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RLT’s Teen Production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest Is Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On

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 ›

The Characterizations in A Piece of My Heart at RLT Are Clear and Emotionally Stirring

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 ›

Phillip Bernard Smith stars as Simon in RLT's production of The Whipping Man (photo by David Watts)

Raleigh Little Theatre’s Production of The Whipping Man Demands Witness

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 ›

RLT’s The Whipping Man is Gritty, Gripping, and Important

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 ›

Teens in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Bat Boy Show the Grownups How It’s Done

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 ›

Raleigh Little Theatre will present Beertown, devised by Washington, DC-based dog & pony dc, on May 12-15 and 19-22 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (photo by Daniel R. Winters Photography)

dog & pony dc’s Beertown at Raleigh Little Theatre Is an Experience Everyone Should "Drink In"

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 ›

RLT's cast for Miss Nelson Is Missing! includes (from left) Michael McKenna as Adam, Connor Gerney as Gregory, Adeira Hunter as Allison, and Olivia Bouzigard as Cheryl (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

RLT’s Miss Nelson Is Missing! Is Not to Be Missed!

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 ›

Stick Fly Is a Very Satisfying Play That Gives the Audience Much to Discuss on the Way Home

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 ›

Jonathan King (left), Morrisa Nagel (center), and Sarah Beth Short star as Capt. Jack Absolute, Mrs. Malaprop, and Lydia Languish in The Rivals (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

“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 ›

“The Rivals” Is Delightfully Absurd Entertainment

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 ›

RLT's Teens on Stage's two-week run of "Runaways" ends on July 24-26 (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

RLT’s “Runaways” Suffers Due to a Weak Script

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 ›

"The Velveteen Rabbit" stars Michael McKenna as Younger Steve (photo by David Watts)

RLT Creates a Magical Green World for “The Velveteen Rabbit” in Its Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre

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 an Endearing Show for Children of All Ages

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” Tries Too Hard

“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 ›

Tony Lea and Diana Cameron McQueen star in David Ives' "Venus in Fur" (photo by Paul Cory)

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 ›

Raleigh Little Theatre Attempts Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister”

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 ›

RLT’s “Tigers Be Still” Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional

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 ›

Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre will perform “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” on Sept. 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30 at RLT

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).

“East of the Sun and West of the Moon” Features a Script by Tina Howe and Music by Mel Marvin

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 stage "Dear Edwina Jr." on May 4-6, 11-13, and 18-20 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre

Raleigh Little Theatre’s “Dear Edwina Jr.” Is the Perfect Girl-Power Musical for a New Generation

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" will play March 9-11, 15-18, and 22-25 in Raleigh Little Theatre's Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre

In “The Adventures of Nate the Great” at RLT, the Kid Detective Unravels Neighborhood Mysteries

“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.

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" concludes its three-week run on Feb. 2-5 on Raleigh Little Theatre's second stage

Dial Up ACL and RLT’s Pixilated Production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” for Laughs

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.

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" will run Jan. 20-22 and 26-29 and Feb. 2-5 on Raleigh Little Theatre's second stage

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” Is an Offbeat 2007 Comedy

“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.”

The RLT cast includes (from left) Natalie Giannini as Bambolona, Martie Todd Sirois as Strega Nona, and Charlie Putnam as Big Anthony (photo by David Watts)

“Merry Christmas, Strega Nona” at RLT Dramatizes a Yuletide Miracle by Calabria’s “Grandma Witch”

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.

The "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" cast includes (from left): Maddy Kunkel as Bebe, Gerald Jerry Zieman as Mrs. Gorf/Mr. Gorf, and Graham Gall as Myron (photo by David Watts)

“Sideways Stories from Wayside School” Features Quirky and Sometimes Scary Characters

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.”

"Jungalbook" opens Nov. 5th at Raleigh Little Theatre

Edward Mast’s “Jungalbook” Dramatizes Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli Stories

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.