Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Pics from CYRANO A-GO-GO at the 2019 Elgin Fringe Fest






All photos of Brad McEntire performing Cyrano A-Go-Go at the 2019 Elgin Fringe Festival at the Side Street Studio Arts in Elgin, IL. Photo Credit for all pics: Joshua Smith

Friday, September 13, 2019

Announcing CYRANO A-GO-GO at the 2019 Theatre Crude Fringe Fest


Cyrano A-Go-Go is an exploration of one restless theatre artist's fascination with the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. A chance encounter with the script at a suburban library at the age of fifteen leads McEntire into a wonderful, and sometimes elusive, calling. Mixing the personal, historical and literary into a journey through Rostand's play McEntire puts a funny, warm, insightful spin on the usual coming-of-age one-man show.

Friday, September 27 at 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 28 at 1:00pm

Playing at the...
The Capital View Event Center,
5201 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
[Map HERE]

Tickets $15 and can be purchased... online HERE or at the door.

More Info... HERE
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Announcing CYRANO A-GO-GO at the 2019 Elgin Fringe Festival


Cyrano A-Go-Go is an exploration of one restless theatre artist's fascination with the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. A chance encounter with the script at a suburban library at the age of fifteen leads McEntire into a wonderful, and sometimes elusive, calling. Mixing the personal, historical and literary into a journey through Rostand's play McEntire puts a funny, warm, insightful spin on the usual coming-of-age one-man show.
Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm
Friday, September 13 at 9pm
Saturday, September 14 at 10:30pm
Sunday, September 15 at 4:30pm

Side Street Studio Arts, located at 15 1/2 Ziegler Ct, Elgin, IL 60120

Tickets $10

Info... HERE

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Pics from BEAST OF HYPERBOREA at the 2019 FIT




All photos of Brad McEntire performing The Beast of Hyperborea at the 2019 Festival of Independent Theatres at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, TX. Photo Credit for all pics: Audacity Theatre Lab


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Nice Write-up about HYPERBOREA on SharpCritic.com


Nice write-up from Christopher Soden on SharpCritic.com

This summer the annual Festival of Independent Theatres featured short plays addressing the theme of Coming of Age. The six I attended were: Leos Ensemble – small hours (Directed by Nick Leos) Lily & Joan Theatre Company Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear (Directed by Emily Burgardt) Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel (Directed by Taylor Mercado Owens) WingSpan Theatre, Co – Jo & Louisa (Directed by Susan Sargeant ) The Very Good Dance Theatre – The 1st Annual Gay Show (Directed by William Acker; Choreographed By Danielle Georgiou) Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea (Created by Brad McEntire). Some evinced better than others, though just as in past summers, each had its particular quirks, its peculiar charms.

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Brad McEntire’s The Beast of Hyperborea features an accountant who is horns-waggled into a trip to a remote island in search of a legendary monster. Like poor Bilbo Baggins, he’s not the least interested in risking physical and/or emotional harm for the sake of mind-bending adventure. Beast is a fairly traditional narrative souped up by McEntire to appeal to contemporary audiences. There’s a strong, able-bodied lady, who smokes cigars, and embraces danger with gusto. There’s a misogynistic, stuffy buffoon, a Baron proficient in the martial arts, and a Captain who’s more about canny nerve than bloviating. McEntire knows how to blend the touching with the fanciful, the astonishing with gravitas. While he sometimes seems to be winking at us, at other times his credulity gives this vivid monologue substance and humanity.
The Bath House Cultural Center presents: The 21st Annual Festival of Independent Theatres: Coming of Age, playing July 12th _ August 3rd, 2019521 East Lawther Drive, Dallas, Texas 75218. 1-800-617-6904.       www.festivalof independenttheatres.org
See original post... HERE


Friday, August 2, 2019

Frank Garrett weighs in on BEAST OF HYPERBOREA


Local Dallas critic and translator Frank Garrett writes on his blog MyCrashCourse.net...

"The Beast of Hyperborea" - Audacity Theatre Lab - Brad McEntire is a talented performer and a staunch supporter of solo performers in the area. This play wraps an interesting adventure story in a great retro aura. The slideshow at the end of the performance feels tacked on; I think it'd be more effective if it were used throughout the show.

See original post... HERE

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

FIT Review: The Beast of Hyperborea

FIT Review: The Beast of Hyperborea

A "ripping yarn" in the grand old tradition, from Brad McEntire of Audacity Theatre Lab.



published Sunday, July 21, 2019


Warning: Spoilers!

