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Henderson and Gephart’s Well-Done I Am My Own Wife Is a Conversation Starter

The 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright is as complex as the overstuffed shelves of the set in Theatre Raleigh’s current production of this work. This is a theatrical piece that first and foremost demands the skillful ability of an actor to take on over 30 characters… Read More ›

Brazen and Beautiful, Theatre Raleigh’s I Am My Own Wife Proves Thought-Provoking and Relevant

I Am My Own Wife, onstage now at Theatre Raleigh under the direction of Jesse Gephart, tells the fascinating true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, at least as much of it as can be told. Charlotte is a person without clear definition, clear allegiances, or an entirely clear story. Yet, viewers get to know her-… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh’s No-Holds-Barred Production of Junk Pays Huge Dramatic Dividends

Over a quarter of a century ago, Hollywood addressed the issue of hostile corporate take-overs with 1990’s Pretty Woman and 1991’s Other People’s Money. Both dealt with the possible human costs and consequences of these predatory schemes for getting rich, but neither of these light-and-breezy movies examined the depths to which these machinations would sometimes… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh’s Production of Junk Is Thoughtful, Bold, and Provocative

Theatre Raleigh’s bold new play Junk, written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Charlie Brady, dives into the high-powered, 1980s world of insider-trading-filled Wall Street, at a time when greed was just starting to come- at least brazenly- to the surface and to be the driving force behind every decision made. The show’s central focus… Read More ›

Razor-Sharp Direction, Top-Notch Acting, and Compelling Visuals Make Junk a Winner

Theatre Raleigh has just the play for fans of such movies as The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and The Big Short (2015). Junk by Ayad Akhtar (2016 La Jolla Playhouse and 2017 Broadway) is a tightly controlled three-level chess game of a performance piece. Set during the junk-bond financial boom of the 1980’s, Junk… Read More ›