Bedford Falls Meets WandaVision in the Cary Players’ Dec. 3-6 Production of It’s A Wonderful Life

The Cary Players' Dec. 3-6 presentation of Joe Landry's It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, directed by Nancy Rich, stars Bridget Patterson and Nick Popio as Mary and George Bailey (photo by Charles Ruffin)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This preview is based on a Cary Players news release. — R.W.M. Everybody loves the classic 1946 film It’s A Wonderful Life. And the Cary Players have presented stage adaptations of It’s A Wonderful Life in the past, using a large cast of adult and child performers. For their Christmas show this time… Continue reading Bedford Falls Meets WandaVision in the Cary Players’ Dec. 3-6 Production of It’s A Wonderful Life

Despite Some Plot Holes, Death by Design Is a Fun Evening of Chicanery and Intrigue

There’s murder and mystery afoot at the Cary Arts Center, as the Cary Players stage Death by Design, written by Rob Urbinati. Set in the English countryside in 1932, this Agatha Christie/Noël Coward mashup has lots going for it. A nosy maid, a philandering chauffeur, a rich married couple who love/hate each other — it’s… Continue reading Despite Some Plot Holes, Death by Design Is a Fun Evening of Chicanery and Intrigue

The Cary Players’ Rendition of Death by Design Falls Short as Both a Comedy and a Mystery

The Cary Players’ community-theater production of Rob Urbinati’s 2013 play, Death by Design: A Comedy with Murder, directed by Mia Peters, is a supposed mashup of the comedy of Noël Coward (1899-1973) and the mystery of Agatha Christie (1890-1976), two legends of the British stage. Set in 1932, the play uses a single set: a… Continue reading The Cary Players’ Rendition of Death by Design Falls Short as Both a Comedy and a Mystery

Cary Players’ Production of the Dated 1940s Radio Christmas Carol Is a Mixed Bag

The Cary Players’ current production of A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, which closes tonight, is a bit of what we call today, a mash-up. It is an homage to radio during the war years as well as a play-within-a-play and a comedy within a drama. Unfortunately, only 10 years after its debut, it is also… Continue reading Cary Players’ Production of the Dated 1940s Radio Christmas Carol Is a Mixed Bag

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… Continue reading Fresh and Unique, Almost, Maine Is a Must-See