Dallas — The Beast of Hyperborea, presented by Audacity Theatre Lab, takes its inspiration from fantastical works by the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle and H. Rider Haggard. Creator and performer Brad McEntire (the driving force behind this cutting-edge “theatre collective”) has put together a truly ripping yarn in classic Victorian style for his one-man entry in the Festival of Independent Theatres.

McEntire plays Edward Joseph Reade, a mild-mannered accountant and sole survivor of a doomed 1895 expedition to the mysterious isle of Hyperborea—fictitiously north of Scotland and south of the Arctic Circle—and home to the titular Beast. Presenting his tale as a sort of lecture to an "unseen" audience, Reade recounts how, after answering a newspaper advertisement seeking a bookkeeper, he was swept up into a series of ever-more dramatic and larger-than-life adventures.

All the characters are portrayed with dazzling nuance by McEntire: famed aeronaut Captain Saltwood; expert mountain climber and martial artist the Baron Frichte; and big-game hunter and all-around adventuress Marie Clemeneau. The daring crew, led by Saltwood, sets out to explore the mysterious and uncharted island where Saltwood’s comrade (and Marie’s father) met his end at the hands of the Beast, leaving behind him a journal detailing his discoveries. The trio of adventurers and the reluctant Reade begin to grow closer as they speed toward their destination, likening themselves to Dumas’ Musketeers. How tragic, then, that Reade alone survives the perilous journey and the violent confrontation with the Beast, and must shoulder the duty of presenting proof of the island’s (and the creature’s) existence.

On a simply lit stage with minimal set and sound design, McEntire commands the space and deftly avoids the common pitfalls of a one-man show. Each character he portrays is distinct without tipping into cartoonish excess. While his Reade is a quiet, self-effacing sort, ill-suited for adventures (as the Hobbits would say, “nasty, dirty, uncomfortable things—make you late for dinner”), Captain Saltwood is a bluff, squinting man’s man. Contrast them with the effete Baron (presented with a competent, if slightly obscure, Germanic accent) and the cool, daring Marie, who dispatches misogynists and monsters with equal √©lan. The audience was spellbound, reacting with gasps and laughter, and was a hairsbreadth away from outright cheering at an unexpected resurrection. (From the start we know all but one are doomed—but McEntire leaves room for surprise.)

The show’s final, silent moments, accompanied by a cleverly period-accurate slideshow, was unexpectedly poignant. Bravo to McEntire for bringing not only the thrills to his tall tale, but heart as well.

This one’s a “can’t miss” in my book.

» The Beast of Hyperborea is performed:
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27
  • 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3
» The 21st annual Festival of Independent Theatres runs through Aug. 3, 2019 at The Bath House Cultural Center. For more information, visit www.festivalofindependenttheatres.org or call 1-800-617-6904.

To see a breakdown of the groups and shows, go here.

To see reviews and more coverage of FIT, see our special section here.


NOTE: The spelling of character names have been corrected from the original article.

Original article... HERE



Friday, June 28, 2019

The Beast of Hyperborea at the 2019 FIT



Brad McEntire presents the festival-premiere of a thrilling and humorous new one-person show. This Victorian adventure tale concerns a fabled beast, a mysterious island and the brave team of explorers who set off to discover them both.

Playing as part of the 2019 Festival of Independent Theatres,
At the Bath House Cultural Center,
521 E. Lawther Dr. Dallas, TX 75218

July 13 - August 3, 2019

Performances on:
Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 8 pm
Sunday, July 21, 2019 @ 5 pm
Thursday, July 25, 2019 @ 8 pm
Saturday, July 27, 2019 @ 8 pm
Sunday, July 28, 2019 @ 2 pm
Saturday, August 3, 2019 @ 2 pm

Tickets available... HERE


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Pics from the 2019 Dallas Solo Fest


Brigham Mosley performing Critical, Darling!
Sacha Elie performing Who You Calling a Bitch?!?



Justin Lemiuex performing Girl Dad
Erin in the box office

Shea leading Mel Moseley thru tech

Jaye Lee Vocque performing Based On Actual Events





Brad McEntire performing his show Cyrano A-Go-Go
Box office table in the Theatre Too lobby


Sacha Elie performs Who You Calling a Bitch?!?


