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A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters Features Strong Characters and a Unique Delivery Method

Some friendships are lifelong. Some friendships are incredibly complicated. And, some rare friendships are both of these things. It is one of these rare types of friendships that is showcased in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, onstage now through North Carolina Theatre under the direction of Guy Stroman. Gurney’s show is a unique one. Instead of… Read More ›

David Wood and Sandy Duncan and star in Love Letters at NCT (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s Love Letters, Starring Sandy Duncan and David Wood, Is a Sensual and Literary Feast

North Carolina Theatre‘s production of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters is a sensual and literary feast for anyone who has treasured a handwritten letter from a person whom they have admired. This two-character show, which stars Sandy Duncan and Ira David Wood III and runs Jan. 12-14 and 16-21 in Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, employs… Read More ›

Sandy Duncan and David Wood Will Star in the NCT Production of Love Letters by A.R. Gurney

On Jan. 12-14 and 16-21, North Carolina Theatre will ring in the New Year, in grand style, with a megawatt production of Buffalo, NY-born playwright A.R. Gurney’s two-character 1988 New York Public Library, 1989 Off-Broadway, and 1989 Broadway play, Love Letters, starring 71-year-old Broadway and Off-Broadway, television, and motion-picture actress Sandy Duncan and 70-year-old Enfield,… 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 ›

The outrageous antics of David Wood (right) as Charles Dickens' misanthropic old miser Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol have Theatre in the Park audiences rolling in the aisles

Dustin vs. Dustin on A Christmas Carol at TIP: "We Need to Talk …"

There are two people writing this review. First there is Dustin Britt — the guy who has gone to Theatre in the Park’s musical-comedy version of A Christmas Carol, with his family, every December for the last 27 years. This Dustin values dearly the contribution that writer-actor-director Ira David Wood III’s annual production has made… Read More ›

The outrageous antics of David Wood 9right) as Charles Dickens' misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge have TIP audiences rolling inn the aisles

Ira David Wood III’s Christmas Carol Is the Gift That You Unwrap First

Theatre in the Park executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III delivers a sumptuous gift to Triangle theatergoers in this year’s presentation of A Christmas Carol, which runs Dec. 7-11 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and Dec. 15-18 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Wood’s production is a feast for the senses. Mark Pirolo’s set,… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park's presentation of Hair is completely sold out (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Theatre in the Park’s Sold-Out Production of Hair Reaches Across Generations

A time of racial strife, a seemingly unending and unpopular war, a contentious political election, a general feeling of doom. Sound familiar? We could say those words described America last week or last month or 10 years ago. Those words also described an equally confused and divided America back in 1967, when Hair debuted Off-Broadway…. Read More ›

Lydia Kinton and TIP's cast for Hair let the sun shine in (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Theatre in the Park’s Hair Lets All the Sunshine In

In the spring of 1968, on Manhattan’s West 47th Street, a musical opened on Broadway that would become legendary in the world of theater for decades afterwards. Hair (subtitled The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical) is an autobiographical musical with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and a score by Galt MacDermot. Hair… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park will donate all proceeds from its 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21st, performance of The Elephant Man to Jesse R. Gephart

There Will Be a Benefit Performance of The Elephant Man for Jesse R. Gephart on April 21st at TIP

Few of us have ever had our lives literally go up in smoke, but that’s what happened to local actor, director, and reviewer Jesse R. Gephart on Saturday, April 9th, when the 12-unit structure where he lived in the Pinnacle Apartments in North Raleigh burned completely to the ground (for details, click here). Jesse lost… Read More ›

The Son Also Rises: Ira Wood’s John Merrick Makes The Elephant Man at TIP a Must-See Docudrama

The son also rises. During the Friday, April 8th, opening-night performance of Theatre in the Park’s touted “all-star” production of Brooklyn, NY-born playwright Bernard Pomerance’s 1979 Broadway docudrama, The Elephant Man, directed by his father, TIP founder and artistic and executive director Ira David Wood III, TIP assistant artistic director Ira David Wood IV generated… Read More ›

David Wood stars as skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge (photo by Stephen J. Larson)

Ira David Wood III’s Thoroughly Irreverent Version of A Christmas Carol Delights Triangle Audiences

In his 40th year as the grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge, one might think that Ira David Wood III’s performance in Theatre in the Park’s production of A Christmas Carol would be one that he’s done so many times, he’s gotten bored. You would think that his lines would be so well memorized, he’d often seem like… Read More ›

David Wood stars as misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge (photo by Stephen J. Larson)

Here We Come A’Caroling, with Ira David Wood III’s Zany Musical Version of A Christmas Carol!

