Old Jews Telling Jokes Coming to The Eisemann Center in July!

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES
JULY 11-28, 2019
Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts

Don’t Miss a Hilarious Evening in the Catskills with Jokes, Skits, Song, and Dance!
From the Producers of My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy and
My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, & I’m in Therapy

Philip Roger Roy and Playhouse Productions, Inc. have announced a limited engagement of the off Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations Bank of America Theatre. The visiting production is set to open on Thursday, July 11, at 2:00 pm and the engagement will continue through Sunday, July 28.

Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent and Directed by Jeremy Quinn, Old Jews Telling Jokes, which has been called a “pickle-barrel full of giggles,” showcases five actors in a revue-type production that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. It celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish humor and ‘all the rabbis, complaining wives, fed-up husbands, patience-challenged physicians, gossiping ladies, and competitive men’ populating it. The humor is suggestive and even raunchy as the ‘Old Jews’ make fun of themselves as well as followers of every other religion. Producer Philip Roger Roy said this, “Think Catskills comedy with jokes, songs, stories, skits, and routines. The humor is reminiscent of the great Jewish comedians from Buddy Hackett and Alan King to Tom Lehrer, and more.” Warning: adult (bawdy) humor. Not for audiences under 21.

Old Jews Telling Jokes has received rave reviews around the country including The Huffington Post who said this about the show, “A non-stop laugh fest.” Said the New York Times, “Hilarious … magnificent, enduring rhythm of Jewish humor!” And from the New Yorker, “The laughs-per-minute average is as high as anything you’ll find on stage!” Legendary comedian Mel Brooks enthused, “Chock full of laughs!”

Get your tickets now for this very funny production while it’s in town! The regular performance schedule is Thursday at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $39-65 and may be purchased online at: www.eisemanncenter.com, by phone at 972.744.4650 or in person at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, TX 75082. For group sales information, call (888) 264-1788.

 

 

The Book of Mormon Review

 Back by popular demand, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical returns to Dallas, Music Hall at Fair Park for a limited engagement January 29 – February 3!  Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.

Disclaimer:  First of all, I’d like to apologize to Mormons everywhere because I thought this was the funniest musical I’ve ever seen.  The musical is filled with offensive song lyrics and profanity not only aimed at the Church of Later Day Saints but really all religions and ethnic groups (no one is off limits).   If that offends you then this is not the show for you and PLEASE – no children should be in the same building with this musical!

So now that I’ve apologized and warned you, here’s the truth:  Despite the shock value (every scene not only makes you gasp but makes you laugh out loud despite yourself) there’s a reason why The New York Times calls THE BOOK OF MORMON “the best musical of this century.”  The musical was created and written by the same team of writers Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone who created the TV Show “South Park” and  the musical “Avenue Q”.  If that’s not a hint to what’s in store for you then I don’t know what is.   It’s sarcastic, silly, offensive, clever, rude, inappropriate, and makes several brutal commentaries about our society but in a lighthearted and hilarious way of course!

The numbers in The Book of Mormon are creatively staged and absolutely inspired.  To say that the dancing is lively and fun to watch is an understatement and the songs are not only hilarious but actually really good!  After you’ve seen THE BOOK OF MORMON you understand why this musical has won 9 Tony’s and has been widely acclaimed by critics everywhere.  You may not like everything you hear but you will definitely love and appreciate the musical itself.  This is definitely one to check off your bucket list!

Tickets for the Dallas engagement start at $29 (pricing subject to change) and will go on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at (800) 982-2787. They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling (214) 426-4768 or emailing Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

 

Pick Murder Mystery Dinner Theater for Your Next Event!

Food, fun, and murder all in one live-action murder mystery party!  My family and I decided to try something new for a holiday outing recently and went to The Murder Mystery Company’s production of “The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year” in Dallas.  It was so fun and something different for our family to do together besides the usual movie we go to together.  As soon as we walked in the door (after we took our fun Murder Mystery pic together of course) we were interacting with some of the quirky and definitely suspicious characters/suspects in the soon to be “murder” mystery production.

If you’ve never been to a Murder Mystery Theater Dinner event here’s the scoop:   It’s basically a two hour dinner party (you enjoy a delicious three course meal) while the live action theater plot unfolds and a murder is committed right before your eyes (in a funny way).  You then have the opportunity to mingle and interview the characters and suspects.  Think of it as a live game of Clue and you get the idea.  Each table is given a team name and a profile.  We were TMZ Reporters and our goal throughout the night was to be obnoxious  and take lots of photos WITH the flash on to irritate everyone around us – lol!  Trying to figure out all the twists and turns of the game and gather clues with your team makes it both fun and a challenge.  My husband was picked to be one of the suspicious characters and being the big ham that he is, he was in his element!  My 21 year old son loved that the audience got to interact with the players and help solve the crime.  And yes The TMZ Reporters solved the crime correctly and expertly (which was a good thing because my family is very competitive) but they definitely make it a challenge to figure it all out.

