Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CYRANO A-GO-GO wins Best of Fest

Brad McEntire in Cyrano A-Go-Go
‘The Spark,’ ‘I’ll Regret This Tomorrow,’ ‘Cyrano-A-Go-Go’ win Best of Loop awards 
by Nancy Churnin | DallasNews.com | March 15, 201

Out of the Loop passholders selected the three Best of Loop winners at WaterTower Theatre’s 2015 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival: The Spark for the main stage, Cyrano-A-Go-Go for the Stone Cottage and I’ll Regret This Tomorrow for the Studio space. The results were announced by WaterTower Theatre Sunday on the final day of the 10-day festival. 

Each has deep local roots. 

The Spark, a world premiere about a father who tells imaginative stories to his daughter, was WaterTower’s entry in its festival and was directed and written by Kelsey Leigh Ervi, who co-produced the festival with WaterTower’s artistic director Terry Martin. 

Cyrano-A-Go-Go, a monologue about the historical impact of the play, Cyrano de Bergerac, and what it meant to an impressionable young teenager who checked it out of a local library, was the second win in a row for Dallas-based Audacity Theatre Lab and Brad McEntire, the writer and star of the one-man show. 

I’ll Regret This Tomorrow offers a witty cabaret act by New York-based Tori Scott, who grew up in Arlington and wove stories of performing at Theatre Arlington into a performance backed by a three-person band.

Original post... HERE

Monday, March 16, 2015

Audacity Solo Salon - Spring 2015

Lindsay Hayward, Kevin Fuld and John S. Davies
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 annual Dallas Solo Fest beyond just the festival itself. 
This quarterly series will be a way for solo artists to rehearse, experiement and develop their work in front of supportive audiences. Come on out and see a new one-person show in progress...

This third in a quarterly series from Audacity Theatre Lab will feature excerpts from pieces in development by John Davies, Lindsay Hayward, and Kevin Fuld.

Curated by Brad McEntire.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm
At the Margo Jones Theatre
1121 First Avenue in Fair Park, Dallas TX 75210
[map and info here]

FREE! (though a P-W-Y-C donation is suggested)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CYRANO A-GO-GO in the Dallas Observer

Brad McEntire in Cyrano A-Go-Go
Some Strong Solo Turns at WaterTower's 14th Out of the Loop Festival 
By Elaine Liner | Tue., Mar. 10 2015 | DallasObserver.com 

Unrequited love, that hard right to the heart, that sharp cut to the gut, has inspired two good new solo shows by local actor-writers Van Quattro and Brad McEntire. Quattro's Standing 8 Count and McEntire's Cyrano A-Go-Go were audience faves on the opening weekend of the 14th annual Out of the Loop theater festival at Addison's WaterTower Theatre. 

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Cyrano A-Go-Go also uses lost love as a theme, weaving in the history of Edmund Rostand's timeless play about the big-nosed romantic who is so insecure around women. Cyrano speaks his passionate thoughts through a handsome (but dumb) surrogate. McEntire unmasks his own hard lessons as a young performer, romantically and professionally. "Unrequited love was, by default, my love of choice," he says at the top of the one-hour show, presented in casual lecture format. 

McEntire acts some of the loveliest bits of Rostand's original Cyrano, occasionally digressing to discuss other topics. He refers to the "optimal experience" and the "flow" of true happiness, which McEntire says he felt as a high school kid in Carrollton, plucking Cyrano de Bergerac off a library shelf and reading it twice in one afternoon. 

"It takes a big-hearted character actor to play Cyrano," McEntire says in his play. And a man who's felt some heartbreak, too. (This one produced by Audacity Theatre Lab goes on again at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in the Stone Cottage at WaterTower.) 

 Out of the Loop Festival continues through March 15 at WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Rd., Addison. Tickets, $10 per show, 972-450-6232. 

Original article... HERE