Reviews for Gaslight Baker Theatre Performances

Review: Lend Me A Tenor by Gaslight Baker Theatre

Review: Lend Me A Tenor by Gaslight Baker Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on February 16, 2012

Director Todd Martin sets a fine fast clip to this action and displays a keen understanding for the pictorial impact in farce of clever movement and positioning of his actors.

Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Tenor is one of those 'sure fire' inventions beloved of theatre companies across the world.  Since the 1986 debut in London it has been translated into 16 languages and produced in 25 countries.   The Gaslight Baker Theatre is currently staging a vivid and funny production of this farce, a fable of mistaken identities, dizzy romance and worldly sophistication. Aspiring timidity meets bravado, and bigger-than-life Italian passions transform smaller-than-life American provincials.  The …

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Review: Moonlight and Magnolias by Gaslight Baker Theatre

Review: Moonlight and Magnolias by Gaslight Baker Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on February 19, 2010

Gaslight Baker's production was one that had a bit of everything, with something for everyone -- clowning, film buff history, zooming egos and parodies of that beloved-for-all-time American film. Not much room -- or need -- for quiet reflection in this one!

Lots of folks turned out for the last Saturday night performance of Roy Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias by the Gaslight Baker Theatre. Word of mouth had been at work down in Lockhart about this guys' screwball comedy. There is a dame in the cast. Esther Williams has only a few lines in her role as Miss Poppenghul, the earnest and attentive secretary to Hollywood producer David O. Selznick (David Schneider). Most of those are variations on "Yes, Mr. Selnick" …

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Review: The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge by Gaslight Baker Theatre

Review: The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge by Gaslight Baker Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on December 01, 2009

The title of Brown's piece is misleading, for Scrooge is the plaintiff. Gary Yowell, stiff in his sideburns and scroogely disappointment, is pursuing damages for mistreatment, kidnapping, and personal humiliation.

Ebenezer Scrooge is everywhere around Austin this Christmastide. At his fictional debut in London in 1843 the old curmudgeon endured a long, long Christmas Eve but came through transformed and redeemed, much to the delight of the reading public early in Victoria's reign. Dickens intended the novella as an uplifting scold and a humanitarian lesson --and a money-maker. He didn't make much from it, particularly once unscrupulous publishers started churning out unauthorized editions. Within a year …

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Review: Wait Until Dark by Gaslight Baker Theatre

Review: Wait Until Dark by Gaslight Baker Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on November 09, 2009

Even if you know the famous 1967 Audrey Hepburn/Alan Arkin film version of the acclaimed Broadway play, you are going to find yourself engaged in this meticulously plotted story.

Harry Roat is a really, really mean guy. In this Gaslight Baker Theatre production of Wait Until Dark, David Young plays Roat with alarming, menacing stillness as he snares two minor ex-cons into the hunt for a lost shipment of heroin, setting them up as potential fall guys for a murder that Roat himself has just committed. Yes, this is the one about Suzy, the blind woman that the bad guys are trying to confuse and …

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Review: Boom Town by Gaslight Baker Theatre

Review: Boom Town by Gaslight Baker Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on May 27, 2009

All three of these characters are at the ends of their ropes. In the course of the two acts we spend with them, we begin to realize just how far each of them has to fall.

Compression facilitates explosion.This is a relatively simple application of basic physics. External pressure applied to a volatile gas speeds combustion, renders it violent and maximizes heat.  That's one of the principles that runs your automobile with its internal combusion engine.Director/designer David Schneider at the Gaslight Baker Theatre in Lockhart applies the principle to Jeff Daniels' sardonically titled "Boom Town."Schneider shrinks the focus within the wide proscenium by masking the wings with black curtains, and sharply …

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Review: The Hand That Cradles The Rock by Gaslight Baker Theatre

Review: The Hand That Cradles The Rock by Gaslight Baker Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on April 07, 2009

Will they or won't they? And what will be the consequences? The answers to those two questions aren't really important, but they justify the ensuing nonsense.

Billy Alexander is beleaguered and bemused throughout this cheery piece of Canadian froth, now playing at the Gaslight Baker Theatre in Lockhart.As the stay-at-home writer Ross Cameron, he's a Mr. Mom surrounded by women: his wife the successful industrial designer, the friendly home care nurse Miss Bricker from the Canadian public health service, and his flighty mother-in-law Beattie, still a dish after all these years. Oh, and his infant daughter, offstage. We never see her …

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