The Mystery Company makes the whole experience even more fun by encouraging you to dress for the theme (we wore ugly Christmas sweaters for our production) and that definitely made it more of a festive atmosphere.  The actors also do a great job of staying in character throughout the night so that creates a very theatrical element to the evening.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is the perfect thing to do with the family (rated PG-10), date night, girl’s night out, marriage party, birthdays, and anniversaries.  The Mystery Company also offers parties for privately hosted parties (they will come to you) and corporate events!   I strongly advise adding this experience to your “must do” list!

The next theme is “Death of a Gangster” a 1920’s Mafia Marriage Murder Mystery and dates are:

Friday, January 25th @ 7:00 PM

Friday, February 22 @ 7:00 PM

Go to the website for more information: The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea – Tickets to See Phantom of the Opera!

After over 30 years in production The Angel of Music is making its triumphant return to Dallas at The Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas from December 19th through January 6 and it’s better than ever!

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift idea?  Anyone in your family would love to see this production!  Seen it before?  I’ve seen it several times before and it never gets old.  This is a new fresh production with beautiful new set designs and even more intense drama!   Maybe your children have never seen it before?  This Phantom will amaze and delight the new generation!  Really, this musical is for everyone in your family.

I had the incredible opportunity to interview the new Phantom, Quentin Oliver Lee before the musical started and I was very impressed with both his presence and his graciousness.  He gave me some insight into his background and aspects of his performance.  Quentin has starred in Porgy and Bess, Lion King and several other productions. He has found that starring in Phantom has presented some unique challenges.  Such as the unique music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s that is challenging to sing due to the number of minor and flat notes that you’re required to sing.  Also human elements such as Phantom’s darkness, anger, and frustration were quite challenging for him to display.  But having such a great leading lady as, Eva Tavares (Christine) helped him tremendously in his performance.  It also takes over an hour for The Phantom’s make-up to be applied and at least 30 minutes to take off each night.  He loves the role though and is looking forward to performing in Dallas the next two weeks.

The media also got an exclusive peek in the house an hour before the musical began to see the real star of the musical be prepared for her performance – The Giant PHANTOM Chandelier!  Stage Manager, Mitchell Hodges gave us several amazing details about the chandelier itself and the preparation that goes into it.  Such as:

  • Each production has their own uniquely designed and created chandelier which is modeled the chandelier after one in the Palais Garnier, Paris’s opera house.
  • The Chandelier weighs 2000 pounds so it’s a real challenge to get it into each theater on the tour.
  • It is made up of 6,000 beads consisting of 35 beads to each string and includes several pounds of gold leaf.
  • The touring version falls at 5.5 miles per second in the opening act.
  • The original version was built by 5 people in 4 weeks.
  • It takes crew members over an hour each night to prepare the chandelier and wrap it in silks before each performance.
  • In the opening auction scene, a system of magnets and a weight in a tube at the bottom of the medallion sucks the bag inside the chandelier, revealing its splendour.
  • There are 50 wirelessly controlled pyro elements concealed inside the chandelier. It launches three fireworks called “gerbs.” There are also 40 smaller firecrackers that go off like gunshots.
  • It can be very scary when it drops and takes some audience members by surprise.  He said there have been multiple screams from the audience when it drops!

We also heard from Mitchell some wonderful trivia about the dazzling costumes worn in Phantom:

  • Each performance has 230 costumes, 14 dressers
  • Each actor has their own set of costumes.
  • Each actor has 2 sets of costumes and can’t use the costume twice in a day.
  • There are costume fixes every day because of the heavy use.
  • Some costumes weigh more than 40 pounds.
  • Some wardrobe changes are made in 15 seconds!

 

With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.  So if you’re looking for some last minute Christmas gifts or even if you’re not, you will not be disappointed in this incredible performance of The Phantom of The Opera!

 

To purchase tickets, visit:  DallasSummerMusicals.org, call 800-745-3000 or visit the Music Hall at Fair Park’s Box Office at 909 1st Avenue, Dallas TX 75210. Ticket prices start at $26 (pricing subject to change).  For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour/

 

 

Dallas Zoo and Yowie Chocolates Team Up – December 1st!

The Dallas Zoo is the place to be tomorrow, Saturday, December 1st!  The Dallas Zoo has teamed up with Yowie Chocolates to provide zoo visitors with free Yowie chocolates that contain figurines of endangered animals!  You heard me – free chocolate!

 

December 4th is National Wildlife Conservation Day and to celebrate this important day the Dallas Zoo along with Yowie Chocolates is treating the zoo’s animals with ‘toys’ also called enrichment items.  They are designed to increase their curiosity and encourage play – how great is that?

 

Guests will also be able to enjoy the Dallas Zoo’s annual Zoo Lights, take photos with Yowie’s very own Rumble mascot, all while enjoying a sweet treat in honor of National Wildlife Conservation Day.

Nights Shine Brighter at the Zoo!

Dallas Zoo Lights are sponsored by Reliant Energy and runs from  November 30th – January 1st from 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm.  After the animals head in for the evening, the zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with over one million twinkling lights illuminating ZooNorth throughout the holiday season.  This year, discover realistic silk-covered lanterns in the shape of your favorite animals,plus even more light displays and festivities for the entire family!

 

For ticket  and more information go to:  www.dallaszoolights