University Theatre at N.C. State’s presentation Garson Kanin’s 1946 Broadway comedy, Born Yesterday, directed by Rachel Klem and presented as part of TheatreFest 2015, is a light-hearted story about how, even though powerful folks with money, money, money can buy friends, politicians, and even women, a former showgirl with a big heart and common sense… Continue reading “Born Yesterday” Is a Light and Breezy Comedy
Everyone goes a little crazy before a wedding, but perhaps none more so than Timothy Westerby (Mark Filiaci). On the day of his daughter’s wedding, the central character of Ray Cooney and John Chapman’s There Goes the Bride takes a knock to the head. Suddenly, he’s seeing, hearing, and even dancing with the 1920s flapper… Continue reading University Theatre’s “There Goes the Bride” Falls Flat
University Theatre at N.C. State’s smartly staged production of The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon is the third — and best — presentation of TheatreFest 2012: A Knockout Season of Dueling Duos. David Ring and John Boni give stellar performances as former Vaudeville partners Willie Clark and Al Lewis, known in their prime as The Sunshine Boys.
The third and final production of TheatreFest 2012: A Knockout Season of Dueling Duos will be “The Sunshine Boys,” Broadway King of Comedy Neil Simon’s 1972 backstage comedy about feuding former Vaudeville partners, which University Theatre at N.C. State will perform on June 14-15, 17, and 20-24 in the Titmus Theatre in Frank Thompson Hall on the NCSU campus.
Raised by a flamboyant single mother, who supported herself and her daughter by performing all-female productions of Shakespeare’s plays in rural France, Lettice Douffet comes by her grandiose Drama Queen gestures honestly; and JoAnne Dickinson makes her a real pip. But it is Lynda Clark who steals the show as the straitlaced Lotte Schoen loosens up, and confesses to a misspent youth that matches — and, in some cases, exceeds — the checkered past of Lettice Douffet.