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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 ›

The cast includes (from left) Daryl Ray Carliles, Lorelei Lemon, and Greg Guiliano

Hold on to Your Seat as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Takes Off

For the next few weeks, a trio of actors — Lorelei Lemon, Greg Guiliano, and Daryl Ray Carliles — will take Cary Players patrons on a madcap 90-minute ride through all 37 plays of William Shakespeare as they perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. You do the math, and then hold onto… Read More ›

Performing the "Othello Rap" are (from left) Greg Guiliano, Daryl Ray Carliles, and Lorelei Lemon

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) Is a Zany, High-Energy Roller-Coaster Ride

Who in the world thought performing 37 Shakespearean plays in 90 minutes, with only three actors, was a good idea? Lucky for us, the Sonoma, CA-based Reduced Shakespeare Company did. In 1987, they created The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. On Feb. 17-19 and 24-26,… 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 ›

You’d Be Meshugah to Miss Crossing Delancey

The Cary Players’ community-theater production of Crossing Delancey by Susan Sandler is a multigenerational, cultural gem. The plot revolves around Izzy (played with wide-eyed innocence by Vera Varlamov), a single Jewish girl who works at a bookstore, and dreams of leaving behind her blue-collar neighborhood — thereby crossing over Delancey Street in Manhattan’s Lower East… 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 ›

Cary Players’ “Mornings at Seven” Touches on Timeless Topics

When extended family members live in close proximity to one another—right next door in the case of Cary Players’ Mornings at Seven—calamity, gossip, and family drama are bound to ensue. Paul Osborn’s quiet play, set in 1938 and directed by Tim Wiest, touches on the ties that bind families together and the hidden secrets that… 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.

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 ›

"It's a Wonderful Life" starred Jon Karnofsky and Megan Woronka (left) as George and Mary Bailey and Lyman Collins as George's guardian angel Clarence Oddbody (photo by Rob Byron of Piedmont Photo)

Cary Players’ Production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” Was Entertaining, But Had Some Rough Spots

After staging crowd-pleasing radio-drama presentations of “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 2008 and 2009, the Cary Players’ community theater attempted an ambitious full-scale stage adaptation of the movie. The result was entertaining, but had a far too many rough spots, some of them due to the youth and/or inexperience of several members of the cast.

"It's a Wonderful Life" stars Jon Karnofsky and Megan Woronka (left) as George and Mary Bailey and Lyman Collins as George's guardian angel Clarence Oddbody (photo by Rob Byron of Piedmont Photo)

“It’s a Wonderful Life” Is a Full Stage Adaptation of the Classic 1946 Movie, Directed by Frank Capra

The Cary Players will present a full stage adaptation of the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” based on the perennially popular 1946 motion picture, on Dec. 1-5 in the new 390-seat Cary Arts Center.

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.

George Kaiser as Puss charms Kirsten Ehlert as the Princess (photo by Jon Karnofsky)

In “Puss in Boots!” an Intrepid Cat Outsmarts a Terrible Ogre and Takes His Castle and Lands

“Despite what people say, cats are very loyal and devoted to their owners,” claims “Puss in Boots!” director Staci Sabarsky. “It’s this devotion and bond between Puss and his owner, Jack, that is at the root of this story.”

"Love Bits & Bites 2011: The Sixth Sense" opened Feb. 12th

“Love Bits & Bites” Explores the Mystery of Love

A favorite Cary Players holiday tradition, this sixth-annual production of the PG-13 show “Love Bits & Bites” is an all new collection of scenes, one-acts, and songs that celebrate the charm, magic, and mystery of love (sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet, often funny).

"Yes Virginia" closed Dec. 6th

“Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” Was Heartwarming

The worst thing that could be said about the Cary Players’ Dec. 3-6 community-theater production of Andrew J. Fenady’s live 1940s-style radio drama, “Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus,” is that its run was far too brief.

The Cary Players Put on the Perfect Christmas Show

The Cary Players’ production of Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, an old fashioned live radio play, is a festive way to welcome the fast-approaching holiday season. Delightful pre-show music from members of the cast and the elaborate decorations of Cary Town Hall warm everyone up with the Christmas spirit and prepare the audience… Read More ›

Cary Players’ “Over the River and Through the Woods” Entertains, But Fails to Hit Deeper Notes

A big part of the problem here is that the play is staged by guest director Tina Vance as strictly comedy. Proper attention is not paid to key scenes that should give the story a lot of heart, such as Nunzio’s musings about families and how they grow apart.

Joe DiPietro’s “Over the River and Through the Woods” Is a Hilarious Comedy About an Italian-American Family

The Cary Players will present a community-theater production of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” a 1998 Off-Broadway hit comedy written by Tony Award®-winning Teaneck, NJ-born playwright and lyricist Joe DiPietro (Memphis), on Oct. 1-3 and 7-10 in the Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, NC.


This weekend, Cary Players will present a world premiere of RUBY RED, a domestic drama written by Cary playwright Phil Lowden and staged by local director Jaret Preston. Admission is FREE

It’s a Wonderful Life | Dec 4-7

Cary Players Announces Production of It’s A Wonderful Life, a 1940’s Style Radio Drama Family-oriented show one of many downtown Cary holiday events. Cary Players announces the production of It’s A Wonderful Life as a 1940’s style live radio drama to be performed December 4-7, 2009, at the unique and spacious Town of Cary Council… Read More ›

Cary Players’ “A Midsummer Night’s Dream!” | Oct 2-4 and 8-10

Bond Park is the perfect outdoor setting for this classic Shakespearean romantic comedy, served straight up with a spicy twist of Bollywood! Frolic with Oberon (the King of the Fairies) in the shimmering enchanted woods, with impish Puck, Bottom, and “the stuff that dreams are made of…”!