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Chris McBennett and McKenna Waldron star as Romeo and Juliet (photo by Yorgason Photography)

Bare Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet Imagines a City on Fire

If any of William Shakespeare’s plays do not warrant restaging, Romeo and Juliet is #1 with a bullet. Unless a unique perspective can be taken and executed well. Many directors have sought to keep this story alive for new audiences. We have seen a martial arts film starring Jet Li, a Broadway musical about gangs… Read More ›

The Bare Theatre cast for ShakesBEER (from left: Tara Nicole Williams, Kyle Mears, Natalie Sherwood, and J. Robert Raines) sail to Illyria to visit characters from Twelfth Night (photo by Robert Davezac)

Bare Theatre’s Peripatetic ShakesBEER Is an Hour or So of Nonstop Laughter

It has been said that William Shakespeare wrote for every “level” in his audience, that he “aimed” certain elements to the “upper-crust” and certain elements to “the masses.” I believe the same thing can be said for Shakespeare’s modern-day “collaborator Chuck Keith. Who says you can’t update Shakespeare? ShakesBEER, produced by Bare Theatre at “various… Read More ›

Bare Theatre’s EverScape Respawns at the New Sonorous Road Studio

respawn (v.): to re-enter gameplay after being killed. EverScape, by triangle native Allan Maule, made its regional premiere last October, having been a smash hit at the New York Fringe Festival. Bare Theatre co-produced a remounted EverScape as the inaugural production in the new Sonorous Theatre and Film Studio location on Hillsborough Street. The crew… Read More ›

Lights Up on the New Sonorous Road Studio

No business intends to pack up and move house after only two years in action. When North Carolina State University bought the standalone space at 209 Oberlin Road, the Sonorous Road Film and Theatre Studio had to take the show on the road. The Royal Bakery building on Hillsborough Street, to be precise. Right across… Read More ›

Bare Theatre’s Inauguration Day Reading of The Taming Sticks It to Trump

Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish. — President Lyndon B. Johnson, signing into existence the National Endowment for the Arts… Read More ›

Seth and Rebecca Blum star as Richard III and Queen Margaret (photo by G. Todd Buker)

Bare Theatre’s Post-Apocalyptic Production of Richard III Is Overlong, Needs Pruning

After its epic 2016 outdoor production of Henry VI: The War of the Roses this summer, Bare Theatre has slid into the rise and fall of the next monarchy. Now, in a time of peace (after the War of the Roses officially ended), Richard III is more House of Cards than Game of Thrones. Clawing… Read More ›

Rebecca and Seth Blum star as Queen Margaret and Richard III (photo by John Foote)

Strong Acting Makes Bare Theatre’s Production of Shakespeare’s Richard III Another Success

There is a challenge inherent in any production of a play by William Shakespeare: How to make it fresh and interesting for the “old-timer” Shakespeare fans while remaining true-to-the-text and making it accessible to the first-timers. Director Lucinda Danner Gainey succeeds in this endeavor, royally, in Bare Theatre’s current presentation of Richard III! The lengthy… Read More ›

Seth A. Blum plays the title character in Richard III (photo by G. Todd Buker)

Bare Theatre’s Richard III at Sonorous Road Theatre Is a Show That Should Be Seen

Our country right now, the national atmosphere, our history, most literature, and contemporary mass entertainment are all filled with the wrestling for power for reasons of ambition and personal gain. Bare Theatre’s production of Richard III tells the story of King Richard III of England (1452-85), according to William Shakespeare; and whether by design or… Read More ›

Allan Maule’s EverScape Is a 90-Minute Escape for All of Us

EverScape, written by Allan Maule, contains an interesting line. One of the characters states that “our grandparents” sought escape in movies, “our parents” sought escape through television, and “we” (the play’s protagonists, presumably the current generation) seek escape in online video games. We would add to this list another, older form of escape — live… Read More ›

EverScape stars George Labusohr and Hilary Edwards (photo by John Foote)

Allan Maule’s Ingenious EverScape Is the Theatrical Event of the Season

EverScape, written by Triangle native Allan Maule, premiered at the 2015 New York Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) and was named one of the festival’s “Must-See” Shows (an honor given to only 5 of the nearly 200 productions). Maule is an actor, writer, and video game enthusiast whose personal and professional experiences have informed this extraordinarily unique… Read More ›

