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Judy McLane stars as Maria Callas in Master Class (photo by Jennifer Griffin Robertson)

Judy McLane and Costars Demonstrate Remarkable Talent, Stage Presence, and Energy in Master Class at Theatre Raleigh

Terrence McNally excites audiences almost as much as he excites actors. He demands a lot of an actor, and Theatre Raleigh’s production of Master Class points this out to the extreme. On opening night at the Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh, NC, there was never a moment when our focus was not on the stage. The… Read More ›

The Second National Tour of The Book of Mormon, playing Aug. 7-12 at DPAC, stars (from left) Monica L. Patton, Kevin Clay, and Conner Peirson (photo © Julieta Cervantes)

Incredibly Energetic and Irreverent Book of Mormon Cracks Up the DPAC Audience

Add off-the-charts energy to side-splitting, cringe-worthy comedy with a political bent and you might think South Park. You wouldn’t be far off. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the four-time Emmy Award-winning animated series, and Avenue Q: The Musical co-creator Robert Lopez have collaborated to create “the best musical of the century,” according… Read More ›

DPAC will present eight performances of The Book of Mormon on Aug. 7-12 (photo © Julieta Cervantes)

DPAC’s The Book of Mormon Is Delightful and Deep from Beginning to End

The Book of Mormon was the Hamilton of its day when it first premiered back in 2011. However, its latest production, at the Durham Performing Arts Center, directed by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, proves that this musical has major staying power. The musical, which has won both Tony and Grammy awards, focuses on young… Read More ›

The N.C. Women's Theatre Festival's production of These Shining Lives stars (from left) Dannibeth Farnum, Maggie Lea, Candace Hescock, and Lydia Nethercutt (photo by Proctor Photographics)

These Shining Lives Lit Up Carrboro’s ArtsCenter on July 27-29 and Aug. 2-5

Completing its two-week run last weekend, the North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival’s production of Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives, directed by Jorie Slodki, was well worth seeing, hearing, and feeling. I used to begin my lectures on Romeo and Juliet something like this: “Part of the genius of Shakespeare’s play is in that, no matter… Read More ›

Lanford Wilson’s Burn This Is a Fine Meaty, Entertaining, and Thought-Provoking Show

Sonorous Road Repertory Inc.’s inaugural production of Burn This, a 1987 Broadway success from the pen of Lanford Wilson, who was part of the founding of Off-Off Broadway, handles gayness in an off-handed, everyday sort of way, rather than as a political and social confrontation. At that time, it was, no doubt, a relief to… Read More ›