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Master Storyteller John Waters Gets Even Filthier at Durham’s Carolina Theatre

“We should be using humor as terrorism — embarrass the enemy into submission.” Indie filmmaker John Waters is only partly joking when he says this on Thursday, March 9th, during John Waters: This Filthy World: Dirtier & Filthier, presented by NS2 of Nashville, TN and The Carolina Theatre of Durham in Fletcher Hall at The… Read More ›

“Hairspray” Really Spritzes Up the Stage at RLT

It must have been coincidence, but Raleigh Little Theatre couldn’t have been more in tune with the country in choosing to produce Hairspray — with book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman — right now. The delightful story of segregation turned to integration,… Read More ›

“Hairspray” Is a Hit for RLT

Ever since “Hairspray,” based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, first hit the stage, it’s been a favorite among “underdogs” of all types. In this delightfully written, funny, and pointed musical, boundaries are broken and the “little guy” always comes out a victor. Of course, the “little guy” is really a… Read More ›

The PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory will present "Hairspray" on July 16-20 in UNC-Chapel Hill's Paul Green Theatre

“Hairspray” Is Infectiously Energetic

John Waters’ almost-a-classic film “Hairspray” celebrates the uprising of the underdog, and the stage musical, written by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, takes Waters’ work and makes it even bigger and better. This super-fun, fast-paced, and absolutely hilarious musical has long been a favorite among theatre fans, and Playmakers Repertory Company’s Summer Youth Conservatory definitely… Read More ›

PlayMakers Guest Director Desdemona Chiang Says, “Hairspray” Is “A Bit Like Cotton Candy for the Soul”

Hairspray’s irrepressible teenaged heroine Tracy Turnblad — the big girl with the big hair and the even bigger heart — is back. This time, local teenager Rachel Musson will play her in the July 16-20 PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory production of the 2002 Broadway musical based on the 1988 cult film Hairspray, written… Read More ›

Jennifer Foster and Jason Kappus star as roly-poly would-be dancer Tracy Turnblad and teen heartthrob Link Larkin in "Hairspray" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s High-Octane Production of “Hairspray” Is a Must-See Musical, with Energy to Burn

The North Carolina Theatre‘s high-octane production of “Hairspray” is a must-see musical, with energy to burn, thanks to kinetic staging by director John Simpkins and choreographer Josh Rhodes, exuberant instrumental accompaniment by musical director Nancy Whelan and the NCT orchestra, and a crackerjack cast that really knows how to shake, rattle, and roll.

Jennifer Foster and Jason Kappus star as Tracy Turnblad and Link Larkin in "Hairspray" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT Brings “Hairspray” Heroine Tracy Turnblad, the Big Girl with the Big Hair, Back to the Triangle

The North Carolina Theatre is bringing “Hairspray” heroine Tracy Turnblad, the big girl with the big hair and the even bigger heart played for NCT by Jennifer Foster, back to the Triangle for 10 performances on July 23 and 24th and July 26-31, plus a special Target Student Preview Night, starting at 7 p.m. on July 22nd, all in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.

"A John Waters Christmas" played The Carolina Theatre on Dec. 15th

John Waters Serves Up Adults-Only Christmas Cheer

“A John Waters Christmas” was the perfect way to get to know a new side of the man behind the lens. Clunky transitions from story to story aside, Waters concocted a delightfully edgy, hilariously outrageous evening of Christmas cheer unrivaled in the Triangle area.

"A John Waters Christmas" plays The Carolina Theatre on Dec. 15th

“A John Waters Christmas” Puts the X Back in Xmas

Putting the “X” back in Xmas, filmmaker John Waters’ rapid-fire monologue explores and explodes the traditional holiday rituals and traditions as he shares his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of real-life holiday horror stories.