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Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart Beats Strongly at Burning Coal

RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In 1991, playwright Tony Kushner employed AIDS as an invisible force that sends his Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes characters pinballing around New York and into each other’s lives. In 1992, the disease’s effects put the bitter in the bittersweet second act of the musical… Read More ›

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer Is a Hard and Honest Story of Panic, Resolve, Fear, and Genuine Love

“This production is part of a three-pronged effort to bring to public awareness the continuing health issues surrounding AIDS by Burning Coal Theatre Company, the United Arts Council of Wake County and Raleigh, and the Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina…,” according to the program for Burning Coal Theatre Company’s production of The Normal Heart… Read More ›

Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart Indicts Individual and Institutional Hypocrisy During the Early Days of the AIDS Epidemic

Imagine that the people that you know and love are falling victim to a contagion that no one will acknowledge exists. You don’t know what is causing it, or how it is spread, or when or who it will strike next. But people keep getting diagnosed and are dying of this mysterious disease at an… Read More ›

Tom McCleister and Sarah Hankins star as Alex and Georgie (photo by Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg at Burning Coal Is an Intelligent Antidote to Love Story Cliché

A monolithic black wall. In silver, a slender, curving integral sign (∫) reaches from floor to ceiling. Its twin is on the floor of the playing space. The integral sign is a calculus operation that determines the characteristics of a variable as it changes over time. It features heavily in the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which… Read More ›

Sarah Hankins and Tom McCleister star as Georgie and Alex (photo by Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Burning Coal’s Heisenberg Has Promise but Lacks Passion

Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg, onstage now at Burning Coal Theatre Company under the direction of Emily Ranii, is a sort of poor man’s Harold and Maude. It is a story of what happens when a woman in her 40s, Georgie Burns (Sarah Hankins), forcefully wheedles herself into the life of a much older man, Alex Priest… Read More ›

Sarah Hankins and Tom McCleister star as Georgie and Alex (photo by Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Emily Ranii’s Staging of Heisenberg at Burning Coal Couldn’t Be Better

Introduced first in 1927 by the German physicist Werner Heisenberg (1901-76), the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states that the more precisely the position of some particle is determined, the less precisely its momentum can be known, and vice versa. Or to put it another way, the more one focuses on an object, the less you know… Read More ›

Emily Rose White and Joey Heyworth play star-crossed lovers Juliet and Romeo for Burning Coal in William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" (photo by photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

There Is Only One Word for Burning Coal Theatre Company’s “Romeo & Juliet,” and It is “Wow!”

There is only one word for Burning Coal Theatre Company’s current production of Romeo & Juliet, and it is “Wow!” Emily Ranii so emphasizes the beauty of The Bard’s language, poetry, emotional universe, and movements that it becomes this cast’s possession for two hours. And they share it with us in abandon. Ranii herself is… Read More ›

Lose Yourself in “Brigadoon”

Brigadoon tells the story of two American hunters who lose their way and stumble into the magical world that is the show’s namesake. Burning Coal Theatre’s production of this charming, poignant musical is downright magical from start to finish, and viewers will leave the theatre feeling as if they’ve made this whimsical journey right along… Read More ›

Burning Coal Theatre Company will perform "Brigadoon" on Sept. 6-9, 13-16, and 20-23 in the Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh, NC

Lerner and Loewe’s Classic Musical “Brigadoon” Opens Burning Coal’s 16th Season on Sept. 6th

Burning Coal Theatre Company will open its 16th season on Sept. 6th with Lerner and Loewe’s magnificent musical fantasy “Brigadoon” on Sept. 6-9, 13-16, and 20-23 in the Murphey School Auditorium, adjacent to the Historic Oakwood Section of downtown Raleigh, NC. This classic Broadway musical, which features the music by Frederick Loewe (1901-88) and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner (1918-86), added “Almost Like Being in Love” to the show-tune repertoire.

THE NINTH ANNUAL 10 BY 10 FESTIVAL IN THE TRIANGLE | July 8-25

This is the year of eccentricities. The paints are negotiating with Picasso and the Ark of the Covenant is making its appearance.

Much Ado About Nothing in Raleigh | Dec 3-20

Shakespeare’s classic comedy features a knock-down, drag-out battle of the sexes between the returning war hero, Benedick and the wickedly witty Beatrice.