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The cast includes (from left) Daryl Ray Carliles, Lorelei Lemon, and Greg Guiliano

Hold on to Your Seat as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Takes Off

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February 20, 2017

For the next few weeks, a trio of actors — Lorelei Lemon, Greg Guiliano, and Daryl Ray Carliles — will take Cary Players patrons on a madcap 90-minute ride through all 37 plays of William Shakespeare as they perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. You do the math, and then hold onto… Read More ›

The HillBenders include (from left) Mark Cassidy, Nolan Lawrence, Gary Rea, Chad "Gravy Boat" Graves, and Jim Rea

The HillBenders’ Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry Is an Amazing Experience

It’s hard to hear the song lyric, “Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball,” without breaking out in your own air-guitar rendition of The Who’s historic 1969 rock opera, Tommy. The HillBenders, wanting to “pair bluegrass with the other music we grew up with,” bring it into their own genre… Read More ›

The cast for Neuse Little Theatre's Feb. 17-19 and 24-26 presentation of Good Ol' Girls includes (from left) Teresa Gurley Shearin, Natasha Allen Thompson, Theressa Rose, Leanne Bernard, and Nancy Boyle Gibbs

Five Local Good Ol’ Girls Draw Full Houses to Neuse Little Theatre in Smithfield

We’ve all heard of “good ol’ boys,” and we’ve all got an impression of just exactly what a good ol’ boy might be. The Urban Dictionary definition begins: “A man or older boy from the South, in this case the stereotypical redneck or hick. Likes cheap beer, NASCAR, football, pro wrestling, hunting and/or fishing, and… Read More ›

Performing the "Othello Rap" are (from left) Greg Guiliano, Daryl Ray Carliles, and Lorelei Lemon

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) Is a Zany, High-Energy Roller-Coaster Ride

Who in the world thought performing 37 Shakespearean plays in 90 minutes, with only three actors, was a good idea? Lucky for us, the Sonoma, CA-based Reduced Shakespeare Company did. In 1987, they created The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. On Feb. 17-19 and 24-26,… Read More ›

Temple Theatre's cast for Jones Hope Wooten's The Savannah Sipping Society includes (from left) Shirley Proctor, Greta Marie Zandstra, Lynda Clark, and Peggy Taphorn (photo by Tracy Kittrell Spaulding)

The Savannah Sipping Society Is a Tour de Force of Comedy at Temple Theatre of Sanford

Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten have been knocking out laughter filled scenarios for many years. Collectively known as Jones Hope Wooten, they have more the 4,400 productions and 35,000 performances of their combined works occurring around the world, including The Dixie Swim Club and Always a Bridesmaid, both done in recent years at… Read More ›

NOTE: NLT's Good Ol' Girls has added a 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26th, show

Neuse Little Theatre’s Good Ol’ Girls Is a Foot-Stomping, Feel-Good Time

On the edge of downtown Smithfield, NC, sits an inconspicuous log cabin known by locals as “The Hut.” I have often driven past this building without giving it much thought, until last night. After picking up my tickets for Neuse Little Theatre’s production of Good Ol’ Girls, I entered the front door of the former… Read More ›

William Peace Theatre’s Noises Off! Is a Highly Charged, Madcap Comedy

A farcical comedy is fun. A farcical comedy that contains a farcical comedy is double the fun! And when it this genre is performed quickly and with precision, the fun increases exponentially. Michael Frayn’s Noises Off! is a farce that contains a farce. William Peace Theatre’s production, directed by Wade Newhouse, is performed quickly and… Read More ›

Forest Moon Theater's production of Agnes of God, directed by Bob Baird, stars (from left) Benji Jones as Dr. Livingston, Jill Cromwell as Agnes, and Gilly Conklin as Mother Miriam (photo by David Leone)

Three Fine Actresses Resurrect John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God for the Forest Moon Theater

Three fine actresses resurrect John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God for Wake Forest, NC’s Forest Moon Theater. Pielmeier’s 1979 drama, runs through Feb. 19th at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and will then run from Feb. 23rd through the 26th at Sonorous Road Theatre on Oberlin Road in Raleigh. The title is a pun on the… Read More ›

The Night Alive Is an Engaging Night at NRACT

Prepare to meet Tommy at a crucial moment in his life. It is late night; he has stepped out to buy a bag of “chips” (the Irish word for a product similar to French fries). And he found himself intervening to rescue Aimee, a young woman who was being assaulted. Now he has brought Aimee… Read More ›

