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TIP’s David and Ira Wood Make A Life in the Theater Inspiring and Deeply Moving

Self-reflecting works of art are always a tricky business, since by nature they appeal mostly to their obvious fan base. However, when it’s done well, theater art especially reflects life in a way that has universal relevance. And in the capable hands of father-and-son team David and Ira Wood, Theatre in the Park’s production of… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park’s A Life in the Theatre Is Thoughtful and Well-Acted

As the title implies, David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre, onstage now at Theatre in the Park under the direction of Ira David Wood III, is as much about theatre as it is about life. After all, as the show posits, aren’t the two inextricably connected? It is this theme that Mamet’s short play,… Read More ›

David and Ira Wood Do David Mamet Proud in A Life in the Theatre at Theatre in the Park

Watching Theatre in the Park founder and artistic and executive director Ira David Wood III and TIP assistant artistic director Ira David Wood IV play the lead roles in David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre is a little like listening to that James Taylor song “Traffic Jam” about seeing yourself magnified over and over… Read More ›

Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh's July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5 production of "Race" stars (from left) Alan Campbell, Lormarev Jones, David McClutchey, and Erick Pinnick (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

David Mamet’s “Race” at HSN Explores Perceptions That Divide White America from Black America

As he proved in “Oleanna” (1992), when he skewered Political Correctness in academia, infamously profane and famously profound Chicago playwright, screenwriter, and director David Mamet is fearless when it comes time to confronting hot-button issues. He is not only unafraid to gore some of society’s sacred cows — he gleefully makes cutlets out of them. In Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh‘s eyebrow-raising presentation of “Race” (2009), Mamet explores the vast gulf in perception that still divides White America from Black America, especially when it comes to allegations of white-on-black crime.

Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh's July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5 production of "Race" stars (from left) Alan Campbell, Lormarev Jones, David McClutchey, and Erick Pinnick (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

Lauren Kennedy Will Direct Her Husband, Tony Nominee Alan Campbell, in “Race” by David Mamet

Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh are staging an eye-opening R-rated drama on a timely but thorny topic — “Race” by David Mamet — on July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5 in the K.D. & Sara Lynn Kennedy Theatre in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC. Chock-full of Mamet’s trademark profanity, “Race” frankly explores issues seldom discussed onstage.