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Guys and Dolls at the Cary Art Center Is a Classic Musical That’s Still Fresh and Fun

For all the best reasons, Guys and Dolls ranks right up there among America’s best-loved musicals. The music sparkles, the lyrics and dialogue are quintessentially American, the stories are just complex enough to pull our interest, and the characters are usually people that we can care deeply for. In this show, most of them are… Read More ›

Cary Players’ Rendition of Guys and Dolls Has All the Pieces, But Not Enough Glue

It is said that you cannot get service that is simultaneously good, fast, and cheap. You can have it good and fast, but it will not be cheap. You can have it fast and cheap, but it will not be good. You can have it good and cheap, but it will not be fast. During… Read More ›

PRC’s Summer Youth Conservatory Wows Audiences with Its Fabulous Production of “Guys and Dolls”

Everyone loves Guys and Dolls, the classic 1950 musical featuring fabulous musical numbers by Frank Loesser and a timeless, ever-charming story by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. The musical, which is largely based on two short stories by Damon Runyon, and which is set in the 1930s, calls for a large and lively young cast,… Read More ›

The cast brings Damon Runyon's denizens of the Broadway demimonde to life (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PRC’s Summer Youth Conservatory’s Rendition of “Guys & Dolls” Unleashes a Flood of Talent

Guys & Dolls is one of America’s most beloved musicals, incorporating Damon Runyon’s shady Broadway characters of New York’s 1930s and employing intricate musical devices that accent rhythms and performance and bad guys who are lovable and often loving, if misguided. It was Depression-era spirit raising, and it still stirs hearts and minds. The book… Read More ›

PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory Tackles “Guys & Dolls” with a Talented Teenaged Cast

A talented teenaged cast from the PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory will tackle Guys & Dolls, under the direction of PlayMakers Rep associate artistic director Jeffrey Meanza, on July 15-19, 24, and 25 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. This “Musical Fable… Read More ›

The PRC cast of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" includes (from left) Ray Dooley, Brandon Garegnani, Maren Searle, Todd Lawson, and Katja Hill (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Wonderful Is the Word for “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Wonderful is the word for the current PlayMakers Repertory Company presentation of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Connecticut playwright Joe Landry. PRC guest director Nelson T. Eusebio, III and his charismatic cast breathe new life into the familiar story about George Bailey’s Dark Night of the Soul, whose unforgettable characters flicker across television screens not only during the 1946 film’s annual airing in December, but pretty much year-round now.

PlayMakers Rep’s 2012 Holiday Show Is “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry

Next up for PlayMakers Repertory Company is “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s professional-theater-in-residence will reenact the Christmas-Eve travails of troubled Bedford Falls building-and-loan executive George Bailey on Nov. 28-Dec. 2 and Dec. 4-9 and 11-16 in the Paul Green Theatre in UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art.