Tag: Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre
Currently entering its fifth season, Public Works is a major initiative of New York’s Public Theater. It was formed specifically to engage the diverse people of the city with the theatrical process. In collaboration with local civic organizations, Public Works founder and resident director Lear deBessonet seeks to blur the line between professional artists and… Read More ›
Raleigh Little Theatre closes its Sutton Series with a subset series concerning “Women and War,” the first play of which, A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro, based on the 1985 book by Keith Walker, opened Friday, May 5th, in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. This has been an infrequently treated aspect of war until… Read More ›
When Israel was in Egypt’s land: Let my people go, Oppress’d so hard they could not stand, Let my People go. Go down, Moses, Way down in Egypt’s land, Tell old Pharaoh, Let my people go. Negro Spiritual It is April 10, 1865. Yesterday, in the Virginian village of Appomattox, Confederate Army Gen. Robert E…. Read More ›
Set in April of 1865, Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man, onstage now at Raleigh Little Theatre under the direction of Patrick Torres, is a gritty and gripping emotional drama. The intimate show focuses on the intertwined lives of three Jewish men: Caleb (Ryan Ladue), a wounded southern soldier; sagacious Simon (Phillip Bernard Smith), a recently… Read More ›
Based on a 1992 Weekly World News tabloid story about a cave-dwelling half-bat, half-boy, Bat Boy: The Musical premiered in Los Angeles in 1997, followed by a nine-month Off-Broadway run in 2001. The show features a book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, composer of hit musicals Legally… Read More ›
You don’t have to like beer to enjoy Beertown, devised by dog & pony dc and playing May 12-15 and 19-22 in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. So, come on down! You don’t have like town meetings or rituals and pageantry. You don’t have to like discussions about history and our perception of it… Read More ›
Last Sunday’s matinee performance of Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of Miss Nelson Is Missing! was an enjoyable “blast from the past” for this adult who remembers reading the imaginative children’s story in childhood. The RLT show not only brings these memories to life, but creates an experience all its own. The first thing that will… Read More ›
There are few plays about upper-class black American families, and playwright Lydia R. Diamond makes us wish that weren’t the case. Penetrating in ways the Huxtables never even came near, Raleigh Little Theatre production of Stick Fly peels back the humanity and fragility of human beings in the upper strata of life with no reservations… Read More ›
“The Rivals” Is a Complicated, Witty, and Thoroughly Enjoyable 18th Century Comedy of Manners at RLT
Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre’s joint production of The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan is a witty and thoroughly enjoyable 18th century “Comedy of Manners,” which was said to have been George Washington’s favorite play. Director and Actors Comedy Lab co-founder Rod Rich, displays considerable talent in his staging of this show. Rich… Read More ›
EDITOR’S NOTE: Kurt Benrud is flying solo on this review. Ah! Eighteenth century comedy! In those days, animated cartoons had not yet been invented. So, artists such Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) used the medium now referred to as ” Comedy of Manners” to create such delights as Mrs. Malaprop and company in The Rivals. In… Read More ›
For its annual Teens On Stage production, Raleigh Little Theatre has chosen Runaways, written by Elizabeth Swados and directed by Linda O’Day Young. Runaways is more like performance art than a play; it chronicles the lives of a large group of homeless teens through song, dance, and brief vignettes into their lives. All of this… Read More ›
There is something magical about the color green. It signifies spring and therefore new life. Many of William Shakespeare’s comedies include a midsection that is set in a “green world” — often a forest — where uplifting transformations take place. And, of course, most theaters have a “green room,” a sort of waiting room where… Read More ›
The Velveteen Rabbit is a long-beloved children’s book by Margery Williams, first published in 1922. And, though it was published so many years ago, the story still resonates with children (and even adults) today. The story’s staying power and its ability to be both deep and thoughtful, while at the same time, serving as great… Read More ›
“Venus in Fur,” written in real life by David Ives and with this production directed by Rod Rich, zeroes in on a frustrated producer/director/writer, Thomas (Tony Lea), who is having trouble finding the perfect woman to cast in his play. Based on a sadomasochist novel, his play is all about a man who becomes a… Read More ›
The Title of David Ives’ “Venus in Fur” Is Bawdy — and So’s the Play — But It’s Funny and Insightful, Too
