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Sarah Bockel plays Carole King performing at Carnegie Hall (photo by Joan Marcus)

Great Encore Presentation of Beautiful Has the DPAC Audience Singing Along

Durham Performing Arts Center audiences loved Beautiful: The Carol King Musical — Broadway’s version of singer-songwriter Carole King’s life, which first played DPAC in 2015 — so much that last night it returned for an encore presentation — to the same enthusiastic response. With recognizable songs that span three decades, tender moments of love, and… Read More ›

Sarah Bockel plays Carole King performing at Carnegie Hall (photo by Joan Marcus)

Loaded with Legendary Music and Lots of Heart, the Durham Performing Arts Center’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Is a Can’t-Miss Hit

DPAC’s production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opens with the legend herself…or at least Sarah Bockel’s very close rendering of her … seated at a piano and belting out “So Far Away.” This is the first of many hits that will come through in this empowering, Grammy-award-winning musical, directed by Marc Bruni and backed… Read More ›

The Agape Theatre Project’s Rendition of Samm-Art Williams’ Dramedy The Dance on Widow’s Row Is a Fast and Frivolous Farcical Feast

Our hats are off to director Terra C. Hodge and producer Kenneth Hinton Sr. for this opener of the Agape Theatre Project’s second season: The Dance on Widow’s Row by North Carolina playwright Samm-Art Williams — a fast and frivolous farcical feast playing through Sunday, May 12th, at Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Murphey School Auditorium,… Read More ›

Murder for Two Is a Hilarious, Must-See Mash-Up of Music, Comedy, and Murder

Fun and hilarity abound in North Carolina Theatre’s latest production of Murder for Two, a hilarious musical comedy written by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, under the direction of J. Scott Lapp. This unique whodunit mystery is like nothing viewers have seen before. That’s because only two piano-playing actors carry the whole script, including innocent-faced… Read More ›

Politics and Religion Clash Comically in NRACT’s Presentation of Jason Odell Williams’ 2017 Political Comedy Church & State

Politics and religion. These two things go hand in hand. Our country believes in the separation between church and state, but the reality is that politicians must embrace their party platform in order to get and stay elected. Conservative politicians are seen as God-fearing, gun-rights advocates, whereas liberals tend to advocate setting limitations on the… Read More ›