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Celtic Woman Might Be a Bit Too Perfect

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March 26, 2017

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Thoroughly Original, DPAC’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is a Must-See

Fifteen year old mathematical genius and person with an autism-spectrum disorder, Christopher Boone (Adam Langdon), is the central character of Simon Stephen’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, an intriguing and thoroughly original play onstage now at DPAC under the direction of Marianne Elliot. Christopher is not your typical play-protagonist, which is… Read More ›

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

DPAC Presents Simon Stephens’ Olivier and Tony Award® Winner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, on Feb. 21-26

The Durham Performing Arts Center’s is excited to present the U.S. tour of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning 2012 production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, on Feb. 21-26 as part of its 2016-17 SunTrust Broadway Series. Ingeniously adapted for the stage by English playwright Simon Stephens (Heisenberg) and… Read More ›

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

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›