Venus in Fur is a 2012 Tony Award®-winning sizzler by David Ives, the prolific author of the famous “Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” and other short, witty plays with depth. Ninety minutes worth of allusions, verbal gymnastics, sexual innuendo, kinky references, and a bit of insight into gender wars, this joint Actors Comedy… Read More ›
Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister,” which parodies famous nun movies from “The Singing Nun” to “The Song of Bernadette” and everything in between, is the latest offering from Raleigh Little Theatre as part of its “City Series,” which aims to present grittier theatre intended for mature audiences. And, while “The Divine Sister” can’t rightfully be… Read More ›
What do an escaped tiger, an art therapist dealing with her first-ever client, and a recently dumped and severely depressed young woman have in common? Though this might sound like the lead-in to a bad joke, all of these things are subjects in Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre’s uproarious and utterly charming production of… Read More ›
ACL and RLT Will Stage “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” with Rebecca Blum, Izzy Burger, and Tracey Phillips
Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre will present a community-theater production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised],” directed by ACL co-founder Rod Rich, on Sept. 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30 in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. Originally written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield for California’s world-famous Reduced Shakespeare Company, “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” is an inspired spoof of all things Shakespearean. When it is hitting on all eight cylinders, Shakespeare is a comic juggernaut that romps through all 37 plays and 154 sonnets of English playwright and poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616).
Raleigh Little Theatre‘s Teens on Stage will kick off the community theater’s 2012-13 season with a gala presentation of East of the Sun and West of the Moon, a 1994 play by Tina Howe, with music by Mel Marvin, based on a Norwegian folk tale, on July 13-15 and 17-22 in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre.
Raleigh Little Theatre will present a youth-theater production of “Dear Edwina Jr.,” a one-hour children’s musical by composer Zina Goldrich and lyricist and librettist Marcy Heisler, on May 4-6, 11-13, and 18-20 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre as part of the community theater’s 2011-12 Youth Series. RLT‘s youth and theater education director Linda O’Day Young will stage the show with a cast that includes several young performers who have been participants in the theater’s youth-education program.
“The Adventures of nate the Great” is the “Our Gang” comedies meet Raymond Chandler. It’s a spoof of “B” movie mysteries. It’s a perspective of a child’s vision of life’s everyday mysteries — when past, present, and future all combine to create a wonderful Now.
Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre have a sure cure for the mid-winter blahs. Triangle theatergoers dial can dial up ACL and RLT‘s pixilated production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” for laughs. The show sags in some places, but cast members really sink their teeth into their juicy roles.
“Cell phones, iPods, wireless computers will change people in ways we don’t even understand,” playwright Sarah Ruhl [says]. “We’re less connected to the present. No one is where they are. There’s absolutely no reason to talk to a stranger anymore — you connect to people you already know. But how well do you know them? Because you never see them — you just talk to them. I find that terrifying.”
Raleigh Little Theatre will perform the musical “Merry Christmas, Strega Nona” as part of its 2011-12 RLT Youth Series on Nov. 4-6, 10-13, and 17-20 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre in west Raleigh. First produced by the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, MN in its 1987-88 season, the show features music by Alan Shorter and a book by Thomas Olson, based on a 1986 story by Tomie dePaola.
RLT recommends “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” for children aged 5 and up: “This play is an adaptation of the strange stories with quirky and at times scary characters from Louis Sachar’s Wayside Series. This production relies heavily on the use of sound (organ music, thunder and lightning) and bold lighting. The play, though amusingly strange to most, may be a little frightening to younger children.”
Raleigh Little Theatre will present a youth-theater production of “Jungalbook,” adapted for the stage by Seattle playwright Edward Mast in 1982 from “The Jungle Books” (1893-95) by British novelist Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) and recommended for children aged 7 and up, on Nov. 5-7, 11-14, and 19-21 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre.