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The Foreigner: Playing a Character Who Speaks ‘Scripted Gibberish’

Posted on · As a part of its Summer Chills series, The Alley Theatre has been staging the comedy The Foreigner, by Larry Shue. Here’s the basic concept: Two Englishmen – Charlie and Froggy – visit a resort fishing lodge in rural Georgia. For reasons that are complicated, a lie is told. The lie: that Charlie is from […]

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Actor and Pianist Hershey Felder Brings George Gershwin to Life on Houston Stage

Posted on · There may be no more quintessentially American composer of the 20th century than George Gershwin. The performer most celebrated for bringing him to life in the 21st century is a Canadian named Hershey Felder. The Alley Theatre brings the actor, playwright and pianist and his popular one man show George Gershwin Alone to the University […]

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Floodplain Management, The Full Menu, and Hershey Felder: Wednesday’s Show (June 3, 2015)

Posted on · Eight dead in Houston, millions of dollars in damages — by now we all know how the Memorial Day rains affected the region, and while we can’t stop the rain, some argue we could do more to mitigate the results. Kriston Capps is a staff writer for CityLab, a division of The Atlantic. In a […]

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Ebola in Texas, The Full Menu & Dracula: Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 1, 2014

Posted on · The first person to test positive for Ebola on U.S. soil remains at a Dallas hospital today. Health officials say the patient came to Texas from Liberia earlier this month. He sought care last Friday, and has been hospitalized in isolation since the weekend. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Houston Public […]

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Alley Theatre Opens New Season at Its Temporary Location

Posted on · Houston’s Alley Theatre opened its new season Aug. 20 with the Horton Foote play “The Old Friends,” a story about a Texas family in turmoil, starring Broadway veteran Betty Buckley. The new season is notable because it’s taking place entirely on the University of Houston campus while the Alley’s downtown location is renovated. Houston Public Media’s Ernie […]

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Future of NASA and Space, and Theatres on the Move: Houston Matters for Thursday, August 21, 2014

Posted on · Houston was once Space City – but it simply may not be anymore. As government priorities change, privatization nudges out NASA, and we hitch Russian rides to the space station, what’s Houston’s role in space? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with the Houston Chronicle “Sci Guy” Eric Berger about the future of the […]