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Wry Plot Twists and Poignant Human Truths Make BCTC’s King Charles III a Must-See Show

British playwright and screenwriter Mike Bartlett has assumed the role of The Bard to pen King Charles III, a “historical” play in blank verse and rhyming couplets, written in the Shakespearean style. It is a remarkable homage to the greatest English playwright, incorporating drifts into humor, bawdy puns, poignant human truths, and wry plot twists… Read More ›

Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart Beats Strongly at Burning Coal

RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In 1991, playwright Tony Kushner employed AIDS as an invisible force that sends his Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes characters pinballing around New York and into each other’s lives. In 1992, the disease’s effects put the bitter in the bittersweet second act of the musical… Read More ›

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer Is a Hard and Honest Story of Panic, Resolve, Fear, and Genuine Love

“This production is part of a three-pronged effort to bring to public awareness the continuing health issues surrounding AIDS by Burning Coal Theatre Company, the United Arts Council of Wake County and Raleigh, and the Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina…,” according to the program for Burning Coal Theatre Company’s production of The Normal Heart… Read More ›

Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart Indicts Individual and Institutional Hypocrisy During the Early Days of the AIDS Epidemic

Imagine that the people that you know and love are falling victim to a contagion that no one will acknowledge exists. You don’t know what is causing it, or how it is spread, or when or who it will strike next. But people keep getting diagnosed and are dying of this mysterious disease at an… Read More ›

Burning Coal’s Devised Peter Pan & Wendy Is Beautiful, But Lacks Cohesion

“Devised Theatre” is, simply, the process by which a group of collaborators build a work from the ground up without script-in-hand. As improvisations and conversations progress, a script and concept are formed, with input from the entire company during the rehearsal process. In the case of Burning Coal Theatre Company’s devised adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s… Read More ›