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The cast of the little independent theatre's world premiere of Conversations with Hitler includes (from left) Livian Kennedy, Liza Guzman, Noelle Barnard Azarelo, Roberto Diaz, Justin Peoples, and Jim Azarelo

LIT’s Conversations with Hitler Is an Epic and Absurdist But Confusing Look at Prison Life

The little independent theatre’s world-premiere production of Conversations with Hitler by Steven R. Bond is a work more than eight months in the making. Bond based this play on a real playwriting support group that he attended, and collaborated with director Julya M. Mirro on this epic and absurdist look into life in prison. Mirro… Read More ›

Conversations with Hitler Has Its Good Points, But Its Drawbacks Create Confusion

Note: We discovered, after the fact, that the Facebook page for this event includes the suggestion: “for an immersive experience, plan to arrive 30 minutes early, meeting around back in the garage.” Unaware, we arrived a scant 15 minutes early, in the middle of this preshow experience and kind of had to play catch-up. Conversations… Read More ›

Space Girl Is a Queer, Punk, Satirical 2017 Sci-Fi Comedy by Pittsburgh Dramatist Mora V. Harris

A lesbian roller girl from the Planet Zlagdor? No, this is not an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. This is the Women’s Theatre Festival’s production of Space Girl, which concludes its two-week run on July 6-9 at the new Sonorous Road Theatre & Film Studio in The Royal Bakery Building at 3801 Hillsborough St… Read More ›

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 ›

Jill Cromwell (left) and Benji Jones star as Agnes and Dr. Livingston (photo by David Leone)

Forest Moon Theater’s Deeply Engaging Agnes of God Moves to Sonorous Road on Feb. 23-26

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace. The name of John Pielmeier’s Tony Award®-winning play, Agnes of God… Read More ›

Forest Moon Theater's production of Agnes of God, directed by Bob Baird, stars (from left) Benji Jones as Dr. Livingston, Jill Cromwell as Agnes, and Gilly Conklin as Mother Miriam (photo by David Leone)

Three Fine Actresses Resurrect John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God for the Forest Moon Theater

Three fine actresses resurrect John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God for Wake Forest, NC’s Forest Moon Theater. Pielmeier’s 1979 drama, runs through Feb. 19th at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre and will then run from Feb. 23rd through the 26th at Sonorous Road Theatre on Oberlin Road in Raleigh. The title is a pun on the… 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 ›

South Stream Productions’ Blackbird Takes Flight at Sonorous Road Theatre

South Stream Productions has another hit on its hands with Blackbird, a powerful examination of an inappropriate relationship between Ray, a 40-year-old man, and Una, a 12-year-old child, who was the daughter of a neighbor. From the first scene, the audience is uncomfortably riveted as these two characters navigate through an extremely awkward encounter many… Read More ›

John Honeycutt and Katie Barrett sparkle in Blackbird (photo by Jennifer Sanderson)

John Honeycutt and Katie Barrett Give Tour-de-Force Performances in Blackbird

South Stream Productions raises questions, questions, questions. Playwright David Harrower lives up to his name with a crushing journey through a scarily delicate topic. Blackbird is a play that premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005. (It is reported the play’s title comes from having the song “Bye Bye, Blackbird” playing as Harrower wrote… Read More ›

South Stream Productions’ Blackbird Is an Emotional Roller-Coaster

South Stream Productions’ Blackbird, a 2005 one-act drama by Scottish playwright and screenwriter David Harrower, is inspired by the 2002 abduction of a 12-year-old British girl by a former U.S. Marine. The subject of Harrower’s play is an intense reunion between a sex offender and his former victim. South Stream Productions’ director and scenic designer… Read More ›

WTF’s Cozy New Adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Beloved 1868 Novel Little Women Is “Sensory Friendly”

We assumed that we would have to wait until Summer 2017 for any more work from the Women’s Theatre Festival, founded earlier this year by Ashley Popio. Surprisingly, and thankfully, that proved not to be the case. WTF is staging Little Women: A Holiday Performance and Tea on Dec. 8-11 and 15-18 in Sonorous Road… Read More ›

Seth and Rebecca Blum star as Richard III and Queen Margaret (photo by G. Todd Buker)

Bare Theatre’s Post-Apocalyptic Production of Richard III Is Overlong, Needs Pruning

After its epic 2016 outdoor production of Henry VI: The War of the Roses this summer, Bare Theatre has slid into the rise and fall of the next monarchy. Now, in a time of peace (after the War of the Roses officially ended), Richard III is more House of Cards than Game of Thrones. Clawing… Read More ›

Rebecca and Seth Blum star as Queen Margaret and Richard III (photo by John Foote)

Strong Acting Makes Bare Theatre’s Production of Shakespeare’s Richard III Another Success

There is a challenge inherent in any production of a play by William Shakespeare: How to make it fresh and interesting for the “old-timer” Shakespeare fans while remaining true-to-the-text and making it accessible to the first-timers. Director Lucinda Danner Gainey succeeds in this endeavor, royally, in Bare Theatre’s current presentation of Richard III! The lengthy… Read More ›

Seth A. Blum plays the title character in Richard III (photo by G. Todd Buker)

Bare Theatre’s Richard III at Sonorous Road Theatre Is a Show That Should Be Seen

Our country right now, the national atmosphere, our history, most literature, and contemporary mass entertainment are all filled with the wrestling for power for reasons of ambition and personal gain. Bare Theatre’s production of Richard III tells the story of King Richard III of England (1452-85), according to William Shakespeare; and whether by design or… 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 ›