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The An Act of God cast includes (from left) Alison Lawrence, Christopher John Maxwell, and Tom Barbieri

David Javerbaum’s An Act of God at NRACT Is Divine Inspiration at Its Best

Q: What do you call a one-act play in which the central character is God? A: An Act of God. Actors Comedy Lab and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre have teamed up to create a thoroughly delightful production of David Javerbaum’s An Act of God. Directed by Bunny Safron, this show breezes along, entertaining… Read More ›

The cast includes (from left) Page Purgar, Morrisa Nagel, Gilly Conklin, Alison Lawrence, and Kirsten Ehlert

Rod Rich Sets a Brisk Pace for the Tightly Focused Scenes of Love, Loss, and What I Wore

It has been said that “Clothes make the man.” But let’s be less gender-specific and theorize: “Clothes make the person.” Love, Loss, and What I Wore, the latest offering of Actors Comedy Lab and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, solidly supports that theory. Written by sisters Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on Ilene… Read More ›

The PRINCESS Talks Is a Really Cute Show in Need of a Few Tweaks and Fewer Monologues

The PRINCESS Talks, created and directed by Actors Comedy Lab co-founder Nancy Rich and presented Aug. 18-21 at the Cary Arts Center by ACL, in collaboration with the Town of Cary, offers motivational enlightenment. The show is a loose adaptation of a dark edgy British short play entitled The Princess Monologues. Rich’s original script consists… Read More ›

Jonathan King (left), Morrisa Nagel (center), and Sarah Beth Short star as Capt. Jack Absolute, Mrs. Malaprop, and Lydia Languish in The Rivals (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

“The Rivals” Is a Complicated, Witty, and Thoroughly Enjoyable 18th Century Comedy of Manners at RLT

Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre’s joint production of The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan is a witty and thoroughly enjoyable 18th century “Comedy of Manners,” which was said to have been George Washington’s favorite play. Director and Actors Comedy Lab co-founder Rod Rich, displays considerable talent in his staging of this show. Rich… Read More ›

“The Rivals” Is Delightfully Absurd Entertainment

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kurt Benrud is flying solo on this review. Ah! Eighteenth century comedy! In those days, animated cartoons had not yet been invented. So, artists such Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) used the medium now referred to as ” Comedy of Manners” to create such delights as Mrs. Malaprop and company in The Rivals. In… Read More ›

“Venus in Fur” Tries Too Hard

“Venus in Fur,” written in real life by David Ives and with this production directed by Rod Rich, zeroes in on a frustrated producer/director/writer, Thomas (Tony Lea), who is having trouble finding the perfect woman to cast in his play. Based on a sadomasochist novel, his play is all about a man who becomes a… Read More ›

Tony Lea and Diana Cameron McQueen star in David Ives' "Venus in Fur" (photo by Paul Cory)

The Title of David Ives’ “Venus in Fur” Is Bawdy — and So’s the Play — But It’s Funny and Insightful, Too

Venus in Fur is a 2012 Tony Award®-winning sizzler by David Ives, the prolific author of the famous “Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” and other short, witty plays with depth. Ninety minutes worth of allusions, verbal gymnastics, sexual innuendo, kinky references, and a bit of insight into gender wars, this joint Actors Comedy… Read More ›

Raleigh Little Theatre Attempts Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister”

Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister,” which parodies famous nun movies from “The Singing Nun” to “The Song of Bernadette” and everything in between, is the latest offering from Raleigh Little Theatre as part of its “City Series,” which aims to present grittier theatre intended for mature audiences. And, while “The Divine Sister” can’t rightfully be… Read More ›

RLT’s “Tigers Be Still” Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional

What do an escaped tiger, an art therapist dealing with her first-ever client, and a recently dumped and severely depressed young woman have in common? Though this might sound like the lead-in to a bad joke, all of these things are subjects in Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre’s uproarious and utterly charming production of… Read More ›

Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre will perform “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” on Sept. 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30 at RLT

ACL and RLT Will Stage “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” with Rebecca Blum, Izzy Burger, and Tracey Phillips

Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre will present a community-theater production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised],” directed by ACL co-founder Rod Rich, on Sept. 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30 in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. Originally written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield for California’s world-famous Reduced Shakespeare Company, “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” is an inspired spoof of all things Shakespearean. When it is hitting on all eight cylinders, Shakespeare is a comic juggernaut that romps through all 37 plays and 154 sonnets of English playwright and poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" concludes its three-week run on Feb. 2-5 on Raleigh Little Theatre's second stage

Dial Up ACL and RLT’s Pixilated Production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” for Laughs

Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre have a sure cure for the mid-winter blahs. Triangle theatergoers dial can dial up ACL and RLT‘s pixilated production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” for laughs. The show sags in some places, but cast members really sink their teeth into their juicy roles.

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" will run Jan. 20-22 and 26-29 and Feb. 2-5 on Raleigh Little Theatre's second stage

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” Is an Offbeat 2007 Comedy

“Cell phones, iPods, wireless computers will change people in ways we don’t even understand,” playwright Sarah Ruhl [says]. “We’re less connected to the present. No one is where they are. There’s absolutely no reason to talk to a stranger anymore — you connect to people you already know. But how well do you know them? Because you never see them — you just talk to them. I find that terrifying.”

A Charming But Lightweight Comedy, Mitch Albom’s “And the Winner Is” Is a Pleasant Way to Spend an Evening (or an Afternoon)

Scott Nagel and Colin McNaughton get the laughs rolling as the testosterone twins, Tim Corbett sticks an oily oar in as the wheeler-dealer Teddy.

Mitch Albom’s Offbeat Comedy “And the Winner Is” Skewers Hollywood Egos, the Movie Business, and Marathon Oscar Telecasts

Raleigh Little Theatre and Actors Comedy Lab will jointly produce Mitch Albom’s AND THE WINNER IS, on Sept. 10, 11, 16-19, and 23-26 in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. Actors Comedy Lab co-founder Bunny Safron will direct this hilarious offbeat comedy, which skewers Hollywood egos, the movie business, and marathon Oscar telecasts.