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Andrea Syglowski as tackles the title role of former May Queen Jennifer Nash (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep’s May Queen Is Well-Produced, But Its Gender Politics Are Troubling

The May Queen, a comedy by Molly Smith Metzler, was originally commissioned in 2014 by the Chautauqua Theatre Company of Chautauqua, NY, under the direction of first-year PlayMakers Repertory Company artistic director Vivienne Benesch, who was then serving as artistic director of Chautauqua Theatre Company. The dramedy (it provokes as many tears as laughs) follows… Read More ›

Andrea Syglowski as tackles the title role of former May Queen Jennifer Nash (photo by Jon Gardiner)

In The May Queen at PlayMakers Rep, Playwright Molly Smith Metzler Speaks with a Singularly Funny, Very Human Voice

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of The May Queen, an original comedy by award-winning playwright Molly Smith Metzler, on Nov. 22, 23, 26, and 27 and Nov. 29-Dec. 4 and Dec. 6-11 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Originally commissioned… Read More ›

PlayMakers’ Three Sisters Is Chekhov at His Best

It would be so easy to do a bad job of producing Chekhov. In the wrong hands, these characters might seem silly; they might seem like two-dimensional “types”; they might even seem like exaggerated grotesques. At a bad performance, we would have found these characters uninteresting — their hopes and dreams, their problems, and their… Read More ›

The Three Sisters cast (from left) includes Arielle Yoder, Allison Altman, and Marinda Anderson as Masha, Irina, and Olga Prozorova and Joshua David Robinson as Aleksander Vershinin (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Vivienne Benesch Is Directing a New Version of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters for PlayMakers Rep

Vivienne Benesch will begin her tenure as PlayMakers Repertory Company’s new producing artistic director with a bold, new interpretation of Russian physician, playwright, and short story writer Anton Chekhov’s 1901 domestic drama, Three Sisters, based on a new version of this masterpiece of Chekhovian ennui adapted by Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director emerita Libby Appel… Read More ›

PlayMakers’ “Love Alone” Is an Authentic Study of Loss and Grief

What happens when a loved one goes to the hospital for a routine medical procedure and doesn’t come out alive? That question is beautifully and thoroughly examined by Deborah Salem Smith in her play “Love Alone,” onstage now at PlayMakers Repertory Company.