Waco Civic Theatre director Eric Shephard knows there’s a storyline for the musical “Mamma Mia!” whose production closes the theater’s 2018-19 season.
It sounds like the setup for an improv comedy exercise or, perhaps, one in logic: One character never tells the truth and another always tells the truth, so what happens next?
Rather than make Shakespeare more approachable by changing a play’s time period or setting, McLennan Theatre’s production of “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” aims to narrow the distance between play and audience by, well, narrowing the distance.
For those who find life offers plenty to laugh at, Texas’ Steve Treviño is a comic more than willing to share his life for others’ laughs.
“Gobsmacked” describes those moments when surprise or shock causes someone to stop speechless in his or her tracks.
Memory is central to human experience, but sometimes remembering needs a little help, a mnemonic, to make thoughts, experiences and knowledge stick.
It’s the sort of device William Shakespeare would love: a playwright stymied for inspiration falls for a fellow actor and finds in love a fresh jolt of creativity.
The Gilbert & Sullivan operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” sails to McLennan Community College’s Ball Performing Arts Center next week, returning to Waco thanks to a collaboration between McLennan Theatre and McLennan Opera.
In Reginald Rose’s famous television play “12 Angry Men,” the source for an even better known 1957 movie starring Henry Fonda, jurors debating the merits of a murder trial end up far from where they started as their individual perspectives and biases come into play.
What better way to tell an imaginative story like “Peter Pan” than to use imagination? That’s the thinking behind “Peter and the Starcatcher,” whose Baylor Theatre production “Peter and the Starcatcher” opens a seven-performance run on Tuesday.
The patrons of a small-town beauty salon share tears of heartache and laughter amid whiffs of hairspray in “Steel Magnolias” and that mix is what director Kelly MacGregor hopes to bring out in the Waco Civic Theatre production that opens on Friday.
Few things seem to escape D.L. Hughley’s sharp eye for comedy and commentary: celebrities and politicians, the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements and their oppositions, the challenges of living while black, an urban childhood where discipline was measured by objects used.
Connally Junior High theater arts teacher Kay Bell writes about a group of homeless people who find a home of sorts when they band together in “Born to Win,” but her play debut seems to have already found a home: a sellout Saturday night at the Waco Hippodrome.
The last weekend before Christmas finds two Waco stages stirring musical holiday mixes.
Holiday shows on Waco stages this weekend offer different strokes for different folks, with laughs, sniffles and warm hearts intended as the end results.
Nationally known comic Carlos Mencia brings his stand-up comedy to Waco in a 7 p.m. Friday show at the Waco Convention Center. General admission tickets are $35, $45 for VIP seats, available online at popup.seatengine.com.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a noise?
A man raised as an elf (Lucas Smith) looks for his human father and revives the Christmas spirit beyond the North Pole in Christian Youth Theater Waco’s “Elf Jr.,” performed Thursday through Sunday at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W. Waco Drive.
The stories of people whose lives don’t normally draw a lot of attention take the spotlight and the stage this weekend at two Waco theaters.
Waco opera fans get two operas for the price of one in Baylor Opera Theater’s fall production opening Tuesday — the one-acts “Signor Deluso” and “Trouble In Tahiti” — but theater director Susan Li also has her eye out for the potential fan, too.
The Jubilee Theatre’s production of “Clue the Musical” has surprises built into its storyline, as any good murder mystery does, even if from a board game, but director Trent Sutton found one from the beginning:
Sometimes smaller is better and in the case of Avant Chamber Ballet, it leads to more opportunity.
Director Kelly Parker couldn't have foreseen the current national discussion on women and their treatment by men when he chose Jessica Swale's "Blue Stockings" to open McLennan Theatre's 2018-19 season.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of paper notes cover a stage backdrop and a theater walkway in Baylor University’s Mabee Theatre, where Baylor Theatre’s production of “Godspell” opens on Wednesday.
Newspapers, unions and strikes seem unlikely subjects for a Broadway musical, but the combination — with heavy doses of music and choreography — proved winning enough to make “Newsies” a stage hit when it debuted on Broadway in 2012.
Don’t let comic Kountry Wayne’s stage name fool you: He’s one savvy guy.
Comic William Lee Martin still answers to Cowboy Bill, the nickname a grandfather gave to him, but the salty language that once peppered his routines no longer is something he hangs his hat on.
