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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stars Noah Weisberg (center) as Willy Wonka (photo by Joan Marcus)

Despite a Slow First Act, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Is a Tasty Treat

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, playing now through Sunday, Feb. 17th, at the Durham Performing Arts Center, as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series, is an imaginative evening of theater aimed at the child in all of us. Despite what some pacing issues, there were some genuinely fun moments in the first act…. Read More ›

DPAC’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Treats Viewers to a Truly Fantastical World of “Pure Imagination”

Almost everyone has seen some iteration of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Whether they’ve read Roald Dahl’s original book, watched the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, or have checked out the somewhat bizarre Tim Burton adaptation, it’s a fun and fantastical morality tale that most are familiar with. However, this familiar story takes on a… Read More ›

Miss Saigon stars Emily Bautista as Kim and Anthony Festa as Chris (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Miss Saigon at DPAC Is a Spectacular Musical That Explores the Plight of Refugees

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Miss Saigon debuted almost 30 years ago (14 years after the actual Vietnam War ended) and yet, director Laurence Connor’s updated 2018-19 Cameron Mackintosh and NETworks Presentations touring version of Miss Saigon, playing now through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series,… Read More ›

Miss Saigon stars Emily Bautista as Kim and Anthony Festa as Chris (photo by Matthew Murphy)

In Defense of DPAC’s Miss Saigon

Since its opening in 1989, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s tragic musical, Miss Saigon, has been attracting a strong mixture of both criticism and praise. The musical, based loosely on the opera Madame Butterfly, and onstage in a revamped production at DPAC, may still have some elements some viewers find troubling. However, the beautiful thing… Read More ›

Steeped in Tradition, DPAC’s Fiddler on the Roof Is Still Relevant and Engaging

Fiddler on the Roof has been considered a classic since its debut in 1964. Despite its place in the theatrical canon, however, it is not a show frequently staged in the Triangle area, with theatregoers preferring the new, hip, and edgy. However, DPAC’s Suntrust Broadway production of the classic, directed by Bartlett Sher, proves that… Read More ›