Month: April 2011
“The Year of Magical Thinking” tells a tragic story that would make stones weep, and New York actress Ellen McLaughlin gives a luminous, moist-eyed performance as Joan Didion as she works her way through the five stages of grief, according to the Kübler-Ross model: (1) Denial and Isolation, (2) Anger, (3) Bargaining, (4) Depression, and (5) Acceptance.
“Of Gods and Men” (Dir. Xavier Beauvois, 2010) The most stirring scene of this immaculately affecting French film involves a group of Trappist monks singing towards a stained glass window in their Algerian monastery as an armed helicopter hovers above. Granted, it takes a while to get there as this film is a real slow… Read More ›
An old man disappointed with his life’s work makes a deal with the devil. That is the story, in short, of Faust, the play by Wolfgang von Goethe. The opera, performed by North Carolina Opera, with music by Charles Gounoud and libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, opened Thursday night to a nearly full… Read More ›
Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland “insecurity.” “Why Torture is Wrong …” tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both?
Dramatist Debbie Barrett says, “[‘Oh Baby’] focuses mainly on the precipice facing each character in the space between anticipating parenthood and actually becoming a parent (or not). Much of the play is character focused, highlighting their anxieties, and demonstrating their connectedness.”