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The cast includes (from left) Page Purgar, Morrisa Nagel, Gilly Conklin, Alison Lawrence, and Kirsten Ehlert

Rod Rich Sets a Brisk Pace for the Tightly Focused Scenes of Love, Loss, and What I Wore

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April 26, 2017

It has been said that “Clothes make the man.” But let’s be less gender-specific and theorize: “Clothes make the person.” Love, Loss, and What I Wore, the latest offering of Actors Comedy Lab and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, solidly supports that theory. Written by sisters Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on Ilene… Read More ›

The Towne Players will stage A.R Gurney's Sylvia, starring Maribeth McCarthy, at 8 p.m. April 28th and 2 p.m. April 29th in Garner Performing Arts Center

Come! Sit! Stay! for The Towne Players’ Production of Sylvia by A.R. Gurney

Even if you had no clue that A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia is about a dog, it would take roughly 15 seconds from lights-up to discern that Maribeth McCarthy’s character in the current Towne Players of Garner production is, indeed, a dog. Her high-energy portrayal is that accurate and that intense. You would also very quickly learn… Read More ›

The Towne Players will stage A.R Gurney's Sylvia, starring Maribeth McCarthy, at 8 p.m. April 28th and 2 p.m. April 29th in Garner Performing Arts Center

The Towne Players of Garner Hit A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia Out of the Park

The Towne Players of Garner have hit another one out of the park with their current production of Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, one the country’s more prolific playwrights. In this work, Gurney examines the relationship between pets and owners, with a farcically wry humor and discomforting psychology. Atbthe start of the play, Greg brings home… Read More ›

Alan Cumming Will Sing Sappy Songs at DPAC on Thursday, April 27

Did you ever ask a kid what they wanted to be when they grew up? You probably got one or two answers. A young Alan Cumming must have had about a dozen. You likely know him from one of two places: CBS’s The Good Wife or the 1998 Broadway revival of the musical sensation Cabaret…. Read More ›

Lean In and Brace Yourself for Ward Theatre Company’s Revival

Don’t think. What are you feeling right now? At this very moment and place. That feeling has more influence on your behavior than any conscious thought. Sanford Meisner would say that to be an effective actor, that premise must guide one’s every move. In 1935, Meisner introduced a set of exercises designed to bring an… Read More ›

The PRC production of My Fair Lady stars (from left) Ray Dooley as Colonel Pickering, PRC newcomer Mia Pinero as Eliza Doolittle, and Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Henry Higgins (photo by Jon Gardiner)

The Fairest of Ladies

PlayMakers Repertory Company once again has produced a spectacular performance in their rendition of the classic My Fair Lady. It is clear that the cast was chosen carefully not only to portray each character perfectly, but also to display a unique chemistry between themselves. Mia Pinero performed splendidly in her PlayMakers debut, her voice alone… Read More ›

Jesus (Aleks Pevec) shares the Last Supper with his disciples (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT Masterfully Resurrects Jesus Christ Superstar

It is 1971 and we have a new Broadway musical in which Mary Magdalene lusts for Jesus, an African-American actor plays a sympathetic Judas Iscariot, there is no resurrection scene, and the score is full-on rock-and-roll. Jesus Christ Superstar earned more than its fair share of protesters from the Religious Right upon its opening. But… Read More ›

The PRC production of My Fair Lady stars (from left) Ray Dooley as Colonel Pickering, PRC newcomer Mia Pinero as Eliza Doolittle, and Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Henry Higgins (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep Solves the Misogyny Problem of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady

A sculptor, on tiptoes, reaches up to kiss the ivory girl that he has carved. His lips barely graze hers before he draws back, a sudden realization crossing his face. The lips of the statue are warm. His name is Pygmalion; and his creation, Galatea, has come to life. More than 1,900 years after Ovid’s… Read More ›

Mia Pinero makes an auspicious PRC debut as Eliza Doolittle (photo by HuthPhoto)

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s My Fair Lady Is Fresh and Enlightening

Since it first appeared on Broadway in 1956, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe’s My Fair Lady has been a success with audiences everywhere. The famous musical, adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion tells the story of iconic character Eliza Doolittle, a poor Cockney flower seller living in 1912 London who sees a chance to… Read More ›

Celebrate Holy Week April 11-16 in Raleigh with NCT’s Production of Jesus Christ Superstar

