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Top-notch performances are the best part about Theatre Three's "...Vera Stark"

Theatre Three's production of "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark"


Theatre Three presents Lynn Nottage's "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark

Through July 13th

2800 Routh St.
Dallas, TX 75201

Tickets are available at or by calling (214) 871-3300

Director/Set Design: Bruce R. Coleman
Lighting Design: Amanda West
Costume Design: Tory Padden
Sound/Video Design: Rich Frohlich

Stormi Demerson as Lottie McBride & Carmen Levy-Green
Raven Garcia as Anna-Mae Simpkins & Afua
Lee Jamison as Gloria Mitchell
Aaron Roberts as Maxmillian Von Oster & Peter Rhys-Davis
Calvin Roberts as Leroy Barksdale
Paul J. Williams as Mr. Slasvick & Brad Donovan
Yolonda Williams as Vera Stark

Theatre Three presents Lynn Nottage's comedy about the fictional African-American motion picture pioneer Vera Stark. Not satisfied with playing maid for "America's Sweetie Pie", Gloria Mitchell, Vera Stark longs for a career on the screen alongside her boss. She struggles with Hollywood stereotypes and volatile men before vanishing without a trace in the 1970s. Her disappearance becomes a bit of a legend, as historians and those who have benefited from her legacy try to piece together the mystery of their idol.

A strong first-act sets up a bit of a disappointment in Act Two, but the performances are first-rate and well worth your time. Rich Frohlich's brilliant sound and video design is the perfect companion to the design and direction of Bruce Coleman, a Theatre Three mainstay. Filled with nostalgia for vintage Hollywood, while refusing to gloss over the unseemly, stereotypical treatment of African-Americans in the Golden Age, "...Meet Vera Stark" is a fascinating--if occasionally frustrating--piece of theatre.

The podcast review, with special guest Shane Hamlin, is at the top of this page.

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