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Tatyana Lubov and Hayden Stanes star as Ella and Prince Topher (photo © Carol Rosegg)

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at DPAC Features a New Book, New Songs, and Beaucoup Magic

This weekend, Summit, NJ-based Work Light Productions’ Second National Tour of the award-winning 2013 Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will play the five enchanted evening and matinee performances on Dec. 30-Jan. 1 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham. Originally written as a television special… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park will present A Christmas Carol, starring Ira David Wood III as Scrooge, on Dec. 7-11 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and on Dec. 15-18 at DPAC

December 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of December 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

The mean, green killjoy Grinch poses with his faithful but much-abused dog Young Max (played during the 2010 national tour by Stefan Karl and Seth Bazacas) (photo by PaparazziByAppointment.com)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical Returns to DPAC on Nov.29-Dec. 4

Fantastical creatures from New York City-based Big League Productions, Inc.’s critically acclaimed national tour of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical, based on the beloved 1957 children’s book written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss (nee Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-91), will once again delight children of all ages when the 1994 Minneapolis, 1998… Read More ›

Bob Nocek Presents LLC brought comedian Paula Poundstone to Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall on Thursday, Dec. 1st

On Dec. 1st, Paula Poundstone Will Tickle Triangle Funny-Bones with Her Offbeat Humor

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week, Bob Nocek Presents LLC is bringing whimsical comedian, actress, and author Paula Poundstone back to the Triangle for another highly anticipated one-night stand — at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1st — this time in Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC…. Read More ›

Andrea Syglowski as tackles the title role of former May Queen Jennifer Nash (photo by Jon Gardiner)

In The May Queen at PlayMakers Rep, Playwright Molly Smith Metzler Speaks with a Singularly Funny, Very Human Voice

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of The May Queen, an original comedy by award-winning playwright Molly Smith Metzler, on Nov. 22, 23, 26, and 27 and Nov. 29-Dec. 4 and Dec. 6-11 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Originally commissioned… Read More ›

Monty Python's Spamalot at NCT stars Jeff McCarthy (center) as King Arthur and Ta'Rea Campbell as The Lady of the Lake (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Monty Python’s Spamalot at NCT Will Savagely Satirize King Arthur and His Knights

The North Carolina Theatre will stage a zany new production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, the madcap British comedy troupe’s irreverent retelling of the heroic medieval tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, on Nov. 15-20 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh…. Read More ›

November 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of November 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

Ashley Popio founded the Women's Theatre Festival (photo by Liza Marie Photography)

What the Women’s Theatre Festival Did for Us

The North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival was formed to “create, produce, and promote extraordinary theatre by women.” Behind its design were 179 women from all over the Triangle area: writers, actors, producers, directors, designers, and technicians — all fighting for gender equality in the performing arts. I have been speaking with the creators, collaborators, and… Read More ›

Robert Petkoff and Kate Shindle star as Bruce and Alison Bechdel (photo by Joan Marcus)

2015 Best Musical Tony® Winner Fun Home Is Drawn from Life: Cartoonist and Graphic Novelist Alison Bechdel’s Life

2015 Best Musical Tony Award® winner Fun Home, which opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Durham Performing Arts Center and runs through Sunday, is Drawn from Life: Beech Creek, PA-born lesbian cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s life growing up in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, with a father who was a third-generation mortician, taught high-school… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Jeffrey Blair Cornell (center) stars as Deputy Governor and Salem Witch Trials chief judge Thomas Danforth (photo by Jon Gardiner)

The Crucible at PlayMakers Rep Is Arthur Miller’s Cautionary Tale About the Salem Witch Trials’ Rush to Judgment

For the second production of its 2016-17 mainstage season, PlayMakers Repertory Company is staging a modern-dress theater-in-the-round production of The Crucible a timely topical drama by American dramatist, screenwriter, and essayist Arthur Miller (1915-2005), on Oct. 19-23, and 25-30 and Nov. 1-4 and 6 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina… Read More ›

Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour will rock the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Rent Music Supervisor Tim Weil Looks Back on Two Decades with the Iconic 1996 Rock Opera

EDITOR’S NOTE: Part 1 of our preview of Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour, published on Tuesday, Oct. 11th, is a general introduction to the show: http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2016/10/tony-award-and-pulitzer-prize-winning-rock-opera-rent-will-rock-durham-on-oct-11-16/. Part 2, published below, is a wide-ranging interview with the show’s long-time musical supervisor, Tim Weil, who has worked on this rock opera from the very beginning. — RWM “I’m… Read More ›

Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour will rock the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Tony Award®- and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Rock Opera Rent Will Rock Durham on Oct. 11-16

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our two-part preview of Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour starts below. Part 1 is a general introduction to the show. Part 2, which we will publish tomorrow, is a wide-ranging interview with the show’s long-time musical supervisor, Tim Weil, who has worked on this rock opera from the very beginning. — RWM The Rent:… Read More ›

The Fun Home cast includes (from left) Lennon Nate Hammond as John, Pierson Salvador as Christian, Karen Eilbacher as Joan, Abby Corrigan as Middle Alison, Kate Shindle as Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, Susan Moniz as Helen, Alessandra Baldacchino as Small Alison, and Robert Hager as Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby Jeremy (photo by Joan Marcus)

October 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for October 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and PRESENTER’S NAME to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS to that address. (Our “snail mail” address is Triangle… Read More ›

Myles Bullock and Rachel Christopher star as Lank and Chelle Poindexter (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 Is Set During a Watershed Year in Her Hometown

1967 was the year that changed everything for the City of Detroit and the fictional African-American family depicted in Detroit ’67, University of Michigan educated dramatist and actress Dominique Morisseau’s prize-winning play about a watershed year in her hometown, which is the inaugural mainstage production in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2016-17 season. The University of North… Read More ›

J. Harrison Ghee (center) repeats his crowd-pleasing performance as Lola in the 2016 encore presentation of Kinky Boots at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

An Encore Presentation of Kinky Boots Will Strut Its Stuff at DPAC Sept. 13-18

The Durham Performing Arts Center is bringing the high-octane First National Tour of the Tony Award®-winning hit 2013 Broadway musical Kinky Boots back to the Bull City for eight rousing repeat performances on Sept. 13-18 in DPAC‘s 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham, NC. Fayetteville, NC native J. Harrison… Read More ›

September 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for September 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and PRESENTER’S NAME to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS to that address. (Our “snail mail” address is Triangle… Read More ›

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen stars in PRC's world premiere of Draw the Circle (photo by HuthPhoto)

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s Solo, Draw the Circle, Chronicles His Female-to-Male Transition

PlayMakers Repertory Company will kick off its 2016-17 season on Aug. 24-28 with the world premiere of Draw the Circle, an autobiographical one-man show about his female-to-male transition written and performed by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen and directed by Chay Yew. There will be a freewheeling talkback with the artists and selected subject-matter experts, following each… Read More ›

Joey Barreiro stars as newsboy-turned-strike leader Jack Kelly in Newsies (Disney© photo by Deen van Meer)

Stop the Presses (Again)! Disney’s Newsies Will Return to DPAC for Eight Shows on Aug. 16-21

On June 2-7, 2015, the high-octane First National Tour of Disney’s sensational 2012 Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, Newsies, roared into the Durham Performing Arts Center, hitting on all cylinders, thanks to the dynamic direction of two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies and the 1994 Revival of Grease) and the combustible choreography of 2012 Tony winner… Read More ›

The 2016 Women's Theatre Festival and "sister shows" will run from July 30th to Aug. 28th in venues all across the Triangle and also in Burlington and Sanford

August 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for August 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and PRESENTER’S NAME to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS to that address. (Our “snail mail” address is Triangle… Read More ›

Nicolas Dromard and Kara Lindsay star as Bert and Mary (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s Mary Poppins Stars Broadway’s Kara Lindsay and Nicolas Dromard as Mary and Bert

