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Dot stars Rishan Dhamija as Fidel and Kathryn Hunter-Williams as Dotty (photo by HuthPhoto)

PlayMakers Rep Eschews Holiday Schmaltz in Favor of Colman Domingo’s Tragicomic Dot

I have stood in this kitchen. I have had these conversations. I have experienced these fears and joys. You might have, too. Philadelphia, PA-born African-American playwright and screenwriter Colman Domingo’s realistic tragicomedy Dot is running at PlayMakers Repertory Company through Dec. 10th. Domingo, a Tony Award®-nominated actor, dancer, director, and playwright, has crafted characters that,… Read More ›

Dot stars at PlayMakers (from left) Samuel Ray Gates, Adam Pool, Kathryn Hunter-Williams (seated), Shanelle Leonard, and Rasool Jahan (photo by HuthPhoto)

Colman Domingo’s Dot at PlayMakers Rep Is "A Dizzy, Dysfunctional Family Reunion to Remember"

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of Philadelphia, PA-born African-American playwright and screenwriter Coleman Domingo’s 2017 adult comedy, Dot, which PRC dubs “A dizzy, dysfunctional family reunion to remember,” on Nov. 22 and 24-26, Nov. 28-Dec. 3, and Dec. 5-10 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read More ›

Clockwise from left, PlayMakers Rep's cast for Sense and Sensibility includes April Mae Davis as Anne Steele, Sarah Keyes as Lucy Steele, and Emily Bosco as Marianne Dashwood (photo by HuthPhoto)

Taibi Magar’s Captivating Staging Makes Kate Hamill’s Refreshing, Funny New Version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility a Must-See Show

PlayMakers Repertory Company continues its “Season on the Edge” on Oct. 18-Nov. 5 with the regional premiere of American playwright Kate Hamill’s 2014 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, the 1811 English novel by Jane Austen. Dramatist Kate Hamill amplifies the desires of novelist Jane Austen’s iconic characters through razor-sharp dialogue, trimming away some of the… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company presentation of Kate Hamill's adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, directed by Taibi Magar, runs Oct. 18-Nov. 5 (photo by HuthPhoto)

Kate Hamill’s Fresh, New, Comic Reimagining of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility at PlayMakers Rep Is Whimsical and Witty

On Oct. 18-22, 24-27, and 29 and Nov. 2-5, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present New York City-based playwright and actress Kate Hamill’s fresh, new, comic reimagining of Jane Austen’s 1811 romance novel, Sense and Sensibility, which PRC describes as “a gossip-driven comedy of reason and romance,” in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of… Read More ›

Julia Gibson stars as Della in The Cake by UNC alumna Bekah Brunstetter (photo by HuthPhoto)

The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter Is Charming and Surprising, with a Superb Cast of Four

The Fall theater season has begun in earnest in the Triangle, and PlayMakers Repertory Company has started its mainstage season right with the regional premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s new play, The Cake. Brunstetter, who is a writer and co-producer of NBC’s acclaimed This Is Us television series, is a University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read More ›

The Cake stars Christine Mirzayan (left) as Macy and Julia Gibson as Della (photo by HuthPhoto)

Faith and Family Collide in Bekah Brunstetter’s Ripped-from-the-Headlines Drama The Cake

PlayMakers Repertory Company will kick off its 2017-18 mainstage season with the regional premiere of The Cake, written by Los Angeles, CA playwright Bekah Brunstetter and directed by Minneapolis, MN director Jeffrey Meanza, on Sept. 13-17, 19-22, and 24 and Sept. 26-Oct. 1 on the thrust stage of the Paul Green Theatre in the University… Read More ›

The PRC production of My Fair Lady stars (from left) Ray Dooley as Colonel Pickering, PRC newcomer Mia Pinero as Eliza Doolittle, and Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Henry Higgins (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep Solves the Misogyny Problem of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady

A sculptor, on tiptoes, reaches up to kiss the ivory girl that he has carved. His lips barely graze hers before he draws back, a sudden realization crossing his face. The lips of the statue are warm. His name is Pygmalion; and his creation, Galatea, has come to life. More than 1,900 years after Ovid’s… Read More ›

Mia Pinero makes an auspicious PRC debut as Eliza Doolittle (photo by HuthPhoto)

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s My Fair Lady Is Fresh and Enlightening

Since it first appeared on Broadway in 1956, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe’s My Fair Lady has been a success with audiences everywhere. The famous musical, adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion tells the story of iconic character Eliza Doolittle, a poor Cockney flower seller living in 1912 London who sees a chance to… Read More ›

Allison Altman and Jenny Latimer star as Viola and Olivia in PlayMakers Rep's all-star presentation of Twelfth Night (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep’s Production of Twelfth Night Is Entertaining, But Offers Nothing New

