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The world's most famous detective in a new mystery by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on "The Suicide Club" by Robert Louis Stevenson and characters created...
The latest offering from the Alley Theatre's New Play Initiative, Warrior Class by Kenneth Lin, makes its way to the stage. Alley audiences saw the...
Mark Shanahan was that kid. "I was that kid at 11 or 12 under the bed with a flashlight reading Hound of the Baskervilles. Those stories hold up; those characters hold up," says Shanahan. And now th... More »
A Republican assemblyman from New York, Julius Weishan Lee, Chinese-American, has given an inspirational talk that has gone viral and brought him to the attention of some political kingmakers. He is being vetted for the nomination for a... More »
Everyone in Warrior Class is trying to win. "Some of them realize that there are very dire consequences to not winning earlier than others. There's lots of machinations, lots of moves and positionings... More »
Much of comedian Anjelah Johnson's stand-up is based on ongoing characters. In town for a weekend stint, including Friday, Johnson is sure to pull out Tammy, the noisy Vietnamese manicurist with a hea... More »
Strapping, handsome and near naked, actor Jay Sullivan is sculpted under the white hot light of a medical school lecture hall. His immense and gruesome physical deformities, like some sort of human nightmare, are described in scientific,... More »
Event Review: Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman listed as one of the top 10 dramatic plays of all time is a very difficult play to watch as well as being an extremely demanding role for the lead actors to play. Glen Fleshler had to step in to the lead role of Willy Loman when James Black had to back out for health reasons. If you are going to the theatre for light entertainment, this is not the play for you. But if you love great acting and good drama this play is perfect. Mr. Fleshler did an outstanding job in his role as Willy Loman. The other performers did a superb job as well. I must say that I have never heard such silence following a play as I experienced with this play. I was truly disappointed with the audience in not recognizing the performers more as it took a long time for them to get to their feet to applaud the actors and actresses for their outstanding jobs. I can only conclude that it was the subject matter of the play itself being so depressing that it was hard to cheer afterwards. However, I felt that these actors could perform on the biggest stages in the world and be proud of their perfomances. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to see great acting and a great dramatic play but don't expect to come away happy. It generates a lot of thought and conversation one you get past the hurt.
We know, we know, not that grande dame downtown, not Big Sis; the Alley doesn't need another accolade! Oh, yes they do, especially after this past season. Most definitely, it was the best time overall in Houston theater (as long as you conveniently forget Wonderland, which went bye-bye on Broadway faster than Moose Murders). There was Martin McDonagh's mordant black comedy A Behanding in Spokane; the truly lighter-than-air rendition of J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan; Yasmina Reza's... More »
Okay, we admit it, one of the best things about Love, Janis was that the show about the life and times of Janis Joplin, the Texas queen of rock, was so, well, unmusical-like. The setup was simple: Two actors played Joplin. One sang the great singer's amazing songs while the other told her story in simple epistolary monologues. Tunes like "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart" and "Ball and Chain" brought down the house, just like they did back in the old days when Joplin was alive. And... More »
The Alley Theatre's production of Theresa Rebeck's The Scene was one of the most deliciously disturbing productions of the season. Focusing on an out-of-work actor who spirals out of control, the story managed to make many wonderfully wry observations about the current human condition. Everything from television to overeating to vapid sex got a moment to shine in all its glorious hideousness. But the script, for all its cleverness, would not have been worth much without the great cast that... More »
Any theater that can land the regional premiere of The Pillowman for its season deserves a standing ovation; producing Martin McDonagh's much-lauded sensational drama about a writer of horror tales was a true feat. But the Alley Theatre and its artistic director, Gregory Boyd, did more than grab up one of the most recent and sought-after Broadway hits. It also managed to bring an inventive new production of The Miser to Houston, plus a return engagement of Culture Clash in AmeriCCa. And of... More »
Any theater that can produce the cornball lovefest Steel Magnolias in the upstairs auditorium while running David Mamet's darkly profane Glengarry Glen Ross downstairs in the basement deserves a huge round of applause. But that bit of artistic (and marketing) genius was just what came at the end of the Alley Theatre's fabulous year. The rest of the season included unforgettable performances in shows such as The Exonerated, a deeply disturbing play about the death penalty; and The Crucible, a... More »
Alley Theatre Most regional theaters would be delirious with a season that included just one recent Pulitzer Prize-winning play. But the Alley Theatre's artistic director, Gregory Boyd, is not your typical AD. Last season he proved it by filling up his stages with some wonderfully controversial shows, including two Pulitzer-winners. David Auburn's renowned Proof and Suzan-Lori Parks's Topdog/Underdog ran back to back, sandwiched between several other productions that were every bit as... More »
One of the best things about the Alley Theatre's 2002-2003 season was its diversity. The productions ran the gamut from Kaufman and Hart's 1930s comedy You Can't Take It with You to Shakespeare's daunting Hamlet. Then there were the shows covering such oddball subjects as sex with goats and conspiracy theories on the Kennedy assassination. Put it all back to back, throw in a terrific company of actors, a handful of slick directors and the technical charm offered by some of the country's top... More »
The Alley's artistic director, Gregory Boyd, is eclectic and gutsy and sometimes simply wicked. But most of all, the man is smart. Since he was appointed head honcho at Houston's richest theater in late 1988, he has brought home a Tony and taken to Broadway a whole slew of shows that premiered at the Alley. Things were a bit quieter for the 1999-2000 season. But Boyd wasn't sitting up in his office resting on any laurels. He found a handful of terrific directors, actors and technicians, and... More »
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