PRC’s “Metamorphoses” Struggles to Stay Afloat

In Metamorphoses, Chicago playwright Mary Zimmerman created many actors’ wet dream — quite literally. In general, it’s often incredibly exciting to be cast in a show; but when you have the prospect of playing in a big pool of water while you do it, the anticipation level ratchets up a few notches. When I did… Continue reading PRC’s “Metamorphoses” Struggles to Stay Afloat

PlayMakers Rep Makes a Splash with “The Tempest”

To misquote the hit ABC comedy, “Modern Family,” “Excuse me, [Julie Fishell ] could play Batman and be the right choice.” A great strength in the current PlayMakers Repertory Company production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest lies in the gender-blind casting of the sorcerer Prospero. With a mop of brilliant white hair and goatee, a… Continue reading PlayMakers Rep Makes a Splash with “The Tempest”

Magic Is Afoot in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Twinbill of “The Tempest” and “Metamorphoses”

 There is magic afoot at PlayMakers Repertory Company, which will stage a twinbill of incomparable English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare’s valedictory play, The Tempest (1610-11), and Chicago playwright and director and Northwestern University professor Mary Zimmerman’s 1998 play, Metamorphoses, based on David R. Slavitt’s 1994 free-verse translation of The Metamorphoses of Ovid, a narrative… Continue reading Magic Is Afoot in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Twinbill of “The Tempest” and “Metamorphoses”

PlayMakers Rep’s Premiere of David Ball’s Zany New Adaptation of Molière’s “Imaginary Invalid” Is a Hit

The instant Steven Epp as Molière steps out on the stage of the Paul Green Theatre to introduce the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s brand-new adaptation of the celebrated 17th century French actor and playwright’s 339-year-old play, “The Imaginary Invalid,” to a 21st century audience in Chapel Hill, it is clear that this is no average resurrection of a classic. Instead, Molière becomes a character in his own play; and the present is woven into the production — often hilariously and often erratically, but always with an eye on the original story.

David Ball’s New Version of Molière’s “Imaginary Invalid” Will Premiere Oct. 27th at PlayMakers Rep

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the world premiere of David Ball’s adaptation of Molière’s 17th century comedy “The Imaginary Invalid,” on Oct. 24-28 and Oct. 30-Nov. 4 and Nov. 6-11 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. This timely excoriation of unscrupulous elements of the health-care industry was commissioned by UNC’s professional-theater-in-residence.