“Assassins” Is a Wonderfully Uncomfortable Think-Piece

When most people think of Stephen Sondheim musicals, they think of timeless tales and such masterpieces as “West Side Story” and “Follies.” The average person doesn’t expect a Sondheim musical to be about, for instance, a bevy of attempted (and some successful) presidential assassinations, and yet that is the subject matter of “Assassins,” onstage now… Continue reading “Assassins” Is a Wonderfully Uncomfortable Think-Piece

Sondheim Shoots Himself in the Foot with “Assassins,” Now at PlayMakers Rep

PlayMakers Repertory Company is to be praised for taking on the issues of guns as a theme this year, starting with The Story of the Gun, a monologue piece by the ironically named humorist/commentator Mike Daisy. They have followed it up with the 1990 musical production Assassins with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and… Continue reading Sondheim Shoots Himself in the Foot with “Assassins,” Now at PlayMakers Rep

PlayMakers Rep Will End Its Main-Stage Season with a Bang, with Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”

PlayMakers Repertory Company will wrap up its stellar 2013-14 main-stage season with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award®-winning 1990 Off-Broadway, 1992 West End, and 2004 Broadway musical Assassins, on April 2-6, 8-13, and 15-20 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Brooklyn, NY director Mike Donahue… Continue reading PlayMakers Rep Will End Its Main-Stage Season with a Bang, with Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”

Michael Winters as the Knave Falstaff Trumps Two Kings — Henry IV and Henry V — at PlayMakers Rep

Michael Winters is magnificent as that rascal Sir John Falstaff (photos by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Repertory Company guest artist Michael Winters of the “Gilmore Girls” television series plays that uproarious roly-poly rascal Sir John Falstaff, boon companion and surrogate father to Prince Hal (guest artist Shawn Fagan), with such gusto that his larger-than-life characterization of the knave in the two-part historical drama “The Making of a King: ‘Henry IV’ and ‘Henry V'” trumps those of the two English kings — Henry IV (portrayed with an icy imperial demeanor by PRC mainstay Jeffrey Blair Cornell) and his all-too-human son and successor Henry V (Shawn Fagan as a grown-up and newly clean and sober Prince Hal).

PRC’s Joseph Haj and Mike Donahue Will Co-direct “The Making of a King: ‘Henry IV’ and ‘Henry V'”

PlayMakers Repertory Company's ambitious Shakespearean epic "The Making of a King: 'Henry IV' and 'Henry V'" will run from Jan. 28th to March 4th in the Paul Green Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill

PlayMakers Repertory Company producing artistic director Joseph Haj and freelance director Mike Donahue, based in New York City, will co-direct an ambitious epic Shakespearean production called “The Making of a King: ‘Henry IV’ & ‘Henry V'” — two historical dramas performed in rotating repertory — from Jan. 28th to March 4th on the thrust stage of the 500-seat Paul Green Theatre.