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Honest Pint’s The Mystery of Love and Sex at NRACT Is a Disappointing Maelstrom of Characters and Conflict

Honest Pint Theatre Company normally does a terrific job telling interesting stories to theatergoers across the Triangle. This troupe of talented actors and directors does not shy away from edgy stories with interesting morals or themes. For this reason, I look forward to their productions. Unfortunately, their current offering, The Mystery of Love & Sex… Read More ›

Bathsheba Doran’s The Mystery of Love and Sex Is a Tender, Humorous, Surprisingly Deep Story

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre is currently running The Mystery of Love & Sex by Bathsheba Doran, a writer with a hefty resumé. The play, produced by Honest Pint Theatre Company, doesn’t so much solve the mystery as expand its magnitude. It will always be an unsolvable mystery, we suspect. And probably that’s half… Read More ›

Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God at NRACT Is Funny, Touching, and Thought-Provoking, a Bit Shocking, But Ultimately Uplifting

There comes a time in all of our lives when we encounter a profound and immutable truth: comic-strip characters simply never age! Indeed, Charlie Brown (and the rest of Charles M. Schultz’s Peanuts characters) appeared on the scene in the 1950s as elementary-school-aged children and remained in that age group for half a century. But… Read More ›

NRACT’s Dogfight the Musical Is a Winner!

The term “dogfight” conjures up a myriad of images: two or more fighter planes in a combat duel (usually during World War I), two pit bulls fighting to the death or, perhaps, a riotous drunken brawl. (One might also conjure up an image of a certain hotshot NFL quarterback who fell from grace a few… Read More ›

Dogfight at NRACT Features Superb Production Values and Near-Professional Performances

Dogfight the Musical, the stage version of the 1991 movie Dogfight, with screenplay by Bob Comfort, opened Friday night at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre to a jam-packed full house of very receptive theatergoers. Like many war stories Dogfight the Musical, which features book by Peter Duchan and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek… Read More ›

Ghost: The Musical at NRACT Blooms Gloriously in Performance

Ghost: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard and book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin, opened Friday night at the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre (NRACT). This musical, which came out in 2011, is, of course, based on the Paramount Pictures 1990 movie, Ghost, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Demi… Read More ›

Ghost: The Musical at NRACT Is Haunting

If you have not yet ventured up to the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, what are you waiting for? You are truly missing out on some amazing theater. Friday’s opening-night performance of Ghost: The Musical was my third visit to NRACT, and each visit is more impressive than the last. I will admit I… Read More ›

The cast includes (from left) Page Purgar, Morrisa Nagel, Gilly Conklin, Alison Lawrence, and Kirsten Ehlert

Rod Rich Sets a Brisk Pace for the Tightly Focused Scenes of Love, Loss, and What I Wore

It has been said that “Clothes make the man.” But let’s be less gender-specific and theorize: “Clothes make the person.” Love, Loss, and What I Wore, the latest offering of Actors Comedy Lab and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, solidly supports that theory. Written by sisters Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on Ilene… Read More ›

The Night Alive Is an Engaging Night at NRACT

Prepare to meet Tommy at a crucial moment in his life. It is late night; he has stepped out to buy a bag of “chips” (the Irish word for a product similar to French fries). And he found himself intervening to rescue Aimee, a young woman who was being assaulted. Now he has brought Aimee… Read More ›

Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive Gives a Stellar Cast a Chance to Shine at NRACT

Honest Pint Theatre Co. and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre’s joint production of The Night Alive by Irish playwright and screenwriter Conor McPherson, which is playing now through Feb. 26th at NRACT, is a kind of nihilist joke. “What is the purpose of life if we keep on making the same mistakes?” director Susannah… Read More ›

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at NRACT Provokes Nonstop Laughter from Start to Finish

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical is another winner for North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theater. With music and lyrics by David Nehis and book by Betsy Kelso, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical provokes nonstop laughter from start to finish. Where else (and when else) but a trailer park at Christmas could… Read More ›

