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WaterTower Theatre Announces 2015-2016 Season

WaterTower Theatre will expand its main stage series from five to six shows for its 2015-16 season, which will feature one world premiere and the return of a romantic comedy from 2014-15.

The upcoming season, announced today, will open Oct. 2 with Creep, a new musical by local playwright Donald Fowler. Creep‘s Jack the Ripper story has been gestating since 2010, when an in-the-works version of the musical showed at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.

We were unimpressed by WaterTower’s production of Sexy Laundry, a romantic comedy that showed earlier this year and sunk under the weight of its own cliches, but the people have spoken: The play will return in November. Other highlights of the upcoming season include Lord of the Flies and The Big Meal.

Details on the upcoming shows are below, as copied from WaterTower Theatre’s press release.

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Theatre Three’s Jac Alder Dead at 80

Jac Alder, the executive producer-director and co-founder of Theatre Three and a driving force in Dallas theater for more than 50 years, died Friday of respiratory failure. He was 80.

Plans for a celebration of Alder’s life are in the works, according to Theatre Three’s Facebook page and a report in the Dallas Morning News

The company’s ongoing show, The Liarwill continue this weekend.

We wrote about Alder’s accidental journey into a life in the theater in this 2011 profile.

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How Kitchen Dog Theater’s New Works Festival Adds Up

Someone who knows a thing or two about producing new work told me last year that it’s a dangerous thing to put on a play for the first time. The development process of readings, notes, and rewrites can eventually become a crutch. You never have to worry about actually getting it right, because you’re always worrying about trying to get it right.

Kitchen Dog Theater has confronted—if not courted—that danger for the better part of two decades. It produced its first New Work Festival in 1999, a year after it helped found the National New Play Network with a group of like-minded theaters interested in confronting the necessary problem of giving life to the work of unknown authors. The risk is, of course, enormous: words on paper, still untouched and perfect, might not be able to support the weight of actors, lights, a set.

But every year, Kitchen Dog commits about 20 percent of its budget to a five-week festival that Tina Parker, co-artistic director, jokingly calls “death by art.” Here’s how it comes together.

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Disney’s Newsies Will Please the ‘Fansies’

Disney’s Newsies has been through quite a few transformations. It began as a ’90s box-office flop starring Christian Bale (and Ann-Margaret, oddly) that went on to find cult status on video. In 2011, Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey developed a stage adaptation with liberal changes to the overall story, which set aflutter the hearts of “fansies” all across the country. That musical found its way to Broadway, where it played for two years and won two Tony Awards. Now the national tour is carrying the banner across the country, and those changes expose what works—and what still doesn’t—about Newsies.

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The More Absurd, the Better in The Down Low’s Hilarious Nightmare

Two things to know about Danny O’Connor’s new play: it’s crazy, and crazy-good.

Staged in a home on Mockingbird Lane, this wacky and bloody romp takes place entirely in a living room, where 15 spectators watch as a talented cast falls deeper and deeper into a hilarious nightmare.

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6 Must-See Shows in Dallas Theater This May

May is a strange time for theater companies: many are wrapping up their seasons, while some younger, newer companies are still gathering steam. And we can’t discount touring companies, which really run on their own special schedule. In this time of transition, here are six shows to check out. May they propel you through the month and into a summer of spectacular theater.

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The American Tragedy of WaterTower Theatre’s All My Sons

It begins like a Greek tragedy: Cracks of lightning illuminate a figure, wild-haired and wide-eyed, as she stares in horror at the tree in her backyard. In the strobe light’s flash, she is gone and the tree is broken in half.

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons is certainly a tragedy, but a wholly American one. It’s bound in harsh fact rather than steeped in Greek mythology, yet WaterTower Theatre’s version blends both elements to create a satisfyingly solid production of this dramatic classic.

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