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Arts & Culture
1:43 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

The Playhouse Tackles Another Tough One With 'Tommy'

Daniel Quintero, who plays 10-year-old Tommy.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

British rock band The Who released the album "Tommy" just months before playing it at Woodstock in the summer of '69. Eventually "Tommy" was re-written and found its way to the Broadway stage. Soon it will be playing at The Playhouse.

“The Who’s 'Tommy' is a rock opera that chronicles the life of one person named Tommy," said actor Daniel Quintero, an 18 year old that looks young for his years.

"My role is Tommy as a ten year old," he said.

For The Playhouse production, Quintero said there are three people who play Tommy at three stages in life.

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Arts & Culture
4:59 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Playhouse's 'Wizard Of Oz' Still Needs A Toto

The Playhouse needs a Toto.
The Playhouse

Casting is nearly complete for a local Playhouse production. But there's still a part un-cast.

“We are really excited," said Christina Casella, the education and outreach director for The Playhouse. "And who wouldn’t be? It’s 'The Wizard of Oz.' "

I asked her how the development of  special effects was going.

"The show opens in October, but they have already started working with the pyrotechnics and the smoke," Casella said. "They’re really excited; I think they’re having too much fun up there.”

Then we moved on to casting.

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

'Sister Act' Begins Run At Majestic Theatre

"Sister Act" has started its Majestic Theatre run, and one of its actors has a special San Antonio connection.

Surely you have seen the movie, but if you haven’t, Charles Barksdale details the plot.

“The story is exactly the same. It follows Doloris Van Cartier, who witnesses a murder and hides out in a convent, and she freaks them out and they freak her out and, you know, they all love each other in the end," Barksdale said

This is the road version of the Broadway play and as Barksdale notes, its characters have remained largely intact.

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Arts & Culture
1:25 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Tarzan Swings Into The Woodlawn Theatre

Jane and Tarzan.
Siggi Ragnar

The Woodlawn Theatre has debuted a production that brought with it many challenges. The show is "Tarzan," and as you’d expect, the set is crucial.

"We have a really beautiful, green, luscious jungle built right onto the stage, with two running waterfalls," said Greg Hinojosa, who is the show's director. It follows closely the Disney movie of the same name: Family shipwrecks on African coast, baby raised by apes.

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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

A Bootmaker Showdown In Magik Theatre's Summer Production

Bootmaker cast dancing.
Tracey Maurer

In case you're not aware of the Magik Theatre, it's that big brick building by South Alamo, next to the old entrance to Hemisfair Park.

“The Magik Theatre is a place that produces live stage versions of children’s books, both classic and contemporary literature," said Marketing Director Aimee Stead. "We love to bring books to life on stage.”

Their new production is called "The Bootmaker and the Elves" and Stead tells us what it's about.

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Arts & Culture
3:01 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Playhouse Presents 'Funny Girl,' A Classic "Ugly Duckling" Story

The Playhouse is tackling Broadway and Hollywood classic "Funny Girl," which was made memorable by its leading lady: Barbra Streisand.

“ 'Funny Girl' is the classic story of the ugly duckling that makes the best out of all of her talents. And I really love the message behind it," said Asia Ciaravino, president of The Playhouse.

“You don’t have to be a Barbie. You just really have to have tenacity and moxie to make it,” she said.

I noted to Ciaravino that it sounded as though at the play's core was an empowering concept.

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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" Tells A Strange Tale At The Playhouse

"Dead Man's Cell Phone."
Sandra Trevino

Opening at The Playhouse is a new production in which the open itself might seem a bit familiar: A woman in a restaurant -- and maybe this has happened to you -- someone’s phone keeps ringing and ringing.

“And she politely asks him to turn it off or answer it," said Andy Thornton, the director of "Dean Man's Cell Phone." But the guy in the restaurant doesn’t do it.

“So eventually she walks over to him and picks up his phone and she answers it,” Thornton said.

But, he said, there’s one big problem:

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Arts & Culture
3:05 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Classic Theatre's "Private Lives" About To Go Public

Cast of "Private Lives."
Dwayne Green

Classic Theatre is living up to its name by tackling another classic: "Private Lives," one of Broadway’s most revived and popular of plays. Classic as it is, it’s got an odd plot line.

"Elliot and Amanda have been married before, and they divorced," said Anna Gangai, who plays Amanda.

“Five years later they are each married to two different types of people," Gangai said. "And they are on their honeymoon night in adjoining rooms, unbeknownst to them, in the south of France. Comedy ensues, I’ll put it that way.”

Comedy, and what sounds like tense moments.

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Arts & Culture
2:01 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

"Golden Theater" At The Playhouse Provides A Creative Outlet For Seniors

Golden Theater.
Andrea Medina

A new production is relying on some not-so-new actors. As someone who is gray-haired myself, I can call those actors not-so-new. Although many of them are new to acting itself. The program is called Golden Theater.

Christina Casella, the education outreach director at The Playhouse, said the program is basically theater classes for senior citizens.

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Arts & Culture
3:47 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Overtime Theater's 'Bluestory' Conjures Childhood Creativity

Bluestory cast.
Julya Jara

The Overtime Theater has launched a new production with an odd story line. First, you should know what separates the Overtime from other theaters here in San Antonio.

“The Overtime Theater is devoted to completely original work," said Overtime’s Artistic Director Kyle Gillette. "And most of that original work emerges locally, so almost everything we do is either a world premiere or a new adaption. Sometimes things that are very innovative aren’t very accessible, but we really combine the two. So what we do is very fun work, but it also pushes the envelope.”

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