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Month: October 2016

Ashley Popio founded the Women's Theatre Festival (photo by Liza Marie Photography)

What the Women’s Theatre Festival Did for Us

The North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival was formed to “create, produce, and promote extraordinary theatre by women.” Behind its design were 179 women from all over the Triangle area: writers, actors, producers, directors, designers, and technicians — all fighting for gender equality in the performing arts. I have been speaking with the creators, collaborators, and… Read More ›

The Open House at Manbites Dog stars (clockwise from top) Michael Brocki, Marcia Edmundson, J Evarts, and Matthew Hager (photo by Alan Dehmer)

Awkwardness Turns into Satisfaction at Manbites Dog’s The Open House

Upon entering Manbites Dog Theater in Durham for a performance of The Open House, one immediately notices how plain the set is: devoid of color, warmth, or complexity. When the lights rise, a half-dozen bland and awkward characters are present on stage, wearing uninteresting costumes. The lighting is one-tone. Everything is sedate and awkward. Why,… Read More ›

Gross Indecency at N.C. State Examines Oscar Wilde’s Passions

Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885; Section 11 (“gross indecency”): Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures, or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour,… Read More ›

The Fun Home cast includes (from left) Lennon Nate Hammond as John, Pierson Salvador as Christian, Karen Eilbacher as Joan, Abby Corrigan as Middle Alison, Kate Shindle as Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, Susan Moniz as Helen, Alessandra Baldacchino as Small Alison, and Robert Hager as Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby Jeremy (photo by Joan Marcus)

Abby Corrigan and a Superb Cast Make Fun Home a Stellar Show, with Crisp Music and a Terrific Set

The Durham Performing Arts Center’s presentation of Fun Home might be subtitled “How a Lesbian Cartoonist Revisits Her Youth in Order to Understand Herself, Her Childhood, and Her Conflicted (and Closeted) Father.” But don’t worry. We haven’t even given you any spoilers, because this is the setup from the start of the show. And what… Read More ›

Robert Petkoff and Kate Shindle star as Bruce and Alison Bechdel (photo by Joan Marcus)

Fun Home at DPAC Is a Complex and Deeply Moving Coming-of-Age Story

Right now, lighthearted musicals and theatrical adaptations of classic films are en vogue. As such, it is becoming more and more rare to see theatre that truly and unabashedly tackles the tougher stuff that life is made of, but Lisa Kron’s Fun Home, onstage now at DPAC and adapted from Alison Bechdel’s powerful graphic novel,… Read More ›