‘Tis the season for the telling of a classic tale — Theatre in the Park’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This Raleigh institution, which some affectionately call “The Ira David Wood Show,” enters its second 40 years of music, dance, and singing a Christmas masterpiece. As in Christmases past, the multi-talented Ira… Read More ›

TIP’s Production of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” Is Masterfully Staged: Light, Dark, and Sexy!

We find it fun to see a familiar story retold. Likewise, it’s fun to see old “friends” with new, yet familiar faces. If you agree, check out Theatre in the Park’s Dracula. You won’t be disappointed. Ira David Wood III masterly directs his own adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel. This production is light enough… Read More ›

Sam Faulkner (left) and Maximilien Baud star as Billy and Older Billy (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s “Billy Elliot the Musical” Has It All: Delightful Dancing, Lively Music, and Hilarious Dialogue

The North Carolina Theatre‘s production of Billy Elliot the Musical has a six-day run at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, from Feb. 10th through the 15th. Would that it ran for another week. Sam Faulkner plays Billy Elliot, the young man who discovers his path in life by… Read More ›

Sam Faulkner of Charlotte plays young boxer-turned dancer Billy Elliot in "Billy Elliot the Musical" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Raleigh’s David Wood and Charlotte’s Sam Faulkner Will Star in NCT’s Presentation of “Billy Elliot”

The Triangle’s premier professional producer of home-grown revivals of hit Broadway musicals, the North Carolina Theatre will stage Billy Elliot the Musical, the award-winning 2005 West End and 2008 Broadway musical based on the 2000 film, on Feb. 10-15 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in the heart… Read More ›

Ira David Wood III’s “A Christmas Carol” Earns Its Keep

Ira David Wood III’s “A Christmas Carol,” now in its 40th year on stage, is as much of a legend around the Triangle as the man behind the show. While it would be easy for such a beloved production to ride on the heels of its fame and just coast…doing the same thing year after… Read More ›

“Billy Elliot” to Star Raleigh’s Own Ira David Wood III

NC Theatre’s original production of Billy Elliot will run February 10 – 15, 2015 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

TIP executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III stars as heroic smalltown attorney Atticus Finch and directs "To Kill a Mockingbird"

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: David Wood Responds to Susie Potter’s TAE Review of “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Dear Susie, Thank you so much for your kind words about our current production of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s an honor to share the stage with such a talented cast, backed up by such an incredible production crew. I couldn’t help but smile, though, at your reference to the eyeglasses slipping as being accidental…. Read More ›

Theatre in the Park executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III stars as Atticus Finch and directs Christopher Sergel's stirring 1988 stage adaptation of Harper Lee's Pultizer Prize-winning 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Theatre in the Park’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” Is a Transcendent Experience

Theatre in the Park’s production of the beloved classic “ To Kill a Mockingbird,” directed by Ira David Wood III, opens with a full-dark pause, followed by all of the characters standing in silhouette. This opener effectively immerses viewers in the 1930s Alabama inhabited by young Scout Finch (Marleigh Purgar-McDonald), a spunky and somewhat-precocious little… Read More ›

Theatre In the Park’s “The Pillowman” Invites Audiences to Get Wonderfully Uncomfortable

  Theatre in the Park’s “The Pillowman” wastes no time diving into its incredibly tense first act. Viewers are introduced to Katurian (Ira David Wood IV), a largely unsuccessful writer of dark short stories, most of which feature brutal child killings. He finds himself being interrogated by two violent cops, the unstable but strangely kindhearted… Read More ›

Ira David Wood III (center) will reprise his role as the misanthropic old Ebenezer Scrooge in TIP's madcap musical version of "A Christmas Carol," which has become an annual Christmas tradition for Triangle children of all ages

David Wood Will Play Scrooge for the 37th Time in TIP’s Madcap Version of “A Christmas Carol”

Theatre in the Park‘s gala 38th-annual production of TIP executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III’s zany musical-comedy version of “A Christmas Carol,” which will run Dec. 6-9, 11, and 12 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and Dec. 15 and 16 in the Durham Performing Arts Center, will include timely topical references and the same old theatrical hocus-pocus and hilariously hokey vaudeville touches — not to mention a virtuoso performance by Wood as Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Browning family of "Leaving Iowa" is on the road again. They include (from left) Ann Davis (front), Kelly McConkey (rear), Mark Olexik, and Timothy Corbett (photo by Ira David Wood III)

TIP’s Zany Family-Vacation Comedy, “Leaving Iowa,” Is a Five-Diamond Jaunt Through the Heartland

If it were a hotel, Theatre in the Park‘s pixilated production of Tim Clue and Spike Manton’s family-vacation comedy, “Leaving Iowa,” would easily earn the American Automobile Association’s coveted five-diamond rating. Under the sure-handed direction of TIP’s founder, executive and artistic director, and resident zany Ira David Wood III, “Leaving Iowa” nimbly navigates its way through a comic minefield, and gins up gales of laughter in the process — to mix metaphors.

