Pegasus News raves about Oleanna:
D Magazine’s FrontRow gives Oleanna its highest rating: “GO SEE IT”:
Theaterjones.com reviews Oleanna:
“Dallas Actor’s Lab isn’t into playing coy, which should be more than obvious since they’re making their debut in the Dallas theater scene with a production of David Mamet’s Oleanna. As a company that focuses on intimate and provocative theater, Dallas Actor’s Lab made a smart decision by selecting Mamet’s two-character study of sexual exploitation in the world of higher education. Exploring the ever-present issues of gender roles, sexuality and sexual harassment, Oleanna was written on the heels of the Clarence Thomas hearings but is as applicable now as it was twenty years ago”
“Oleanna, which opened yesterday at Project X’s Green Zone, is my pick tonight. I’m excited about it for a couple of reasons. One, it’s a David Mamet-penned two-person drama about a smug professor on tenure track and a female student, Carol, who accuses him of sexual harassment. Mamet’s work usually speaks for itself, and I’ve only read this play, never seen it performed. Two, this is the inaugural production of the Dallas Actor’s Lab. FrontRow has the details about the new theater troupe, formed by Kyle Lemieux, director of drama over at the University of Dallas. Natalie Young, fresh off her strong performance in Second Thought Theatre’s production of Red Light Winter, is playing the role of Carol.”
Dallas Morning News. “BEST BETS”, 7/22/11:
“We have a new and ambitious theatrical company in town. Kyle Lemieux, who succeeded Patrick Kelly as head of the University of Dallas theater program, has founded Dallas Actor’s Lab. He also stars in its first show, David Mamet’s Oleanna, which opens Thursday. Lemieux portrays a college professor who is accused of sexual harassment by a student, played by Natalie Young. UD grad James Mackenzie is the director.”
Dallas Actor’s Lab launches with Oleanna
Dallas, TX – July 12, 2011 – Dallas Actor’s Lab (DAL) plunges into the burgeoning Dallas theater scene with its inaugural production of David Mamet’s Oleanna. Written in the wake of the Clarence Thomas sexual harassment allegations of the early 1990s, Mamet’s play remains as provocative, as darkly humorous, as riveting—and as relevant—as ever.
When the paths of a male university professor on the verge of tenure and an eager but confused female student collide, a searing 90-minute power struggle ensues. Exploring issues of gender roles, sexuality and harassment, Oleanna challenges and provokes our preconceptions about actions versus words and the ultimate limits of language.
Oleanna stars Natalie Young, recently seen in Second Thought Theatre’s Red Light Winter, as Carol, and Kyle Lemieux, DAL Artistic Director and Chair of Drama at the University of Dallas, as John.
“Our vision for Dallas Actor’s Lab is to serve as an incubator for emerging and established artists, both locally and nationally” said Lemieux. “Launching Dallas Actor’s Lab with David Mamet’s Oleanna, in such an intimate setting as the Green Zone, places the focus squarely on the actor and the text. My goal for the Lab is to create an environment in which artists can do their best work.”
161 Riveredge Dr., Dallas, TX 75207. PERFORMANCE TIMES ARE THURSDAY-SATURDAY AT 8:00PM AND SUNDAY AT 3:00PM. SPECIAL INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE MONDAY, AUGUST 1ST AT 8:00PM IS “PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN”.
Tickets for Oleanna can be purchased, beginning July 18, at http://www.dallasactorslab.org/boxoffice, by emailing email@example.com, by calling 214.604.7113, or at the Green Zone 60 minutes before curtain. Advanced reservations are strongly suggested (the theater seats only 50). Oleanna is recommended for mature audiences.
Dallas Actor’s Lab is assisted by an Artistic Advisory Board, which is comprised of:
Marsha Stephanie Blake
T. Paul Lynch
D. Nicholas Rudall
For more information about the Dallas Actors Lab and Oleanna,
please visit http://www.dallasactorslab.org
Dallas Actor’s Lab