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Perfect Arrangement at RLT stars (from left) Lauren Knott, Paul S. James, Benoit Sabourin, and Amelia Sciandra

Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement at RLT Is Thought Provoking, But with Loads of Laughs

For those who lived through the 1950s in America, few can forget the witch hunt that was Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy’s search to uncover Communists in our midst. His position was that these “subversives” were a threat to our society who were determined to take over government and thereafter change our very way… Read More ›

RLT’s Teen Production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest Is Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On

Currently entering its fifth season, Public Works is a major initiative of New York’s Public Theater. It was formed specifically to engage the diverse people of the city with the theatrical process. In collaboration with local civic organizations, Public Works founder and resident director Lear deBessonet seeks to blur the line between professional artists and… Read More ›

Phillip Bernard Smith stars as Simon in RLT's production of The Whipping Man (photo by David Watts)

Raleigh Little Theatre’s Production of The Whipping Man Demands Witness

When Israel was in Egypt’s land: Let my people go, Oppress’d so hard they could not stand, Let my People go. Go down, Moses, Way down in Egypt’s land, Tell old Pharaoh, Let my people go. Negro Spiritual It is April 10, 1865. Yesterday, in the Virginian village of Appomattox, Confederate Army Gen. Robert E…. Read More ›

RLT’s The Whipping Man is Gritty, Gripping, and Important

Set in April of 1865, Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man, onstage now at Raleigh Little Theatre under the direction of Patrick Torres, is a gritty and gripping emotional drama. The intimate show focuses on the intertwined lives of three Jewish men: Caleb (Ryan Ladue), a wounded southern soldier; sagacious Simon (Phillip Bernard Smith), a recently… Read More ›

Zak Caska and Aya Wallace star as Huey and Felicia in Memphis at Raleigh Little Theatre (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Raleigh Little Theatre’s Memphis Is Major Fun, with Some Minor Flaws

Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2016-17 “Season of Discovery” opens with its first mainstage show, Memphis, an original musical with music and lyrics by David Bryan and book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro. The team also wrote the 2008 rock musical The Toxic Avenger, which opens October 7 at the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. Bryan… Read More ›

Zak Caska and Aya Wallace star as Huey and Felicia in Memphis at Raleigh Little Theatre (photo by Curtis Brown Photography

RLT’s Memphis Is a Dynamic, Toe-Tappin’, Hand Clappin’, Jumpin’, and Jivin’ Experience

Memphis, with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, is a lively start to Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2016-17 season. With its first song, “Underground,” the tone and beat are set for nonstop music and patter. Young Huey Calhoun — who represents “Daddy-O” Dewey Phillips and “Moondog” Alan Freed, two… Read More ›

Cantey Performance Award winners included Michael McKenna, Tosin Olufolabi, Jesse R. Gephart (center), Rose Higgins (second from right), and Brian Fisher (right) (photo by Carrie Santiago)

On June 29th, the Cantey Awards Rang Down the Curtain on RLT’s 2015-16 Season

The Cantey V. Sutton Theatre was abuzz with energy and love on Wednesday night, June 29th, as the annual meeting and awards ceremony, The Cantey Awards, was held at Raleigh Little Theatre, in celebration of the community theater’s 80th season. The annual event’s purpose is trifold. First, a brief “state-of-the-theater” meeting to highlight accomplishments, give… Read More ›

The Glass Menagerie at RLT Is Delightful, Takes Risks, and Explores New Sides of Familiar Characters

The first thing that will amaze Triangle theatergoers about Raleigh Little Theatre’s presentation of The Glass Menagerie is Elizabeth Newton’s incredible set. A feat in itself, the execution of the set conjures up feelings of being lost in a surreal memory. Director Patrick Torres is to be commended for his expert casting, as well as… Read More ›

David Henderson Glistens as the Betrayed and Vengeful Title Character of Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, playing Thursdays-Sundays through March 3-6 at Raleigh Little Theatre, is a dark, rather unpleasant story of a barber unfairly banished to an Australian penal camp for 15 years, after being set up by a judge who coveted his wife. The barber returns and discovers his wife was… Read More ›

RLT’s Rendition of “Spamalot” Is Brilliant, Just as Fresh and Funny and Irreverent as the Original

The movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with the appropriate fanfare and fan-related events. Thus, it seems appropriate that Spamalot, the musical stage version of this popular movie, is part of the Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2015-16 season. One would think that a 10-year-old play might be starting to… Read More ›

Patrick Torres became Raleigh Little Theatre's 14th artistic director in March 2014

New RLT Artistic Director Patrick Torres’ Inaugural Show, “Much Ado About Nothing,” Is a Smash Hit!

Patrick Torres, the new artistic director of Raleigh Little Theatre, told us in the interview below that he wished to continue RLT‘s legacy. His inaugural show, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, indicates adherence to his words. The complicated story of two couples — one pair a confirmed bachelor and a bachelorette discovering love, the… Read More ›