“Partner In Crime” Featuring Dana Proulx-Willis

Theme: “Partner In Crime”
Storyteller: Dana Proulx-Willis

Published playwright and seasoned performer, Dana Proulx-Willis, recalls not fitting in during junior high, and how finding a partner in crime made all the difference. “We drew pictures of people riding the bikes on the bicycle crossing signs,” she says, recalling some of the duo’s hijinks.

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“Partner In Crime” Featuring Paul Yanez

Theme: “Partner In Crime”
Storyteller: Paul Yanez

Paul Yanez poignantly related how his partner in crime — a shepherd-mix named Ahgee — changed his life. On a road trip that lasted much longer than either anticipiated, Paul and Ahgee were detained by police. Audiences rolled when Paul said, “Ahgee was taken to her own cell for questioning, but luckily, she didn’t talk.”

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“Pulling Teeth”



What does it mean?

– If you say that making someone do something was like pulling teeth, it was very difficult and they did not want to do it (source: The Free Dictionary).

– Meaning is it difficult to get information needed. All you get is one bit at a time! As difficult as pulling teeth! (source: Urban Dictionary).

– If something if like pulling teeth, it is very difficult, especially if trying to extract information or to get a straight answer from someone. (source: UsingEnglish.com)

Example Sentences:

“It’s like pulling teeth to get a straight answer from him.” (source: The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms).

“Interviewing movie stars can be like pulling teeth, but Nicole Kidman was a delightful surprise: relaxed, natural, and a lot of fun.” (source: The Dictionary of American Slang).

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“Partner In Crime” Featuring Haven Abedin

Theme: “Partner In Crime”
Storyteller: Haven Abedin

OF veteran Haven Abedin kicked off our “Partner in Crime” show with a sweet and funny tale of bumbling through young love. Her impression of Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” won the audience’s hearts. And her lesson-learned — that love breaks boundaries — touched us all.

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It’s Showtime: Partner In Crime


Dallas’ beloved live storytelling series for adults returns tonight with the fourth show of its 5th Season at the stunning Dallas City Performance Hall in the heart of the Arts District. This month’s “Partner in Crime,” theme is the perfect way to spend the night out with that special someone, and show them you really care — even on days that don’t happen to be Valentine’s. It’s a great excuse to hang out with buddies, amigos and BFFLs, too.


Oral Fixation’s fifth season, continues with “Partner in Crime,” its first show of 2016. There, eight Dallasites will explore both the literal and the figurative meanings of having a “Partner in Crime,” with tales of friendships, deep bonds and some actual bank robbery for good measure. Needless to say, it’d be criminal to miss out on this rap sheet of storytelling.


Have you ever been to our new venue Dallas City Performance Hall?  It is simply amazing. Located at 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201, the venue is situated between the Wyly Theatre and One Arts Plaza, across the street from Booker T. Washington High School in the heart of the Arts District.  From the comfortable built-in movie theatre-style seating to the fact you can bring your alcoholic beverages into the theatre to its state of the art lights, video and sound capabilities, it is going to rock your world! Valet and self-parking is available at One Arts Plaza, surface lots on Ross Avenue or park free at a meter on Ross. Surrounding dining options before the shows include Lark on the Park, Proof + Pantry, Savor and Stephen Pyles. You’re going to want to make a habit of catching up with friends at our shows and hitting the town.


Flex passes and $25 individual tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone at (888) 454-4353, or online through Prekindle. Group and student discounts are available. Students show their ID at the door for $15 tickets.

Rehearsal Roundup: Partner In Crime


This past Saturday, excitement, nerves, and raw emotion joined the Oral Fixation “Partner in Crime” cast as they gathered at The Grove to rehearse. All in attendance agreed, this is going to be a powerhouse of a show.


“Finding any building Downtown stresses me out,” said OF veteran Haven Abedin. “But luckily The Grove is easy to find — and a beautiful space to boot!” The Brookhaven College English Professor also noted that she was glad she didn’t eat all of the peanut M&Ms that The Grove keeps stocked in the dining room.


Initially surprised by the “awesome stretches and weird noises we made to warm up,” Lyndol Woodruff noted that the theater warm up techniques OF utilizes really helped him feel more at ease with performing. “It was a splendiferous afternoon,” he added.


“I absolutely loved hearing everyone else’s take on the Partner in Crime theme,” said Nicole Fillion-Robin. “It can mean so many different things to people; I love the diversity of the stories.” Indeed, this show has it all!


For Paul Yanez, the Partner in Crime theme inspired a lively and honest tale about his dog Ahgee, who showed up just when he needed her most — and served as his co-pilot on a road trip that lasted longer than expected.


Brooke Lancaster’s lively portrayal of games she once played with her Partner in Crime in New Orleans had the group in stitches. All present may never see noses and quarters the same.


Mountain View College English Professor Darius Frasure was impressed with the power and depth of his fellow cast members’ tales. “Tuesday is sure to be an emotional tour de force,” he said.


Dana Proulx-Willis found the afternoon to be wonderful but also surprisingly emotional. “Hearing other people’s stories was amazing,” she said. “But I didn’t quite expect the tears.”


Although Jeffry Farrell once experienced some of the best theater training on the planet, as the owner of a busy yoga studio, he hasn’t been on stage in a long time. “Like the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz,” Jeffry said, laughing, “I’m kinda rusty at this.”

Thanks to Oak Cliff restaurant, Nova, the “Partner in Crime” cast was treated to some rather delicious brick-oven pizzas — perhaps the perfect food to fuel the rest of rehearsal (with a few M&M’s possibly thrown in for good measure, of course).


Hard work does indeed pay off, and the “Partner in Crime” cast members have now paid their dues. To witness some amazing evidence, join us and see just how compelling, visceral and entertaining live storytelling can be.

Join us when these “Partner in Crime” performers hit the stage at 8:00 p.m. this Tuesday, February 2, at Dallas City Performance Hall in the Arts District. Tickets are selling fast, so instead of making a run for the box office on show night, claim your seats now! #DoNotMissThisShow

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