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at NRACT Is an Offbeat Laugh Riot

If trailer-trash characters and comedy are your cup of kegnog The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, now playing at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theater, will tickle your fancy fer sure. It’s racy, zany, a bit outrageous, and all in good spirits. It is an offshoot of The Great American Trailer Park Musical by… Read More ›

Spend a Hilarious Evening at NRACT with Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile

The first thing you’ll notice about North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre’s production of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile is this: Picasso does not even appear until six other characters have entered; and each, in turn, thoroughly owns the stage. Indeed, the opening sequences center on Einstein rather than Picasso; and when Picasso… Read More ›

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre's cast for its community-theater production of The Toxic Avenger includes (clockwise, from top left) Orlando Parker Jr., Jay Dolan, Heather Shinpaugh, Aaron C. Alderman, and Lauren Paige Raine

The Toxic Avenger at NRACT Is Grand Fun, But Unpolished

Based on Lloyd Kauffman’s 1984 cult horror comedy film of the same name, the musical version of The Toxic Avenger opened in Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2008, followed a year later by an Off-Broadway production, which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical. The show has been mounted across the United… Read More ›

The cast for North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre's community-theater production of Heathers the Musical includes (from left) Christine Michelle Lane, Emily Schmid, Sabrina Palazzo, and Alissa Alba (photo by Ashley Popio)

Heathers the Musical at NRACT Is an Outrageous Satire on Teen Angst

Heathers the Musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe, based on the film written by Daniel Waters, is an outrageous satire on teenage angst, now being brilliantly performed by the cast at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. All the problems of high school socializing and hierarchical competition are blown… Read More ›

The cast for North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre's community-theater production of Heathers the Musical includes (from left) Christine Michelle Lane, Emily Schmid, Sabrina Palazzo, and Alissa Alba (photo by Ashley Popio)

Heathers at NRACT: How Very!

Set in 1989 and based on the cult-classic film Heathers, Heathers: The Musical, onstage now at NRACT, is every bit as fun, lively, and wildly entertaining as its predecessor, perhaps even more so. Featuring a to-die-for cast, fun direction by Peter Comperatore, colorful costumes, and a wonderfully vulgar script with catchy, risque songs, this musical… Read More ›

The Wedding Singer's cast includes (from left) Heather Shinpaugh, Billy Hoffman as Sammy, John Millsaps as Robbie Hart, Chris Maxwell as George, Emma Goodwin, and Brent Blakesley (photo Jess Marie Studios)

NRACT’s The Wedding Singer Dazzles, Despite Some Missteps

Wrapping up a season that began with the highly successful musical adaptation of the 1980 film 9 to 5, North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre dazzles us with another film-to-stage musical adaptation, The Wedding Singer: The Musical, based on the 1998 Adam Sandler/ Drew Barrymore comedy. NRACT’s next season will be bookended by two other… Read More ›

The Wedding Singer Will Make You Fall in Love

Back in 1998, when the film The Wedding Singer, came out, it was an instant classic, revered for its fun energy and over-the-top 80s costumes. That same fun, infectious energy that made the film so beloved is apparent in NRACT’s production of the musical version, written by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, with music by… Read More ›

NRACT's production of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife stars (from left) Greg Wait, Gilly Conklin, Christine Rogers, Jean Jamison, and Abhilash Kunnatoor Margabandu (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

“The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” at NRACT is a Gritty and Believable Look at Family

Charles Busch’s “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” onstage now at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, under the direction of Timothy E. Locklear, is a funny, dark little tale of a woman, Marjorie Taub (Christine Rogers), who is facing a sort of crisis in her life. Disengaged with her upper-class life and coming down… Read More ›

NRACT’s “Spelling Bee” Is Full of Delightful Surprises

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fun show, one that, in recent years, has gotten a lot of play in and around the Triangle. However, the interactive nature of the show- viewers are pulled from the audience to actually participate in the fictional spelling bee taking place onstage- keeps this one fun… Read More ›

Reefer Madness Offers Up Hilarious, Madcap Fun!

