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Katurian recounts the story or "The Little Jesus Girl" (photo by Josh Walker)

The Pillowman Is a Captivating Production by Peace University’s Dramatic Irony Drama Club

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March 25, 2017

After seeing The Pillowman, the latest offering from William Peace University’s Dramatic Irony drama club, we felt sick and wanted to throw up … but in a good way! No, wait! Give us a chance to explain! How else do you describe the feelings evoked by a thoroughly provocative play that centers on an author… 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 ›

Sinbad Brought Down the House on March 19th with Contagious Nonstop Laughter

Comic legend Sinbad certainly has not lost his touch, as he proved Sunday, March 19th, when he performed in a one-night special engagement in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall, presented by Bob Nocek Presents LLC and Broadway Series South. Sinbad (born David Atkins) has been charming audiences for over three decades and has been ranked by… 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 ›

Jasmin Richardson (left) and Deborah Cox star as Nicki and Rachel Marron (photo © Joan Marcus)

The Bodyguard Entertains at DPAC

For many people, The Bodyguard is considered an iconic film, one that holds its value and appeal despite the many years since its release. This was made evident by the large and enthusiastic crowd present at DPAC’s presentation of The Bodyguard: The Musical, adapted from the original screenplay by Alexander Dinelaris and under the direction… 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 ›

Master Storyteller John Waters Gets Even Filthier at Durham’s Carolina Theatre

“We should be using humor as terrorism — embarrass the enemy into submission.” Indie filmmaker John Waters is only partly joking when he says this on Thursday, March 9th, during John Waters: This Filthy World: Dirtier & Filthier, presented by NS2 of Nashville, TN and The Carolina Theatre of Durham in Fletcher Hall at The… 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 ›

The Acting Is Superb in N.C. Opera’s First-Rate Production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

I had forgotten how much fun it is to listen to Mozart! I am by no means an opera buff, but I can readily testify that the North Carolina Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, co-produced with Opera Saratoga and performed at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater), is an unqualified success. Whether performed by… 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 ›

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 ›

Jill Cromwell (left) and Benji Jones star as Agnes and Dr. Livingston (photo by David Leone)

Forest Moon Theater’s Deeply Engaging Agnes of God Moves to Sonorous Road on Feb. 23-26

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace. The name of John Pielmeier’s Tony Award®-winning play, Agnes of God… 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›