“What is decreed must be; and be this so.” Countess Olivia’s point is well-made: what is meant to happen will happen. This appears to have been PlayMakers Repertory Company’s philosophy when staging its new production of Twelfth Night. Follow the playbook. Originally written for the close of the Christmas season, circa 1601-02, Twelfth Night, or… Read More ›

Twelfth Night stars Jenny Latimer as Olivia and Michael Keyloun as Feste (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep Opens Its All-Star Production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on March 1st

On March 1-5, 7-12, and 14-19, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present an all-star modern-dress production of Twelfth Night, a rollicking 17th century romantic comedy by English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare (1564-1616), in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Originally written for the close… Read More ›

Rasool Jahan (left) and Kathryn Hunter-Williams star as Esther and Mrs. Dickson (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PRC’s Intimate Apparel Proves Engaging and Deeply Moving

When the curtains first open on Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, onstage now at Playmakers Repertory Company under the direction of Raelle Myrick-Hodges, the audience is introduced to 35 year old Esther (Rasool Jahan) and immersed into the world she has created for herself stitch-by-stitch. Esther is an African-American seamstress, a maker of “intimate apparel” for… Read More ›

Intimate Apparel stars Rasool Jahan and Myles Bullock as Esther and George (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Rep Is a Story About Intimacy, Not Lingerie — About Hopes, Longing, and Pain

As the name suggests, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage is a very personal drama about love and relationships, hope, desire, and dreams. It follows the story of Esther, played by Rasool Jahan in the current PlayMakers Repertory Company production, directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges. Esther is a hardworking yet plain African-American seamstress who creates fashionable lingerie… Read More ›

Rasool Jahan (left) and Shanelle Nicole Leonard star as Esther and Mayme (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Repertory Company Chronicles a Black Seamstress’ Quest for Love and Respect in New York in 1905

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present Intimate Apparel, Brooklyn, NY African-American playwright Lynn Nottage’s prize-winning 2004 Off-Broadway play about the life and loves of a middle-aged African-American seamstress named Esther Mills, who lives in New York City at the dawn of the 20th century, on Jan. 25-29 and Jan. 31-Feb. 5 and Feb. 7-12 in the… Read More ›

Andrea Syglowski as tackles the title role of former May Queen Jennifer Nash (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep’s May Queen Is Well-Produced, But Its Gender Politics Are Troubling

The May Queen, a comedy by Molly Smith Metzler, was originally commissioned in 2014 by the Chautauqua Theatre Company of Chautauqua, NY, under the direction of first-year PlayMakers Repertory Company artistic director Vivienne Benesch, who was then serving as artistic director of Chautauqua Theatre Company. The dramedy (it provokes as many tears as laughs) follows… Read More ›

Andrea Syglowski as tackles the title role of former May Queen Jennifer Nash (photo by Jon Gardiner)

In The May Queen at PlayMakers Rep, Playwright Molly Smith Metzler Speaks with a Singularly Funny, Very Human Voice

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of The May Queen, an original comedy by award-winning playwright Molly Smith Metzler, on Nov. 22, 23, 26, and 27 and Nov. 29-Dec. 4 and Dec. 6-11 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Originally commissioned… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Jeffrey Blair Cornell (center) stars as Deputy Governor and Salem Witch Trials chief judge Thomas Danforth (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Repertory Company Puts the Spark Back into Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

crucible. A ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures. PlayMakers Repertory Company celebrates the 40th anniversary of its professional residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a production of The Crucible — last produced by the UNC’s professional-theater-in-residence in… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Jeffrey Blair Cornell (center) stars as Deputy Governor and Salem Witch Trials chief judge Thomas Danforth (photo by Jon Gardiner)

The Crucible at PlayMakers Rep Is Arthur Miller’s Cautionary Tale About the Salem Witch Trials’ Rush to Judgment

For the second production of its 2016-17 mainstage season, PlayMakers Repertory Company is staging a modern-dress theater-in-the-round production of The Crucible a timely topical drama by American dramatist, screenwriter, and essayist Arthur Miller (1915-2005), on Oct. 19-23, and 25-30 and Nov. 1-4 and 6 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina… Read More ›

The PlayMakers Repertory Company cast for Detroit '67 includes (from left) Rachel Christopher as Chelle, Charlie Hudson, III as Sly, Tangela Large as Bunny, and Myles Bullock as Lank in (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Detroit ’67 Is Sharply Relevant, But Predictable

While Tuesday night’s performance of the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 was in progress, many in Charlotte, North Carolina were preparing for a large protest over the shooting death of Keith L. Scott by local police earlier that day. Regardless of the circumstances of this particular incident, entire communities continue to… Read More ›

Myles Bullock and Rachel Christopher star as Lank and Chelle Poindexter (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 Is Set During a Watershed Year in Her Hometown