Reefer Madness, onstage now at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre (NRACT), is a tongue-in-cheek satire-turned-tragicomedy, and this production, under the colorful direction of Jon Todd, wastes no time in getting to the “comedy” part. As the curtains open on the purposefully bare-bones set (the play-within-a-play operates under the guise that a makeshift theatre group… Read More ›

“Annapurna” Is a Story of Human Redemption and Forgiveness; It’s a Story of Grace

In Sharr White’s Annapurna, co-produced by Honest Pint Theatre Company and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Ulysses is a man who is letting go. Along with everything else, he is letting go of his emotional baggage, his connections to others, and the use of his skills as a writer. He is a man at… Read More ›

Sharr White’s “Annapurna” Packs a Punch with Passion, Compassion, and Laughter

Honest Pint Theatre Company first drew our attention two years ago with the explosive presentation of A Steady Rain by Keith Huff, and wowed us a second time with The Sum of Us by David Stevens. Its current production of Sharr White’s 2011 two-character play, Annapurna, co-produced with and performed at North Raleigh Arts and… Read More ›

The Honest Pint Theatre Company and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre production of "Annapurna," directed by Dana Marks, stars David Henderson and Susannah Hough (photo by Alex Maness)

In “Annapurna,” David Henderson and Susannah Hough Plunge into an Emotional Whirlpool

The Honest Pint Theatre Company and North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre will present the regional premiere of Sharr White’s 2011 San Francisco, 2013 Los Angeles, and 2014 Off-Broadway two-character play, Annapurna, starring David Henderson as Ulysses and Susannah Hough as Emma, under the direction of Dana Marks, on Aug. 21-23 and 28-30 and Sept…. Read More ›

Women Are Liberated in “9 to 5: The Musical” at NRACT!

Dolly Parton greets us from a screen located at the back of the stage, introducing the musical version (for which she wrote the songs and lyrics) of the original 1980 movie with script by Patricia Resnick and director Colin Higgins, in which she co-starred. With spunky direction and choreography by James Ilsley, North Raleigh Arts… Read More ›

The NRACT cast for "9 to 5: The Musical" includes (from left) Mary Reilly as Judy, Mary Beth Hollmann as Violet, and AC Donohue as Doralee (photo by Ashley Lorenz Popio)

Colorful, Crazy, and Fabulous… “9 to 5” at NRACT Is Absolutely Flawless

Based on the 1980 film of the same name, 9 to 5, now onstage at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre and under the always-fun direction and choreography of James Ilsley, tells the story of a trio of women who, in 1979, stand up to their sexist boss with hilarious results. As the play opens,… Read More ›

NRACT’s “The Children’s Hour” Is Effective and Enduring

Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour, which premiered in 1934, has had a long history both onstage and onscreen, yet it still remains every bit as intriguing and relevant as ever. Perhaps that’s because the play is, at its heart, a story about human nature. In the Crucible-like tale, two women and best friends who run… Read More ›

Bullies, Lies and Gossip Doom Their Victims in “The Children’s Hour” by Lillian Hellman

We wondered if The Children’s Hour would have the same impact that it had 80 years ago — and agree it probably won’t — but the issues that it raises are still timely today. Bullying, lies, and gossip still hurt, and they are seldom reconciled. North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre has mounted a strong… Read More ›

Mortall Coile’s Presentation of “The Pride” is Gripping and Raw — Theatre at Its Finest

The time in which a person lives can have a huge impact on the way his life turns out. At least that’s one of the theories rippling under the surface of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s “The Pride,” which just finished a run at North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre. Kaye’s script, brought to the stage by… Read More ›

NRACT’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” Is Nostalgic, Engaging, and Completely Endearing

Ever since it first debuted on Broadway in 1993, Neil Simon’s comedy, “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” has been transporting audiences back to simpler-but-still- troubled times, namely the 1950s. Set in New York City and, to be more specific, in the writer’s room of a weekly comedy series, this charming play, onstage now at NRACT… Read More ›