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PlayMakers Rep Milks Some Hearty Chuckles, and Maybe a Tear or Two, from Dairyland

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s world premiere of Dairyland, a comedy written by Heidi Armbruster and directed by PlayMakers‘ producing artistic director Vivienne Benesch, is all about Allie, a NYC food critic who is searching to find authenticity in a world of online dating, journalistic infighting, and over-hyped media. As she struggles to cope, her journey takes… Read More ›

PlayMakers’ Dairyland Proves Complex, But Intriguing

PlayMakers‘ world premiere of Dairyland, a new play by Heidi Armbruster, opens on young-ish Allie (Claire Karpen) on a tense first date. Described by said date as “scrappy” and definitely qualifying as spunky, Karpen’s characterization of Allie makes her instantly likeable, which is helpful for the many character flaws that will be presented later in… Read More ›

PlayMakers’ Dairyland Is the Cream of the Crop!

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s current production of Dairyland is a world premiere comedy by Heidi Armbruster! It’s Ray Dooley’s 100th show at PlayMakers Rep! And PRC producing artistic director Vivienne Benesch directs! Dairyland is a delightful, endearing, and enlightening offbeat “coming-to-terms” type of comedy in which a “first generation” New Yorker finds herself drawn back to… Read More ›

PlayMakers Rep will stage Bertolt Brecht's Life of Galileo, adapted by Joseph Discher and directed by Vivienne Benesch, on March 5-10 and 12-17 in the Paul Green Theatre in UNC-Chapel Hill's Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art (photo by HuthPhoto)

PlayMakers Rep Presents Two Distinct "Slices" of the Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

“Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes (Religion is the opiate of the people)” — Karl Marx (1818-83) — Cutting to the chase, PlayMakers Repertory Company’s current offering, Life of Galileo, is definitely worth seeing. PRC producing artistic director Vivienne Benesch directs Joseph Discher’s adaptation of Marxist East German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s 1943 play,… Read More ›

Tangela Large (center) stars as Selah in Leaving Eden at PlayMakers Rep (photo by HuthPhoto)

PlayMakers Rep’s Riveting Leaving Eden Is Fast-Paced, Entertaining, and Thought-Provoking

Last Saturday, opening night of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Leaving Eden — written by Mike Wiley and directed by Vivienne Benesch, with music and lyrics by Laurelyn Dossett — began with the offstage rhythm of a strong tribal drumbeat and ended with a standing ovation from the near-sellout crowd. Between the initial beating of the drum… Read More ›