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Honest Pint’s The Mystery of Love and Sex at NRACT Is a Disappointing Maelstrom of Characters and Conflict

Honest Pint Theatre Company normally does a terrific job telling interesting stories to theatergoers across the Triangle. This troupe of talented actors and directors does not shy away from edgy stories with interesting morals or themes. For this reason, I look forward to their productions. Unfortunately, their current offering, The Mystery of Love & Sex… Read More ›

Bathsheba Doran’s The Mystery of Love and Sex Is a Tender, Humorous, Surprisingly Deep Story

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre is currently running The Mystery of Love & Sex by Bathsheba Doran, a writer with a hefty resumé. The play, produced by Honest Pint Theatre Company, doesn’t so much solve the mystery as expand its magnitude. It will always be an unsolvable mystery, we suspect. And probably that’s half… Read More ›

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern will present Ethelred the Unready, an original solo perpetration starring Dana Marks, on Dec. 8-10 at various locations

Dana Marks’ Ethelred the Unready Asks, "Does Anyone Have Any Questions?"

Full disclosure: I know Dana Marks, the Durham-based, multi-faceted performer. She directed me in Mortall Coile Theatre Company’s inaugural production of Adam Rapp’s Nocturne; and later, I directed her in Theatre Raleigh’s staging of Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz. We share a mutual respect for each other as artists and as human beings…. Read More ›

The Seagull by Anton Chekhov inspired The New Colossus by Tamara Kissane (photo by Jaybird O'Berski)

Little Green Pig’s Presentation of The New Colossus by Tamara Kissane Is Colossally Confusing

Tamara Kissane’s play The New Colossus opened on May 19th at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham as part of Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern’s 2016 season. Directed by Dana Marks, an internationally known performer and director, the play was adapted from Anton Chekhov’s 1896 play The Seagull. Chekhov’s first production of The Seagull was disastrous,… Read More ›

“Annapurna” Is a Story of Human Redemption and Forgiveness; It’s a Story of Grace

In Sharr White’s Annapurna, co-produced by Honest Pint Theatre Company and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Ulysses is a man who is letting go. Along with everything else, he is letting go of his emotional baggage, his connections to others, and the use of his skills as a writer. He is a man at… Read More ›

Sharr White’s “Annapurna” Packs a Punch with Passion, Compassion, and Laughter

Honest Pint Theatre Company first drew our attention two years ago with the explosive presentation of A Steady Rain by Keith Huff, and wowed us a second time with The Sum of Us by David Stevens. Its current production of Sharr White’s 2011 two-character play, Annapurna, co-produced with and performed at North Raleigh Arts and… Read More ›

The Honest Pint Theatre Company and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre production of "Annapurna," directed by Dana Marks, stars David Henderson and Susannah Hough (photo by Alex Maness)

In “Annapurna,” David Henderson and Susannah Hough Plunge into an Emotional Whirlpool

The Honest Pint Theatre Company and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre will present the regional premiere of Sharr White’s 2011 San Francisco, 2013 Los Angeles, and 2014 Off-Broadway two-character play, Annapurna, starring David Henderson as Ulysses and Susannah Hough as Emma, under the direction of Dana Marks, on Aug. 21-23 and 28-30 and Sept…. Read More ›

The Acting Is Superb in Little Green Pig’s Surreal World Premiere of “And the Ass Saw the Angel”

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern’s world premiere of John Fidel Justice and Jaybird O’Berski’s adaptation of Nick Cave’s novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, is a surreal telling of the grotesque story of a boy’s life — told through a series of significant episodes. The boy is Euchrid Eucrow (played by Emily Holladay Anderson)…. Read More ›

“And the Ass Saw the Angel” Is Clumsily Adapted But Intriguing

Religion can be confusing, muddled, and even incomprehensible at times. If that is the message that Little Green Pig, in its production of And the Ass Saw the Angel, directed by Dana Marks, and onstage now at Manbites Dog Theater, means to get across, then it succeeds entirely…if only by having an appropriately confusing, muddled,… Read More ›

VECTOR will present "Habitus," an interactive installation/performance created by choreographer Leah Wilks and visual artist Jon Haas, Jan. 8-10 and 15-17 at Manbites Dog (photo by Tim Walter)

VECTOR Explores Anger, Education, and Identity in “Habitus” on Jan. 8-10 and 15-17 at Manbites Dog

Upon entering the lobby of Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, you can tell you’re in for an interesting evening. After checking in with the box office, you are presented with a clipboard and a ticket. You have assignments to complete while you wait; rows of chairs face a giant projection wall, on which video splices… Read More ›

“Nocturne” Paints a Painstakingly Vivid Picture of Grief

When viewers walk into Mortall Coile Theatre Company’s production of Nocturne, a one-man play written by Adam Rapp and part of Burning Coal Theatre Company’s “Wait ‘Til You See This Series, the set is the first thing that catches their attention. Beautifully designed by Jon Haas and director Dana Marks, the set features hundreds (possibly… Read More ›

Little Green Pig will perform "Richie: A Rolling Pub Crawl Based on Shakespeare's 'Richard II'" on Thursday-Saturday from Sept. 6th to Sept. 22nd

Little Green Pig’s “Richie” Transforms Shakespeare’s “Richard II” into a Rollicking All-Female Pub Crawl

On Sept. 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern will give William Shakespeare’s circa 1595 English history play “Richard II” a gender-bending all-female Little Green Pig twist in “Richie: A Rolling Pub Crawl Based on Shakespeare’s Richard II,” which will be performed in downtown Durham, NC. According to the company’s website: “The show begins at Fullsteam Brewery (726 Rigsbee Ave.) and promenades through bars, clubs and restaurants before landing in Durham Central Park.”

Matthew Hager (left) and Gregor McElvogue star in "In on It" at Manbites Dog Theater May 24-June 9 (photo by Alex Maness)

Gregor McElvogue, Matthew Hager, and Dana Marks Work Their Theatrical Magic on “In on It”

Daniel MacIvor’s 2002 OBIE Award-winning puzzle-play, “In on It,” now playing at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, is an episodic but eye-opening and altogether extraordinary piece of theater in which less is definitely more. Its convoluted plot unfolds on a bare stage, and is performed in the round, with director Dana Marks skillfully maneuvering her intuitive and expressive cast of two (veteran actor Gregor McElvogue and newcomer Matthew Hager) around the stage, so that they can milk each episode for maximum dramatic effect.

Matthew Hager (left) and Gregor McElvogue star in "In on It" at Manbites Dog Theater May 24-June9 (photo by Alex Maness)

Daniel MacIvor’s 2002 OBIE Winner “In on It” Is a Wonderfully Theatrical Two-Man Show

According to the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia: “Daniel MacIvor’s ‘In on It’ … is a realization of the imaginative potential of ‘poor theatre.’ Two actors and a jacket on a bare stage evoke a world of love and loss; the ‘things that happen out of careful planning’ and the ‘things that happen over which we have no control’ — the arbitrary, unintentional, optional, life-changing things…. [This 2001 play] is a highly entertaining, engrossing, heart-breaking work — moving from intimate conversational style to histrionics, from ironic reflection and criticism to candid confession, from melodrama and parody to minimalist suggestive gesture. In on It makes you glad to be ‘in on’ this play — alive and at the theatre.”

Spider’s Web | Review by Robert W. McDowell

Dame Agatha Christie’s SPIDER’S WEB combines comedy and suspense in a lethal combination; and newly appointed University Theatre assistant director Allison Bergman expertly navigates the twists and turns of this tangled tale