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Temple Theatre of Sanford will stage A Second Helping on Jan. 10-Feb. 3 (photo by Ben Bashinski)

A Second Helping’s Stage Full of Warm Spirits Takes the Chill Out of Winter Nights

January 13, 2019

Typically, sequels do not live up to the standards set by the original in plays and movies. A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel, on stage now at the Temple Theatre of Sanford, is well performed and directed; but the material lacks the depth of the first one. There are several areas in which… Read More ›

Zack Fine’s “Bewilderness” is a Wild Ride

PlayMakers Repertory Company is known for bringing innovative theatre to the Triangle area, especially via its PRC2 series. Now, it’s taking “innovative” to new heights with its current production, Bewilderness, a play written and directed by Zack Fine and on the stage for the first time ever. This daring production is not afraid to break… Read More ›

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Tony Award®-winning director Bartlett Sher's fresh, new take on Fiddler on the Roof on Jan. 8-13 (photo by Joan Marcus)

Fiddler on the Roof Wins the Triple Crown: Great Story, Great Music, and Great Heart

Reviewing a classic musical, such as the Durham Performing Arts Center’s Jan. 8-13 presentation of Fiddler on the Roof, produced by NETworks Presentations and directed by Bartlett Sher, is a bit tricky. After all, it belongs in the Pantheon of musical theater along with the likes of West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The Sound… Read More ›

Steeped in Tradition, DPAC’s Fiddler on the Roof Is Still Relevant and Engaging

Fiddler on the Roof has been considered a classic since its debut in 1964. Despite its place in the theatrical canon, however, it is not a show frequently staged in the Triangle area, with theatregoers preferring the new, hip, and edgy. However, DPAC’s Suntrust Broadway production of the classic, directed by Bartlett Sher, proves that… Read More ›

Brook North’s Hilarious This Doesn’t End Well Is a Lovely, Fun Way to Start the New Year

South Stream Productions’ co-founder and artistic director Brook North wrote the seven (and a half) plays that comprise this doesn’t end well, and couches the advertising for them in incredibly negative language, claiming they have “have gained national and international renown for inspiring rejection letters from many of the most prestigious 10-minute play competitions in… Read More ›