theater....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/21/12
    NEWS: Suddenly, Everyone Wants Austin Gay Playwright Allan Baker’s Plays
    DESCRIPTION: Austin gay playwright Allan Baker has had a very successful year so far......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/20/12
    NEWS: Next To Normal at Stages Marred by Poor Direction and Sound Issues
    DESCRIPTION: Stages Repertory Theatre‘s regional premiere of Next To Normal is marred by poor direction, poor musical direction, and a poor sound mix on opening night, Friday, May 18. .....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont
     


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/18/12
    NEWS: Alley’s What We’re Up Against is Biting, Brilliant Comedy
    DESCRIPTION: Theresa Rebeck knows from personal experience that it’s a dog eat dog situation daily in the corporate world and that most of the dogs are studs, thereby leaving very little wiggle room for the bitches.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/17/12
    NEWS: Carrie Fisher bares her soul in witty 'Wishful Drinking'
    DESCRIPTION: You may know a lot about Carrie Fisher going into "Wishful Drinking," or you may know next to nothing.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/17/12
    NEWS: Stages brings Pulitzer Prize winning 'Next to Normal' to stage
    DESCRIPTION: Ever since Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s “Show Boat” in 1927, serious musical theater writers have stretched the boundaries of “acceptable” subject matter for the art form — producing thematically venturesome works from “South Pacific” to “West Side Story,” “Sweeney Todd” to “Rent.”.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/17/12
    NEWS: Dallas Summer Musicals’ Memphis is Mighty, Magnificent, Miraculous
    DESCRIPTION: Once in a long, long while a musical comes along that is so brilliantly written, directed, and performed and so deeply resounds and resonates with such truth, wisdom, and power that all we can do is be grateful that we experienced this gift in almost the same way as if we had experienced a profound.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/17/12
    NEWS: Alley Theatre's 'What We're Up Against' portrays office intrigue
    DESCRIPTION: Poor Eliza! It’s her sorry fate to be trapped in workplace hell......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/16/12
    NEWS: Danny Lyon's Out of "This World"
    DESCRIPTION: Moving photos at The Menil Collection make us yearn for more.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/14/12
    NEWS: Ensemble Theatre's 'King Hedley' sets August Wilson's vivid characters ablaze
    DESCRIPTION: One of the things I love about experiencing any August Wilson play is the way everything the characters say and do seems to spring spontaneously from their lives....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/14/12
    NEWS: Country Playhouse’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane is Very Funny, Very Dark Comedy
    DESCRIPTION: Country Playhouse, under the direction of Jim Tommaney, has produced a superb version of the late, great Joe Orton‘s Entertaining Mr. Sloane.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/13/12
    NEWS: Miller Time: 5 free shows not to miss at Houston's favorite al fresco amphitheater
    DESCRIPTION: Nothing in life is free, but Houston audiences can always count on Miller Outdoor Theatre to offer great shows in the city's favorite al fresco venue — free of charge to you......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/12/12
    NEWS: Thank you to Coughing Man, Unknown Amateur Photographer & others who disrupt Houston's art performances
    DESCRIPTION:T hank you, Unknown Coughing Man, for that remarkable barking-Rottweiler counterpoint you projected from the audience to diva Joyce DiDonato’s silvery swan song at the end of Houston Grand Opera’s Mary Stuart last weekend.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Leslie Loddeke


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/10/12
    NEWS: Off-Broadway’s Sleep No More
    DESCRIPTION: A Multi-Sensory Theatre Experience of a Lifetime............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/09/12
    NEWS: Broadway’s Nice Work If You Can Get It is Crazy, Campy Gershwinfest
    DESCRIPTION: If you want to catch the funniest, craziest, campiest, kaleidoscopic collage of everything twenties on Broadway, hitch up your britches and run lickety-split to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway where Nice Work If You Can Get It is piling them in............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/09/12
    NEWS: Broadway’s End of Rainbow Paints Dark, Desperate Portrait of Judy
    DESCRIPTION: Peter Quilter‘s play, End of the Rainbow, is powerful, emotionally draining, spontaneous, torturous, heartbreaking, passionate, amusing, and, finally, remarkable and ingenious...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/08/12
    NEWS: Broadway’s Clybourne Park is Funny, Enlightening, Entertaining
    DESCRIPTION: Clybourne Park is a tersely and brilliantly written play by Bruce Norris playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway written in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun portraying fictional events set before and after the play and loosely based on real life events in a suburb of Chicago..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont


    PUBLISH DATE: 5/07/12
    NEWS: Broadway’s Venus in Fur is Compelling, Sizzling, Sensual Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: Venus in Fur is packing them in at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway because of a tightly written script by David Ives and the palpable chemistry between it’s two sexy leads, Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/06/12
    NEWS: A first look at the luminous Skyspace
    DESCRIPTION: Rice's art game changer is introduced to the world ....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Shelby Hodge
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/03/12
    NEWS: Main Street Theater's Richard III is punk-goth magnificence
    DESCRIPTION: Shakespeare's magnificently malignant spider, the Duke of Gloucester, soon-to-be Richard III, as embodied by the equally magnificent Guy Roberts, scuttles gleefully across Main Street Theater's Chelsea Market stage spewing evil in his wake. The splash he makes is pure acid. No one is spared the scarring....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/03/12
    NEWS: Claudel tragedy inspires Walsh work
    DESCRIPTION: Dominic Walsh has long been inspired by the twisted angst in sculptures by Auguste Rodin and fascinated by the tragic story of Camille Claudel, Rodin's passionate muse and talented contemporary.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/02/12
    NEWS: Hot dance bods bring a tragedy to life
    DESCRIPTION: Dominic Walsh finds his wow in Camille Claudel....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny


    PUBLISH DATE: 4/2712
    NEWS: Exciting villainy drives Main Street’s Richard III
    DESCRIPTION: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” reigns as Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy, “Romeo and Juliet” as his most romantic creation, and “Hamlet” and “King Lear” can slug it out as the greatest of all his great tragedies. But as a vehicle for villainy, nothing else matches “Richard III.”....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

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