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Nutcracker wrapping up Smith Center run Sunday

Updated: Dec 18, 2013 10:59am
The Nevada Ballet Theater, resident ballet troupe of the Smith Center, is engaging in a production...


Updated: Oct 09, 2013 5:11pm
Cellist Elizabeth Marshall is surprised that what started off as an idea to merge music...


Sep 19, 2013 9:39am
Forget Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. For a coonskin, branchwater and blood-trail-...
Troy Heard, director of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," center, poses with cast members Brenna Folger and Cory Goble at the Onyx Theatre at 953 E. Sahara Ave. in Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.


Updated: Sep 19, 2013 9:50am
Of all the questions raised by the opening of the Broadway rock musical Bloody, Bloody...

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Beat it: Why the new Michael Jackson Cirque show trumps the arena version

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 2:27pm
NOT ONLY DOES the new Cirque resident show Michael Jackson One completely differ from Immortal, it improves upon the larger, touring production, too. Let us count the ways.1. CIRQUE CURBS THE...
<p>&amp;#8220;Priscilla Queen of the Desert&amp;#8221; is now showing. COURTESY PHOTO.</p>

Drag-themed Priscilla Queen of the Desert is this season’s must-see show

Updated: Jul 03, 2013 2:41pm
When it comes to seminal movies for young gay men these days, they lean toward the sassy and the sing-y: Mean Girls, The Devil Wears Prada, Pitch Perfect. But go back a generation, and the...

Our favorite bons mots from Bill Maher’s Palms resident show

Jun 12, 2013 5:30pm
On Sarah Palin: “She’s definitely a MILF — a Moron I’d Like to Forget.”On the two big political parties: “Are both sides bought off? Yes, but I’d rather be bought by the teachers union than the NRA...

Review: Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ bumbles

Jun 12, 2013 4:31pm
AS MORBID AS it sounds, I was hoping for a big character fatality about two-thirds into the stage adaptation of Green Day’s 2004 rock opera, American Idiot. Would it be Tunney (Thomas Hettrick), who’...

Review: Fringe plays offer the good, the so-so and the frankly puzzling

Jun 05, 2013 4:48pm
Las Vegas Little Theatre opened its fourth annual Fringe Festival last weekend, with the city’s entire theater community converging in one space at one time. When not taking on their own roles,...

Face to face: Writer Kris Saknussemm interviews playwright Kris Saknussemm about his Fringe Festival play

May 29, 2013 5:55pm
Didn’t you start your writing career as a playwright 3 million years ago? What made you stop?I won a major playwriting contest when I was 17 and thought I was going to become rich and famous...

Two weekends of left-of-center productions make Fringe Fest the Coachella of local theater

Updated: Jun 10, 2013 5:13pm
Gripping drama, slapstick comedy, silly improv and a kid-friendly production are all on the docket for this year’s Las Vegas Fringe Festival, taking place over the next two weekends. Now in its...

R.I.P. former CityLife stage critic Tony Del Valle

May 22, 2013 4:00pm
You can champion blunt honesty all you want, but you’ll never gauge the true thickness of your skin until you’ve been evaluated by theater critic Anthony Del Valle. Local entertainment figures — and...

Review: Namesake character of ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ steals the show — and your heart

Updated: May 22, 2013 3:12pm
There are three things you’ll immediately notice in the beginning of Billy Elliot, the live musical version of the acclaimed 2000 movie now being staged at The Smith Center. One: The contrast between...
<p>Brandon McClenahan, left, and Kim Glover rehearse a scene from &amp;#8220;One Flew Over the Cuckoo&amp;#8217;s Nest.&amp;#8221;</p>

Crazy good: “Cuckoo’s Nest” is right at home in 2013

Updated: May 15, 2013 1:36pm
RagTag Entertainment’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest electrified its sold-out opening night audience at the Onyx Theatre last weekend. Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s 1962...