Review: ‘A Very English Scandal’ combines pathos, humor in tale of politics and class

For the want of a National Insurance Card, a political career is lost. In a real-life tale that features high English political figures and bumbling assassins worthy of a Coen Brothers movie, “A Very British Scandal” tells the story of Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe’s fall from grace after being accused of trying to kill … Continue reading Review: ‘A Very English Scandal’ combines pathos, humor in tale of politics and class

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A disaster movie and the Fab Four

  In 1973, when I was 14, I went with my parents to the opening of the Odeon Kingswest in Brighton, a new three-screen cinema. One of the movies, “The Poseidon Adventure,” was getting its British premier and many of the stars were there so the street in front of the cinema was crowded with … Continue reading A disaster movie and the Fab Four

TSF’s ‘Bard & Breakfast’ workshop teaches tricks of theatrical trade

KILGORE — Imagine the chance to see four different professional theatrical productions in four days. Imagine if you got a 30-minute explanation of each production by the play’s director prior to the performance. Now imagine sitting down with the director, cast members and technical directors the morning after the show for a 90-minute talkback over breakfast. … Continue reading TSF’s ‘Bard & Breakfast’ workshop teaches tricks of theatrical trade

Review: TSF’s ‘King John’ turns ‘minor’ play into major triumph

KILGORE — It is always a pleasure to stumble across an unexpected gem and the Texas Shakespeare Festival’s “King John” shines brilliantly. When I saw the lineup for this year’s festival I was most excited to see “King John” precisely because I had never seen it, nor even read it. It is an exaggeration to … Continue reading Review: TSF’s ‘King John’ turns ‘minor’ play into major triumph

Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ is silent surprise

May contain spoilers Ssshhhh… The horror movie genre is the source of some innovative film making lately and, following on the success of “Get Out,” which picked up an Oscar for Jordan Peele’s screenplay, “A Quiet Place” is a taut and clever entry into the field. Directed, co-written (with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods) and … Continue reading Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ is silent surprise

Lies, lies … and great fun

Review: LU theatre's "The Importance of Being Earnest" is terrific entertainment “The Importance of Being Earnest,” is a farce about deception and triviality, but there is nothing deceptive or trivial about Lamar University theatre's latest production. The excellence is in plain view. Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy gets a fresh showing with an ensemble that is … Continue reading Lies, lies … and great fun