EverScape Is a Witty and Delightful Comedy with Serious Social Overtones

Award winning, North Carolina educated and based playwright Allan Maule has served up a witty and delightful comedy with serious social overtones in his new show, EverScape, whose North Carolina premiere is being jointly presented on Oct. 6-23 by Bare Theatre and Sonorous Road Theatre. The play was a smash hit at the 2015 New… Read More ›

Bare Theatre and RLT’s Henry VI Boasts Energetic, High-Level Performances

In the heat of the summer, the politics heats up as well; and Lucinda Danner Gainey — the director of Bare Theatre and Raleigh Little Theatre’s current joint production of Henry VI: War of the Roses, which concludes its two-week run on Aug. 4-7 in RLT‘s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre, casts an abbreviated version of… Read More ›

Bare Theatre’s Two Gentlemen of Verona Is a Light-Hearted Early Shakespearean Frolic

Carmen-Maria Mandley founded Bare Theatre in 2001, to perform a reading of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, and that encouraged her to try Much Ado About Nothing a little later. The company sort of languished until 2005, when Heather J. Strickland joined Mandley, and G. Todd Buker became the company composer and created the music for Titus… Read More ›

A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters Are Letters That Are Easy to Love

In recent years, this area has been blessed with productions of works by A.R. Gurney, notably: The Dining Room and Scenes from American Life. Under the direction of Rebecca Blum, Bare Theatre’s production of Gurney’s Love Letters at Sonorous Road Productions in Raleigh joins them as a blessing to the local stage. The show is… Read More ›

Bare Theatre’s Titus Andronicus at Common Ground Theatre in Durham Is Shakespeare with a Twist

In true-to-form Bare Theatre style, this all-female production of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus begins with a bang! The preshow curtain speech has aspects of a “pep talk,” and Friday night’s audience responded enthusiastically. Then Saturninus and Bassianus burst into to theater, campaigning for the office of Emperor. They shake hands with audience members, give them… Read More ›

Rebecca Blum (center) stars as illustrious Roman general Titus Andronicus (photo by Yorgason Photography)

Bare Theatre’s All-Female Production of Titus Andronicus Makes an Indelible Impression

Titus Andronicus is a perfect entertainment for closing out the Halloween season. There is blood and gore galore, but Bare Theatre has managed to keep the graphical part of gore to a minimum. Titus Andronicus is considered to be the Bard’s least performed play. Originally, it was very popular, written, some say, to join the… Read More ›

Wade Newhouse and Benji Taylor Jones star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (photo by Ron Yorgason)

Director Rebecca Blum’s Cast for Bare Theatre’s Presentation of “Macbeth” Is Superb

It’s safe to call Bare Theatre’s current presentation Macbeth, because the play is being performed outdoors in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre and not inside a theater, where there is an old theater superstition that speaking the play’s name aloud invites disaster. (Instead, the cast and crew refer to “The Scottish Play.”) After… Read More ›

Wade Newhouse and Benji Taylor Jones star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (photo by Ron Yorgason)

Strong Acting and Interesting Choices Make Bare Theatre’s “Macbeth” an Engaging Production

Directing a production of a play that “everybody is familiar with,” is a real challenge. Rebecca Blum takes the challenge in Bare Theatre’s current production of Macbeth; and, with the help of a dedicated and talented cast and crew, emerges victorious. With all-around acting as strong as what we saw in this production, it is… Read More ›

Tara Nicole Williams and Jake Sheffer star as Pompey the clown and the goofy constable Elbow in "Measure for Measure" (photo by Ron Yorgason)

Bare Theatre Pays Tribute to the Bard by Staging “Measure for Measure” at the Varsity Theatre

Bare Theatre, which is known for its exciting adaptations of William Shakespeare’s work, sets Measure for Measure in the 1920s, and performs its modern-dress production — replete with jazz music and flapper costumes — in Chapel Hill’s Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street, a movie theater in a building built in 1927. Measure for Measure, which… Read More ›

Victor Rivera and Rebecca Blum star as Claudio and Isabella in "Measure for Measure" (photo by Ron Yorgason)

Bare Theatre Sets Its Imaginative Presentation of “Measure for Measure” in Paris in the 1920s

In the words of T.S. Eliot: “Let us go then, you and I …” to Bare Theatre’s modern-dress presentation of Measure for Measure at the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill. If we told you that you could spend an evening watching a play about Lust, Chastity, Politics, Justice, Injustice, Deception, Forgiveness, Capital Punishment, Sex, Extortion,… Read More ›

Bare Theatre will open its 10th season with William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" on Sept. 18-20 and 25-27 and Oct. 2-4 on Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh

Bare Theatre’s “Coriolanus” Is Must-See Shakespeare

Bare Theatre emphasizes the political frustrations being enacted on Halifax Mall of late — as protested by Occupy Raleigh in 2011 and “Moral Mondays” since the last election of a governor — with the infrequently performed tragedy the Coriolanus, which has been called the Bard’s “most political play.” G. Todd Buker, managing director of Bare… Read More ›

How Often Do You Get to See William Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” in the Triangle? Not Often Enough!

We can’t recall even knowing of a production of Cymbeline in the area; and it appears to have been performed only three times in the past couple years in the U.S., if Google can be relied on. For us, this raises the question, why that would be? A little more research suggested some think it… Read More ›

Bare Theatre, RLT, and PineCone’s “As You Like It” Showcases Local Women and Local Bluegrass Music

Shakespeare performed in the out-of-doors just makes sense, and the amphitheater at Raleigh Little Theatre is the perfect home for the Bard. Sitting in the elements, with the cool breeze blowing, a setting sun, and the wonderful preshow music of Corn and the Colonels (of which RLT executive director Charles Phaneuf is a member), while… Read More ›

Bare Theatre will present "The Leader," a program of one-act plays by Eugene Ionesco and others, on Oct. 25-28 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham and on Nov. 3, 4, and 8-11 at the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh

“The Leader” Is a Provocative Program of One-Act Plays by Eugene Ionesco and Other Playwrights

Just in time for the nationwide General Election on Nov. 6th, Bare Theatre of Raleigh, NC is presenting “The Leader,” a program of one-act plays about politics, including “The Leader” by Romanian and French playwright provocateur Eugene Ionesco (1909-94), on Oct. 25-28 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham and on Nov. 3, 4, and 8-11 at the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh.

Durang/Durang

“Durang/Durang” Is Whimsy Hilariously Run Amok

” Durang/Durang,” an evening of short plays by Christopher Durang (“Beyond Therapy”), is whimsy run hilariously amok — a sublimely silly 2012-13 season opener for Raleigh, NC-based Bare Theatre, which performed these six wacky one-acts July 19-22 in Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh and will conclude their two-week, two-city run on July 26-29 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham.

“Durang/Durang” Showcases the Quirky Comedies of Christopher Durang in Six Sassy One-Act Plays

Raleigh, NC-based Bare Theatre will kick off its 2012-13 season with “Durang/Durang,” a provocative 1994 selection of six wild-and-crazy one-act plays by Christopher Durang, on July 19-22 in Burning Coal Theatre Company‘s Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh and on July 26-29 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham. Guest director Olivia Griego cautions, “This show is for mature audiences only. There is a lot of adult material and content.”

"One Night of Absolute Dismay: A Night of Contemporary Short Plays" runs Feb. 16-19 and 23-26 at Common Ground Theatre (photo by Jason Bailey)

“One Night of Absolute Dismay” Is a Collection of One-Act Plays by Contemporary Playwrights

Bare Theatre’s third annual collection of one-act plays, “One Night of Absolute Dismay: A Night of Contemporary Short Plays,” tackles “23 dysfunctional relationships. 12 characters. 4 shows. One night of absolute dismay.”

"Much Ado About Nothing" runs Oct. 27-30 in Durham and Nov. 5, 6, and 10-13 in Raleigh

Bare Theatre Gives William Shakespeare’s Romantic Comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” a Sci-Fi Makeover

“Much Ado About Nothing” is a comedy about love and deception, with one of the greatest love/hate relationships in literature, between Beatrice and Benedick [Olivia Griego and Jeff Aguiar]. The two battle wits as friends and family try to trick them into loving each other.

"Oh Sh!t, It's Another Evening of One-Act Plays" ends Feb. 27th

“Oh Sh!t” Sparkles in “The Shakespeare Zone”

Like any four-part program of contemporary one-act plays, “Oh Sh!t, It’s Another Evening of One-Act Plays,” presented by Bare Theatre, is a mixed bag. But “The Shakespeare Zone” is a splendid spoof of reality television, TV game shows, commercials, and iconic television series, such as “Law & Order,” “CSI,” etc.

"Oh Sh!t, It's Another Evening of One-Act Plays" opens Feb. 17th

Bare Theatre Presents “Oh Sh!t, It’s Another Evening of One-Act Plays” at Common Ground Theatre

Bare Theatre concludes its sixth season with “Oh Sh!t, It’s Another Evening of One-Act Plays,” a program of four contemporary one-act plays, on Feb. 17-27 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham.