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HAMILTON - An American Musical(U.S. National Tour) Book, Music, and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda Inspired by the book "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow
Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals
Runs through 12/4/2021
Reviewed by John Garcia,
Senior Chief Critic/Editor/Founder for John Garcia's THE COLUMN
In April 2019 when I sat in the Music Hall at Dallas Summer Musicals to review the first national tour of Hamilton, how surreal it is to know now that a mere eight months later the world would hear of this virus coined as COVID had exploded in China. It would finally stretch its deadly fingers into Dallas in March 2020. That same month was the brutal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Then in May came the murder of George Floyd. The nation, along with the world, lit a fire of a revolution that enough is enough. Changes were demanded on a variety of racial issues. This included theater.
Flash forward to Wednesday night’s Press night of the new national tour of Hamilton (The Angelica Tour). As the full company soared passionately into ...
RUMORS A Murderous FarceBy Neil Simon
Presented by Allen's Community Theatre
Runs through 12/11/2021
Reviewed by Mildred Austin,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN
Neil Simon was one of the most revered playwrights, mostly for his comedies which featured stories populated by everyday people. At one time he had four of his plays running at the same time on Broadway, a testament to his popularity. Growing up in the poverty of the Depression, Simon wrote comedy out of a solid belief in the goodness of everyday people.
RUMORS was Simon’s first true farce, written much as in Moliere’s plays, portraying “exaggerated characters in improbable situations where they face a number of outrageous obstacles.”(A History of Farce, Appalachian State University) Though it was Simon’s first foray into that genre, he proved, as usual, a master at it.
All of the characters in Rumors are exaggerated, some certainly more than others. The situation they find themselves in, an anniversary ...