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Freedom revoked for artistic director

Audience members waiting in the lobby recently for the start of an improv show at the Onyx were startled to see artistic director Brandon Burk being led away in handcuffs. It was perhaps the most dramatic “end of a reign” in modern local playhouse history.

Reduced-price run-throughs could benefit casts, audiences

One of the unfortunate realities of local theater is that shows often open before the cast has had a chance to perform in front of a live audience. It’s the nature of the beast; community theater productions have short runs (as little as one weekend, or, for the fortunate, a couple of months).

One actor makes 'Gemini' worth seeing

Alan Ball is the reason to see "Gemini." His role as Fran in Nevada Conservatory Theatre's production of the 1977 Albert Innaurato dramedy isn't showy. The union guest actor doesn't have any big moments that scream for attention. But he's a marvel...

Dance productions an elevating, emotional experience

Marko Westwood is frustrated. When I ask the 20-year Las Vegas resident what it's like to try getting word out about his dance company he replies, with a voice too eager and a smile too broad, "Oh, it's so amazing! It's flowers and unicorns and...

Even from chorus, great performances shine through

It's only natural that performers sometimes feel they are nonentities when cast in chorus roles. But I often want to tell these people, "When you're onstage, you are being seen just as clearly as anyone else." Case in point: In the Onyx Theater's...

'Proletariat' very good but too much like Mamet

I have a major reservation about Las Vegas Little Theatre's very entertaining "The Proletariat," but there's much good stuff to talk about first. Ernest Hemmings' original play about the evils of the corporate world is at times devastatingly funny,...

Technical values first-rate for Onyx's 'Sweeney Todd'

Three months ago at the Onyx Theatre, Off-Strip Productions delivered one of the season's best local shows with director Brandon Burk's vision of Stephen Sondheim's 1979 "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Because of other commitments...

Theater critic jumping into trenches

Forgive me for having to do a housekeeping chore. For the past 16 years that I've been working as a theater critic (10 for this newspaper), I've been fascinated by the relationship between the reviewer and the reviewed. I was brought up in the...

Resolutions for local theater organizations

The folks at local theater organizations who are badgering their heads trying to figure out some professional-oriented New Year's resolutions may now rest easy. I've come up with a list: ■ Atlas Theatre: That you will do more. Your take on Patrick...

Academy's 'Changing Faces' full of surprises

Two very different shows had their official opening last weekend, both worth seeing. One's playing indefinitely, the other closes shop Saturday. Las Vegas Academy's dance drama "Changing Faces" (7 p.m. today and Saturday at the Lowden, Ninth Street...

Rainbow Company's 'Honk!' hits, misses mark

Rainbow Company's "Honk!" goes in and out of messiness and just as often hits bull's-eyes. One minute, you like it; the next, you don't. The 1993 West End musical by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles is an amusing and touching adaptation of Hans...

Power, humor lost in 'Arcadia'

"Arcadia" is the sort of complex drama that universities should do. Author Tom Stoppard, in his best "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" style, mixes up an intellectual puzzle with passion, naughtiness, and people's touching need to know. His...