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A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center Is a Real Crowd Pleaser

December 29, 2021

Big League Productions, Inc.’s national tour of A Christmas Story: The Musical, staged with brio by director Matt Lenz and crisply choreographed by choreographer Warren Carlyle and associate choreographer Jason A. Sparks — especially the delightful tap-dance sequences — opened at the Durham Performing Arts Center the day after the day after the day after… Read More ›

The Voices! The Moves! The Harmonies! Ain’t Too Proud at Durham Performing Arts Center Has It All!

Do you like tight, harmonizing vocals? Do you like crisp, sizzling, synchronized dance moves? Are you interested in learning the story of a vocal group and its members (and how they fit into American cultural history)? Perhaps, you like a blend of engaging narration and flawless acting. If any of these are your “cup of… Read More ›

Raleigh Little Theatre’s 37th Annual Presentation of Cinderella Is a Joy! BRING YOUR CHILDREN!

BRING YOUR CHILDREN! I don’t mean to shout, but I wanted to highlight this point. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Cinderella musical is not the Disney version nor the Rodgers and Hammerstein version. It is in the style of British Panto or Pantomime, a style of interactive theater typically using a familiar fairy tale and generally performed… Read More ›

PlayMakers Rep’s Production of The Skin of Our Teeth Is Deep, Daring, and Different

The Skin of Our Teeth is a play by the once-ubiquitous Thornton Wilder. A moving allegory, it’s both complex and convoluted, making it not the best fit for today’s modern audiences, who demand a faster pace and more straightforward meaning. However, PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production, beautifully directed by Vivienne Benesch, updates the script just enough… Read More ›

PlayMakers Rep’s Rendition of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth Is a Must-See Show

In staging Thornton Wilder’s 1942 three-act masterpiece, The Skin of Our Teeth, which won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, PlayMakers Repertory Company’s producing artistic director Vivienne Benesch has skillfully updated the settings for a 21st century audience. Despite its age, the 79-year-old play’s themes are so very timely today. The action starts in a… Read More ›