Month: October 2010
Broadway Series South, in conjunction with City Stage of Wilmington, will present five performances of the outrageously offbeat 1973 British musical-turned-cult film, “The Rocky Horror Show,” with music, lyrics, and book by Richard O’Brien, on Oct. 28-31 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The stage musical premiered on June 19, 1973 in the 60-seat Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in London, later transferred to the Chelsea Classic Cinema and other locations, and racked up 2,960 performances in London by 1980.
At the heart of “Educating Rita” lies an unlikely relationship between a naïve but desperate-to-learn young coed, Rita (Lori Prince), and her bitter, hard-drinking tutor, Frank (Dennis Parlato). The comedic yet thought-provoking show carefully explores the true meaning of “education,” what we sacrifice during the learning process, and the bonds that can be forged in the most unlikely of places.
Deep Dish Theater Company’s current production of “Is He Dead?” is one of those plays that the audience desperately wants to like, but ultimately doesn’t. The story’s premise sounds like fun: a struggling French artist, Jean-Francois Millet (Steven Roten), and his foolish pals, the German Dutchy (Jon Karnofsky), the Irishman O’Shaughnessy (Kit FitzSimmons), and the American Chicago (C. Delton Streeter) cook up a scheme to make Millet an overnight sensation — and drive up the price of his heretofore unsellable paintings — by pretending that he is dead. The only catch is that in order to pull off the clever ruse, Millet must disguise himself as a woman, his nonexistent identical twin sister, Daisy Tillou.
Next at bat in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 35th anniversary season is “Fences,” an award-winning play by African-American playwright August Wilson (1945-2005), which will preview on Oct. 27-29, officially opens on Oct. 30th, and continues its three-week run on Oct. 31st and Nov. 2-7 and 9-14 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art.
On Oct. 22nd, the NCSU Center Stage audience was the first to see “Faith Healing” since its original run in 1993. Aside from writer, director, and choreographer Jane Comfort, the only returning member of the original production is Mark Dendy, who played Amanda Wingfield in 1993. Dendy possesses a special something that Comfort spoke of in her pre-show discussion, something that is not only an underlying theme of Williams’ play, but of Comfort’s piece: longing. In a very tender scene shared between Amanda and her son Tom (Sean Donovan), Dendy as Amanda stares out at the moon, eyes glinting in the light, brimming with tears, and swoons over her past and the worry of what is to come.