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Amy Herzog’s 2012 OBIE Winner Shows Us That a Journey of “4000 Miles” Begins with a Single Step

Last Saturday’s opening-night performance of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog began with Joseph Haj’s address to the audience. His voice choking with emotion, he told us that this would be his “last opening night” as producing artistic director of PlayMakers Rep. It was fitting that he spoke of the PRC… Read More ›

“4000 Miles” Takes Viewers on an Emotional Journey

From the first few lines of Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, onstage now at Playmakers Repertory Company and directed by Desdemona Chiang, it’s evident that this is a play with real characters, the kind that are so gritty and raw they practically ooze off the stage. The humorous banter between young Leo (Schuyler Scott Mastain) and… Read More ›

Lisa Brescia as the Witch and Carey Cox as Rapunzel (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PRC’s “Into the Woods” Is Dark, Deep, and Fabulous

For most of us, the phrase “Once Upon a Time…” instantly evokes fond memories of fairy tales told to us by our parents. What most of us didn’t realize in our youth, however, is that those fairy tales were actually watered-down versions of older, much darker stories. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods,”… Read More ›

PlayMakers Will Present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Into the Woods” in Rotating Repertory

Between Nov. 1st and Dec. 7th, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Into the Woods in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. PlayMakers Rep first-time guest director Shana Cooper will direct English playwright and poet William Shakespeare’s marvelous, moonstruck comedy,… Read More ›

PRC’s “Metamorphoses” Struggles to Stay Afloat

In Metamorphoses, Chicago playwright Mary Zimmerman created many actors’ wet dream — quite literally. In general, it’s often incredibly exciting to be cast in a show; but when you have the prospect of playing in a big pool of water while you do it, the anticipation level ratchets up a few notches. When I did… Read More ›