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“And I and Silence” explores prisons – physical and societal

John Phythyon

Lynn Deboeck doesn’t like the term, “period piece.” At least not with regard to Naomi Wallace’s “And I and Silence,” which opens Friday in KU’s Inge Theatre under Deboeck’s direction. “It’s set in the 1950’s time period for a reason,” the third-year doctoral candidate says. But “the 50’s time period ...

Local storyteller to offer 'Tristan and Iseult' at SeedCo Studios Thursday

John Phythyon

Priscilla Howe knows something about what makes for a good story. After all, she’s been telling them for years. “Telling a story is really a three-legged stool,” she says. “It’s equal parts the story, the storyteller, and the audience. They all contribute to the perfect experience.” Howe is a professional ...

Review: Weak script mars fine performances and set in KU Theatre’s “Dracula”

John Phythyon

Sometimes being true and faithful to source material is a mistake. Dennis Christilles’s new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s immortal classic “Dracula” is unfortunately a case in point. A slow-moving script with very little action mars an otherwise excellent production, robbing it of its grandeur and horror. “Dracula” has been adapted ...

Review: 'Footloose' kicks off Theatre Lawrence season with toe-tapping style

John Phythyon

Take a big city kid, drop him into a small town, add in a generous amount of grief, mix in a classic battle of youth versus authority, and set it all to one of the most popular soundtracks of all time, and you’ve got a recipe for great entertainment at ...

Theatre Lawrence holding auditions for "Shrek"

John Phythyon

Theatre Lawrence is holding auditions for "Shrek," the musical stage adaptation of the popular Dreamworks film, Monday and Tuesday of next week. Multiple roles are available for men, women and teens. Children age 10 and older will be considered for the roles of Young Shrek and Young Fiona. Prospective cast ...

Review: 'Mother%$!#hood' irreverent, sweet and fun

John Phythyon

It’s hard to describe succinctly Kansas University alumnae Julie Dunlap’s and Sara Stotts’s musical comedy “Mother%$!#hood," which was performed at the Lawrence Arts Center last weekend. Is it irreverent or sentimental? Is it flawed or perfect? Is it dirty or sweet? The best answer to all those questions is: Yes. ...

EMU Theatre holding 'Horrowshow' auditions

John Phythyon

EMU Theatre is looking for monsters and other strange characters. The Lawrence-based experimental theater troupe is holding auditions for its annual festival of short plays, "Horrorshow VII", Sept. 1, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the black box theater at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire Street. Auditions ...

EMU Theatre seeking board members

John Phythyon

EMU Theatre needs help. The experimental local theater troupe has four openings on its 11-member board of directors. Directors serve a three-year term and are tasked with selecting which shows the company produces and with allocating funds appropriately. Four officer positions — president, vice president, secretary and treasurer — are ...

'Hairspray' helps students tackle race, inclusion

John Phythyon

Diana Dresser likes it when the losers win. “As a parent, I love this story,” she says of “Hairspray,” which opens Thursday night and concludes the Lawrence Arts Center’s 2013 Summer Youth Theater series. The Broadway smash based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name tells the ...

Vintage Players bring fun, comedy to Theatre Lawrence stage tonight

John Phythyon

Theatre Lawrence’s Vintage Players troupe has a single goal. “The mission statement is ‘Just have fun,’” says Mary Ann Saunders, the group’s longtime director. “If other people want to come along – like the audience – the more, the merrier.” That approach will be on display tonight in the troupe’s ...

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