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TIP's cast for It Shoulda Been You includes (from left) Tyanna West as Annie, Mackie Raymond as Rebecca, Alison Lawrence as Judy, and Elizabeth Hankla as Jenny (photo by Catherine Davis Photography)

TIP’s It Shoulda Been You Is Unexpected, Lively, Interesting, Intriguing, and Just Plain Funny

Composer Barbara Anselmi and playwright and lyricist Brian Hargrove’s 2015 Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You, currently playing at Theatre in the Park in Raleigh, NC, could easily have been entitled “Murphey’s Law Concerning Weddings,” because if anything could go wrong, it does. Take a Jewish bride, her older sister (who is unhappy about being… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park's cast for Robert Askins' 2011 comedy for mature audiences, Hand to God, includes (from left) Lorelei Lemon, Kathy Day, Chris Brown, Ira David Wood IV (seated), and Kenny Hertling

Robert Askins’ Hand to God Delivers Tears-Running-Down-Your-Face Laughter at TIP

A cast of six — five humans and the Devil, in the shape of a vulgar hand puppet — have taken over the Theatre in the Park’s stage in Robert Askins’ hilarious, raunchy, and weirdly scary Hand to God. With slapstick humor, dark and mature themes, and more than enough twists for the adult audience,… Read More ›

TIP’s Assassins Fires with Both Barrels

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 Off-Broadway, 1992 West End, and 2004 Broadway musical Assassins opened up to a full house Friday night at Raleigh, NC’s Theatre in the Park. The show delves into the psyches of nine successful and would-be presidential assassins, and examines the American character that created them. Assassins is a dark… Read More ›

Barbara Field’s Playing with Fire (After Frankenstein) at TIP Is a Hot One

Barbara Field’s Playing with Fire (After Frankenstein) belongs to the literary category that I refer to as the “But What Happened Next?” genre. Many such works can be tedious and unsatisfying, but this one is very interesting. Indeed, it was quite fun to watch the Sept. 22nd opening-night performance of Theatre in the Park’s production,… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park’s Glorious! Gets Lots of Laughs, But Suffers from a Mediocre Script and Arrhythmic Direction

There are two ways to get noticed on the Internet. Option 1: Be very, very good at something. Option 2: Be very, very bad at something. William Hung’s 2004 American Idol audition garnered 6 million YouTube views thanks to Option 2. His off-key rendition of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” is infamous for being unashamedly abysmal… Read More ›