How do you take Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist and, in less than a month, condense it into a 100-minute one-man play, with the actor playing 20 characters from the novel plus a New York City drag queen? Everett Quinton and Eureka, veterans of the fabled Ridiculous Theatre Company and creators of Twisted Olivia, explain how they did it.
In one week, Austin is blessed with two theatrical projects by gifted playwright Lisa D'Amour: her 16 Spells to Charm the Beast, a curious romance between a big-city enchantress and the fairy-tale beast who adores her; and Nita and Zita, a cabaret in which the ghosts of two sisters relate the story of their lives as a vaudeville team and as eccentric "gypsy ladies" in New Orleans in dance numbers, songs, and malapropisms.
Austin helps the Lysistrata Project become the Little Peace Project That Could, the Long Center says "no thanks, after all" to the $25 million in Waller Creek tunnel bond money, and Austin Shakespeare Festival launches a new reading series.
My mother has been taking 400 IU of vitamin D for several years. She has severe osteoporosis that was still getting worse until she increased her vitamin D supplement to 800 IU per day. What is the safe limit for a vitamin D supplement?
"Casares has been listening," Roger Gathman writes of the Brownsville native's Brownsville: Stories. "His dialogues seem to hang just outside the realm of literature, which is where real writing happens." The recent Dobie-Paisano fellow will kick off his book tour at BookPeople on Thursday, March 6, at 7pm.
BY ROGER GATHMAN
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