The North Carolina Theatre, the Triangle’s premier producer of home-grown revivals of Broadway musicals, is staging a stellar production of 1971 Broadway and 1972 West End musical Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Benson, NC-born New York City director Eric Woodall, on April 11-16 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing… Read More ›

Italian Opera and the Sacred

May 7, 2017 3pm Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701 Adults – $30     Students Free (Grade School – Graduate School) www. thecot. org   Verdi’s Stabat Mater Rossini’s Stabat Mater  Concert Singers of Cary  From the Juilliard School of Music and the opera stages of the world: Felicia Moore –… Read More ›

Celtic Woman Might Be a Bit Too Perfect

Fresh off their recent Grammy nomination, a new iteration of Celtic Woman brought their Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 23rd. Celtic Woman (“woman” singular) features three uniquely gifted vocalists — Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, and Éabha McMahon — and violinist/harpist Tara McNeill. McFadden brings the… Read More ›

Katurian recounts the story or "The Little Jesus Girl" (photo by Josh Walker)

The Pillowman Is a Captivating Production by Peace University’s Dramatic Irony Drama Club

After seeing The Pillowman, the latest offering from William Peace University’s Dramatic Irony drama club, we felt sick and wanted to throw up … but in a good way! No, wait! Give us a chance to explain! How else do you describe the feelings evoked by a thoroughly provocative play that centers on an author… Read More ›

The Andrews Brothers Is Another Smash Hit for Temple Theatre of Sanford’s Peggy Taphorn

The Andrews Brothers is another smash hit staged by Temple Theatre of Sanford artistic director Peggy Taphorn. Created and written by Roger Bean, with music and vocal arrangements by Bean, Michael Borth, and Jon Newton, The Andrews Brothers is a tour through World War II music made popular by the great singing trio, The Andrews… Read More ›

Sinbad Brought Down the House on March 19th with Contagious Nonstop Laughter

Comic legend Sinbad certainly has not lost his touch, as he proved Sunday, March 19th, when he performed in a one-night special engagement in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall, presented by Bob Nocek Presents LLC and Broadway Series South. Sinbad (born David Atkins) has been charming audiences for over three decades and has been ranked by… Read More ›

Canadian R&B/pop singer/songwriter Deborah Cox stars in The Bodyguard (photo © Joan Marcus)

The Bodyguard Soars Higher than Whitney Houston’s High Notes at DPAC

From the moment The Bodyguard opens the curtains until the spellbinding finale, the smash 2012 West End musical demanded attention from the sell-out crowd at the Durham Performing Arts Center on opening night, March 14th. With stunning music, a suspenseful plot line, and one of the most memorable romances in movie/theater musical history, the show… Read More ›

Jasmin Richardson (left) and Deborah Cox star as Nicki and Rachel Marron (photo © Joan Marcus)

The Bodyguard Entertains at DPAC

For many people, The Bodyguard is considered an iconic film, one that holds its value and appeal despite the many years since its release. This was made evident by the large and enthusiastic crowd present at DPAC’s presentation of The Bodyguard: The Musical, adapted from the original screenplay by Alexander Dinelaris and under the direction… Read More ›

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present The Bodyguard, starring Deborah Cox, on March 14-19 as part of its SunTrust Broadway Series

Grammy®-Nominated R&B Singer Deborah Cox Stars in The Bodyguard on March 14-19 at DPAC

Grammy®-nominated Canadian R&B/pop singer/songwriter Deborah Cox will star as Academy Award®-nominated superstar pop singer Rachel Marron — the Whitney Houston role in the Oscar®-nominated 1992 Warner Bros. film — in The Bodyguard on March 14-19 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The 2016-17 U.S. National Tour of the 2012 West End hit musical will be… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh Creates a Magical, Musical Midsummer Night’s Dream Like None Other

“Up and down, up and down, I will lead them up and down, I am feared in field in town. Goblin, lead them up and down.” — Puck; Act III, Scene II           These lines, spoken by the mischievous Puck are musical and magical — almost Seussian in nature — and beg to be delivered… Read More ›

Master Storyteller John Waters Gets Even Filthier at Durham’s Carolina Theatre

“We should be using humor as terrorism — embarrass the enemy into submission.” Indie filmmaker John Waters is only partly joking when he says this on Thursday, March 9th, during John Waters: This Filthy World: Dirtier & Filthier, presented by NS2 of Nashville, TN and The Carolina Theatre of Durham in Fletcher Hall at The… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Is Lots of Fun for Old and Young

