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PRC’s Rendition of Ragtime, As Reimagined by Director Zi Alikhan, Is Gutsy and Fresh

Your sword can be a sermon, or the power of the pen. Teach every child to raise his voice, and then, my brothers, then Will justice be demanded by ten million righteous men. Make them hear you. Lyricist Lynn Ayrens from the song, “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime The more things change, the more… Read More ›

NCCU Students Gave Strong, Nuanced Performances in Blues for an Alabama Sky

Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky, recently produced by the N.C. Central University Department of Theatre, is set in 1930s Harlem, as the Great Depression was stalling the 1920s African-American cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance and making things (as one of the characters says) “tough all over.” In this “two hours’ traffic,”… Read More ›

NLT’s Father Knows Best Is a Great Example of What Is Best About Local Theater

The Neuse Little Theatre’s production of Father Knows Best is a fine slice of Americana for two reasons. First, it is a breezy sitcom-like comedy about a middle-class family in middle America. Secondly, it is a great example of what local theater in America is all about. Father Knows Best is a stage play, based… Read More ›

North Carolina Opera’s Siegfried Triumphantly Opens the Opera’s 2019-2020 Season

When the North Carolina Opera’s Sunday, Nov. 10th, matinee performance of Richard Wagner’s dramatic Siegfried: Act III in Concert begins, the 80-player North Carolina Opera Orchestra brings the recognizable strains of Wagner’s music to life, under the skillful baton of conductor Timothy Myers. The orchestra performs Wagner’s music beautifully. When the violinists play, they have… Read More ›

Gayle Turner and Lakeisha Coffey Are Superb as Sadie and Bessie Delany in Having Our Say

Come in, sit a spell, and visit with the Delany sisters, two African-American “maiden ladies,” as they would like to be called, who were born and raised in Raleigh, NC, and who lived through the tumult of prejudice, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement. Their fascinating story is told by the Delany sisters themselves,… Read More ›