Arts roundup: Improv reigns at several upcoming theater events
BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Thursday, February 14, 2013
2/14/13 at 6:07 AM
As most of the more obviously romantic activities are being featured elsewhere in this issue, let us focus on ... well, let's make this up as we go.
Which, by the way, is the whole concept behind two shows this weekend - creating comic theater through improvisation.
Heller Theatre's Laughing Matter Improv troupe will be offering a "Taste of Chocolate and Comedy" 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave. Hosted by Kelly Robinson and Julie Tattershall, this show will have performers enacting the good, the bad and the ugly sides of romance, based on suggestions from the audience. Tickets are $10, and proceeds go to the Henthorne Summer Theatre Camps. 918-746-5065.
The Nightingale Theatre, 1416 E. Fourth St., promises a "ON3 N1GHT ST@ND" of improvisation comedy 8 p.m. Saturday with two troupes that relish the prospect of pushing the boundaries of humor and good taste. The group known as "Ham Wallet" is known for its "raunchy silliness with crazy characters and ridiculous situations," and "Challenge Accepted" takes its name seriously, finding ways to make audiences laugh at things that are very, very wrong. Definitely for adults. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Living Arts of Tulsa will honor its executive director Steve Liggett, who has overseen the organization for two decades, with a special celebration 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Living Arts, 307 E. Brady St.
Liggett has been a tireless proponent of the arts in Tulsa, whether providing local artists with space to exhibit, giving opportunities for young artists to learn new skills, or bringing cutting-edge creators to town as part of the New Genre Festival.
The afternoon will also feature the debut of "memory score," a history of Living Arts written by Walt Kosty and designed by Nicole McMahan. 918-585-1234, tulsaworld.com/livingarts
Studio artists from Tulsa Opera will give a preview of the company's upcoming performance of "The Most Happy Fella" at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road. This performance of songs from the Frank Loesser musical is free with museum admission. 918-749-7941, tulsaworld.com/philbrook
William Shakespeare's great tragedy of a man undone by jealousy, "Othello," is presented by Playhouse Tulsa, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. Second St. The play is performed by six actors, three of whom play multiple roles. This performance will also be interpreted for the hearing impaired. Tickets are $10. 918-596-7111, tulsaworld.com/mytix
Sunday is "Funday" at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, with special activities for families with children between the ages of 3 and 15. Events will celebrate President's Day and include hands-on art making and taking part in an "art hunt" for prizes. 918-596-2700, tulsaworld.com/gilcrease
2727 S. Rockford Road
- Rural America: American Prints of the 1930s-1950s, through April 21
- The Hollywood Portraits of George Hurell, through June 30
1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road
- Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey, through March 24
- Prominent Figures of the West from the T.B. Walker Collection of Portraits by Henry H. Cross, through March 31
TULSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
2445 S. Peoria Ave.
- Tulsa Colors & Oklahoma Icons: Art by Heathyr Chenoweth & Maegan Kauffman, through April 20
TULSA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
3624 N. 74th East Ave. tulsaworld.com/tasm
Original Print Headline: Theater fun on the fly
- Outreach to Space hands-on exhibit, through March 31
James D. Watts Jr. 918-581-8478
Heller Theatre's Laughing Matter Improv troupe will be offering a "Taste of Chocolate and Comedy" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Henthorne PAC. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World file