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Month: April 2011

Ellen McLaughlin gives a luminous performance in "The Year of Magical Thinking"

“The Year of Magical Thinking” Tugs at the Heartstrings

“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.

The cast of "Of Gods and Men" now playing in the Triangle.

Of Monks and Terrorists

“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 ›

Opening Night at North Carolina Opera’s Faust

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 ›

The "Why Torture Is Wrong" cast includes (from left): Rachel Klem as Hildegard, Jeff Alguire as Zamir, Jennifer Evans as Loony Tunes, and Larry Evans as Leonard (photo by Ghost & Spice Productions)

“Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” Is Savage Satire by Christopher Durang

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?

The "Oh Baby" cast includes (from left): Sheryl Scott as Sarah, Matt Gromlich as David, Joanna Herath as Vivian, Jessica Kent as Dolores, Noelle Barnard as Evie, Jim Azarelo as Adam, Wyatt Geist as Kyle, and Stacie Whitley as "Mimi."

FATE Presents the World Premiere of “Oh, Baby! A Collection of Fertility Plays” by Debbie Barrett

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.”