Tag: David Wood
Some friendships are lifelong. Some friendships are incredibly complicated. And, some rare friendships are both of these things. It is one of these rare types of friendships that is showcased in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, onstage now through North Carolina Theatre under the direction of Guy Stroman. Gurney’s show is a unique one. Instead of… Read More ›
North Carolina Theatre‘s production of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters is a sensual and literary feast for anyone who has treasured a handwritten letter from a person whom they have admired. This two-character show, which stars Sandy Duncan and Ira David Wood III and runs Jan. 12-14 and 16-21 in Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, employs… Read More ›
On Jan. 12-14 and 16-21, North Carolina Theatre will ring in the New Year, in grand style, with a megawatt production of Buffalo, NY-born playwright A.R. Gurney’s two-character 1988 New York Public Library, 1989 Off-Broadway, and 1989 Broadway play, Love Letters, starring 71-year-old Broadway and Off-Broadway, television, and motion-picture actress Sandy Duncan and 70-year-old Enfield,… Read More ›
Barbara Field’s Playing with Fire (After Frankenstein) belongs to the literary category that I refer to as the “But What Happened Next?” genre. Many such works can be tedious and unsatisfying, but this one is very interesting. Indeed, it was quite fun to watch the Sept. 22nd opening-night performance of Theatre in the Park’s production,… Read More ›
There are two people writing this review. First there is Dustin Britt — the guy who has gone to Theatre in the Park’s musical-comedy version of A Christmas Carol, with his family, every December for the last 27 years. This Dustin values dearly the contribution that writer-actor-director Ira David Wood III’s annual production has made… Read More ›
Theatre in the Park executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III delivers a sumptuous gift to Triangle theatergoers in this year’s presentation of A Christmas Carol, which runs Dec. 7-11 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and Dec. 15-18 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Wood’s production is a feast for the senses. Mark Pirolo’s set,… Read More ›
A time of racial strife, a seemingly unending and unpopular war, a contentious political election, a general feeling of doom. Sound familiar? We could say those words described America last week or last month or 10 years ago. Those words also described an equally confused and divided America back in 1967, when Hair debuted Off-Broadway…. Read More ›
In the spring of 1968, on Manhattan’s West 47th Street, a musical opened on Broadway that would become legendary in the world of theater for decades afterwards. Hair (subtitled The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical) is an autobiographical musical with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and a score by Galt MacDermot. Hair… Read More ›
Few of us have ever had our lives literally go up in smoke, but that’s what happened to local actor, director, and reviewer Jesse R. Gephart on Saturday, April 9th, when the 12-unit structure where he lived in the Pinnacle Apartments in North Raleigh burned completely to the ground (for details, click here). Jesse lost… Read More ›
The son also rises. During the Friday, April 8th, opening-night performance of Theatre in the Park’s touted “all-star” production of Brooklyn, NY-born playwright Bernard Pomerance’s 1979 Broadway docudrama, The Elephant Man, directed by his father, TIP founder and artistic and executive director Ira David Wood III, TIP assistant artistic director Ira David Wood IV generated… Read More ›
In his 40th year as the grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge, one might think that Ira David Wood III’s performance in Theatre in the Park’s production of A Christmas Carol would be one that he’s done so many times, he’s gotten bored. You would think that his lines would be so well memorized, he’d often seem like… Read More ›
‘Tis the season for the telling of a classic tale — Theatre in the Park’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This Raleigh institution, which some affectionately call “The Ira David Wood Show,” enters its second 40 years of music, dance, and singing a Christmas masterpiece. As in Christmases past, the multi-talented Ira… Read More ›
Ira David Wood III’s “A Christmas Carol,” now in its 40th year on stage, is as much of a legend around the Triangle as the man behind the show. While it would be easy for such a beloved production to ride on the heels of its fame and just coast…doing the same thing year after… Read More ›
Dear Susie, Thank you so much for your kind words about our current production of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s an honor to share the stage with such a talented cast, backed up by such an incredible production crew. I couldn’t help but smile, though, at your reference to the eyeglasses slipping as being accidental…. Read More ›
Theatre in the Park’s production of the beloved classic “ To Kill a Mockingbird,” directed by Ira David Wood III, opens with a full-dark pause, followed by all of the characters standing in silhouette. This opener effectively immerses viewers in the 1930s Alabama inhabited by young Scout Finch (Marleigh Purgar-McDonald), a spunky and somewhat-precocious little… Read More ›
Theatre in the Park‘s gala 38th-annual production of TIP executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III’s zany musical-comedy version of “A Christmas Carol,” which will run Dec. 6-9, 11, and 12 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and Dec. 15 and 16 in the Durham Performing Arts Center, will include timely topical references and the same old theatrical hocus-pocus and hilariously hokey vaudeville touches — not to mention a virtuoso performance by Wood as Ebenezer Scrooge.
If it were a hotel, Theatre in the Park‘s pixilated production of Tim Clue and Spike Manton’s family-vacation comedy, “Leaving Iowa,” would easily earn the American Automobile Association’s coveted five-diamond rating. Under the sure-handed direction of TIP’s founder, executive and artistic director, and resident zany Ira David Wood III, “Leaving Iowa” nimbly navigates its way through a comic minefield, and gins up gales of laughter in the process — to mix metaphors.
“‘Leaving Iowa’ … is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home and decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested,” says director David Wood. “But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place. This road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Don’s existential journey finally leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States.
At age 64, David Wood ruefully admits, it requires less makeup than it did in December 1974, at age 27, when he first played his role signature role as the malicious, misanthropic old miser who experiences a miraculous Christmas Eve conversion, after a series of ghostly visitations, in “A Christmas Carol” (1843) by Charles Dickens.