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Month: September 2016

Theatre in the Park's Sept. 22-25 presentation of Del Shores' Southern Baptist Sissies stars (from left) Benoit Sabourin, Thomas Porter, Edward Freeman, and Brent Blakesley (photo by Stephen J. Larson)

Southern Baptist Sissies Provides a Witty, Cathartic Ending for TIP’s Three-Week Run

A mere two weeks ago, Theatre in the Park began its presentation of a trio of plays: Sam Shepard’s True West, which ran Sept. 8-11; John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, which ran Sept. 15-18; and Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies, which runs tonight through Sunday, Sept. 25th. (Please click here to read my reviews of True… Read More ›

Walt Disney (Derrick Ivey) describes his vision of a future utopia (photo by Alan Dehmer)

Lucas Hnath’s The Death of Walt Disney at Manbites Dog Theater Is Splendidly Bizarre

“I’m Walt Disney. This is a screenplay I wrote. It’s about me.” Manbites Dog Theater’s production of A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, presented in association with StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, is not what it says it is. It is, in fact, a fictional play in… Read More ›

The PlayMakers Repertory Company cast for Detroit '67 includes (from left) Rachel Christopher as Chelle, Charlie Hudson, III as Sly, Tangela Large as Bunny, and Myles Bullock as Lank in (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Detroit ’67 Is Sharply Relevant, But Predictable

While Tuesday night’s performance of the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 was in progress, many in Charlotte, North Carolina were preparing for a large protest over the shooting death of Keith L. Scott by local police earlier that day. Regardless of the circumstances of this particular incident, entire communities continue to… Read More ›

Middle Earth Met the Marvel Universe on Sept. 16th and 18th in the N.C. Opera’s Das Rheingold

Over the span of nearly 26 years, German composer Richard Wagner constructed a cycle of four operas, based loosely on characters from Norse mythology and the German epic poem Nibelungenlied (The Song of the Nibelungs). This quartet, officially titled Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is more commonly known as The Ring… Read More ›

Claude Debussy's La Mer is a world premiere by Zalman Raffael (photo by Chris Walt)

Carolina Ballet’s Sept. 15-Oct. 2 Performance of La Mer Includes Three World Premieres

Opening night for the ballet means you’re in for a treat, and Robert Weiss’ phenomenal Carolina Ballet didn’t disappoint on Sept. 15th, with the world premiere of choreographer Zalman Raffael’s La Mer. The lovely principal ballerina Lara O’Brien welcomed the audience with the reminder that the Carolina Ballet creates more original ballets each year than… Read More ›