For those who grew up with the classic 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz,” the Waco Civic Theatre’s summer production offers something that the movie doesn’t have: a three-dimensional experience.
If poetry consists of the best words in the best order, a definition attributed to 19th century English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, this weekend will feature more best words and more best orders than usual in Waco.
The farmer and the rancher figure how to be friends yet again in this weekend’s Waco Children’s Theatre production of “Oklahoma!,” but the musical also provides a chance for friends made by the children’s theater summer camp to revisit those memories.
Years of teaching high school theater gave Chad Kennedy an ear for teenage dialogue, so when he came across playwright Lauren Gunderson’s two-person play “I And You,” the sound of it sold him.
It’s the sort of family reunion that makes one squirm to live through or, if on the outside, laugh at the familiarity of it: The child who returns to a smaller hometown after life in the big city.
The pop-rock musical “Bare” playing Friday and Saturday at the Waco Civic Theatre aims at young teens and adults, but not because of anything suggested by its title.
The Brazos Theatre cast performing this weekend is accustomed to making up lines and situations in their regular mix of improv comedy and murder mysteries.
For a musical set in a specific time period, the 1950s, “Grease” and its high school story of romance and mild rebellion has proven remarkably timeless.
It’s not just wine stimulating the senses at the Waco Winery Tasting Room and Rooftop Patio, but sound and sight from its small stage.
McLennan Theatre will stage its production of “The Wind In The Willows” on the banks of the Bosque River this weekend, but the river setting is meant more for atmosphere than reenactment.
Those who’ve ever wondered what the animated television series “The Simpsons” would look like after 75 years — I know, a pressing question — “Mr. Burns — a Post-Electric Play” offers some answers.
Gaetano Donizetti’s 1840 comic opera “The Daughter of the Regiment” returns to a Waco stage Friday and Saturday as McLennan Opera’s spring production.
With a 2018-19 season lineup that includes Broadway shows like “Mamma Mia!” and “Newsies,” the Waco Civic Theatre doesn’t expect any potential theatergoers to stay home because of unfamiliarity with what’s on stage.
Swords swing, lines sing and swashes get buckled in Waco Civic Theatre’s production of “The Three Musketeers” that opens a two-weekend run on Friday night.
Romeo wears tennis shoes in Baylor Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” but that’s not an invented insult to give to Tybalt, who’s in a Dolce and Gabbana-inspired jacket. There’s an electric guitar or two as well, and costume designs that mix Italian Renaissance accents with lines from contemporary Italian haute couture.
It’s a familiar place: a doctor’s office, staffed by a doctor and two workers plus a patient.
While the romance and messages on racism in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” still hold up almost 70 years after its Broadway debut, theaters usually depend on the available talent for their timing.
Baylor Theatre's production of Helen Edmundson's adaptation of "Anna Karenina" cuts to the essence of Leo Tolstoy's massive 1878 novel.
This year's Texas Educational Theater Association convention winds up Saturday in Galveston and three Waco-area theater teachers will be coming home with something new for their awards shelf or wall.
The line between opera and musical theater, if any hard line ever existed, gets bridged in the Baylor Opera Theater’s current production of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music.”
The red Nissan Hardbody truck onstage at the Waco Civic Theatre doesn’t have an engine, but it’s what outside it that counts in “Hands on a Hardbody.”
The old year ends Monday with a fresh 2018 ahead and whether your reaction is to kick the past year out with a good riddance or an open-armed welcome to a new year continuing more of the same, there are plenty of places to celebrate.
Christmas celebrations — the theatrical kind — move indoors this weekend with Waco theaters staging no less than five holiday productions, following last weekend’s Waco Childrens’ Theater presentation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum.
The Waco Civic Theatre is more Doyle than Dickens this month, but the tone is still light and entertaining as the theater turns to comedy with Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.”
At a time when men in Hollywood and halls of power throughout the nation are being called to account for past sexual misconduct, McLennan Community College associate theater professor Elizabeth Talbot’s lessons about on-stage intimacy take on a new resonance.
It’s more a case of tour scheduling than holiday creep, but a touch of the Christmas season arrives Thursday when a Moscow Ballet company brings its “Great Russian Nutcracker” back to the Midway Performing Arts Center.
In Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman,” the writer Katurian Katurian (Jamal Wilson) finds himself called in for a police interrogation, no small thing under the totalitarian government in which he lives.