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Lauren Smart

Lauren Smart

SMU alumna and Dallas native Lauren Smart returned to her hometown after earning her master’s degree in arts journalism from Syracuse University in 2012. She works as Klyde Warren Park’s communications specialist and moonlights as an arts journalist for publications including Patron Magazine, Dallas Morning News, American Theatre,, Broadway World and Arts+Culture magazine. Lauren is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association.

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A Play of the Times

Kitchen Dog Theater's near-perfect Detroit avoids cheap laughs

By Lauren Smart

Kitchen Dog Theater scores big with its season opener, Detroit. Tim Johnson's sharp direction adds rich meaning to a poignant comedy about American financial collapse.  When Sharon (Jenny Ledel ...

Family Drama Unfurled

Undermain Theatre pieces together Profanity for thoughtful season opener

By Lauren Smart

Undermain Theatre’s season opener, Profanity, pieces together the story of a crooked family at the moment at which their corruption threatens to undo them. It’s a heightened family ...

Theater Critics' Picks

DFW Theater Critics Forum bestows honors for 2012-13 season

By Lauren Smart

Every year, the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum dishes out awards for best new play, best actor, best direction and myriad other theater categories. The group does not crown a ...

Stranded in a Forest

Second Thought Theatre's latest production is a dark, deep and frustrating journey

By Lauren Smart

In its current production, Second Thought Theatre tackles Neil LaBute’s spindly new play, In a Forest, Dark and Deep, which pits middle-aged siblings against one another in an isolated ...

Theater Review

Upstart Productions deftly explores slacker culture in The Aliens

By Lauren Smart

On its surface, The Aliens is a simple story about best friends stagnating on the cusp of adulthood. But the characters in this quiet, methodical play from Upstart Productions dig ...

Performing Arts Preview

TITAS brings Baryshnikov-approved Jessica Lang Dance and more tours de force to Dallas

By Lauren Smart

As the executive director of Texas International Theatrical Arts Society (TITAS), Charles Santos imports performing arts companies and musicians from all over the world to perform in the Dallas Arts ...

Wendy Finally Has Her Day

Dallas Theater Center explores the psychology of Neverland in Fly

By Lauren Smart

In the second act of Fly, the boy who never grew up stands behind Captain Hook and sings harmony to the lyrics “I am just a little boy / I never ...

Theater Review

Second Thought Theatre's Gruesome Playground Injuries crackles with wit and truth

By Lauren Smart

With its current production, Gruesome Playground Injuries, small but salient Dallas theater company Second Thought Theatre gives its audiences another stellar production. A compelling script by Rajiv Joseph explores themes ...

Experimental Theater

T.N.B. challenges Dallas audience with immersive theater experience

By Lauren Smart

Dead White Zombies, a local site-specific theater company, has moved into a former drug stash house in West Dallas (tucked behind Babb Bros BBQ) to mount an unconventional, immersive production ...

Savage Stage

Davis Street Collective debuts with haunting must-see 4.48 Psychosis

By Lauren Smart

Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis is the haunting first production of the Davis Street Collective, the Bishop Arts District’s newest theater company. The troupe is mounting a limited ...

Dancing Divas

Priscilla Queen of the Desert shows more style than substance

By Lauren Smart

For the next two weeks, Dallas Summer Musicals hosts a nightly feel-good dance party with Priscilla Queen of the Desert. This catchy, colorful show adapted from the campy 1994 movie ...

Male Bonding

Bromance takes center stage at two Dallas theaters

By Lauren Smart

Current productions at two Dallas theater companies cast the spotlight on male bonds, exploring the good, the bad and the awkward. Dallas Theater Center plays it safe with the classic ...

World Premiere

Performances transcend a disjointed narrative in She Creatures at Nouveau 47

By Lauren Smart

Nouveau 47 Theatre and its East Dallas neighbor, Ochre House Theater, have opened up new worlds for local theater audiences, with premieres of new work at intimate houses. These companies ...

Art as Theater

Dallas Theater Center paints pretentious but compelling portrait of Mark Rothko in Red

By Lauren Smart

Harold Rosenberg, one of Abstract Expressionism’s greatest art critics, once said, “At a certain moment the canvas began to appear to one American painter after another as an arena ...

Tiger Sleeps Tonight

Audience needs an open mind and strong stomach for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

By Lauren Smart

Based on a true story from the front of the Iraq war — the headline read “US Solider Kills Rare Bengal Tiger” — Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo follows the intertwining ...

Give the Boy a Hand

90 minutes of climax may be too much in Second Thought Theatre's A Behanding in Spokane

By Lauren Smart

The season opener for Second Thought Theatre, A Behanding in Spokane, takes the audience on a frenetic journey into the depths of a man’s obsession with finding the severed ...

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