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David Hare’s Stuff Happens, Now Playing at Burning Coal in Raleigh, Is Excellent

Stuff Happens, a 2004 West End, 2005 Los Angeles, and 2006 Off-Broadway play by Sir David Hare, now playing in Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh, NC, gets its name from a comment made by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during President George W. Bush’s first term. He referred to the after-battle… Read More ›

PlayMakers Rep will stage Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew Oct. 10-12, 14, 16-21, and 23-28 in UNC-Chapel Hill's Paul Green Theatre

Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew Shines Due to Strongly-Written Characters

PlayMakers Repertory Company has always been committed to presenting distinctive voices and world views on its stage. It’s fitting then that the company has chosen to stage Dominique Morisseau’s “Skeleton Crew,” a play, under the direction of Valerie Curtis-Newton, that turns its sharp view onto a small group of people working in a dwindling auto… Read More ›

The Naked Magicians are Christopher Wayne (left) and Mike Tyler

Putting the "D" in DPAC: The Naked Magicians Are a Naughty Good Time

When the Durham Performing Arts Center’s advertisement for The Naked Magicians showed up in my Facebook feed, I texted my daughter: Me: “Do you want to go see The Naked Magicians?” Daughter: “Boundaries mom. Boundaries!” … Daughter: “What do they look like?” Me: [Sends picture] Daughter: “I’m in.” Australians Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne had… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park’s It Is Done Offers Season-Appropriate Thrills and Chills

It’s October — the month of Halloween — which means it’s the perfect time for spooky shows. And, Theatre in the Park’s production of the regional premiere of It is Done, written by Alex Goldberg and directed by Ira David Wood III, definitely fits the bill. The story takes place in a deserted (except for… Read More ›

Bulldog Ensemble Theater's inaugural production of Rachel Bonds' Curve of Departure stars (from left) Phyllis Morrison, John Murphy, Marcus Zollicoffer, and Luar J. Mercado Lopez (photo by Tim Walter)

Rachel Bonds’ Curve of Departure Is a Gem, and Bulldog Ensemble Theater Makes It Sparkle

Rachel Bonds’ 2017 play, Curve of Departure, is a gem; and, under Thaddaeus Edwards’ direction, Bulldog Ensemble Theater shines this jewel to a rich luster, and offers it for public display in the performance space of The Fruit (Durham Fruit & Produce Co.) at 305 S Dillard St. Four ordinary people share a room in… Read More ›