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Month: June 2019

Some of the Sharpest Social Criticism Emerges at Comic Moments in the Agape Theatre Project’s Production of Trouble in Mind

Charleston, SC-born playwright Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind, which premiered in November of 1955, won a 1956 OBIE Award for best original Off-Broadway production. (Indeed, Childress was the first African-American woman to win an OBIE.) The Agape Theatre Project’s production of this comedy-drama, directed by Kenneth E. Hinton, with technical direction by Artie Reese, runs… Read More ›

Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Churchill’s Shorts at CAM/Raleigh: 4 Apples + 2 Olivers + 1 Filiaci = Plenty of Food for Thought

The plays of British playwright Caryl Churchill could be described as “complex” and “cerebral,” and her works are not new to the Triangle area stage. Tiny Engine Theatre’s 2016 Cloud Nine and Raleigh Ensemble Players’ 2008 The Skriker come to mind. Both of those productions left me impressed but a bit bewildered, and I will… Read More ›

There Is Only One Word for Dorrance Dance’s Michelle Dorrance at ADF — It Is Wow!

Sound. Tap is about sound. Rhythm. The beat. You might also think that tap is about those shoes that make the sound in a rhythmic, almost super-human beat. It is. But last night’s American Dance Festival presentation of Dorrance Dance in SOUNDspace on June 21-23 in the R.J. Reynolds Industries Theater on Duke University’s West… Read More ›

Mark Morris’ Witty, Charming, Crowd-Pleasing Pepperland Was a Magical Hour of Dance at the American Dance Festival in Durham

It was twenty years ago today Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play They’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile — Paul McCartney from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band — It was 30 years ago today — actually, longer than that — when Mark… Read More ›

Several Actors in the Forest Moon Theater’s Community-Theater Production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Need to Embrace Their Characters More Fully

Sonya, Vanya, and Masha in the Forest Moon Theater’s production of Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Mike McGee and now playing at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts in Wake Forest, NC, are adult siblings who are all approaching middle age. Their parents named them after characters… Read More ›