On July 26-31, the North Carolina Theatre will conclude its 2015-16 season of locally produced revivals of Broadway shows with a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious production of Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, directed by Benson, NC-born New York City director Eric Woodall and choreographed by Ryan Kasprzak. The show, which will be performed in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium,… Read More ›

PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory Presents Violet

The kids have done it again! Onstage now at PlayMakers Repertory Company, as part of and the culmination to its “Summer Youth Conservatory,” a high school cast stars in the Broadway musical Violet. With music by Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, this fun musical stars young Ainsley Seiger… Read More ›

Ainsley Seiger stars as Violet and Presyce Baez (left) and Wilson Plonk star as Flick and Monty in the PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory production of Violet (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Teen Phenom Ainsley Seiger Tackles the Title Role in the PlayMakers SYC Production of Violet

The PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory (SYC) will tackle Violet, with a cast of high school actors under the direction of Matthew Steffens, on July 20-24 and 29-31 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. This 1997 Off-Broadway and 2014 Broadway musical features… Read More ›

Cantey Performance Award winners included Michael McKenna, Tosin Olufolabi, Jesse R. Gephart (center), Rose Higgins (second from right), and Brian Fisher (right) (photo by Carrie Santiago)

On June 29th, the Cantey Awards Rang Down the Curtain on RLT’s 2015-16 Season

The Cantey V. Sutton Theatre was abuzz with energy and love on Wednesday night, June 29th, as the annual meeting and awards ceremony, The Cantey Awards, was held at Raleigh Little Theatre, in celebration of the community theater’s 80th season. The annual event’s purpose is trifold. First, a brief “state-of-the-theater” meeting to highlight accomplishments, give… Read More ›

July 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for July 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and PRESENTER’S NAME to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS to that address. (Our “snail mail” address is Triangle… Read More ›

On June 13th, Broadway Voices for NC Will Raise Funds to Fight House Bill 2

At 8 p.m. on Monday, June 13th, The Cutting Room in New York City will present Broadway Voices for NC, an all-star concert to raise fund to combat the pernicious effects of House Bill 2, North Carolina’s infamous “Bathroom Law.” NYC-based Filipino-American model, TED speaker, and activist Geena Rocero will host the event, which will… Read More ›

Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour plays DPAC on June 7-17 (photo by Jack Hartin)

The 20th Anniversary Tour of Riverdance Will Burn Up the DPAC Stage on June 7-12

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour on June 7-12 as a season add-on. This thunderous celebration of Irish music, song, and dance first tapped its way onto the world stage in February 1995 as a seven-minute segment during an interval in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. Subsequently expanded… Read More ›

June 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for June 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and PRESENTER’S NAME to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS to that address. (Our “snail mail” address is Triangle… Read More ›

A Death in the Family: Viki Atkinson

I knew a woman, lovely in her bones, When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them; Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one: The shapes a bright container can contain! Of her choice virtues only gods should speak, Or English poets who grew up on Greek (I’d have them sing… Read More ›

The First National Tour of If/Then, playing May 25-29 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, stars (from center) Tamyra Gray, Jackie Burns (white dress), and Matthew Hydzik, plus Anthony Rapp (far right) and English Bernhardt (fourth from right) (photo by Joan Marcus)

On May 24-29 at DPAC, Raleigh’s English Bernhardt Will Join Two Veterans of If/Then on Broadway

Raleigh’s own English Bernhardt will join Jackie Burns and Anthony Rapp, two original Broadway cast members of If/Then, on May 24-29 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series. Burns, who was a standby for 2014 Tony Award® nominee Idina Menzel — who won the 2004 Tony for Best Actress… Read More ›

Making of a Murderer's Dean Strang (left) and Jerry Buting brought their 20-city North American Conversation on Justice tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20th

Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang and Jerry Buting Will Have A Conversation on Justice Friday at DPAC

At 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20th, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present A Conversation on Justice, featuring Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, who served as defense attorneys for Steven Avery in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, which chronicles Avery’s wrongful 1985 conviction for sexual assault, his exoneration thanks to the efforts… Read More ›