Sylvia Open for Carrie Underwood at AAC, Oct. 9
By JO ANN?HOLT
Special to Focus Daily News
Sons of Sylvia will open for Carrie Underwood and her “Play
On Tour” at American Airlines Center Saturday, Oct. 9. Brothers
Ashley, Austin and Adam Clark released their album Revelation on 19
Recordings/Interscope Records this past April, the same week they
performed their debut single “Love Left To Lose” on American
Idol. Revelation debuted at # 33 on the Billboard top 200 album chart
and # 9 on Billboard’s Rock chart. First single “Love
Left To Lose,” co-written by Ashley and the band’s cousin
and hit maker, Ryan Tedder of the band OneRepublic, is a top 40 hit
at Hot AC radio. The video was shot by famed director Wayne Isham
(Muse, Keith Urban). Previously known as the Clark Brothers, the band
beat out ten thousand contestants to win Fox’s Next Great American
Kevin Moriarty and Dallas
Theater Center have again brought the immortal prose and action of
one of William Shakespeare’s plays to astonishing life and vitality.
Friday night’s opening show at the AT&T Performing Arts
Center’s Wyly Theater proved without a doubt that last season’s
effervescent Midsummer Night’s Dream was no fluke, but merely
a promise of many more delights to come our way.
DCT resident acting company
members Hassan El-Amin, Chamblee Ferguson, Matthew Gray, Cedric Neal,
Abbey Siegworth and Christina Vela are all put to good use in Henry
IV, but the standout performances are by returning actors like longtime
DTC star Randy Moore as a hilarious, heavily padded Falstaff, Steven
Walters as the wayward Prince Hal, and Kurt Rhoads as the monarch
King Henry. An energetic bunch of young soldiers played by students
from Booker T. Washington High School add realism to the battle scenes
as they clash swords and jump off ledges to demolish each other with
glee. The versatility of the Wyly has never been better displayed
that by John Coyne’s scenic design; for these players the entire
building becomes their stage.
This is a Shakespeare production
to see and see again, once more with relish. I look forward to returning
at least one more time before the run ends October 10. For tickets
or additional information, visit www.dallasctheatercenter.org.
Theatre Three’s Subscription Season continues with a new Tony
nominated play in variation form, 33 Variations by Moisés Kaufman.
The show begins previews on Thursday, September 30, and will close
on Saturday, October 30. This recent Broadway sensation is a stunning
inquiry into the creative mind and its mysteries. Katherine Brant,
a brilliant musicologist is driven – even at the expense of
her adult daughter’s happiness – to unlock the puzzle
of why Beethoven spent the last years of his life writing thirty-three
variations on a simple waltz by an insignificant musical hack. This
inspiring drama shows both Katherine Brant and Beethoven in a titanic
struggle against time and task; each divinely tortured but divinely
Moisés Kaufmann is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and playwright.
His most recent play, 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda, was nominated
for 5 Tony Awards (including one for Ms. Fonda).
Previous to that, Kaufman directed the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning
play I Am My Own Wife, earning him an Obie Award for his direction
as well as Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel
nominations. His plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar
Wilde and The Laramie Project have been among the most performed plays
in America over the last decade. He also directed the film adaptation
of The Laramie Project for HBO, which was the opening night selection
at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won the National Board of Review
Award, the Humanitas Prize and a Special Mention for Best First Film
at the Berlin Film Festival. The film also earned Mr. Kaufman two
Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is the
Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Fellow
Theatre Three’s founding
director Jac Alder will direct this production.
The cast includes R Bruce Elliott as Beethoven, Gordon Fox as Schindler,
Sharon Garrison as Katherine Brant, Andrew Kasten as Mike, Jackie
L. Kemp as Diabelli, Lydia Mackay as Clara Brant, Terry McCracken
as Gertie, and Irvin Moreno and Morgan Natasha Lawrence in multiple
roles. Clark Griffth, the third place winner of The 2007 Van Cliburn
International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, will play Beethoven’s
Diabelli Variations throughout the show. With set design by Jac Alder,
lighting design by Paul Arnold, and costume design by Bruce R. Coleman,
33 Variations features sound design by Marco Salinas.
Tickets are priced from $10-$40, and may be purchased by calling 214-871-3300
or online at www.theatre3dallas.com.