We think that Young Willy Shakespeare would have loved what Lauren Kennedy Brady and Morgan Parpan have done to his great comedy, or rather to A Thirty-Minute Dream, which Bill Tordoff adapted from The Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The show, which lasts for not quite an hour, and is aimed directly at the young… Read More ›

Forest Moon Theater's production of Anne of Green Gables stars Elly Boldizar as Anne Shirley and Wayne Burtoft as Matthew Cuthbert (photo by David Leone)

Peter DeLaurier’s Anne of Green Gables Is a Nice Old-Fashioned Play, with Valuable Messages

On March 10-12 and 17-19, Forest Moon Theater takes on the daunting task of staging the childhood classic Anne of Green Gables at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre in Wake Forest, NC. The play is based on the 1908 novel, written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (L.M. Montgomery) and adapted for the stage by… Read More ›

N.C. State LIVE presented Camille A. Brown & Dancers in Black Girl: Linguistic Play at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25th, in Stewart Theatre on the second floor of N.C. State University's Talley Student Union in Raleigh

Camille Brown’s BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play Is a Captivating Hour of Dance, Beats, and Chants

If I could compare N.C. State LIVE’s Feb. 25th presentation of Camille A. Brown’s BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play to anything it would perhaps be this scene from the 1950 film Summer Stock. Like Gene Kelly investigating a creaky floorboard and an abandoned newspaper, Brown takes it further to delve into the sounds and feeling of… Read More ›

Gene Gillette and Lane at the Stage Door (photo by Dustin K. Britt)

Curious Incident… Actor Gene Gillette Takes a Unique Kid on a Backstage Tour of DPAC

My review, Autism Takes Center Stage at DPAC in an Ingenious Adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, highlighted the experience of one of my students (who I’m calling “Lane”) after seeing the production on its opening night, Feb. 21st, at the Durham Performing Arts Center’s. Lane is often hesitant to… Read More ›

Over the River and Through the Woods at The Halle Is a Masterpiece of Ensemble Acting

When was the last time you were at a show that included a moment at which the entire audience reacted to a line with an emphatic “oooooo!”? No, we won’t spoil it by pointing out the line, but we do want to urge you to come on down to the Halle Cultural Arts Center of… Read More ›

The Acting Is Superb in N.C. Opera’s First-Rate Production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

I had forgotten how much fun it is to listen to Mozart! I am by no means an opera buff, but I can readily testify that the North Carolina Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, co-produced with Opera Saratoga and performed at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater), is an unqualified success. Whether performed by… Read More ›

Allison Altman and Jenny Latimer star as Viola and Olivia in PlayMakers Rep's all-star presentation of Twelfth Night (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep’s Production of Twelfth Night Is Entertaining, But Offers Nothing New

“What is decreed must be; and be this so.” Countess Olivia’s point is well-made: what is meant to happen will happen. This appears to have been PlayMakers Repertory Company’s philosophy when staging its new production of Twelfth Night. Follow the playbook. Originally written for the close of the Christmas season, circa 1601-02, Twelfth Night, or… Read More ›

Twelfth Night stars Jenny Latimer as Olivia and Michael Keyloun as Feste (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep Opens Its All-Star Production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on March 1st

On March 1-5, 7-12, and 14-19, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present an all-star modern-dress production of Twelfth Night, a rollicking 17th century romantic comedy by English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare (1564-1616), in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Originally written for the close… Read More ›

Gene Gillette (left) and Adam Langdon star as Ed and Christopher Boone (photo by Joan Marcus)

Autism Takes Center Stage at DPAC in an Ingenious Adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

“It was too loud,” the pink-haired boy declares. He is soft-spoken, eyes cast downward as he tugs at his jacket zipper. We are standing in the red-carpeted lobby after Tuesday night’s opening performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Durham Performing Arts Center. As the crowd spilled into the… Read More ›

The U.S. Tour stars Adam Langdon (center) as Christopher Boone (photo by Joan Marcus)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s Choice Cast Tells the Story with Confidence, Humor, and Precision

It took the English a century and a half of debate before they opened the remarkable National Theatre of Great Britain on the Southbank in the late 1970s. Before that, the NT had been a glint in the eye of men and women, such as George Bernard Shaw, Lillian Baylis, and Harley Granville-Barker. They pushed,… Read More ›