Reviews for Oh Dragon Theatre Company Performances

Review: Songs for a New World by Oh Dragon Theatre Company

Review: Songs for a New World by Oh Dragon Theatre Company

by Michael Meigs
Published on September 15, 2016

Sixteen glittering stories on a twisting and twirling arc are a bit disorienting, but this voyage into the uncertainties of life offers rewards and serendipity throughout the evening.

 

Oh Dragon Theatre took me by surprise with Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World.  

 

As a reviewer at CTX Live Theatre, I'm dedicated to the CTXLT principle of viewing and reviewing live narrative theatre produced in Central Texas -- with 'narrative theatre' specifically defined as "the presentation of a story via the interpretation of a set text."  

 

This evening is a lively presentation of Brown's first ...

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Review: Durang Durang by Oh Dragon Theatre Company

Review: Durang Durang by Oh Dragon Theatre Company

by Michael Meigs
Published on April 16, 2016

Dismaying first-half material gives way to three sketches that are coherent, mostly non-referential, and entertaining, done by a fully engaged and energetic company.

The 1994 collection of short theatre pieces by Christopher Durang done by Oh Dragon Theatre Company at the City Theatre is a writer's wastepaper basket, the sort of collection of scribblings that the Harry Ransom Center might treasure and ponder some twenty years from now. They seem wildly uneven.

 

Everything before the intermission I found dismaying. Not because of the actors or the direction, except for the choice of the material in the ...

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Review: Veronica's Room by Oh Dragon Theatre Company

Review: Veronica's Room by Oh Dragon Theatre Company

by Michael Meigs
Published on September 07, 2015

At first you share the young woman's incredulity, but as the action proceeds and the stakes mount, you begin to ask yourself whether the playwright has cheated his willing audience.

Have you ever been 'gaslighted'?

 

I didn't know that psychological term before attending Oh Dragon's production of Veronica's Room, but I'm not sure it would have protected me from the confusion and discomfit produced by Ira Levin's 1973 play. Not only were the characters malevolently manipulating one another's perceptions; Lewin the playwright was doing the same to those of us who naïvely agreed to play along with the ...

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Review: Flu Season by Oh Dragon Theatre Company

Review: Flu Season by Oh Dragon Theatre Company

by Michael Meigs
Published on November 11, 2013

Oh Dragon Theatre Company's choice of the Grayduck Gallery just off south First Street as the venue to stage Will Eno's The Flu Season is appropriate. The white walls, open space, and angled positioning of the seats for the audience create a stark setting for a stark play. In his odd little fable of anomie, set in a mental clinic, Will Eno tells a story that could squeeze our hearts if only he ...

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