Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s In the Heart of the Fire Comes with a Beautiful Message

Grandmother Spider narrates Paperhand's production of In the Heart of the Fire

The discovery of fire was probably the deciding moment that made humans what we are. From fire, came civilization, and from there industrialization, and to where we are today. Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 19th Annual Giant Puppet Pageant for All Ages: In the Heart of the Fire investigates humanity’s relationship with fire. According to the Saxapahaw,… Continue reading Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s In the Heart of the Fire Comes with a Beautiful Message

Jesse R. Gephart Channels David Sedaris’ Snark, Wit, and Scathing Humor in The SantaLand Diaries at TIP

The SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris is, perhaps, my favorite short story by a beloved North Carolina author. That’s why I was particularly excited to see Theatre in the Park’s holiday one-man-show The SantaLand Diaries, starring Jesse R. Gephart as David Sedaris and his elfin alter ego, Crumpet. The show, which concludes its two-week run… Continue reading Jesse R. Gephart Channels David Sedaris’ Snark, Wit, and Scathing Humor in The SantaLand Diaries at TIP

Choose Which Character to Follow in The Gift of the Magi; Enjoy a Unique Theater Experience

Jim (Jonathan King) comes home to Della (Michelle Murray Wells), (Via Happy Photo Bot Photography)

When’s the last time you’ve made a choice when sitting in a theater audience? Other than deciding what snacks to buy or which show to see — chances are, the choices you make don’t impact the play you see. You get to see the same locations, the actors say the same lines, and you see… Continue reading Choose Which Character to Follow in The Gift of the Magi; Enjoy a Unique Theater Experience

ShakesBEER Is a Great Time, with Singing, Fights, "Yo Momma" Battles, and Comedy Galore

Have you ever wanted to hang out with Falstaff and the gang, whenever they performed skits in Boar’s Head Inn? With Bare Theatre’s ShakesBEER by William Shakespeare and Chuck Keith that’s just what you get to see. At the performance that I saw at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, the audience got to watch as a… Continue reading ShakesBEER Is a Great Time, with Singing, Fights, "Yo Momma" Battles, and Comedy Galore

Regina Taylor’s Crowns at RLT Is the Best Musical That I’ve Seen in Years

Lynnette Barber stars as Mother Shaw in Raleigh Little Theatre's production of Crowns (photo by Brenna Lila Jane Berry-Stewart)

When I went to see Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of Crowns by Regina Taylor, I didn’t know quite what to expect; but what I found was that it was the best musical I’d seen in years. When I think about musical theater, I usually think about sadness. I think about ballads about death, about fighting… Continue reading Regina Taylor’s Crowns at RLT Is the Best Musical That I’ve Seen in Years