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REVIEW: The New York Times makes a scene about Warrior Class.
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WEDNESDAY, DEC 22, 2010
Ken makes a scene about Intelligence-Slave making the Houston Chronicles Top Theater Shows of 2010 list
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Ken makes a scene about INTELLIGENCE-SLAVE in the Houston Chronicle
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Intelligence-Slave makes the Houston's Chronicle's Best List
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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Happy Holidays, Everyone! I wish you a wonderful 2011! Before we leave 2010, I'm pleased to announce that Intelligence-Slave made the Houston Chronicle's 2010 Top Theater Shows List!

"No matter how much a theater critic grouses about the dull or deficient fare, there's always enough exceptional stuff to make compiling the annual "year's best" list a challenge. Looking back to choose my 10 favorite Houston productions of 2010, I found myself with a short list of 25. Let's see how many I can squeeze into the allotted space. (In order of opening dates:)

Master Class
Terrence McNally's witty, anguished and Tony-winning portrait of legendary diva Maria Callas returned in Main Street Theater's superb production, the show of shows for mega-talented Celeste Roberts, riveting and enthralling in its demanding lead role.

American Menu
The Ensemble Theatre gave a potent rendition of Don Wilson Glenn's portrait of five kitchen workers at a segregated diner in 1968, facing big changes in their own lives and the wider world. Director Eileen Morris and her splendid cast mined all the work's humor and pathos.

True Love Lies
Theater LaB returned to the controversial work of Canadian Brad Fraser and had one of its best-ever outings with this incisive portrait of a family in meltdown. Jimmy Phillips directed his pitch perfect cast in a dynamite rendition, uproariously funny and devastatingly true.

South Pacific
Lincoln Center Theatre's magnificent revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic reached Houston in its superb touring edition (presented here by TUTS), with Bartlett Sher's inspired direction and a splendid cast headed by Carmen Cusack and Rod Gilfrey.

Our Late Night
Catastrophic Theatre's enactment of Wallace Shawn's party-play was as dreamlike and disturbing as the playwright intended. The Catastrophic crew were at their best, innocuously saying and doing the unspeakable under Jason Nodler's finely calibrated direction.

In the Heights
Lin-Manuel Miranda's infectious score and Quiara Alegria Hudes' sensitive book created an engrossing portrait of a vibrant Latino enclave in Manhattan. The engaging Kyle Beltran led the irresistibly rousing touring company (presented by Broadway Across America-Houston.)

Stick Fly
An affluent African-American family's posh summer home was the fresh setting for Lydia Diamond's provocative comedy of family secrets and surprises. It got an ideal Houston premiere at the Ensemble, with an excellent cast giving its all under Eileen Morris' skilled direction.

Company
The landmark Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical exploring single vs. coupled states received a fantastic rendition from Masquerade Theatre, with Philip Duggins directing smartly and Luther Chakurian heading a fine cast as conflicted perennial bachelor Bobby.

The Designated Mourner
Catastrophic's other nod to avant-garde fave Shawn was director Nodler's quietly stunning realization of this very different piece, an ultra-intimate elegy on the death of high culture. Gregory Dean, towering centerpiece in its triptych of monologues, was never better.

Intelligence-Slave
Kenneth Lin's harrowing play about a math genius being kept alive in a Nazi concentration camp to perfect an early computer, got a powerhouse world premiere at the Alley, with Andrew Weems painfully believable as the beaten down yet indomitable protagonist.


Boeing-Boeing
The Alley delivered high-flying hilarity with Marc Camoletti's romp about the smug architect juggling three stewardess girlfriends till his carefully calculated system crashes. This deft recreation of the Tony-winning Broadway revival was the perfect farce, perfectly realized.

Among the Thugs
Horse Head Theatre's environmental staging of Bill Burford's memoir about Brit soccer hooligans was engrossing and disturbing. The always compelling Drake Simpson led a dangerously rowdy team in Kevin Holden's you-are-there staging that left spectators feeling bruised.

The Little Dog Laughed
Douglas Carter Beane's scathing Hollywood satire got a razor-sharp Houston premiere at Theater LaB, with Mary Hooper devastatingly good as the ruthless agent determined to keep her star client in the closet.

Reckless
Brave Dog Theatre brightened December with its fast, fresh and flawless rendition of Craig Lucas' surreal comedy at last, a Christmas play for adults! Philip Lehl directed a crack team with customary expertise, and Kim Tobin was a comic marvel as the unlucky yet resilient heroine.

Notable
Auntie Mame (Stages), Cinderella (Ensemble), Almost, Maine (Brave Dog), Leaving Iowa (A.D. Players), Flu Season (Mildred's Umbrella), Behanding in Spokane; 39 Steps; Peter Pan (Alley), Arcadia; Breakfast at 8; Doctor's Dilemma (Main Street), Camelot; Drowsy Chaperone (Masquerade.)

Thanks to the Alley and everyone who came to see the show and look for Intelligence-Slave coming soon to a theater near you!

And an extra congratulations to my pals Quiara, Lydia and Craig! Have a great 2011!

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