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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...
<p>PHOTO BY PILAR ALVAREZ</p>

REFUSING SILENCE

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

ACTION JACKSON

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.

BLOODY GOOD FUN

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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Woody Allen’s “God” asks big ideas and scores big laughs

Oct 03, 2012 6:17pm
If ever there is such a thing as an existential “romp,” it’s Woody Allen’s God, an absurd one-act comedy totally befitting of a theater company called Chaos, which is performing it at Onyx Theatre....
The crew from Cockroach Theatre: Levi Fackrell, left, Will Adamson, center, and Erik Amblad

Cockroach Theatre endures a decade of obstacles to land its own downtown performance space

Updated: Oct 03, 2012 5:39pm
Cockroaches are scavengers — pests that can survive nuclear-level destruction. Which is to say, cockroaches might some day inherit the Earth. One thing’s for sure: They’ve already taken a permanent...
<p>Courtesy: Susannah Smitherman</p>

A jazz Side Man faces irrelevance in Las Vegas Little Theatre’s ho-hum season opener

Sep 19, 2012 5:50pm
Las Vegas Little Theatre opened its 35th season last weekend with Warren Leight’s Tony-winning 1998 play Side Man, directed by Rob Kastil. Leight’s autobiographical memory play tells the story of a...

A return to Dynasty: This intense production of Hamlet is like a 1980s nighttime soap

Sep 12, 2012 5:13pm
There’s a whole lot of Hamlet hitting Vegas stages this fall — and Table 8 Productions’ pared-down version at the Onyx is going to be a pretty tough act to follow. Whatever motivated this cast (maybe...

Downtown’s newest resident: Shakespeare

Sep 12, 2012 5:05pm
Just as the theater world comes down from its post-Smith Center opening high, the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company ups the ante, announcing last Friday the details of a $45-million Reed Whipple Cultural...
<p>Troy Heard, director of &#8220;Hamlet,&#8221; now playing at Onyx Theater. PHOTO: MICHAEL HERB</p>

Bard to the bone: David McKee’s production diary takes us behind the scenes of an intense, stripped-down version of “Hamlet”

Updated: Sep 19, 2012 4:59pm
Last August, CityLife drama critic David McKee traded in his aisle seat for the role of Polonius in a production of Hamlet directed by Troy Heard, now running at Onyx Theatre. What follows is his...
<p>Alice seducing Larry in &#8220;Closer.&#8221; COURTESY PHOTO</p>

Atlas Theatre is a few tweaks away from a powerhouse version of “Closer”

Sep 06, 2012 11:42am
WHEN DELIVERED WELL, British playwright Patrick Marber’s Closer will make you wince. It’ll leave you feeling battered and even embarrassed, like a voyeur witnessing a gruesome accident from an...
<p>Nicole Parker as Elphaba. COURTESY PHOTO</p>

You needn’t be a Broadway aficionado to enjoy “Wicked”

Updated: Sep 12, 2012 2:38pm
Wicked isn’t the first traveling Broadway show to have an extended stay in Las Vegas, but it’s the first of its caliber to arrive at the city’s most talked-about new venue, providing a pitch-perfect...
<p>Geo Nikols as Hamlet and Brendon McClenahan in &#8220;Hamlet&#8221; by Table 8 Productions</p>

Fall culture guide: On stage

Aug 29, 2012 9:05pm
WickedBilled as the untold story of the witches of Oz, predating Dorothy’s untimely drop-in, the highly popular musical kicks off The Smith Center’s first full Broadway season. It’s a wise move on...
<p>Thomas Chrastka, Cory Goble, and Benjamin Loewy. COURTESY: DARIN GAROUETTE</p>

Fun and balanced : Mamet’s “November” jabs at both political parties

Aug 22, 2012 5:56pm
In a battleground state like Nevada, staging a political play in 2012 about an incumbent president making a last-ditch effort to sway votes could prove risky. But by choosing a David Mamet comedy...