The Browning family of "Leaving Iowa" is on the road again. They include (from left) Ann Davis (front), Kelly McConkey (rear), Mark Olexic, and Timothy Corbett (photo by Ira David Wood III)

“Leaving Iowa” at Theatre in the Park Is a Hilarious — and Touching — Comedy About Family Vacations

“‘Leaving Iowa’ … is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home and decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested,” says director David Wood. “But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place. This road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Don’s existential journey finally leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States.

After missing "ACC 2010" due to open heart surgery, David Wood returns to his signature role as Ebenezer Scrooge in his zany musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 Yuletide story, "A Christmas Carol"

Ira David Wood III Returns as Scrooge in TIP’s Madcap Musical Version of “A Christmas Carol”

At age 64, David Wood ruefully admits, it requires less makeup than it did in December 1974, at age 27, when he first played his role signature role as the malicious, misanthropic old miser who experiences a miraculous Christmas Eve conversion, after a series of ghostly visitations, in “A Christmas Carol” (1843) by Charles Dickens.

Triangle theater diva Lynda Clark as Queen Gertrude and Michael Murray as King Claudius

“Devon Does Denmark” Is a Hoot

Ira Wood, in Laurence Olivier mode, passionately emotes and emotes some more as Prince Hamlet, the dithering Dane who must decide whether or not to avenge his father’s murder and slay his usurping uncle Claudius (Michael Murray), who poisoned his father and married his mother Gertrude (Lynda Clark) before the foodstuffs in the funeral feast reached their self-by dates.

Triangle theater diva Lynda Clark as Queen Gertrude and Michael Murray as King Claudius

TIP’s “Devon Does Denmark” Is a Royal Farce Written and Directed by Raleigh’s Ira David Wood III

“I wanted to write and direct a show where we can just hoot and holler,” confesses “Devon Does Denmark” dramatist and director David Wood. “Rehearsals are such fun. I wanted to have a great time.”

Pictured: Tyler Hollinger, Matthew Carlson and Kate Goehring (on screen) and Cheryl Koski and Matthew Carlson (on stage) in The Glass Menagerie. Photo: VanderVeen Photographers.

The Top Triangle Theatrical Productions of 2010

For years, Triangle Theater Review has argued that the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina has the liveliest theater scene between Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA. The year 2010 provided further proof, if any was needed, that we have the onstage talent, the backstage genius, and the wherewithal to mount any show available for local production.

Ira David Wood III

An Open Letter from Ira David Wood III

I continue to feel such pride, too, in my son [Ira David Wood IV]’s incredible job as Scrooge in this year’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” As a dear friend said, there is now indisputable evidence that the show will live on and hopefully continue to entertain and heal hearts long after I’ve taken my last curtain call.

Ira David Wood IV debuted as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" on Dec. 3rd at DPAC

New Star Ira Wood Helps TIP’s “A Christmas Carol” Shine Even Brighter

The historic 36th edition of long-time Theatre in the Park executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III’s zany musical-comedy version of “A Christmas Carol” marks the first time ever that someone besides David Wood has hammed it up hilariously as Charles Dickens’ miserly old misanthrope Ebenezer Scrooge, whose miraculous Christmas Eve change-of-heart annually leaves TIP patrons laughing through their tears.

Ira David Wood IV debuts as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" on Dec. 3rd at DPAC

26-Year-Old Ira Wood Debuts as Scrooge in TIP’s 2010 Edition of “A Christmas Carol”

This year, for the first time ever, someone besides TIP founder and executive director Ira David Wood III will don the hawkish prosthetic nose and ratty gray wig and trowel on the age makeup to play Ebenezer Scrooge when the curtain goes up on 36th annual edition of Wood’s madcap musical version of “A Christmas Carol.” David Wood’s 26-year-old son and namesake, Ira David Wood IV, will tackle his father’s signature role.