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Sonorous Road Ends Its Oberlin Road Tenure with Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men

Note: This script fits perfectly into Sonorous Road Productions’ mission of offering engaging, thought-provoking theater. Merry Christmas! And welcome to Ed’s place! Ed is a widower, Matt (his oldest adult son) has moved back in with him, and Matt’s two brothers (Jake and Drew) have come to visit. They’ll be having a Christmas Eve dinner… Read More ›

Sonorous Road Examines the Privilege of Straight White Men

“I don’t think this is gonna be a good conversation.” Political debate around the dinner table is inadvisable. At best, it leads to indigestion. At worst, relationships are irreparably damaged.   Sonorous Road Productions’ final mainstage show at its Oberlin Road location (they move to Hillsborough street next month) is the regional premiere of Straight… Read More ›

David Hudson, Courtney Christison, and Beau Clark’s Ensemble Work in The God Game at Sonorous Road Is Absolutely Amazing

I remember that in my high school Law and Justice class, my teacher asked a simple question, “How many of you would vote for an atheist presidential nominee?” When I looked around the classroom, I found that there were only two hands were raised with mine, which ultimately was not that surprising. Suzanne Bradbeer, in… Read More ›

Suzanne Bradbeer’s The God Game Is Aptly Named, Brilliantly Written, and Expertly Performed at Sonorous Road Theatre

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….” — First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It’s always fun to attend a game, especially when it’s well-played, when all of the players go all out, when every aspect of the game is at its best. Likewise, it… Read More ›

Allan Maule’s EverScape Is a 90-Minute Escape for All of Us

EverScape, written by Allan Maule, contains an interesting line. One of the characters states that “our grandparents” sought escape in movies, “our parents” sought escape through television, and “we” (the play’s protagonists, presumably the current generation) seek escape in online video games. We would add to this list another, older form of escape — live… Read More ›

EverScape stars George Labusohr and Hilary Edwards (photo by John Foote)

Allan Maule’s Ingenious EverScape Is the Theatrical Event of the Season

EverScape, written by Triangle native Allan Maule, premiered at the 2015 New York Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) and was named one of the festival’s “Must-See” Shows (an honor given to only 5 of the nearly 200 productions). Maule is an actor, writer, and video game enthusiast whose personal and professional experiences have informed this extraordinarily unique… Read More ›

EverScape Is a Witty and Delightful Comedy with Serious Social Overtones

Award winning, North Carolina educated and based playwright Allan Maule has served up a witty and delightful comedy with serious social overtones in his new show, EverScape, whose North Carolina premiere is being jointly presented on Oct. 6-23 by Bare Theatre and Sonorous Road Theatre. The play was a smash hit at the 2015 New… Read More ›

Lungs at Sonorous Road: It All Started at IKEA

Sonorous Road Productions opened its 2016-17 season on Friday, Sept. 9th, with the regional premiere of Duncan Macmillan’s 2014 play Lungs. Even though there are plenty of comic moments to keep the mood light, our main reason for recommending it is, it is a “thought piece.” When the curtain rises, an unnamed modern-day couple is… Read More ›

Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs Is a Laugh-a-Minute Funny Spoof of Political Correctness

Lungs by Duncan Macmillan, which opened on Friday, Sept. 9th, is another outstanding production of the relatively new Sonorous Road Theatre, located near the roundabout on Oberlin Road. Sonorous Road Productions was founded by Michelle Murray Wells, just down the street from the eponymous Roundabout Art Collective a couple of years ago. Lungs is a… Read More ›

The How and the Why stars Rozlyn Sorrell (left) and Carly P. Jones (photo by Paul Cory Photography)

Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why Features Top-Notch Acting and a Directorial Debut

“The times they are a-changin’” Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why is a perfect choice for the 2016 Women’s Theatre Festival, which features plays that are written by women, that are directed by women, that feature women, and that are focused on women’s issues. And this production scores on all counts. Zelda (played by… Read More ›

WTF’s Dance Revue, Music and the Mirror, Brings Broadway Songs to Life in a New Way

Broadway show tunes come to life in a new way in the Women’s Theatre Festival’s production of Music and the Mirror, a full-length revue told entirely in dance. Think of it as a Broadway’s greatest hits cabaret act, but skilled vocalists are replaced by skilled dancers. Solo, duo, trio, and larger group pieces are set… Read More ›

In the Open Doors Short Play Festival, the Great Overwhelms the Not-So-Great

Sonorous Road Productions in Raleigh is a relatively new theater space in the Triangle, but it has really jumped in and made a big splash on the local theater scene. Not only has it offered a wonderful and eclectic lineup of shows; but it regularly sponsors workshops and classes, and shares its gorgeous space with… Read More ›

Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie Is a Surprising Little Gem

Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953), a towering figure in American theater, wrote about 17 of its best known plays, and almost everyone is familiar with some of them, such as Desire Under the Elms, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Ah, Wilderness!, Mourning Becomes Electra, The Iceman Cometh, and Anna Christie. Lesser known are his one-acts, and Hughie… Read More ›

South Stream Productions’ Presentation of Hughie by Eugene O’Neill Is Another Hit at Sonorous Road

In South Stream Productions’ current presentation of Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie, now playing at Sonorous Road Productions in Raleigh, under the direction of Andy Hayworth, Brook North and David Klionsky swap roles for alternating performances. On opening night (May 27th), North played Erie, and Klionsky played The Night Clerk. When the curtain rises, it’s three o’clock… Read More ›

Sonorous Road Productions’ Students Get an A+ for Their Performances in Anne of Green Gables

The students of Sonorous Road Productions deserved every bit of the resounding applause they received for their work on Anne of Green Gables, written and directed by Michelle Murray Wells. The play, adapted from the 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, tells the story of 11-year-old orphan Anne Shirley. She has been mistakenly sent to… Read More ›

Mortall Coile Theatre Company's presentation of "Master Harold" ... and the boys by Athol Fugard stars Ben Pluska (center) as Hally and Gil Faison (right) as Sam (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Mortall Coile’s Rendition of Athol Fugard’s "Master Harold" … and the boys Is Most Impressive

Mortall Coile Theatre Company’s presentation of South African dramatist Athol Fugard’s 1982 play, “Master Harold” … and the boys, takes place on a rainy afternoon in 1950 in South Africa during the the country’s infamous apartheid era. Its protagonist, “Hally,” is the 17-year-old son of the owners of St. George’s Park Tea Room in Port… Read More ›

Mortall Coile Theatre Company’s "Master Harold" … and the boys Is a Masterpiece!

On Thursday, April 14th, Mortall Coile Theatre Company founder and artistic director Jesse R. Gephart said, “I’ve waited two years to produce this show,” during his opening-night statement for “Master Harold” … and the boys, which he also directed. Well, we are here to tell you: it was worth the wait — the production is… Read More ›

Splendid Notions Was Impressive, Interesting, and Fun, But Not Without a Few Problems

When was the last time you attended a play written by, directed by, and starring a 15-year-old? That’s impressive. Longleaf School of the Arts student Sacred Swindell wrote, directed, and starred in Splendid Notions: An Actor’s Ascent. With the help of fellow students, he produced it on March 11-13 at Sonorous Road Productions in Raleigh…. Read More ›

A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters Are Letters That Are Easy to Love

In recent years, this area has been blessed with productions of works by A.R. Gurney, notably: The Dining Room and Scenes from American Life. Under the direction of Rebecca Blum, Bare Theatre’s production of Gurney’s Love Letters at Sonorous Road Productions in Raleigh joins them as a blessing to the local stage. The show is… Read More ›

Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still Probes the Depths of Human Experience

Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still, produced by South Stream Productions and performed at Sonorous Road Productions’ theater, shows characters in extraordinary circumstances; but their situations invite us to examine our own lives in our own “ordinary” circumstances. Margulies’ writing is nothing short of spectacular. He has laced the drama with witty dialogue and humorous situations;… Read More ›

The Time Stands Still cast includes (from left) John Honeycutt, Katie Barrett, and Olivia Griego

Donald Margulies’ 2009 Drama, Time Stands Still, Grapples with Several Contemporary Issues

Donald Margulies, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Dinner with Friends, likes to investigate the forces behind contemporary marriages and their disintegration or sustenance. He is insightful and delicate in the peeling back of characters and motivations. In the current South Stream Productions presentation of Time Stands Still, play now through Jan. 17th at Sonorous Road Productions… Read More ›

George Brant’s Grounded, Starring Michelle Murray Wells, Deserves Much Larger Audiences

Sonorous Road Productions, resident company at Sonorous Road Theatre at 209 Oberlin Rd. in Raleigh, is the creation of Michelle Murray Wells, a Meredith College graduate who took her Master at Arts at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She opened the theater in August, offering classes in theater acting, film acting, and production for both… Read More ›

Sonorous Road Productions’ Presentation of Grounded: Wow! All We Can Say Is Wow!

Sonorous Road Productions’ latest offering, Grounded by George Brant, is a stunning journey into the psyche of a female U.S. Air Force fighter-pilot (played by Sonorous Road’s founder and artistic director Michelle Murray Wells). We are never told her name. She is simply known as “The Pilot”; and as she stands alone on the stage,… Read More ›

Raleigh’s Brand-New Sonorous Road Productions Debuts with Amy Herzog’s 2011 Drama Belleville

The Triangle is an active arena for the arts with plays, films, musical productions, gallery openings, dance, and literary events scheduled every night of the week. Each event usually boasts a healthy audience of arts aficionados who attend, discuss, and appreciate both the Broadway-caliber shows as well as the local talent. When a new venue… Read More ›