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Gene Gillette (left) and Adam Langdon star as Ed and Christopher Boone (photo by Joan Marcus)

Autism Takes Center Stage at DPAC in an Ingenious Adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

“It was too loud,” the pink-haired boy declares. He is soft-spoken, eyes cast downward as he tugs at his jacket zipper. We are standing in the red-carpeted lobby after Tuesday night’s opening performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Durham Performing Arts Center. As the crowd spilled into the… Read More ›

The U.S. Tour stars Adam Langdon (center) as Christopher Boone (photo by Joan Marcus)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s Choice Cast Tells the Story with Confidence, Humor, and Precision

It took the English a century and a half of debate before they opened the remarkable National Theatre of Great Britain on the Southbank in the late 1970s. Before that, the NT had been a glint in the eye of men and women, such as George Bernard Shaw, Lillian Baylis, and Harley Granville-Barker. They pushed,… Read More ›

The U.S. Tour stars Adam Langdon (center) as Christopher Boone (photo by Joan Marcus)

DPAC Presents Simon Stephens’ Olivier and Tony Award® Winner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, on Feb. 21-26

The Durham Performing Arts Center’s is excited to present the U.S. tour of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning 2012 production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, on Feb. 21-26 as part of its 2016-17 SunTrust Broadway Series. Ingeniously adapted for the stage by English playwright Simon Stephens (Heisenberg) and… Read More ›

Chris Rock Kicks Off His National Tour on Feb. 13-15 at DPAC

Nearly a decade ago, American stand-up comic Chris Rock stopped touring. Last December, the South Carolina native announced his highly anticipated return to the microphone with a 30+-city U.S. tour. The Chris Rock: Total Blackout Tour’s first stop is the Durham Performing Arts Center, with shows running on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. Before crossing… Read More ›

Hannah Corneau (left) and Euan Morton star as Yitzhak and Hedwig at DPAC (photo by Joan Marcus)

Hannah Corneau’s Yitzhak Steps Out of the Shadows, and Steals the Show in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at DPAC

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, playing tonight through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series, tackles controversial issues with an unapologetic rawness and flamboyant flair! In the aftermath of North Carolina’s infamous House Bill 2 bathroom bill and the Trump Administration’s recent Muslim travel ban and threats… Read More ›

Euan Morton (front center) stars as as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (photo by Joan Marcus)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Is a Delightful, Raunchy Rock-Romp

Raunchy rock and roll show meets Broadway musical in DPAC’s presentation of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, onstage now under the direction Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer . For those not familiar with this totally original, totally fun musical, it chronicles rockstar Hedwig Robinson, played to sleazy, hilarious perfection by… Read More ›

Euan Morton stars as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (photo by Joan Marcus)

HB2 Be Damned: Hedwig and the Angry Inch Will Raise Eyebrows at DPAC Jan. 31-Feb. 5

House Bill 2 be damned: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask and librettist and star John Cameron Mitchell’s gender-bending, 90-minute 1998 Off-Broadway, 2000 West End, and 2014 Broadway concert musical about the travails of a brassy transsexual East German-American punk-rock singer recovering from a gruesomely botched sex-change operation, will definitely raise… Read More ›

On Jan. 27th, Rick Springfield and Richard Marx Made DPAC Patrons Feel Like Family

Last Friday night, 1980s musical icons Rick Springfield & Richard Marx played for a few thousand of their closest fans at the Durham Performing Arts Center, and made them feel like family. Both artists, accustomed to large stadium tours, seemed to enjoy the intimacy of this musically stripped-down show; and they spent the evening telling… Read More ›

Garen Scribner and Sara Esty star as American painter Jerry Mulligan and French ballerina Lise Dassin in the U.S. tour of An American in Paris, which opens Jan. 3rd at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

An American in Paris ‘S Wonderful at DPAC Through Jan. 8th

It’s easy to see why An American in Paris was the most-awarded musical of 2015 and the winner of four Tony Awards®. The Durham Performing Arts Center’s presentation of this musical, as part of the current SunTrust Broadway Series, is spectacular, with songs by the indomitable Gershwin Brothers (George and Ira, who won the Oscar®… Read More ›

Sara Esty and Garen Scribner star as French ballerina Lise Dassin and American painter Jerry Mulligan in the touring company of An American in Paris, which opens Jan. 3rd at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Dreamy and Wistful, An American in Paris Charms Viewers at DPAC

An American in Paris, onstage now at DPAC under the direction and meticulous choreography of Christopher Wheeldon, seems like it was made for the stage. It features one beautiful song-and-dance number after the next, not to mention wonderfully vibrant characters. Amazingly enough, though, the play is based on the 1951 film of the same name…. Read More ›

