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Month: January 2015

NRACT’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” Is Nostalgic, Engaging, and Completely Endearing

Ever since it first debuted on Broadway in 1993, Neil Simon’s comedy, “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” has been transporting audiences back to simpler-but-still- troubled times, namely the 1950s. Set in New York City and, to be more specific, in the writer’s room of a weekly comedy series, this charming play, onstage now at NRACT… Read More ›

art of cool festival

Art Of Cool Festival Seeks Musicians For Jazz And Soul Festival in April

The application process closes on Sunday, Feb. 15.

Kathryn Hunter-Williams and Schuyler Scott Mastain clash repeatedly as singer and aspiring actress Wiletta Mayer and her Broadway director Al Manners in "Trouble in Mind" (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Alice Childress’ “Trouble in Mind” Asks, What Happens When a Dream Deferred Finally Comes True, But with Unacceptable Conditions?

What happens when a dream deferred finally comes true, but with unacceptable conditions? That is the moral dilemma faced by well-regarded middle-aged African-American singer and aspiring actress Wiletta Mayer, played by Kathryn Hunter-Williams in the current PlayMakers Repertory Company production of Alice Childress’ timely backstage drama Trouble in Mind, written in 1955 but no less… Read More ›

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” at NRACT Is Enjoyable and Funny, But Doesn’t Achieve Its Potential

Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a roman a clef of Neil Simon’s early days creating humor for “Your Show of Shows,” a Saturday-night spectacular that employed such later headliners as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Simon, and Lucille Kallen and co-starred the famous team of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. This story of TV comedy… Read More ›

Aaron Fried, Reed Campbell, and Mariah MacFarlane are hilarious as bootleggers Duke Mahoney, Cookie McGee, and Billie Bendix in the "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

A Nice Show If You Can See It

Some shows are serious, deep, and thoughtful. Others, like Joe DiPetro’s hilarious “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” are just plain good fun. The musical, which features songs by George and Ira Gershwin, including some of their biggest and best well-known hits, is made larger-than-life for North Carolina Theatre, thanks to playful direction by… Read More ›