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The Towne Players of Garner’s Art of Murder Earns High Marks for Pacing and Comic Timing

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April 18, 2019

Where can a play entitled Art of Murder take us when it begins with Annie (whose husband is named Jack) bringing out a six-shooter, taking aim, and proceeding to recite a revised version of the nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill” — “Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. But… Read More ›

Lila Coogan stars as Anya/Anastasia in the national tour of Anastasia, playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Sunday, April 21st (photo by Matthew Murphy, MurphyMade)

Anastasia Is a Sumptuous Delight at DPAC

From the moment when the curtain rises on the Durham Performing Arts Center’s April 16-21 presentation of Anastasia, directed by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak, and we are introduced to Little Anastasia (Delilah Rose Pellow) and her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna (Joy Franz), the audience is entranced, and the rest of the world… Read More ›

Lila Coogan and Stephen Brower star as Anya/Anastasia and Dmitry in the national tour of Anastasia, playing at DPAC through April 21st (photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade)

DPAC’s Anastasia Is Pure Fairy-Tale Magic

  Most people are at least somewhat familiar with the much-fabled tale of Anastasia, the Grand Duchess of Russia. And, while history and modern legend may not have all the facts straight, the story- one of this young woman who survived against all odds- is an intriguing one. It’s so intriguing, in fact, that it… Read More ›

Laurel Ullman (left) and Mary Rowland star as Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes (photo by Areon Mobasher)

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Is Slapstick Fun for the Whole Family

Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, directed by Jeremy Skidmore, is entertaining on multiple levels. For starters, it is always nice to see old friends, and it is with surprise and delight that we discover in the first scene that the starring roles are to be played by women!… Read More ›

TIP’s Top-Notch Singers and Musicians in Godspell 2012 Weave a Joyous Musical Spell

What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus trying to make his way home. Back up to heaven all alone, just trying to make his way home. — Joan Osborne song “One of Us,” with lyrics by Eric Bazilian — Raleigh, NC-based Theatre… Read More ›