Tag: Bare Theatre
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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, 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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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,” 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.
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.”
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” 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.
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.
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.
Although the first few acts of “The Winter’s tale” unfold smoothly and at a steady pace, things fall apart rapidly once viewers are transported to from Sicilia to Bohemia. The colorful costumes and clown noses for the Bohemian rustics are a nice change from the dreary clothes of the Sicilian court; but the action is not tightly controlled, and the stage feels cluttered and unmanageable for much of the show.