Dallas' foremost resident Diva is dancing (and singing, and acting) as fast as she can, thank you very much.
Fresh off the resounding success of Royal Blues, Liz Mikel is now thrilling audiences in her role as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream. How does one go from belting out blues standards to reciting the works of Shakespeare? With sauce, sass, attitude and class, as ably demonstrated by La Liz.
Whether she is belting out show-stopping blues ballads by the likes of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith, while introducing a hapless gentleman sitting on the front row to her famous 'girls', or wreaking havoc at a wedding in ancient Greece, Liz Mikel never misses a beat.
In case you've forgotten, or just never got into Shakespeare before now, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oberon (played by Cedric Neal) and Titania are king and queen of the fairies. Oberon, angered at Titania's strong willed decision to do as she wishes, rather than as he demands, enlists Puck to help teach Titania a lesson. When a secret botanical potion is sprinkled on her eyelids, Titania is doomed to fall in love with the first creature she sees, which turns out to be a man dressed as a donkey.
Now at war against each other, Oberon and Titania cause no small degree of pandemonium, as storms rage on relentlessly, crops rot in the field and...well, you just gotta go see it.
Says Mikel, "there is something for everyone - bring the entire family." Not only is the production full of laughter, music and dance, it is heavy on audience participation, with patrons often being pulled onto the stage to participate in the chaotic fun.
Liz Mikel is currently appearing in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Dallas Theater Center/Wyly Theatre through November 22nd. Performances are Tuesday thru Sunday, with showtimes at 8:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. matinees available on Saturday and Sunday. For tickets and more information, call 214.522.8499 or visit www.dallastheatercenter.org.
Liz is also appearing in Blues Thrillers at Tuckers' Blues, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, also through November 22nd. For more reservations and more information, call 214.744.BLUE.
Tuckers' Blues is located at 2617 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75226.