"Seun Soyemi knows he and Brittany Smith have nowhere to hide."
Every September the print and online theater critics of Dallas and Fort Worth eat chicken and brownies together and hash over the previous year’s productions on local stages. (The “season” for voting purposes runs from September 1 to August 31.) We think it’s a nice thing to do, recognizing the best individual and ensemble performances, direction, design and writing. Winners get nothing but their names in print and our gratitude for making live theater a joy.
“It was about doing the work, using text you knew was really good, and using really good actors,” McCreary says. “We were rehearsing in my living room and it was some of the best acting I’d ever seen. That that could occur in my living room made me think I was on to something.”
This was the impetus for House Party Theatre, a group of actors, directors and writers who don’t wait for the ideal space to produce work. With McCreary leading, they steer their original work and more recognizable plays anywhere they can.
Of late, a small group of young thespians have been popping up all over the city producing plays in galleries, in warehouses, in houses. Really, whatever they can get their hands on. This weekend, a new piece by playwright Claire Carson takes over a house on University Blvd. Here's her description: A short play about three fellas, self-immolation, and a young lady with weapon skin who may or may not be keeping up with her eyeball drying. See it in preview at 8:30 p.m. Thursday for $5, or Saturday through Monday for $10.