Month: May 2011
“Tonight I get to do 2 of my favorite things, comedy and charging people money for music.” – Steve Martin on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center last Saturday night.
Burning Coal is excited to premier four plays by North Carolina students in a professional production this June. The plays, See You Soon by Morgan Richardson (12th Grade, Enloe), The Hangman’s Diary by Jackson Bloom (12th grade, Enloe), Fight for Your Honor by Stuart Rose (11th grade, home schooled), and The Love in this Room… Read More ›
The American Dance Festival (ADF) will launch its 78th season on June 9th at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) with the 2011 ADF Gala, a one-night-only performance by five companies celebrating the career of ADF Director Charles L. Reinhart. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas will make its ADF Debut with her 1983 classic work Rosas danst Rosas Friday-Sunday, June 10-12 at Reynolds Industries Theater, and Israel’s newly coined “choreographers to watch,” Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, will bring a US Premiere to Reynolds Industries Theater Tuesday-Wednesday, June 14-15. The exhilarating Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will round out the first week with a reconstruction of his masterpiece D-Man in the Waters at the DPAC Thursday-Saturday, June 16-18, featuring live accompaniment by the Durham Symphony. Additionally, former ADF Dean, Donna Faye Burchfield, will be presented with the Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching on June 10th, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker will be presented with the prestigious $50,000 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award on June 11th at Reynolds Industries Theater prior to her company’s performance, and on June 16th the season dedication will be given to acclaimed visual artist Alex Katz prior to the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performance at DPAC.
“Monty Python’s Spamalot” applies the patented stream-of-consciousness sketch-comedy technique — and sublime silliness — of Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969-83) to debunking the legends of noble King Arthur and his heroic Knights of the Round Table and their brave but ultimately futile search for the Holy Grail.
Al Pacino may have rambled at times, but he was never less than fascinating. Sure, it was an evening of indulgence, but few movie stars, even ones with comparable backgrounds in theater, could’ve pulled it off as charmingly.