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NCCU Students Gave Strong, Nuanced Performances in Blues for an Alabama Sky

Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky, recently produced by the N.C. Central University Department of Theatre, is set in 1930s Harlem, as the Great Depression was stalling the 1920s African-American cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance and making things (as one of the characters says) “tough all over.” In this “two hours’ traffic,”… Read More ›

TheatreFEST 2019’s Bright Star Is a Must-See Musical

Bright Star, the concluding production of N.C. State University Theatre’s TheatreFest 2019, is a charming bluegrass musical, with music, book, and story by Steve Martin, and music, lyrics, and story Edie Brickell. Set here in North Carolina in the mid-1940s (with flashbacks to the early-1920s), Bright Star tells two very poignant and moving stories —… Read More ›

N.C. State University Theatre's TheatreFest 2018 production of Nunsense stars (from left) Kathy Norris, Lynda Clark, Riki Dows, Brett Williams, and JoAnne Dickinson (photo by Ron Foreman)

Nuns Are Dying to Have Fun in Dan Goggin’s Nunsense, Now Playing at TheatreFest 2018

The Nunsense franchise must be huge, for it includes a whole line of greeting cards as well as six sequels to the original Nunsense, which N.C. State University Theatre is currently presenting as part of TheatreFest 2018. Dan Goggin is the creative genius behind these entertainments, writing music and lyrics, and creating one of the… Read More ›

The 39 Steps stars (from left) Daryl Ray Carliles as Clown 2, Marisa Markoch as Annabella Schmidt et al., Jonathan King as Richard Hannay, and Gus Allen as Clown 1 (photo by Ron Foreman)

N.C. State University Theatre’s Spy Story, The 39 Steps, Unleashes Nonstop Laughter

The first thing that N.C. State University Theatre “regulars” will notice about The 39 Steps is the drastic “remodeling” done in the Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre in NCSU’s Frank Thompson Hall. Scenic designer Jayme Mellema has created an awesome replica of the interior of a 1935 theater in London’s West End, complete with balcony boxes and… Read More ›

Deathtrap stars Justin Brent Johnson (left) and Wade Newhouse (photo by Ron Foreman)

A Tight Script, Witty Dialogue, Devilish Plot Twists, and a Highly Skilled TheatreFest 2018 Cast Make Deathtrap a Delight

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines “death trap” as “a structure or situation that is potentially very dangerous to life.” Ira Levin’s Deathtrap — now playing in the Titmus Theatre in Frank Thompson Hall in Raleigh, NC as part of N.C. State University Theatre’s TheatreFest 2018 — is a play about writing a play called Deathtrap; and… Read More ›