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Fresh and Unique, Almost, Maine Is a Must-See

John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, onstage now at the Cary Arts Center under the direction of Randy Jordan and produced by Cary Players, is an oft-forgotten play, perhaps because of its unusual structure. The play, instead of being one comprehensive piece, features nine short vignettes or “mini-plays.” Their connection, other than the fact that previously-seen characters… Read More ›

The Cary Players' community-theater cast of Almost, Maine includes (front row from left): Aaron Young, Cindy Paciocco, Christian O'Neal, Liz Webb, Kirsten Ehlert, and Laura P. Cormier and (back row from left): Thom Haynes, Lauren Meeks, Danny Mullins, Joey DeSena, Any Ortega, and Jordan Long

The Cary Players’ Community-Theater Production of Almost, Maine Is a Rib-Tickling, Heartwarming, and Uplifting Entertainment

How would you like to spend 10 minutes in a small town — 10 minutes in which you meet 19 interesting people and experience nine entertaining, endearing stories? There’s a place where you can do that, well almost, if you come to the Cary Arts Center and let Cary Players’ current community-theater production of John… Read More ›

Guys and Dolls at the Cary Art Center Is a Classic Musical That’s Still Fresh and Fun

For all the best reasons, Guys and Dolls ranks right up there among America’s best-loved musicals. The music sparkles, the lyrics and dialogue are quintessentially American, the stories are just complex enough to pull our interest, and the characters are usually people that we can care deeply for. In this show, most of them are… Read More ›

Cary Players’ Rendition of Guys and Dolls Has All the Pieces, But Not Enough Glue

It is said that you cannot get service that is simultaneously good, fast, and cheap. You can have it good and fast, but it will not be cheap. You can have it fast and cheap, but it will not be good. You can have it good and cheap, but it will not be fast. During… Read More ›

Cary Players’ 50th Show, Oklahoma!, Is Charming and Satisfying

Cary Players’ 50th production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, opened last Friday night in the Cary Arts Center. Cary Players has served the community for over 15 years, and has continued to up the ante on production value, with last season’s record-breaking The Wizard of Oz being one of their most technically ambitious to date. Oklahoma!… 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 ›

Libby Heily’s Burt and Abbie Is Tightly Written, with Crisp Dialogue and Quite a Bit of Humor

Cary Playwrights’ Forum is currently presenting New Works in the Paul Green Room in the Cary Arts Center. On Wednesday, May 25th, we attended the first of two “workshop” performances of Burt and Abbie. Written by Libby Heily and directed by Marina Enslen and Ken Walsh, the play is set in the apartment of Burt,… Read More ›

Cary Arts Center presented The Clothesline Muse, starring Nnenna Freelon, on March 18th

The Clothesline Muse, Starring Jazz Vocalist and Actress Nnenna Freelon, Belongs on Broadway!

The Clothesline Muse, a multimedia production that premiered in 2014, returned to the Triangle area on March 18th at the Cary Arts Center. The one-act performance was originally conceived by African dance pioneer Dr. Kariamu Welsh and written by her, six-time Grammy nominated jazz singer/writer/producer Nnenna Freelon, and Freelon’s daughter (and Welsh’s daughter-in-law), the artist… Read More ›

Cary Arts Center presented The Clothesline Muse, starring Nnenna Freelon (center), at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18th, as part of its 2015-16 Marvelous Music Mainstage Series

The Clothesline Muse Was a Great Show, and Jazz Singer Nnenna Freelon Sparkled as Grandma Blu

We experienced Nnenna Freelon last year at this time at a fundraiser for the Community Music School in Raleigh, which provides children from low-income families with music lessons from professional instructors. So, when we discovered she was one of the creators of a show being performed one time only at the Cary Arts Center, we… Read More ›

Chakra (The Wheel of Life) Keeps Turning on March 4-6 at the Cary Arts Center

“The croaking raven doth bellow for revenge” (Hamlet, 3.2.252) If possible, come see the Cary Playwrights’ Forum production of Chakra (The Wheel of Life) this weekend! This 90-minute show is a co-production of an English translation — by a Morrisville, NC woman, Dr. Vijaya Bapat, based on Vidyadahr G. Pundalik’s script — of a 40-minute… Read More ›

The Cary Players will present Dashing Through the Snow Dec. 4-7 at the Cary Arts Center

“Laughing All the Way”: Cary Players’ Production of Dashing Through the Snow Delivers!

Welcome to the lobby of The Snowflake Inn in Tinsel, Texas! Matt Schedler directs Cary Players community-theater presentation of Jones Hope Wooten’s 2010 comedy, Dashing Through the Snow. The production is just over two hours of fast-paced fun, and last night’s opening-night audience loved it. How many zany interactions can take place in the lobby… Read More ›

“Isn’t It Romantic”? — Yes, Cary Players, It Is!

