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

Lanford Wilson’s Burn This Is a Fine Meaty, Entertaining, and Thought-Provoking Show

Sonorous Road Repertory Inc.’s inaugural production of Burn This, a 1987 Broadway success from the pen of Lanford Wilson, who was part of the founding of Off-Off Broadway, handles gayness in an off-handed, everyday sort of way, rather than as a political and social confrontation. At that time, it was, no doubt, a relief to… Continue reading Lanford Wilson’s Burn This Is a Fine Meaty, Entertaining, and Thought-Provoking Show

Ward Theatre Co. Seats Its Audience Inside the World of Lanford Wilson’s Mound Builders

Ward Theatre Company will stage The Mound Builders Jan. 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28 and Feb. 9-11 and 16-18

RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ The Durham Performing Arts Center has 55 rows of seating. From the back row, you can experience the audible and visible spectacle of most any production that comes through. But you can’t always feel it. But what if there were no one seated in front of you? Or behind… Continue reading Ward Theatre Co. Seats Its Audience Inside the World of Lanford Wilson’s Mound Builders

Lanford Wilson’s The Mound Builders Serves Up a Juicy Slice of Life of a Team of Archeologists

Ward Theatre Company will stage The Mound Builders Jan. 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28 and Feb. 9-11 and 16-18

EDITOR’S NOTE: Five of the seven roles in the current Ward Theatre Companyproduction of The Mound Builders have been double-cast. We, of course, are only able to review the work of the actors who participated on opening night on Saturday, Jan. 6th. Archeologists make it their mission to delve into past civilizations, continuing to dig… Continue reading Lanford Wilson’s The Mound Builders Serves Up a Juicy Slice of Life of a Team of Archeologists