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Jeff Blumenkrantz, AJ Shively, and Emily Padgett were part of the original Broadway cast of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new musical Bright Star (photo by Joan Marcus)

Gorgeous Bluegrass Music, Amazing Dancing, Thigh-Slapping Comedy, and Lots of Heart Make Bright Star Shine at Memorial Auditorium

Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre‘s April 17-22 presentation of the touring version of Bright Star: A New Musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell is a lovely, simply told tale, full of real emotions, gorgeous bluegrass music, amazing dancing, and lots of heart. Even with the blind eye to details, the musical… Read More ›

Neuse Little Theatre’s Walking Across Egypt Is Full of Southern Heart, Humor, and Charm

Walking Across Egypt, onstage now at Neuse Little Theatre under the direction of Tony Pender, is a charming story that got its start as a novel. Later, it was adapted into a film of the same name and this stage play, as adapted by Catherine Bush. While the story may not have started out as a… Read More ›

Wry Plot Twists and Poignant Human Truths Make BCTC’s King Charles III a Must-See Show

British playwright and screenwriter Mike Bartlett has assumed the role of The Bard to pen King Charles III, a “historical” play in blank verse and rhyming couplets, written in the Shakespearean style. It is a remarkable homage to the greatest English playwright, incorporating drifts into humor, bawdy puns, poignant human truths, and wry plot twists… Read More ›

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey Is a Terrific One-Man Show, Starring the Oh-So-Talented David Henderson

Honest Pint Theatre Company’s current production of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, now playing in Leggett Theatre on the second floor of Main Building at William Peace University in Raleigh, NC, is a terrific one-man show, starring the oh-so-talented David Henderson and directed by Susannah Hough. Through Henderson, the audience gets to travel alongside… Read More ›

Tangela Large (center) stars as Selah in Leaving Eden at PlayMakers Rep (photo by HuthPhoto)

PlayMakers Rep’s Riveting Leaving Eden Is Fast-Paced, Entertaining, and Thought-Provoking

Last Saturday, opening night of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Leaving Eden — written by Mike Wiley and directed by Vivienne Benesch, with music and lyrics by Laurelyn Dossett — began with the offstage rhythm of a strong tribal drumbeat and ended with a standing ovation from the near-sellout crowd. Between the initial beating of the drum… Read More ›