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Diana Huey will play the title role of Ariel the mermaid Disney's The Little Mermaid on Oct. 17-22 at the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Mark & Tracy Photography)

Family-Friendly Fun and Magic Abound at DPAC’s Production of The Little Mermaid

Ever since the 1989 Disney film The Little Mermaid debuted, Ariel and Prince Eric have been household names. Now, at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), under the majestic direction of Glenn Casale, these instantly-recognizable characters are coming to life on the theatrical stage in a beautiful musical by the same name. And, while the… Read More ›

Diana Huey and Melvin Abston star as Ariel and Sebastian the crab (photo by Mark & Tracy Photography)

The Little Mermaid at DPAC Is Fun, Silly, Action-Packed, and Special Effects-Driven, But Shallow

The Pittsburgh CLO and Kansas City Starlight co-production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, now playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center, is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story, “The Little Mermaid,” which was published in 1837. That fairytale/morality tale is as dark and damp as a Copenhagen winter: eternal damnation, unyielding pain, betrayal, blood,… Read More ›

Diana Huey stars as Ariel the mermaid in Disney's The Little Mermaid (photo by Mark & Tracy Photography)

Revamped Disney’s The Little Mermaid Will Make a Big Splash on Oct. 17-22 at DPAC

To kick off its spectacular 2017-18 “Ten Great Years” SunTrust Broadway Series, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present nine performances of the sensational national tour of the revamped 2012 version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, co-produced by Pittsburgh CLO and Kansas City Starlight and directed by Glenn Casale, who revamped the 2008 Broadway musical… Read More ›

The Stonewater Rapture stars Matthew Hager and Lexie Braverman (photo by Sarah Guizard)

The Stonewater Rapture at Imurj Is Delightfully Humorous and Frighteningly Serious

The Stonewater Rapture by Doug Wright has been making the rounds since it won first in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1984. This one-hour, two-character show, dealing with the conflict between hormonic drives and religious convictions in a small Texas town is currently being performed by Aggregate Theatre Company in the basement of Imurj in… Read More ›

The Stonewater Rapture stars Matthew Hager and Lexie Braverman (photo by Sarah Guizard)

The Stonewater Rapture Is a Very Robust First Production for Aggregate Theatre Company

On the ninth day of Sunday School, I learned that “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” But nothing was said about bearing false witness against myself. Generally speaking, we all know why we lie to ourselves: to protect ourselves from the truth. Shakespeare, Camus, and Vonnegut made careers of telling us so…. Read More ›

"Disney's The Little Mermaid" stars (from left) Matt Allen as Scuttle, Jessica Grové as Ariel, and Joseph Gaitens as Flounder (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s “The Little Mermaid” Is an Easy Crowd Pleaser … But Not Much Else

Disney’s 1989 film The Little Mermaid easily became an instant classic when it was released. So, it’s no wonder that its Broadway incarnation has been equally successful. North Carolina Theatre’s stage version, directed by Jennifer Werner and starring the adorable Jessica Grové in the title role, is no exception. The story takes all of the… Read More ›

Jessica Grové Will Star as Ariel in “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” for NCT on July 29-Aug. 3 in Raleigh

The North Carolina Theatre will present the Triangle premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, starring 32-year-old Hilliard, OH-born Broadway actress and singer Jessica Grové as Ariel, on July 29-Aug. 3 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Little Mermaid is the final homegrown Broadway musical production of the… Read More ›

“Grey Gardens: The Musical” Is a Sad Story of Family Discord, Set to Music Just as Discordant

We find only one flaw in The Justice Theater Project’s production of Grey Gardens: The Musical, but we hope it will be corrected. We question the need for amplification of the performers at all, and unfortunately that was most noticeable in the case of Jeri Lynn Schulke, whom we could almost never understand when she… Read More ›