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Theatre in the Park Kicks Off Its Three-Week Repertory Run with Sam Shepard’s True West

Over the next three weeks, Theatre in the Park is presenting three plays: Sam Shepard’s True West (Sept. 8-11), John Cariani’s Almost, Maine (Sept. 15-18), and Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies (Sept. 22-25). Although advertised as being performed “in rep,” this mini-festival does not fit the typical repertory structure (in which two or more shows… 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 ›

Zero Headspace at Theatre in the Park: The Writing Is Top-Notch, and the Actors Bring Their A-Games

One weekend. A dozen comedians. A dozen scripts. Kernels of brilliance. Belly laughs. Groans. Stand-up comedy. More, please! Last night, Theatre in the Park unveiled Zero Headspace, a brand-new sketch-comedy troupe, under the direction of Ira David Wood IV. Kevin Darbro, Preston Campbell, Kat Lanier Froehlich, Patrick Whalen, Philip Kruh, Shane Smith, Robert Angelo, Natalie… Read More ›

Diana Cameron McQueen (left) and Sandi Sullivan star as Louise Maske and Gertrude Deuter (photo by Stephen J. Larson)

The Underpants at Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park Is a Barrel of Laughs, from Beginning to End

According to one dictionary, a farce is: “a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations,” and the Theatre in the Park production of The Underpants, originally written in 1911 by Carl Sternheim and adapted in 2002 by Steve Martin, is certainly farcical. The premise — which… Read More ›