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Month: June 2019

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 ›

TheatreFEST 2019’s Bright Star Is a Must-See Musical

Bright Star, the concluding production of N.C. State University Theatre’s TheatreFest 2019, is a charming bluegrass musical, with music, book, and story by Steve Martin, and music, lyrics, and story Edie Brickell. Set here in North Carolina in the mid-1940s (with flashbacks to the early-1920s), Bright Star tells two very poignant and moving stories —… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh’s No-Holds-Barred Production of Junk Pays Huge Dramatic Dividends

Over a quarter of a century ago, Hollywood addressed the issue of hostile corporate take-overs with 1990’s Pretty Woman and 1991’s Other People’s Money. Both dealt with the possible human costs and consequences of these predatory schemes for getting rich, but neither of these light-and-breezy movies examined the depths to which these machinations would sometimes… Read More ›