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Moonlight Stage Company’s Valentine’s Day One-Acts Are Fun, Out-of-the-Ordinary Entertainment

The N.C. Police Division is part of the program on Friday and Saturday

The N.C. Police Division is part of the program on Friday and Saturday

If you love to laugh (or laugh to love), try Moonlight Stage Company’s Eclipse: Sketch-Comedy Valentine’s Day One-Acts on Feb. 12th and 13th. This Valentine’s Day edition of their original one-acts provides a fun evening focusing on dating.

Four of the pieces are written by director Estes Tarver, two by Mark Cornell, and one by Suzanne MacDonough, who is an adult graduate of their writing class. A talented group of actors play multiple roles in the various plays.

Like TV variety shows, such as Saturday Night Live and The Carol Burnett Show, Moonlight Stage’s sketch-comedy shows include some recurring sketches, including “NCPD” (N.C. Police Division) and “Gigi’s Salon.”

“Gigi’s Salon” is the final piece of the evening. Coozy (Gabby Cila) is back as Gigi’s Salon’s shy receptionist. Will she get a Valentine’s date with Chuckie (Michael Perez)? Will Gigi (Heather Shore) help? Or hinder?

“NCPD” again features Estes Tarver and Oliver Riera as bumbling detectives and Sean McCracken as “little forensic boy.” Will they be able to make a case against Roofie Ralph (Paul Kilpatrick)? As in the Moonlight stage’s Holiday One-Acts last December, “NCPD” is the longest piece, with part one before intermission and part two thereafter. This episode is fun, but does not measure up to the Holiday One-Acts episode.

“Poquino” features Riera as an Hispanic Richard Simmons, the love interest of all the women in his class (and at least one man, too). Three of his students appear to be “Perfect” (see the program).

In “Back at the Movies,” Lenny (Tarver) chaperones his daughter (Cila) on a date with Chuck (Perez). According to Lenny, Taxi Driver is “the greatest love story” — “full of blood, gore, and destruction.”

“Love Rub” is a commercial featuring Kilpatrick as an over-the-hill, out-of-shape Björn Borg.

“When a Man Loves a Woman” is an interesting love story that ends with the line: “Rowrrr!”

Gigi's Salon is part of the program on Friday and Saturday

Gigi’s Salon is part of the program on Friday and Saturday

The intimate space at 1304 Paddock Dr. in Raleigh puts the plays “right in our lap.”

Four hundred years ago, in London, troupes of local actors performed plays written by local playwrights. One of the theaters was called The Globe. Rumor has it that some of the work originating at that theatre was phenomenal!

Today, in Raleigh, local actors perform plays written by local playwrights. One of the theaters is called Moonlight Stage Company. Phenomenal? Perhaps not, but definitely fun, and certainly out-of-the-ordinary (but appropriate) for Valentine’s Day entertainment.

CAUTION: These one-acts contain adult language and situations!

Moonlight Stage Company presents ECLIPSE: SKETCH-COMEDY VALENTINE’S DAY ONE-ACTS at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 and 9 p.m. Feb. 13 at 1304 Paddock Dr., Raleigh, North Carolina 27609.


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PARENTAL ADVISORY: These one-act plays contain adult language and are intended for audiences 16 years of age and up.


Estes Tarver (Moonlight Stage Company creative director and Raleigh playwright): (Moonlight Stage Company bio) and (Facebook page).

Mark Cornell (Chapel Hill playwright): (official website) and (Facebook page).


Pamela Vesper has been a Raleigh resident for more than 20 years. A local attorney for licensed professionals, when she’s not in court, Pam can be found watching or participating in local theater productions or enjoying the vibrant Raleigh music and craft beer scene. She also loves indie and foreign films and was an anchor on the local cable show, Movie Minutes. Pam has an opinion on just about everything; just ask her. Kurt Benrud is a graduate of Cary High School and N.C. State University, and he has taught English at both. He first became involved in local theater in 1980. He has served on the board of directors for both the Cary Players and the Cary Playwrights’ Forum. He is also a volunteer reader with Triangle Radio Reading Service. Click here to read their reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.

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