Emily Ferranti and Garen Scribner star as wealthy heiress and art connoisseur Milo Davenport and aspiring artist Jerry Mulligan in the U.S. tour of An American in Paris, playing Jan. 3-8 at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

An American in Paris at DPAC Is a Delightful, Dance-Heavy Musical, "Inspired by" the Film

On Jan. 3-8, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present eight performances of the 2016-17 U.S. Tour of the multiple 2015 Tony Award®-winning musical An American in Paris as part of its current SunTrust Broadway Series. Inspired by the multiple Oscar®-winning 1951 MGM musical An American in Paris, directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Gene… Read More ›

Hayden Stanes and Tatyana Lubov star as Prince Topher and Cinderella (photo © Carol Rosegg)

Tony®-Winning Rodger + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Works Its Magic at DPAC

Last night, both tiny and tall princesses waited patiently in the Durham Performing Arts Center’s lobby to file in for the much-anticipated show of the holiday season: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and they were not disappointed. Indeed, they were dazzled by the costumes and sets, delighted by the well-loved characters, charmed by the magical moments,… Read More ›

Tatyana Lubov and Hayden Stanes star as Ella and Prince Topher (photo © Carol Rosegg)

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at DPAC Features a New Book, New Songs, and Beaucoup Magic

This weekend, Summit, NJ-based Work Light Productions’ Second National Tour of the award-winning 2013 Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will play the five enchanted evening and matinee performances on Dec. 30-Jan. 1 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham. Originally written as a television special… Read More ›

The outrageous antics of David Wood (right) as Charles Dickens' misanthropic old miser Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol have Theatre in the Park audiences rolling in the aisles

Dustin vs. Dustin on A Christmas Carol at TIP: "We Need to Talk …"

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 ›

The outrageous antics of David Wood 9right) as Charles Dickens' misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge have TIP audiences rolling inn the aisles

Ira David Wood III’s Christmas Carol Is the Gift That You Unwrap First

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 ›

The misanthropic Grinch (center) undergoes an Ebenezer Scrooge-like Christmas conversion in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical (photo by PaparazziByAppointment.com)

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical is Positively Delightful

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has been a major holiday favorite among kids (and kids at heart!) since it was first published in 1957. In fact, it was so beloved and so popular that it went on to be made into a celebrated television special in 1966, a feature film starring Jim Carrey… Read More ›

The mean, green killjoy Grinch poses with his faithful but much-abused dog Young Max (played during the 2010 national tour by Stefan Karl and Seth Bazacas) (photo by PaparazziByAppointment.com)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Is a Slightly Different Whimsical Delight!

Every child growing up has (or should be) exposed to Dr. Seuss, the famous writer, cartoonist, and animator of children’s books. Although he had many famous classics including The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, and Green Eggs and Ham, my personal favorite is How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Of all the wonderful… Read More ›

The mean, green killjoy Grinch poses with his faithful but much-abused dog Young Max (played during the 2010 national tour by Stefan Karl and Seth Bazacas) (photo by PaparazziByAppointment.com)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical Returns to DPAC on Nov.29-Dec. 4

Fantastical creatures from New York City-based Big League Productions, Inc.’s critically acclaimed national tour of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical, based on the beloved 1957 children’s book written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss (nee Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-91), will once again delight children of all ages when the 1994 Minneapolis, 1998… Read More ›

The Fun Home cast includes (from left) Lennon Nate Hammond as John, Pierson Salvador as Christian, Karen Eilbacher as Joan, Abby Corrigan as Middle Alison, Kate Shindle as Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, Susan Moniz as Helen, Alessandra Baldacchino as Small Alison, and Robert Hager as Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby Jeremy (photo by Joan Marcus)

Abby Corrigan and a Superb Cast Make Fun Home a Stellar Show, with Crisp Music and a Terrific Set

The Durham Performing Arts Center’s presentation of Fun Home might be subtitled “How a Lesbian Cartoonist Revisits Her Youth in Order to Understand Herself, Her Childhood, and Her Conflicted (and Closeted) Father.” But don’t worry. We haven’t even given you any spoilers, because this is the setup from the start of the show. And what… Read More ›

Robert Petkoff and Kate Shindle star as Bruce and Alison Bechdel (photo by Joan Marcus)

Fun Home at DPAC Is a Complex and Deeply Moving Coming-of-Age Story

Right now, lighthearted musicals and theatrical adaptations of classic films are en vogue. As such, it is becoming more and more rare to see theatre that truly and unabashedly tackles the tougher stuff that life is made of, but Lisa Kron’s Fun Home, onstage now at DPAC and adapted from Alison Bechdel’s powerful graphic novel,… Read More ›

Robert Petkoff and Kate Shindle star as Bruce and Alison Bechdel (photo by Joan Marcus)

