The Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum recognized STT’s 2017 season with 7 nods spanning several award categories. Read more at

Review: David Novinski at TheaterJones writes, “Second Thought Theatre scores on all levels with the world premiere of Blake Hackler’s remarkable play The Necessities.”

Review: Of The Necessities, The Dallas Voice says, “[Blake] Hackler’s astonishing new play takes you in unexpected directions without ever broadcasting its message.”

Review: says The Necessities is, “somber, effulgent, sublime.”

The Dallas Morning News‘ Nancy Churnin talks with The Necessities playwright Blake Hackler.

TheaterJones interviews playwright Blake Hackler about his newest play The Necessities debuting at Second Thought.

STT co-founder Allison Tolman talks with the Dallas Observer about her path from Dallas theater to starring in her new sitcom Downward Dog, which premieres May 17th at 8:30pm on ABC.

Leah Pickett at the Dallas Observer covers special “one night only” Young Jean Lee double header of We’re Gonna Die and Straight White Men at Second Thought.

Nancy Churnin of the Dallas Morning News says “Christie Vela’s direction puts a turbocharged spin on the macho clashes…veering like a roller coaster from the comic to the scary.”

“The script, directed with a smart sense of its testosterone-fueled energy by Christie Vela, brims with sudden-onset comedy bits,” says Jan Farrington at TheaterJones.

The Dallas Voice‘s Arnold Wayne Jones says, “The ultimate message of SWM…directed by a woman, Christina Vela — isn’t how obnoxious these stand-ins for the mainstream are, but how that obnoxiousness may disguise many doubts and weaknesses.”

Jennifer Smart writes for Arts+Culture Texas, “…it’s rare to see a story about this, the first generation of white men who have grown up plagued by these questions of identity (something women and people of color have been struggling with for, well, forever)…”.

“It’s intriguing to watch the nuances and purposeful ambiguity of “Straight White Men” that seems to begin as satire and slowly, slowly turns,” says Edge Media Network‘s Christopher Soden.

Shelby-Allison Hibbs of TheaterJones writes about the theater of Young Jean Lee, whose Straight White Men enjoys its regional premier at Second Thought this April.

Jonanna Wilder of the Dallas Voice interviews Straight White Men actor Zo Pryor about living in the “in-between”.

Lindsey Wilson at CultureMap Dallas names Straight White Men one of 10 “can’t-miss shows” in DFW theater for April.

CultureMap Dallas calls Ledel’s performance in Grounded “mesmerizing. With swagger and a masculine edge, she transitions from Top Gun’s Maverick into a fully formed person”

Alexandra Bonifield of CriticalRant says “Grounded [is] another first-rate feather in Second Thought Theatre’s production cap”

Dallas Morning News says Grounded is “a taut, timely, troubling look at drone warfare”

Alex Organ and Jenny Ledel interview with The Dallas Morning News on Grounded and STT’s future

The Dallas Observer interviews Alex Organ and Jenny Ledel about Grounded

CultureMap critic Lindsey Wilson lists Grounded in 12 Can’t-miss Shows for January


Mark Lowry includes Second Thought in 2016 in Review essay at TheaterJones

TheaterJones critic Janice Franklin lists A Kid Like Jake in her Top 5 Shows of 2016

Sharp Critic Christopher Soden lists A Kid Like Jake in his Top 10 for 2016

Dallas Voice names The Great God Pan one of their top 10 of 2016

Dallas Voice recognizes The Great God Pan actors in list of top performances of 2016

TheaterJones coverage of Second Thought’s 2017 Season

Dallas Morning News says “A Kid Like Jake makes you think twice at Second Thought Theatre”

Dallas Morning News says “The Great God Pan gives hope and insight to survivors of abuse”

Fort Worth Start Telegram Review of Martyr at Second Thought Theatre


The Dallas Morning News on Second Thought State of Mind 2015 featuring Derek Phillips.