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Terrence McNally’s Clichéd Comedy It’s Only a Play at TIP Is Chock-Full of Inside Jokes

The opening weekend Sunday-matinee performance of It’s Only a Play offered a handful of laughs and a whole lot of celebrity name-dropping to patrons of Raleigh, NC’s beloved Theatre in the Park. While it is apparent that the cast, director, and production team at TIP are of the utmost talent and professionalism, playwright Terrence McNally’s… Read More ›

Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play Is Much More Than a Play — It’s a Triumph for TIP

Originally produced Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 and again Off-Broadway in 1986, It’s Only a Play by Terrence McNally was updated for Broadway in 2014. This revised version of the play, now on the boards at Theatre in the Park, boasts a cast that is a Who’s Who of North Carolina theater. The changes in the Broadway… Read More ›

Judy McLane stars as Maria Callas in Master Class (photo by Jennifer Griffin Robertson)

Judy McLane and Costars Demonstrate Remarkable Talent, Stage Presence, and Energy in Master Class at Theatre Raleigh

Terrence McNally excites audiences almost as much as he excites actors. He demands a lot of an actor, and Theatre Raleigh’s production of Master Class points this out to the extreme. On opening night at the Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh, NC, there was never a moment when our focus was not on the stage. The… Read More ›

Raleigh Little Theatre's community-theater presentation of Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons stars Rebecca Johnston as Katharine Gerard and Brian Westbrook as Cal Porter (photo by Elizabeth Anderson)

Raleigh Little Theatre’s Mothers and Sons Digs Deep

Raleigh Little Theatre’s “Season of Discovery” continues with its first City Series show, Mothers and Sons, staged in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. This one-act drama by American playwright Terrence McNally opened on Broadway in March of 2014, under the direction of Sheryl Kaller, who also directed the show’s New Hope, PA premiere one year prior…. Read More ›

Raleigh Little Theatre's Sept. 23-Oct. 9 production of Mothers and Sons will star (from left) Chris Maxwell as Will Ogden, Brian Westbrook as Cal Porter, Andrew Farmer as Bud Ogden-Porter, and Rebecca Johnston as Katharine Gerard (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

RLT’s Mothers and Sons Is a Riveting Drama, Laced with Humor and Some Tender Moments

NOTE: Pamela Vesper was not able to attend this performance. I was accompanied by Sharon Silcox. Her comments appear at the end of this article. — KB Mothers and Sons at Raleigh Little Theatre is an intense, riveting drama, laced with humor and some tender moments. When the curtain rises, it has been 20 years… Read More ›