Saucy Jacks and the Space Vixens: A Ripping Good Time Marred by Technical Problems

Equal parts sex comedy, cabaret, murder mystery and disco, Saucy Jack is SRO Production's latest musical at the Obsidian Theatre. Resembling the love child of the Rocky Horror Show and David Bowie's Space Odyssey, and featuring a cast festooned in leather, latex, glitter and even a bubble wrap trench coat, the show is a sensual explosion of sights and sounds. However poor stage layout and uneven sound effects distract from the overall performance.

Obsidian Theatre in association with Standing Room Only Productions is excited to bring the cult spectacular, SAUCY JACK AND THE SPACE VIXENS, to Houston audiences July 13th-August 5th. With a book and lyrics by Charlotte Mann and Michael Fidler, and music by Jonathan Croose and Robin Forrest, this unique musical was born at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1995 and has celebrated a mass cult following around the world ever since. MORE

In the inaugural performance of the new Beacon Theatre, Cone Man Running opened up with Smattering X, a one night only charity performance dedicated to helping teachers offset the cost of school supplies. Playing to a packed house in a double feature performance, the Smattering raised $3,000 for several different local schools to help ease the financial burden teachers are faced with. The audience laughed, the teachers were helped and the Beacon Theatre didn't suffer any structural collapses, it was a good night for all. MORE

Playhouse 1960 Turns the Bard Into Cliff Notes with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (The Ladies) One of the most common treatments of phobias is immersion therapy, where you are forced to face your darkest fears. If your greatest fear is Shakespeare, then The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (The Ladies) presented by Playhouse 1960 will certainly get you over your phobia. The play every single one of Shakespeare's plays in the space of an hour and a half, in sketch format. It is bawdy, anarchistic and very much audience participation. The audience part is its greatest strength, and it's greatest weakness.

Director Sam Martinez reimagines and brings to life this classic that is rarely produced in modern times. It is Obsidian’s hope that we can remedy this and expose new audiences to this literary and theatrical gem. Martinez, along with the Assistant Director Elizabeth Grant, edited the show for length distilling and streamlining the story to its essence to present a sweeping epic that modern audiences will love.

Complaint Box Fails To Challenge Its AudienceA Review By H. G. Welch
It's a hard balance between trying to ask social issues and not getting preachy.  Cone Man Running's presentation of Complaint Box and/or Good Times tries to mix a tale of dysfunctional sisters having to address their casual racism but doesn't go far enough to make for an interesting story.  Abby Koenig's tale of a broken family trying to right itself tries to be a dramedy, but it is equally light on comedy as well as drama.  It stops short of truly engaging the audience, instead of going for some scarce laughs instead of confronting the characters with their multiple flaws.  Unlike other plays where the message is hammered across the audiences' skulls, this one seems to be too timid to actually address the issues raised.

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