Carmel Clavin performing The Marvelous Mechanical Musical Maiden
Jeremy Julian Greco in Keeping Up With the Jorgensons


Friday, June 21, 2019

Press from the 2019 Dallas Solo Fest


PRESS / MEDIA MENTIONS FOR THE 2019 DALLAS SOLO FEST



Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Dallas Solo Fest

Mel Moseley will present Sexology: The Musical!

Audacity Theatre Lab is pleased to announce the 2019 Dallas Solo Fest, June 6-16, 2019 at Theatre Too! downstairs at Theatre Three at the Quadrangle in Dallas’ Uptown neighborhood.  Eight unique one-person shows highlight this fifth year festival with a mix of local solo performers and performers coming in from around the country. 
 
This 2019 Dallas Solo Fest line-up includes Based On Actual Events by Jaye Lee Vocque, Brigham Mosley’s Critical, Darling!, Cyrano A-Go-Go by Brad McEntire, Justin Lemieux’s Girl Dad, Keeping Up With the Jorgensons by Jeremy Julian Greco, Carmel Clavin’s The Marvelous Musical Mechanical Maiden, Melanie Moseley’s Sexology: The Musical! and Who You Calling a Bitch!?! By Sacha Elie. Collectively, the shows of these performers represent a wide variety of solo performance styles including storytelling, cabaret, drag, historical biography, memoir as well as pieces that defy any kind of easy categorization. 
 

Sacha Elie will present Who You Calling a Bitch?!?

Produced by Brad McEntire, artistic director of Audacity Theatre Lab, the 2019 DSF will be the fifth festival of its kind since 2014’s inaugural festival. The purpose of the Dallas Solo Fest is to celebrate extraordinary solo theatre as well as increase awareness and appreciation for the form in the north Texas area. 
 
The Dallas Solo Fest is produced under the Audacity Theatre Lab banner and will play at Theatre Too! downstairs at Theatre Three, 2800 Routh Street, #168, Dallas, Texas 75201. Performances are Thursdays thru Sundays, June 6 – 16, 2019.
 

Justin Lemieux in Girl Dad [credit - Jordan Fraker]

Single tickets and Festival Passes for all shows went on sale May 1, 2019.  Festival Passes include one admission to each festival show and are $65.  Individual ticket prices for each show are $15. Reservations can be made online via the Dallas Solo Fest website or by calling (214) 888-6650. Details about the shows, artists’ bios, the full schedule and ticket information here at the festival website: www.DallasSoloFest.com



Monday, February 25, 2019

Audacity Solo Salon - Spring 2019

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The aim of the Audacity Solo Salon is to support and nurture both established and emerging solo performers in the north Texas area. It is also a way to extend the mission of the Dallas Solo Fest beyond just the annual festival itself.

This quarterly series will be a way for solo artists to present, rehearse, experiement with and develop their work in front of supportive audiences. Come on out and see a new one-person show in progress...

This installment in what has become a semi-quarterly series from Audacity Theatre Lab will feature excerpts from solo shows-in-progress by Justin LemieuxErin Singleton and Abel Flores.

Monday, April 1st @ 7:30 pm
At the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, Dallas TX
For directions and parking information visit... HERE

Admission is P-W-Y-C, with any and all donations are welcome (donations go towards the the Dallas Solo Fest).
Also BYOB!

The Excerpts:
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Justin Lemieux
Girl Dad - Written and Perfomed by Justin Lemieux
A rollercoaster journey through relationships, Girl Dad is a heart-warming exploration of one man's understanding of masculinity. When Justin becomes father to only daughters his expectations are upended and he must confront his assumptions about what girls experience in the world.
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Erin Singleton
Diagnose Me - Written and Performed by Erin Singleton
Erin can spot misalignments. In this rousing show formatted like a TED talk-turned-confessional, Erin explores what happens when a person confronts her crippling need to fix the people in her life, but can't.
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Tyler Cochran
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Abel Flores, Jr.
AFJ - Written by Abel Flores, Jr. & Tyler Cochran, Performed by Abel Flores, Jr.
AFJ wants to be president and everything is riding on this speech. Will he be able to get your vote or crack under the pressure of his bold promises? This one-man show harkens back to the great political speeches of our past world leaders while still reminding us of the haunting qualities of the current political climate. Co-written by Tyler Cochran, Abel Flores Jr. brings his alter ego, AFJ, to the spotlight with a performance that will allow audiences to witness the absurdity of certain candidates that we know all too well.