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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 ›

RLT Ends its Season with the Crowd-Pleasing Avenue Q

Opening on Broadway in 2003, Avenue Q features a book by Jeff Whitty (Bring it On: The Musical) and score by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx (The Book of Mormon, Disney’s Frozen). The sleeper hit surprised Tony® viewers by beating out mega-musical Wicked for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score. Given its puppeteering demands,… Read More ›

The Characterizations in A Piece of My Heart at RLT Are Clear and Emotionally Stirring

Raleigh Little Theatre closes its Sutton Series with a subset series concerning “Women and War,” the first play of which, A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro, based on the 1985 book by Keith Walker, opened Friday, May 5th, in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. This has been an infrequently treated aspect of war until… Read More ›

Scott Nagel (left) and Jesse R. Gephart star as Stanley Stubbers and Francis Henshall in Raleigh Little Theatre's production of One Man, Two Guvnors (photo by Duncan Jenner)

Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors Is Rollicking Good Fun for RLT Patrons

Based upon a zany Italian farce*, One Man, Two Guvnors is a bold choice for Raleigh Little Theatre. We think that director Rod Rich hits a home run with it. As the title suggests, the play is set in England, with British accents all around. It’s set in Brighton in 1963 to be exact —… 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 ›

Bare Theatre and RLT’s Henry VI Boasts Energetic, High-Level Performances

In the heat of the summer, the politics heats up as well; and Lucinda Danner Gainey — the director of Bare Theatre and Raleigh Little Theatre’s current joint production of Henry VI: War of the Roses, which concludes its two-week run on Aug. 4-7 in RLT‘s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre, casts an abbreviated version of… Read More ›

Teens in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Bat Boy Show the Grownups How It’s Done

Based on a 1992 Weekly World News tabloid story about a cave-dwelling half-bat, half-boy, Bat Boy: The Musical premiered in Los Angeles in 1997, followed by a nine-month Off-Broadway run in 2001. The show features a book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, composer of hit musicals Legally… 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 ›

Raleigh Little Theatre will present Beertown, devised by Washington, DC-based dog & pony dc, on May 12-15 and 19-22 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (photo by Daniel R. Winters Photography)

dog & pony dc’s Beertown at Raleigh Little Theatre Is an Experience Everyone Should "Drink In"

You don’t have to like beer to enjoy Beertown, devised by dog & pony dc and playing May 12-15 and 19-22 in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. So, come on down! You don’t have like town meetings or rituals and pageantry. You don’t have to like discussions about history and our perception of it… Read More ›

RLT's cast for Miss Nelson Is Missing! includes (from left) Michael McKenna as Adam, Connor Gerney as Gregory, Adeira Hunter as Allison, and Olivia Bouzigard as Cheryl (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

RLT’s Miss Nelson Is Missing! Is Not to Be Missed!

Last Sunday’s matinee performance of Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of Miss Nelson Is Missing! was an enjoyable “blast from the past” for this adult who remembers reading the imaginative children’s story in childhood. The RLT show not only brings these memories to life, but creates an experience all its own. The first thing that will… Read More ›

The 2016-17 Season at Raleigh Little Theatre

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 2016) – The 2016-17 season at Raleigh Little Theatre will include 11 plays, nine of which have never been produced before in the Theatre’s 80 year history. Of the plays for an adult audience, three will be performed for the first time by a local company. “This season is full of opportunities… 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 ›

The Monti presented A Fish Out of Water on Jan. 19th at Raleigh Little Theatre

Five Storytellers Bared Their Souls in The Monti: A Fish Out of Water on Jan. 19th at RLT

The Monti’s website tells us that it “is an organization whose mission is to create community through the telling of stories,” and that they “invite ordinary people to tell extraordinary stories.” The stories are always on a common theme, and they are always true. The Monti presented The Monti: Fish Out of Water at Raleigh… Read More ›

Stick Fly Is a Very Satisfying Play That Gives the Audience Much to Discuss on the Way Home

There are few plays about upper-class black American families, and playwright Lydia R. Diamond makes us wish that weren’t the case. Penetrating in ways the Huxtables never even came near, Raleigh Little Theatre production of Stick Fly peels back the humanity and fragility of human beings in the upper strata of life with no reservations… Read More ›

Jonathan King (left), Morrisa Nagel (center), and Sarah Beth Short star as Capt. Jack Absolute, Mrs. Malaprop, and Lydia Languish in The Rivals (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

“The Rivals” Is a Complicated, Witty, and Thoroughly Enjoyable 18th Century Comedy of Manners at RLT

Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre’s joint production of The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan is a witty and thoroughly enjoyable 18th century “Comedy of Manners,” which was said to have been George Washington’s favorite play. Director and Actors Comedy Lab co-founder Rod Rich, displays considerable talent in his staging of this show. Rich… Read More ›

“The Rivals” Is Delightfully Absurd Entertainment

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kurt Benrud is flying solo on this review. Ah! Eighteenth century comedy! In those days, animated cartoons had not yet been invented. So, artists such Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) used the medium now referred to as ” Comedy of Manners” to create such delights as Mrs. Malaprop and company in The Rivals. In… 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 ›

RLT's Teens on Stage's two-week run of "Runaways" ends on July 24-26 (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

RLT’s “Runaways” Suffers Due to a Weak Script

For its annual Teens On Stage production, Raleigh Little Theatre has chosen Runaways, written by Elizabeth Swados and directed by Linda O’Day Young. Runaways is more like performance art than a play; it chronicles the lives of a large group of homeless teens through song, dance, and brief vignettes into their lives. All of this… Read More ›

Wade Newhouse and Benji Taylor Jones star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (photo by Ron Yorgason)

Director Rebecca Blum’s Cast for Bare Theatre’s Presentation of “Macbeth” Is Superb

It’s safe to call Bare Theatre’s current presentation Macbeth, because the play is being performed outdoors in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre and not inside a theater, where there is an old theater superstition that speaking the play’s name aloud invites disaster. (Instead, the cast and crew refer to “The Scottish Play.”) After… Read More ›

Wade Newhouse and Benji Taylor Jones star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (photo by Ron Yorgason)

Strong Acting and Interesting Choices Make Bare Theatre’s “Macbeth” an Engaging Production

Directing a production of a play that “everybody is familiar with,” is a real challenge. Rebecca Blum takes the challenge in Bare Theatre’s current production of Macbeth; and, with the help of a dedicated and talented cast and crew, emerges victorious. With all-around acting as strong as what we saw in this production, it is… Read More ›

"The Velveteen Rabbit" stars Michael McKenna as Younger Steve (photo by David Watts)

RLT Creates a Magical Green World for “The Velveteen Rabbit” in Its Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre

There is something magical about the color green. It signifies spring and therefore new life. Many of William Shakespeare’s comedies include a midsection that is set in a “green world” — often a forest — where uplifting transformations take place. And, of course, most theaters have a “green room,” a sort of waiting room where… Read More ›

“The Velveteen Rabbit” Is an Endearing Show for Children of All Ages

The Velveteen Rabbit is a long-beloved children’s book by Margery Williams, first published in 1922. And, though it was published so many years ago, the story still resonates with children (and even adults) today. The story’s staying power and its ability to be both deep and thoughtful, while at the same time, serving as great… Read More ›

“Venus in Fur” Tries Too Hard

“Venus in Fur,” written in real life by David Ives and with this production directed by Rod Rich, zeroes in on a frustrated producer/director/writer, Thomas (Tony Lea), who is having trouble finding the perfect woman to cast in his play. Based on a sadomasochist novel, his play is all about a man who becomes a… Read More ›

Tony Lea and Diana Cameron McQueen star in David Ives' "Venus in Fur" (photo by Paul Cory)

The Title of David Ives’ “Venus in Fur” Is Bawdy — and So’s the Play — But It’s Funny and Insightful, Too

Venus in Fur is a 2012 Tony Award®-winning sizzler by David Ives, the prolific author of the famous “Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” and other short, witty plays with depth. Ninety minutes worth of allusions, verbal gymnastics, sexual innuendo, kinky references, and a bit of insight into gender wars, this joint Actors Comedy… Read More ›

“Mirandy and Brother Wind” Opens This Week at Raleigh Little Theatre

Another award-winning children’s book comes to life at Raleigh Little Theatre with Patricia McKissack’s Mirandy and Brother Wind.

Raleigh Little Theatre's upcoming production of "Desire Under the Elms" stars Brian Yandle Heather Strickland as Eben and Abbie (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Eugene O’Neill’s “Desire Under the Elms” Is a Backwoodsy, Brutal Classic, Now Playing at RLT

Kudos to Raleigh Little Theatre for shouldering a production of Desire Under the Elms by Nobel Laureate (and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner) Eugene O’Neill, America’s foremost playwright of the 20th century. His work was not easy to deal with in the early part of last century, and is even more difficult in the beginning of… Read More ›