Burning Coal Theatre Company Touchingly Performs Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1980 play Talley’s Folly, Lanford Wilson teaches many of us a new meaning for the word “folly,” which is an almost-synonym for gazebo. It’s an outdoor structure that is, simply, a folly — something with no purpose. It’s there to be there. Joel Soren creates a delightful folly, bespangled with ivy,… Continue reading Burning Coal Theatre Company Touchingly Performs Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson

Burning Coal’s Delightful Production of Talley’s Folly Is an Early Valentine’s Day Treat

Emily Rieder and Jerome Davis star in Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson (photo by Cari Grindem-Corbett)

From the post-holiday lull and frigid temperatures of January, Raleigh, NC audiences are invited into the languid Missouri summer of Burning Coal Theatre Company’s current production of Talley’s Folly, directed by John Gulley. This award-winning two-character play, written by Lanford Wilson (1937-2011), is a delectable pas de deux between two unlikely suitors. The show begins… Continue reading Burning Coal’s Delightful Production of Talley’s Folly Is an Early Valentine’s Day Treat

David Hare’s Skylight Is an Excellent Show with Great Performances, a Conversation Starter

Skylight stars Emily Barrett Rieder and Jerome Davis (photo by Right Image Photography, Inc.)

The play Skylight by British playwright David Hare, running at Burning Coal Theatre Company through Oct. 23rd, does not carry the social and political import that Burning Coal artistic director Jerome Davis attributes to it in his program notes, in our opinion. Beautifully performed by Davis himself and Emily Barrett Rieder, with the support of… Continue reading David Hare’s Skylight Is an Excellent Show with Great Performances, a Conversation Starter

A Challenging and Captivating Script and Compelling Performances Make Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Skylight a Must-See Show

Skylight by British playwright David Hare, which is playing now through Oct. 23rd in Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh, premiered in 1995 in the West End of London. In 1996, it moved to Broadway, where it received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Play. In 2014, both productions received a revival… Continue reading A Challenging and Captivating Script and Compelling Performances Make Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Skylight a Must-See Show