1967 was the year that changed everything for the City of Detroit and the fictional African-American family depicted in Detroit ’67, University of Michigan educated dramatist and actress Dominique Morisseau’s prize-winning play about a watershed year in her hometown, which is the inaugural mainstage production in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2016-17 season. The University of North… Read More ›

PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory Presents Violet

The kids have done it again! Onstage now at PlayMakers Repertory Company, as part of and the culmination to its “Summer Youth Conservatory,” a high school cast stars in the Broadway musical Violet. With music by Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, this fun musical stars young Ainsley Seiger… Read More ›

Ainsley Seiger stars as Violet and Presyce Baez (left) and Wilson Plonk star as Flick and Monty in the PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory production of Violet (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Teen Phenom Ainsley Seiger Tackles the Title Role in the PlayMakers SYC Production of Violet

The PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory (SYC) will tackle Violet, with a cast of high school actors under the direction of Matthew Steffens, on July 20-24 and 29-31 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. This 1997 Off-Broadway and 2014 Broadway musical features… Read More ›

PRC Serves Up a “Thinking Man’s” Sweeney Todd

Dark, deep, disturbing, and droll are the perfect words to describe Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, onstage now at Playmakers Repertory Company under the rich and vibrant direction of Jen Wineman. The musical, which tells the tragic and ultimately vengeful story of the title character,… Read More ›

Broadway veterans Annie Golden and David St. Louis star as Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Broadway’s David St. Louis and Annie Golden Star in Sweeney Todd March 30-April 23 at PlayMakers Rep

Broadway veterans David St. Louis and Annie Golden will star as the title character, the infamous barber-turned-serial killer Sweeney Todd, and his eager accomplice and partner-in-crime Mrs. Lovett, maker of “the worst pies in London,” in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s gala March 30-April 23 presentation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This award-winning… Read More ›

PlayMakers Rep’s Stellar Cast and Crew Make We Are Proud to Present … a Must-See Drama

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s provocative 2012 play, We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, from the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915, is about perspective. As we go about our daily lives, we sometimes forget about our perspective, and how… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company will stage We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, from the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 on Feb. 24-28 and March 1-6 and 8-13

In We Are Proud to Present …, a Play About African Genocide Forces the Actors to Confront Racism

When a group of actors assemble to perform a play about a long-ago incident of genocide in Namibia, they are forced to confront contemporary racism in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s upcoming production of We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, from the German Südwestafrika, Between… Read More ›

PlayMakers’ Three Sisters Is Chekhov at His Best

It would be so easy to do a bad job of producing Chekhov. In the wrong hands, these characters might seem silly; they might seem like two-dimensional “types”; they might even seem like exaggerated grotesques. At a bad performance, we would have found these characters uninteresting — their hopes and dreams, their problems, and their… Read More ›

The Three Sisters cast (from left) includes Arielle Yoder, Allison Altman, and Marinda Anderson as Masha, Irina, and Olga Prozorova and Joshua David Robinson as Aleksander Vershinin (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Vivienne Benesch Is Directing a New Version of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters for PlayMakers Rep

Vivienne Benesch will begin her tenure as PlayMakers Repertory Company’s new producing artistic director with a bold, new interpretation of Russian physician, playwright, and short story writer Anton Chekhov’s 1901 domestic drama, Three Sisters, based on a new version of this masterpiece of Chekhovian ennui adapted by Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director emerita Libby Appel… Read More ›

Peter and the Starcatcher stars (from left) Daniel Bailin as Prentiss, Arielle Yoder as Molly Aster, Evan Johnson as Peter, and Jorge Donoso as Ted (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Don’t Miss PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Fresh, New Take on Peter and the Starcatcher

When I was eight years old, my Gram took me to my first ever theater experience: Peter Pan the musical, starring Cathy Rigby. It ignited my love of theater, especially musical theater, and the story of Peter Pan would become a favorite of mine. This being the third production of Rick Elice’s Peter and the… Read More ›

Evan Johnson and Arielle Yoder star as Peter and Molly Aster (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep’s Peter and the Starcatcher Is a Whimsical, Hilarious Musical Prequel to Peter Pan

For its 2015 holiday show, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present Peter and the Starcatcher, a swashbuckling, knee-slapping prequel to the beloved 1904 stage play Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie (1860-1937). The show will preview on Nov. 18-21, officially open on Nov. 21, and then… Read More ›

Strong Performances Can’t Save Rebeck’s Bland “Seminar” Script

Imagine the most intense teacher you’ve ever had, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what Leonard (Ray Dooley), one of the main characters in Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, onstage now as part of Playmakers Repertory Company’s season, is like. Rebeck’s brief-but-dense play is quick and to the point, performed with no intermission and inviting… Read More ›