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Theatre Raleigh’s Production of “Crimes of the Heart” Is as Real as Real Life

Beth Henley’s tragicomedy “Crimes of the Heart” zeroes in on three dysfunctional-but-charming sisters as they confront one another and themselves, owning up to past and present mistakes. This mass-confrontation is set in motion by spunky Babe, endearingly portrayed by Maigan Kennedy, who has recently shot her husband, something about which she feels no remorse. Seemingly… Read More ›

The Real Humor in Beth Henley’s 1980 Comedy, “Crimes of the Heart,” Comes from Its Grit

Why do so many Southern writers deal so much with quirky, neurotic, and unhappy characters? Is it residue self-loathing from the Civil War? The loss of personal worth accompanying the fall from high societal status? The admixture of overwhelming wealth and power with poverty and helplessness? Why does it seem more pronounced in the literature… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh is presenting "Blood Done Sign My Name," written and performed by Mike Wiley, with gospel singer Mary D. Williams (right) (photo by Curtis Scott Brown Photography)

“Blood Done Sign My Name” Is a Hard-Hitting Script, Powerfully Performed by Playwright Mike Wiley

Author Timothy B. Tyson’s memoir of racial tensions in Oxford during the 1960s and 1970s has been adapted for stage by Mike Wiley, an actor and playwright based in Raleigh, NC. Blood Done Sign My Name is the second in this year’s Theatre Raleigh “Hot Summer Nights” series. As the real-life Eddie McCoy, who attended… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh’s “Urinetown: The Musical” Proves It’s a “Privilege to Pee”

How does a town survive a twenty-year drought? In the case of the town featured in “Urinetown: The Musical,” onstage now through Theatre Raleigh and Hot Summer Nights, the answer is to tax urination. The production introduces viewers to a small town in which the poor are forced to wait in long lines for filthy… Read More ›

Hot Summer Nights Strikes Again with Ken Ludwig’s Hilarious “The Fox on the Fairway”

High-stakes bets, mild sexual tension, and a healthy dose of farcical humor await viewers of Hot Summer Nights’ latest offering—Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox on the Fairway.” The story takes place in the tap room at the Quail Valley Golf and Country Club, thoroughly brought to life by Alex van Blommestein’s 80s-lodge-inspired set, complete with wood… Read More ›