Ah, the 1980s (or, perhaps, the late 1970’s)! The clothes, the hair, the vintage gadgetry! The attitudes and aspirations! The limitless horizons! Ah! New York …! Cary Players’ current presentation of Wendy Wasserstein’s Isn’t It Romantic gives us a slice of life — specifically, a slice of the lives of two women in their late… Read More ›

A. C. Donohue (center) stars as Elle Woods in Cary Players' production of "Legally Blonde" (photo by Rob Byron of Piedmont Photo)

“Legally Blonde” Is a Wonderful Spring Hit!

In her “Note from the Director” for Cary Players’ community-theater presentation of Legally Blonde the Musical, Nancy Rich says “[T]his show might appear to be a lightweight ball of fluff,” but rather “has depths that belie superficial appearances.” And she’s right. To begin with, the performance level is high and energetic, and her direction and… Read More ›

A. C. Donohue stars as Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde" (photo by Rob Byron of Piedmont Photo)

A Musical As Good As “Legally Blonde” Should Be Illegal!

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, high-energy feel-good show, look no further than Cary Players’ production of Legally Blonde the Musical. Directed by Nancy Rich, with musical direction by Darylene Hecht, the production begins with a bang as several characters dance onto the stage and treat us to “Omigod You Guys.” And the intense energy… Read More ›

The cast for "A Christmas Story" includes (clockwise from left) Joseph Gaitens, Bill LaFrankie, Matt Schedler, Amber Ivie, and Austin Harger

The Cary Players Are Reprising Their Hilarious Version of “A Christmas Story” Nov. 30-Dec. 3

The Cary Players will reprise their community-theater presentation of “A Christmas Story,” which delighted Triangle theatergoers from 2004 to 2007, on Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at the Cary Arts Center. Written in 2000, dramatist Philip Grecian’s stage adaptation of the classic 1983 motion picture based on Jean Shepherd’s stories is hilarious as it dramatizes the commotion the erupts when Ralphie Parker (played in this production by Joseph Gaitens) asks Santa Claus to bring him a genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” Will Kick Off the Cary Players’ 2012-13 Season

The Cary Players will open their 2012-13 season with a lively community-theater production of the hit 1961 Broadway musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” on Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 4-6 at the new Cary Arts Center (formerly the Cary Elementary School) in downtown Cary, NC.

Philharmonic Association Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble – Call for Auditions

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Gregg Gelb, starts up its 2012 -13 school-season in little over a month and registration for auditions is now open. Auditions will be on 9/4 & 5 at Marsh Woodwinds, 707 N. Person St., Raleigh. Go to to register. On the left side of the website homepage click on For… Read More ›

The Cary Players will perform "And Then There Were None" on Feb. 3-5 and 9-12 at the Cary Arts Center in the heart of downtown Cary, NC

Cary Players Will Stage “And Then There Were None,” a Classic Murder Mystery by Dame Agatha Christie

The Cary Players will present a community-theater production of And Then There Were None, a nail-biting 1943 stage adaptation based on the 1939 locked-room murder mystery by Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976), on Feb. 3-5 and 9-12 at the newly repurposed 390-seat Cary Arts Center (formerly a school) in the heart of downtown Cary, NC. “I… Read More ›

Cary Players' "Once Upon a Mattress" cast includes Carly Jones (left) as the Nightingale and Kelsey Tucker Princess Winnifred (photo by Rob Byron of Piedmont Photo)

Cary Players Give the Royal Treatment to the Merry Medieval Musical “Once Upon a Mattress”

The Cary Players give the royal treatment to Broadway’s Once Upon a Mattress (1959), that marvelous medieval musical, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barber, and a book by Barber, Jay Thompson, and Dean Fuller, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 19th century story “The Princess and the Pea.” Guest director and choreographer Nancy… Read More ›

Cary Players' "Once Upon a Mattress" cast includes Carly Jones (left) as the Nightingale and Kelsey Tucker Princess Winnifred (photo by Rob Byron of Piedmont Photo)

The Cary Players’ “Once Upon a Mattress” Will Be the First Musical at the New 390-Seat Cary Arts Center

The 1959 Broadway musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea,” features music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and a book by Barer, Jay Thompson, and Dean Fuller.

"As You Like It" runs Aug. 4-7

The FATE and Applause! Youth-Theater Production of “As You Like It” Has a “Star Wars” Theme

The Free Association Theatre Ensemble and Applause! Cary Youth Theatre will present a modern-dress youth-theater production of William Shakespeare’s knee-slapping pastoral comedy, “As You Like It” (1599-1600), on Aug. 4-7 as the inaugural theatrical presentation at the new Cary Arts Center.