Hazel S. Edmond, Byron Jennings II, and Ira David Wood IV star in Theatre in the Park's world premiere of Adrienne Earle Pender's N

Adrienne Earle Pender’s N Is Tight and Electric, Another Must-See Production at TIP

Who owns the character — the actor or the playwright? Adrienne Earle Pender’s world premiere of N, now playing at Raleigh, NC’s Theatre in the Park, asks that very question. The play looks at the relationship between playwright Eugene O’Neill and actor Charles Sidney Gilpin in 1920, as they mount O’Neill’s first box office hit,… Read More ›

Chris Rock Kicks Off His National Tour on Feb. 13-15 at DPAC

Nearly a decade ago, American stand-up comic Chris Rock stopped touring. Last December, the South Carolina native announced his highly anticipated return to the microphone with a 30+-city U.S. tour. The Chris Rock: Total Blackout Tour’s first stop is the Durham Performing Arts Center, with shows running on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. Before crossing… Read More ›

Saturday Night Fever: The Musical plays Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 14-19

Saturday Night Fever Is a Feel-Good Piece of Nostalgia

Watching Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre‘s presentation of Saturday Night Fever: The Musical last night, I wanted to break out my wedge-heeled shoes and learn how to hustle! Although Tuesday was opening night for Saturday Night Fever, the North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South made the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium crowd feel… Read More ›

Saturday Night Fever: The Musical plays Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 14-19

You Should Be Dancing! Saturday Night Fever: The Musical Plays Raleigh on Feb. 14-19

You should be — and you will be — dancing! Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will present Saturday Night Fever: The Musical on Feb. 14-19 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of downtown Raleigh, NC. According to NCT’s news release, Saturday Night… Read More ›

Zuccotti Park Is a Solid Musical with a Great Cast to Match

The Oxford English Dictionary defines déjà vu as “A feeling of having already experienced the present situation”. It is a word of French origin in the early 20th century, meaning literally “already seen.” Watching The Justice Theater Project’s production of Zuccotti Park: The Musical, it’s hard not to feel that overwhelming sense that We’ve been… Read More ›

Hazel S. Edmond, Byron Jennings II, and Ira David Wood IV star in Theatre in the Park's world premiere of Adrienne Earle Pender's N

Art, Ego, and the Weight of a Word: N Is an Important Play at a Pivotal Time

Adrienne Earle Pender’s new play N, playing Feb. 10-26 at Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park, is powerful treatise on art, ego, and how the weight of a single word can crush the human soul. N is the story of Charles Sidney Gilpin, one of the most acclaimed black actors of the 1920’s and his volatile… Read More ›

Scott Nagel (left) and Jesse R. Gephart star as Stanley Stubbers and Francis Henshall in Raleigh Little Theatre's production of One Man, Two Guvnors (photo by Duncan Jenner)

Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors Is Rollicking Good Fun for RLT Patrons

Based upon a zany Italian farce*, One Man, Two Guvnors is a bold choice for Raleigh Little Theatre. We think that director Rod Rich hits a home run with it. As the title suggests, the play is set in England, with British accents all around. It’s set in Brighton in 1963 to be exact —… Read More ›

The Justice Theater Project’s Regional Premiere of Zuccotti Park Is Nice … in Theory

The Justice Theater Project is taking a risk with its current production of Zuccotti Park: The Musical. Their theme for the 2016-17 season is “Economic Justice”, with their mission statement being to provide professional theater with outreach, advocacy and education. Zuccotti Park appears to promote their mission; but unfortunately, through no fault of their own,… Read More ›

Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive Gives a Stellar Cast a Chance to Shine at NRACT

Honest Pint Theatre Co. and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre’s joint production of The Night Alive by Irish playwright and screenwriter Conor McPherson, which is playing now through Feb. 26th at NRACT, is a kind of nihilist joke. “What is the purpose of life if we keep on making the same mistakes?” director Susannah… Read More ›

HRT’s To Kill a Mockingbird Transports Viewers to a Different, But Not So Distant Time

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has been a classic ever since the story, adapted from the novel of the same name, first made its way to the stage in 1990. The play, which sticks closely to the novel, tells the story of a three year period in the Great Depression, a period during which… Read More ›

The Further Adventures of Nick Danger… Provides an Evening of Laughter at the Holly Springs Cultural Center

Are you old enough to have enjoyed radio drama? Have you ever listened to Firesign Theatre? Do you enjoy “Guy Noir” segments on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion? If you answered any of those questions in the affirmative, or if you are simply scratching your head in wonder, consider spending an evening at Holly Springs… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage The Little Mermaid Feb. 2-19 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in >the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by 20/20 Photo Video)

Carolina Ballet’s Little Mermaid Is a Classic Fairy Tale with a Progressive Twist

In the land of basketball and BBQ, it is easy to forget that North Carolina also has a notable ballet company. Carolina Ballet’s production of Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s The Little Mermaid, running Feb. 2-19 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, will delight the young and the young at heart, with its cartoon colors, stunning… Read More ›

David Hudson, Courtney Christison, and Beau Clark’s Ensemble Work in The God Game at Sonorous Road Is Absolutely Amazing

I remember that in my high school Law and Justice class, my teacher asked a simple question, “How many of you would vote for an atheist presidential nominee?” When I looked around the classroom, I found that there were only two hands were raised with mine, which ultimately was not that surprising. Suzanne Bradbeer, in… Read More ›

Suzanne Bradbeer’s The God Game Is Aptly Named, Brilliantly Written, and Expertly Performed at Sonorous Road Theatre

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….” — First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It’s always fun to attend a game, especially when it’s well-played, when all of the players go all out, when every aspect of the game is at its best. Likewise, it… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage The Little Mermaid Feb. 2-19 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in >the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by 20/20 Photo Video)

The Little Mermaid Is a Big Hit for Carolina Ballet

The littlest mermaids were not necessarily on stage Thursday night when the Carolina Ballet premiered its latest ballet of the season, The Little Mermaid, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Little girls in fancy dresses, tutus, and tiaras filled the seats at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater to see (and hear!) one… Read More ›

Rasool Jahan (left) and Kathryn Hunter-Williams star as Esther and Mrs. Dickson (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PRC’s Intimate Apparel Proves Engaging and Deeply Moving

When the curtains first open on Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, onstage now at Playmakers Repertory Company under the direction of Raelle Myrick-Hodges, the audience is introduced to 35 year old Esther (Rasool Jahan) and immersed into the world she has created for herself stitch-by-stitch. Esther is an African-American seamstress, a maker of “intimate apparel” for… Read More ›

On Jan. 28th, The Civilians’ New Workshop Reading for Duke Performances Examined the Charter-School Controversy

It is Tuesday, Jan. 18th. The staged reading of our new play is in 10 days. Ten. Days. Tickets have been sold. Furniture is being arranged. Lights are being focused. Maybe we should start writing the show. Seven days later, after completing 40 interviews with local teachers, parents, students, administrators, and lawmakers, including yours truly,… Read More ›

Hannah Corneau (left) and Euan Morton star as Yitzhak and Hedwig at DPAC (photo by Joan Marcus)

Hannah Corneau’s Yitzhak Steps Out of the Shadows, and Steals the Show in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at DPAC

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, playing tonight through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series, tackles controversial issues with an unapologetic rawness and flamboyant flair! In the aftermath of North Carolina’s infamous House Bill 2 bathroom bill and the Trump Administration’s recent Muslim travel ban and threats… Read More ›

Euan Morton (front center) stars as as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (photo by Joan Marcus)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Is a Delightful, Raunchy Rock-Romp

Raunchy rock and roll show meets Broadway musical in DPAC’s presentation of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, onstage now under the direction Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer . For those not familiar with this totally original, totally fun musical, it chronicles rockstar Hedwig Robinson, played to sleazy, hilarious perfection by… Read More ›

Euan Morton stars as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (photo by Joan Marcus)

HB2 Be Damned: Hedwig and the Angry Inch Will Raise Eyebrows at DPAC Jan. 31-Feb. 5

House Bill 2 be damned: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask and librettist and star John Cameron Mitchell’s gender-bending, 90-minute 1998 Off-Broadway, 2000 West End, and 2014 Broadway concert musical about the travails of a brassy transsexual East German-American punk-rock singer recovering from a gruesomely botched sex-change operation, will definitely raise… Read More ›

Intimate Apparel stars Rasool Jahan and Myles Bullock as Esther and George (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Rep Is a Story About Intimacy, Not Lingerie — About Hopes, Longing, and Pain

As the name suggests, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage is a very personal drama about love and relationships, hope, desire, and dreams. It follows the story of Esther, played by Rasool Jahan in the current PlayMakers Repertory Company production, directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges. Esther is a hardworking yet plain African-American seamstress who creates fashionable lingerie… Read More ›