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Variety Abounds

Oh no, it’s July in Oklahoma! That means it is currently ten billion degrees outside all the time, so it makes sense to hide out in an air-conditioned theater, right? Luckily, this month is packed with some exciting picks from multiple genres.  First up, the Marvel film Black Widow gets its long overdue release. The beginning of Phase Four in...

The Thespian Within

Whether you’d like to join a low-stakes acting class or participate in a live production, the state abounds with opportunity.  “We teach acting through improvisation, which is performance without a script. We also provide training in musical theater and film,” says Erin Scarberry, the artistic director for the Clark Youth Theatre and Clark Conservatory in Tulsa. “Many of our classes...

Exploring the Cinematic Sphere

The Pandemic’s Effect on Small Theaters COVID-19 has been raging since March of 2020, and the entertainment business as a whole took a large hit. Big chain movie theaters like AMC and Cinemark closed their doors temporarily, but it was the smaller venues that perhaps struggled the hardest.  Circle Cinema and Rodeo Cinema, two independent theaters out of Tulsa and OKC...

Standing Strong

Theaters in the 1920s were an exciting place: Vaudeville was in its heyday, but the advent of the moving picture was just on the horizon, soon to take over the imaginations of the world. During this time, two theaters in small town Oklahoma opened their doors, then rode the waves of change through the decades in surprisingly similar fashions....

A Little of Everything

In Theaters As of this writing, it appears movie theaters are back in business, albeit at a smaller capacity and socially distanced. With that in mind, November has two big films coming to the silver screen with the hopes of pulling audience members back into the recliners, popcorn and soda in hand. First, there’s the new James Bond film No...

Where the Quips Come Quick

The comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? has familiarized American and British TV viewers with improvisational theater over the years. For an in-person experience, you can find equally quick wits and responses at improv shows in Oklahoma’s largest cities. Usually, the TV show is driven by a suggestion. For example: “What’s really going through the president’s mind during cabinet meetings?” “‘There...

Nearly Seven Decades of Laughs

Every Saturday at Tulsa’s Spotlight Theatre, you can catch the longest-running play in the United States – The Drunkard. The family-friendly production opened Nov. 14, 1953, and shows no signs of slowing down. Stage manager Jere Uncapher, a part of the Spotlight since 1957, says the show’s long-term success comes from patrons. “We have continued our run for 66 years by...

A City of Sensations

“Chicagoans love their city” is a pervasive impression one gets when visiting America’s third-largest burg. Throngs of people enjoy, celebrate and participate in their energetic metropolis. Walkable highlights include downtown amid the skyscrapers, the streets beside and over the Chicago River, and nearby Lake Michigan, which creates a massive backdrop for the city. Chicagoans create a “happy hour” that lasts...