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Jesse R. Gephart Channels David Sedaris’ Snark, Wit, and Scathing Humor in The SantaLand Diaries at TIP

The SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris is, perhaps, my favorite short story by a beloved North Carolina author. That’s why I was particularly excited to see Theatre in the Park’s holiday one-man-show The SantaLand Diaries, starring Jesse R. Gephart as David Sedaris and his elfin alter ego, Crumpet. The show, which concludes its two-week run… Read More ›

Most of The SantaLand Diaries Is Engaging, Funny and, Eventually, Quite Moving

Beginning as an essay for NPR’s Morning Edition in 1992, David Sedaris’ The SantaLand Diaries has become a holiday classic in both book and audio formats. Sedaris, who was raised in Raleigh, has made a career of publicly sharing his most humiliating moments with a trademark dry wit. In 1996, a much longer version of… Read More ›

You Absolutely Must See Jesse R. Gephart in The SantaLand Diaries at Theatre in the Park

Even though many of the Triangle’s favorite holiday shows are currently in production, you absolutely must see Theatre in the Park’s The SantaLand Diaries, starring Jesse R. Gephart. The SantaLand Diaries is a stage adaptation by Joe Mantello of an autobiographical essay written by former Raleigh author and humorist David Sedaris, who initially read the… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park’s True West Is Truly Worthwhile

Local actor-directors Jesse R. Gephart and Ira David Wood IV shine very brightly as they co-direct and star in Sam Shepard’s True West, which (unfortunately) only plays one weekend at Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park. Often quite funny, True West is an extended interaction between two brothers. (Can you say “dysfunctional”?). But there is much… Read More ›

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 ›

Mortall Coile Theatre Company's presentation of "Master Harold" ... and the boys by Athol Fugard stars Ben Pluska (center) as Hally and Gil Faison (right) as Sam (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Mortall Coile’s Rendition of Athol Fugard’s "Master Harold" … and the boys Is Most Impressive

Mortall Coile Theatre Company’s presentation of South African dramatist Athol Fugard’s 1982 play, “Master Harold” … and the boys, takes place on a rainy afternoon in 1950 in South Africa during the the country’s infamous apartheid era. Its protagonist, “Hally,” is the 17-year-old son of the owners of St. George’s Park Tea Room in Port… Read More ›

Mortall Coile Theatre Company’s "Master Harold" … and the boys Is a Masterpiece!

On Thursday, April 14th, Mortall Coile Theatre Company founder and artistic director Jesse R. Gephart said, “I’ve waited two years to produce this show,” during his opening-night statement for “Master Harold” … and the boys, which he also directed. Well, we are here to tell you: it was worth the wait — the production is… Read More ›

Mortall Coile’s Presentation of “The Pride” is Gripping and Raw — Theatre at Its Finest

The time in which a person lives can have a huge impact on the way his life turns out. At least that’s one of the theories rippling under the surface of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s “The Pride,” which just finished a run at North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre. Kaye’s script, brought to the stage by… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park’s “The SantaLand Diaries” Offers Holiday Fun for the Grown-Ups

This time of year, Theatre in the Park is pretty busy (and pretty popular), thanks to its annual production of Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that the theatre also puts on another Christmas themed show of the one-man variety, and it’s just as hilarious… Read More ›

Yasmina Reza’s “Art” Isn’t Perfect, But RLT’s Production Aims to Please Viewers

Anyone who has ever questioned the motives of someone who buys an expensive and questionable “work of art” will identify with the bafflement expressed by Marc (Mark Phialas), one of the central characters in Yasmina Reza’s “Art,” directed by Jesse Gephart and onstage now at Raleigh Little Theatre. Marc’s friend, Serge (Chris Brown), has just… Read More ›

“Fuddy Meers'” Humor Serves as a Guise for Deeper Musings

“Fuddy Meers,” onstage now at Theatre in the Park and directed by Jesse R. Gephart, is a perplexing play, one in which nothing is as it seems and everything, including the title (which refers to one character’s mispronunciation of the phrase “funny mirrors”) is a strange distortion of reality. At least, that’s how things seem… Read More ›

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Thoroughly Entertains

Theatre Raleigh and Hot Summer Nights’  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a smartly structured and thoroughly entertaining romp that follows six young hopefuls competing in the aforementioned Bee. The production calls for four audience members to become contestants or “guest-spellers” in the Bee, and as some longtime readers of TA&E may recall,… Read More ›

“Nocturne” Paints a Painstakingly Vivid Picture of Grief

When viewers walk into Mortall Coile Theatre Company’s production of Nocturne, a one-man play written by Adam Rapp and part of Burning Coal Theatre Company’s “Wait ‘Til You See This Series, the set is the first thing that catches their attention. Beautifully designed by Jon Haas and director Dana Marks, the set features hundreds (possibly… Read More ›

Jesse R. Gephart Returns as David/Crumpet in “The SantaLand Diaries” Dec. 12-16 at Theatre in the Park

Automatic Vaudeville and Theatre in the Park will reprise their hilarious joint presentation of David Sedaris’ sardonic PG-13-rated Christmas story, “The SantaLand Diaries,” starring local comic actor extraordinaire Jesse R. Gephart, on Dec. 8-11 and 16-18 in the Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre in Raleigh, NC. Gephart’s sidesplitting performance previously brought local audiences to their feet in December 2008, 2010, and 2011.

"The SantaLand Diaries" will run Dec. 8-11 and 16-18 at Theatre in the Park

Jesse Gephart Is a Hoot as King of Snark David Sedaris in “The SantaLand Diaries” at TIP

“Attitude” is everything as Jesse Gephart impersonates the youthful, out-of-work, and dead-broke Sedaris, who took a seasonal job as an elf in Macy’s “SantaLand,” and turned the humiliation of walking around in pointy shoes dressed as an elf into a classic Christmas story.

"The SantaLand Diaries" will run Dec. 8-11 and 16-18 at Theatre in the Park

Jesse R. Gephart Will Reprise His Dual Role as David Sedaris and Crumpet in “The SantaLand Diaries”

Jesse Gephart has fine-tuned and deepened his impersonation of David/Crumpet. His increased confidence is palpable, and he is so comfortable in the role … that he can stop the show and break character to harangue latecomers — much to the audience’s delight.