Disney’s Aladdin at DPAC Is a Sumptuous, Color-Saturated Confection of a Show

Disney's Aladdin plays DPAC on Oct. 2-6, 8-13, 15-20, and 22-26 (photo by Deen van Meer)

To steal a line from Aladdin, “Do you trust me?” Then trust me when I say, “Open a new tab and either buy tickets to this candy-colored feast-for-the-senses or sign up for the $25-per-ticket digital lottery and hope you get a chance to see this absolutely gorgeous show during its four-week run at the Durham… Continue reading Disney’s Aladdin at DPAC Is a Sumptuous, Color-Saturated Confection of a Show

DPAC’s World Premiere of Harry Connick, Jr.’s Celebration of Cole Porter Is One of Those Fabulous Flights That You Simply Must Take

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present the Pre-Broadway world premiere of Harry Connick, Jr.: A Celebration of Cole Porter at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22nd (photo by Matthew Murphy)

It was just one of those nights: you know the kind, where one brilliant, honeyed-voiced legend channels the musical genius of another past legend and brings to life something new. The Pre-Broadway world premiere of Harry Connick, Jr.: A Celebration of Cole Porter introduces a kind of time-bending feeling of nostalgia for a time and… Continue reading DPAC’s World Premiere of Harry Connick, Jr.’s Celebration of Cole Porter Is One of Those Fabulous Flights That You Simply Must Take

Eddie Izzard’s Wunderbar, is Wonderful in Any Language

Eddie Izzard performed at Durham Performing Arts Center last Monday, May 13th and while waiting for to him take the stage I heard the same thing over and over: “I can’t believe there are so many people here!” Many fans worried that Izzard “might be too much for this area” or that the tide of… Continue reading Eddie Izzard’s Wunderbar, is Wonderful in Any Language

Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive at PlayMakers Repertory Company Explores Problems in How Women Are Valued

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive on April 3-7, 9-14, and 16-21 in the Paul Green Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill (photo by HuthPhoto)

The PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of Paula Vogel’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, How I Learned to Drive, tells the story of sexual abuse in the same way an epidemiologist unravels a deadly contagion: tracing its spread backward then forwards, and identifying victims and carriers in such a clinically detached way that you are lulled into… Continue reading Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive at PlayMakers Repertory Company Explores Problems in How Women Are Valued

Despite a Slow First Act, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Is a Tasty Treat

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stars Noah Weisberg (center) as Willy Wonka (photo by Joan Marcus)

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, playing now through Sunday, Feb. 17th, at the Durham Performing Arts Center, as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series, is an imaginative evening of theater aimed at the child in all of us. Despite what some pacing issues, there were some genuinely fun moments in the first act.… Continue reading Despite a Slow First Act, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Is a Tasty Treat