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JTP’s Caroline, or Change Is a Lyrical Trip Through Its Characters’ Hearts and Souls

OBIE, Lucille Lortel, Theatre World, Tony®, and Drama Desk award-winning musical Caroline, or Change just might be The Justice Theater Project’s most ambitious production yet. With a soaring score that is almost entirely through-sung, Caroline is more opera than standard musical. Weaving together the musical styles of rhythm and blues, old spirituals, classical music, and… Read More ›

Razor-Sharp Direction, Top-Notch Acting, and Compelling Visuals Make Junk a Winner

Theatre Raleigh has just the play for fans of such movies as The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and The Big Short (2015). Junk by Ayad Akhtar (2016 La Jolla Playhouse and 2017 Broadway) is a tightly controlled three-level chess game of a performance piece. Set during the junk-bond financial boom of the 1980’s, Junk… Read More ›

Ryan Korell and Jonathan Keebler’s Gay Card at NRACT Is Heartwarming, Fresh, and Funny

As North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre managing director Timothy E. Locklear mentions in his director’s notes for NRACT’s latest offering, Gay Card, this world-premiere musical’s story “can apply to each person, for we all must discover who we are becoming as an adult.” Because of that wide appeal, the show fits into the coming-of-age… Read More ›

Stageworks’ Harold & Maude Is a Winner, with Lots of Laughs, Tender Moments, and Insights

In 1971, Paramount Pictures released the film version of Harold and Maude (directed by Hal Ashby), based on the screenplay by Colin Higgins (1941-88), who also published the work as a novel in 1971. In 1974, Higgins adapted the story as a play, Harold & Maude, which Stageworks Theatre of Holly Springs is producing, under… Read More ›

The North American Tour of Cats plays DPAC on June 4-9 (2019 photo by Matthew Murphy)

Cats Purrs, Meows, Growls, and ROARS at DPAC

From the moment the Cats of various London neighborhoods, their eyes eerily glowing, begin to gather on the Durham Performing Arts Center’s junk-yard/stage by crawling through the darkened audience, we are admitted to their mysterious lives. But, as they quickly reveal, we’ll never know everything there is to know about the world of cats. Perhaps,… Read More ›