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Reefer Madness Offers Up Hilarious, Madcap Fun!

Reefer Madness, onstage now at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre (NRACT), is a tongue-in-cheek satire-turned-tragicomedy, and this production, under the colorful direction of Jon Todd, wastes no time in getting to the “comedy” part. As the curtains open on the purposefully bare-bones set (the play-within-a-play operates under the guise that a makeshift theatre group… Read More ›

NRACT’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” Is Nostalgic, Engaging, and Completely Endearing

Ever since it first debuted on Broadway in 1993, Neil Simon’s comedy, “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” has been transporting audiences back to simpler-but-still- troubled times, namely the 1950s. Set in New York City and, to be more specific, in the writer’s room of a weekly comedy series, this charming play, onstage now at NRACT… Read More ›

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” at NRACT Is Enjoyable and Funny, But Doesn’t Achieve Its Potential

Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a roman a clef of Neil Simon’s early days creating humor for “Your Show of Shows,” a Saturday-night spectacular that employed such later headliners as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Simon, and Lucille Kallen and co-starred the famous team of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. This story of TV comedy… Read More ›

“Little Shop of Horrors”: That Mean Green Mother from Outer Space Is Back, This Time at NRACT

Audrey II, that Mean Green Mother from Outer Space, is back! This time, the wonderfully wicked man-eating plant will thrive at the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, which is presenting a community-theater production of “Little Shop of Horrors” on Sept. 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30 in its theater in the Greystone Village Shopping Center in north Raleigh, NC. The 1982 Off-Broadway hit is based on director Roger Corman’s legendary low-budget 1960 horror film “The Little Shop of Horrors,” shot in only two days for just $30,000.

Becoming a Guest Speller for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Gives Reviewer a Unique Perspective

My sojourn onstage commenced mere moments after the cast completed its lively opening number (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”). I barely had time to take in the realistic school gymnasium set before I found myself lining up with the other spellers, with a number placard hanging around my neck.