2015 Best Musical Tony® Winner Fun Home Is Drawn from Life: Cartoonist and Graphic Novelist Alison Bechdel’s Life

2015 Best Musical Tony Award® winner Fun Home, which opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Durham Performing Arts Center and runs through Sunday, is Drawn from Life: Beech Creek, PA-born lesbian cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s life growing up in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, with a father who was a third-generation mortician, taught high-school… Read More ›

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Rent, Jonathan Larson's brilliant reimagining of Puccini's La Bohème, on Oct. 11-16

The Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour at DPAC Proves This Powerful Show Has Still Got It…

Since its humble, off-Broadway beginnings 20 years ago, the beloved musical, Rent, with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, has only grown in popularity. It is fitting, then, that the 20th Anniversary Tour, gracing the stage now at DPAC, would bring this story to life for both new and long-time fans alike in a… Read More ›

Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour will rock the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Rent Music Supervisor Tim Weil Looks Back on Two Decades with the Iconic 1996 Rock Opera

EDITOR’S NOTE: Part 1 of our preview of Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour, published on Tuesday, Oct. 11th, is a general introduction to the show: http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2016/10/tony-award-and-pulitzer-prize-winning-rock-opera-rent-will-rock-durham-on-oct-11-16/. Part 2, published below, is a wide-ranging interview with the show’s long-time musical supervisor, Tim Weil, who has worked on this rock opera from the very beginning. — RWM “I’m… Read More ›

Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour will rock the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Rent Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary and Still Rocks DPAC Like It’s 1996!

In the world of rock operas, 20 years (two decades) can knock the relevance out of a story line, but Jonathan Larson’s Rent is as fresh and relevant on its 20th Anniversary Tour, now in residence at the Durham Performing Arts Center, as it was when it first delighted Broadway’s hip audiences. Tuesday’s opening-night performance… Read More ›

J. Harrison Ghee (center) repeats his crowd-pleasing performance as Lola in the 2016 encore presentation of Kinky Boots at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Kinky Boots at DPAC Is an Absolute Must-See

The glittery, high-heeled national tour of 2013 Broadway hit Kinky Boots has returned to the Durham Performing Arts Center for an eight-show run, from Sept. 13th through the 18th. The musical is based on the 2005 British film , directed by Julian Jarrold, with a screenplay by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, and starring Chiwetel… Read More ›

J. Harrison Ghee (center) repeats his crowd-pleasing performance as Lola in the 2016 encore presentation of Kinky Boots at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

An Encore Presentation of Kinky Boots Will Strut Its Stuff at DPAC Sept. 13-18

The Durham Performing Arts Center is bringing the high-octane First National Tour of the Tony Award®-winning hit 2013 Broadway musical Kinky Boots back to the Bull City for eight rousing repeat performances on Sept. 13-18 in DPAC‘s 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham, NC. Fayetteville, NC native J. Harrison… Read More ›

On Saturday, Sept. 10th, DPAC presented Seven Things I've Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass

On Sept. 10th, Ira Glass Talked Storytelling and NPR at the Durham Performing Arts Center

Regular, or even occasional, listeners of National Public Radio know the name Ira Glass, who brought his Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass to the Durham Performing Arts Center this past Saturday night. For those who don’t, an introduction is in order: Ira Glass is the creator, producer, and host of NPR’s… Read More ›

The Durham Performing Arts Center presented the "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Return of the Mandatory World Tour at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9th

"Weird Al" Yankovic Made Fun Mandatory Sept. 9th at the Durham Performing Arts Center

“Weird Al” Yankovic is a four-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, parodist, and songwriter with six platinum comedy albums and more than 12 million records sold over his 40-year career. His most recent album, Mandatory Fun, was his first Billboard number-one selling album; and he brought those hits to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Friday night… Read More ›

Joey Barreiro stars as newsboy-turned-strike leader Jack Kelly in Newsies (Disney© photo by Deen van Meer)

Newsies Is Back at DPAC … and It’s Just as Good the Second Time Around

A little over a year ago, DPAC brought Disney’s Newsies to the Triangle. The show must have been pretty popular (our publication reviewed it favorably) since the theatre also opened its new season with an encore production. And, while much of the cast has changed, the perfect direction of Jeff Calhoun and the amazing, can’t-look-away… Read More ›

Broadway’s Smash Hit Newsies Thunders into Durham with DPAC’s 3 Millionth Visitor

Newsies, Broadway’s smash-hit musical from the Disney team, burst onto the Durham Performing Arts Center’s stage Tuesday night — and though it was fabulous and fun, it wasn’t the only exciting event of the evening. DPAC welcomed its 3 millionth visitor, Durham native Erin Andrews, right before the curtain went up, with lots of confetti,… Read More ›