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Title Houston Voice, No. 1172, April 11, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date April 11, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 18 APRIL 11, 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE L "TN fca-rVT" !■-?£: IHtYvaf \s*f£S~r PRF.SFNTS "Silver at his Naughtiest and most Hysterical" BY NICKY SILVER April 16th thru May 24th Previews April 16th & 17th, Friday and Saturday evenings April 18th thru'May 24th, Saturday Matinees May 10th & 24th Evening performances at 8:00PM, Matinees 2:00pm Previews-S10, Saturday matinees S1S. Friday & Saturday evenings S20 Reservations: (713) 522-2204 1415 California St i Need Tax Help? ♦ Individual Corporate and Small Business ♦ Accounting Janet S. Langham, CPA 3701 Kirby Drive, Suite 1184 Houston, Texas 77098 713.622.2650 ■» CPAJSLf@aol.com Frances McOormand Kate Beckinsale Christian Bale Natascha McElhone and AJessandro Nivola I "SMART, SEXY & FREE-SPIRITED! Sg. Laurel Canyon Written and Directed by Lisa Choiodenko ■A STARTS TODAY! A SENSATIONAL PERFORMANCE BY FRANCES McDORMAND!" .VO.VT PICTURES CLASSICS theater donmoser 'Big Voice' shows that deity abounds in some of the most unexpected places Theater can be divine JHJI|:N^_1.lLV*.!.ll'!.,MJt->.'.!1 1 3) 324-2 1 75 THE QUESTION ASKED AND THEN answered by both Steve Schalchlin and Jim Brochu in "The Big Voice: God or Merman?" is: Where does someone find direction in life? Throughout their separate and combined journeys on stage, the two talented performers share with the audience their travels on the road to understanding their place and God's role in the world. It's fortunate, though, that the two are Merman queens and not Judy ones; otherwise, according to Jim's thinking. their travels together would have been doomed. The above brand of humor is part and parcel to this autobiographical production of wit and music by two longtime partners: Jim, a Brooklyn-born Catholic, and Steve, a Southern Baptist from Texas. At an early age, both men were called to the service of God within in those very different denominations, but the "big" voice never would arrive for them, even in the most sacred and devout of settings. ACCORDING TO JIM, IT WAS ALWAYS the little voice in their heads that prevailed, and his practicing of papal blessings at the Vatican and Jim's studies at a Bible college were to no avail. However hard they would seek, their efforts came up comically short. Many moments and songs performed by the duo, about their careers and marriage, have that bittersweet edge to finding some sort of purpose in life. "Our original concept was to write a play about God, but we found we were writing a play about each other," says Brochu. "We change the course of each other's lives all the time, and we never know it — that's what the play is about." BROCHU, A 30-YEAR VETERAN OF stage and screen, has his epiphany of career direction in musical theater, when he gets to meet Ethyl Merman. From that moment, he understands that God can be found in the theater. His tale of that discovery, with its subtle humor and tested compassion, includes times when the public's hate for his homosexuality is not understood. The question of where God is during those times remains an underlying concern in his career. As for Schalchlin, a composer/lyricist best known for his semi-autobiographical, award-winning work "The Last Session," his darkest but most miraculous moment comes upon being diagnosed with AIDS. Of the many Real-life partners Jim Brochu (left) and Steve Schalchlin wrote and star in The Big Voice: God or Merman?' The production is showing now at Stages Repertory Theatre and is directed by Anthony Barnao. A portion of proceeds from the play's Houston run goes to PFLAG-Houston and the PFLAG/HATCH Youth Scholarship Fund. (Photo by Bruce Bennett) poignant and comical numbers in "The Big Voice: God or Merman?", the one concerning Steve's coping with that disease is the most remarkable. At a time when there was little known about the illness, Steve, along with Jim's tremendous faith, conquered it literally through hope, the "impossible" hope of performing his work on Broadway. Not only did he overcome the disease, but also his show played on Broadway for nine months. If you are in the mood, then, to hear personal testimony of the power of theater to change lives, go see "The Big Voice: God or Merman?" By way of Jim Brochu's and Steve Schalchlin's humor and catchy tunes, you will leave with a lighter heart and a little more "religion." ft MORE INFO Hie Big Voice: God or Mermanr Through April 19 7:30 p.m. Tiles., Wed, Thurs. and Sunday 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 4 p.m. Sat. matinee, April 19 Tickets: $30 Stages Repertory Theatre 3201 Allen Parkway 713-527-0123 www.stagestheatre.com www.thebigvoice.com
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