Mean Girls doesn't quite rise to the levels of other movie-to-stage adaptations like Heathers or Legally Blonde, but it's hard to deny that the production is a night of pure fun. With stunning production design, a talented young cast, and a handful of memorable songs, Mean Girls makes up for what it lacks in edge with humor and energy, and those looking for an entertaining night at the theater will find themselves with an evening to remember.
From the leading players, to background dancers, to walk-on extras, everyone gives 150% to the production, creating a living, breathing world, and that's before mentioning the absolute staggering talent and athleticism of the actual cheerleaders and dance crew members brought in to inject even more believability into the work. Despite an undoubtable time crunch and limited budget, Morris and company have carefully crafted a world bursting with relentless vitality and verisimilitude.
Some feelings are evergreen. Holst's "Mars" will always quicken the heartbeat; "Psycho"'s shower scene will always have one's nerves on end; and, no matter how often you see it, a powerful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" will always leave one in tears. The musical "Les Miserables" is a piece of art which, despite running … Continue reading ‘Les Miserables’: Broadway in Austin brings a spectacular, heart-rending rendition of a Broadway classic
When most of us look back on America's history, we like to remember the good times: the victories, the discoveries, the stories of heroes and brave men. There is, however, an importance in never forgetting the darker moments that make up our past, those shadowy corners that we dare not even whisper about in mixed … Continue reading Trouble Puppet’s ‘American Blood Song’ is an epic, painfully honest look at one of the darkest parts of American history
Some of my favorite productions over my years of reviewing have come from the humble stages of Summer Stock Austin. Those in the know surely have fond memories of their productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, or Legally Blonde, or even their legendary joint-production of Chess, if you were lucky enough to attend. … Continue reading Summer Stock’s “Sister Act” is a stunning display of fresh young talent