Feb 242015
 

Teen Brain: The Musical - The Moms Journal - Dallas Children's Theater

Review of Teen Brain: The Musical, Presented by Dallas Children’s Theater

by Mina Frannea

Teen Brain: The Musical, written by award winning playwright Linda Daugherty, follows a group of high school students who portray the everyday struggles that adolescents go through with school, family, friends and relationships as well as their emotional responses to a variety of situations like peer pressure and alcohol and drugs.

Teen Brain the Musical - Dallas Children's Theater - ZiggyThe show creatively incorporates the latest in neuroscience to educate the audience about how the teenage brain develops. This is done in a fun way as part of an interactive class report that Ziggy (Jacob Segoviano) puts together. Segoviano does a great monologue explaining his research, complete with a brain hat and an Albert Einstein like accent – wonderfully done! An interesting fact we learn is that the frontal lobes of a teen brain are not fully developed which is why teens are known to act on impulse. Their brains process things so fast that consequences of choices may not be factored in. Reasoning and decision making based on forethought apparently don’t come into play until about the mid 20′s. Continue reading »

Feb 012015
 

Marvel Universe Live - Finale - Cast

Review of Marvel Universe Live!

Superheroes and super villains duking it out and trying to one up each other’s prowess, cool motor cycle stunts, pyrotechnics and lots of special lighting effects – Marvel Universe Live! is a comic book come to life on stage.

The show opens in grand style with a montage of each character on the big screen, building excitement and setting the tone for coming attractions.  We learn that Loki is on a quest to clone the Cosmic Cube, the ultimate and highly coveted tesseract that would allow him to alter reality and control matter and energy. Spider-Man and the Avengers devise a plan to thwart Loki and the adventures begin. Continue reading »