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DPAC’s Les Misérables Is as Powerful and Profound as Ever

Based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, Les Misérables, has long been a Broadway favorite, making it a perfect fit for Durham Performing Arts Center’s “Magic of Broadway” season. The story, of course, begins with Jean Valjean (Patrick Dunn), a French peasant and former criminal who has served 19 years in jail. After… Read More ›

Andrew Borba’s Fresh Approach to Julius Caesar Pays Big Dramatic Dividends for PlayMakers

Under Andrew Borba’s direction, PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar strikes a very keen balance between the sometimes conflicting goals of “remaining true to tradition” and “providing a fresh approach.” And the company’s success in this endeavor is strikingly apparent well before the first line is ever spoken. Scenic designer Jan Chambers… Read More ›

Moonlight Stage’s Venus in Fur Is a Fast, Fun, and Extremely Sexy Play-About-a-Play

David Ives’ 2010 Off-Broadway and 2011 Broadway hit Venus in Fur depicts the zaniest-ever theater audition; and Moonlight Stage Company of Raleigh, NC affords ringside seats for a superb production of Venus in Fur. The Plot: When the curtain rises, playwright/director Thomas Novachek (Patrick Osteen) is frustrated, because he simply cannot find the right leading… Read More ›

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Brings the Ultimate Disco Dance Party to DPAC

If you’re looking for an upbeat, danceable production to enjoy during these dark February nights, the Durham Performing Arts Center has a prescription for you: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, presented as part of DPAC‘s WRAL Greatest Hits of Broadway Series. No, it’s not June-July-August-Summer, but Donna Summer, who carved a lane for herself in… Read More ›

DPAC’s Production of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Entertains and Empowers

Whether you’re a big fan of musical legend Donna Summer or just have a passing interest in her life, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, onstage now at Durham Performing Arts Center under the direction of Des McAnuff, is a fun, intriguing look at all parts of this celebrated artist. It explores her as a child,… Read More ›