SEPTEMBER 4, 2010 – STUDIO THEATRE (Fine Arts 137)
Three exciting short works in sci-fi style (all set in the future) will be staged by UTA Theatre Arts students and faculty at 3:30pm and 7:30pm on Saturday, September 4, in the Studio Theatre. Free admission, no reservations, come early for best seating. Total program runs approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. (Due to content, this program is not recommended for children.)
CONTINUUM by Nick Irion, a monologue performed by Nikki Singer, in which a young girl deals with the dark side of the future.
A monologue from THE HYPNAGOGIC STATE by Natalie Gaupp, read by Professor Anne Healy, in which a woman plans to receive a drug that will permanently remove her need for sleep.
And THE CHALKY WHITE SUBSTANCE by Tennessee Williams, in which two young men (portrayed by Nick Irion and David Ray) learn that, in the future, the truth does not set you free.
Light/sound design and technical assistance provided by Jason Archip.
Calling ALL new and returning theatre students, majors, minors, and those interested in theatre. The Annual Theatre Arts Open House will be held on Friday August 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre (FA 137) Plan to attend so that you can meet current students, faculty, staff and also learn more about the department, facilities, and upcoming season.
By PUNCH SHAW
>FORT WORTH — Circle Theatre’s production of Something Intangible is something incredible.
The play by Bruce Graham, which opened Saturday, is about the relationship between a successful World War II-era Hollywood animator, Tony Wiston (Chamblee Ferguson), and his brother, Dale (Regan Adair). It is not about Walt and Roy Disney in exactly the same way Citizen Kane is not about William Randolph Hearst.
While Tony may represent the more famous half of that team, it is Dale’s story. We meet him in the opening scene in the office of his psychiatrist, Dr. Feldman (Nancy Sherrard), and spend the rest of the play trying to understand why he is there instead of his mad genius of a brother.
It would be impossible to over-praise Adair’s performance as the grounded brother who has the dull task of looking after the dollars and cents paying for his sibling’s artistic excesses. There is a thought and a purpose behind every word of every line he utters.
And yet there is not one ounce of artifice, not one visible element of technique or a single cheap trick in any aspect of his characterization. He is, quite simply, the best actor in the Metroplex, and every day he is working here instead of on one of the coasts is a gift to us all.
About the only thing more stunning than Adair’s work is the fact that the rest of the cast is so good that they do not allow him to blow them off the stage.
Ferguson relentlessly chews up the scenery like Meryl Streep catching a whiff of an Oscar nomination.
He crosses the line occasionally in his manic portrayal of the Benzedrine-fueled, impetuous and impecunious Tony. But it is such a great part, and Ferguson’s intensity is so demanding, that the result is a highly compelling, white-hot performance that plays beautifully against the cool blues of Adair’s work.
Sherrard and Dennis Maher, who double dips as the failed dentist-turned-financier Doc Bartelli and the Leopold Stokowski-like Gustav von Meyerhoff, are superb in their supporting roles.
Making the most of all this talent is director Matthew Gray. He moves his actors like chess pieces. The magic dust sprinkled on this production comes from his hands.
When you wish upon a star, this is the show you should wish for.
Visit the following link and see what Dr Dennis Maher has been up to at the Circle Theatre this summer!
Readings from the works of James Thurber An ensemble of six actors will take a trip through the funny, absurd, and unique works of James Thurber. The program will give lively voice to his comedic, thoughtful pieces via brief excerpts and will provide biographical information about the author. Actors include Natalie Gaupp (‘93 BFA, ‘99 MA), senior lecturer in theatre arts; Nicholas Irion (‘10 BFA); and Steven McGaw (‘10 BFA). Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 143, Fine Arts Building.
While away from classes during the summer months, UTA students and faculty take advantage of the community theatre located in Arlington. This year, you can see Leading Ladies, directed by our very own Anne Healy. This show also includes work from current students Stephen Howell and Miguel Marin as well as alums Casey Hines and Chase Mitchell.
305 W. Main St.
Arlington, TX 76010
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Spring Banquet, hosted by both Alpha Psi Omega and USITT, was the perfect way to end the Spring Semester. The students, faculty, and staff took time to spend an evening together enjoying good food and a good laugh. Awards were given out and the students put on their own sketch comedy performance — basically the year in review. Finally, the Bragg award was announced. This year’s recipient, Jacqueline Pettit, was shocked and happy to be honored for her hard work and dedication to the Department of Theatre Arts.
Jacqueline Pettit received the Bragg award from Earline Bragg.