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Theatre Raleigh Creates a Magical, Musical Midsummer Night’s Dream Like None Other

“Up and down, up and down, I will lead them up and down, I am feared in field in town. Goblin, lead them up and down.” — Puck; Act III, Scene II           These lines, spoken by the mischievous Puck are musical and magical — almost Seussian in nature — and beg to be delivered… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Is Lots of Fun for Old and Young

We think that Young Willy Shakespeare would have loved what Lauren Kennedy Brady and Morgan Parpan have done to his great comedy, or rather to A Thirty-Minute Dream, which Bill Tordoff adapted from The Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The show, which lasts for not quite an hour, and is aimed directly at the young… Read More ›

Allison Altman and Jenny Latimer star as Viola and Olivia in PlayMakers Rep's all-star presentation of Twelfth Night (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep’s Production of Twelfth Night Is Entertaining, But Offers Nothing New

“What is decreed must be; and be this so.” Countess Olivia’s point is well-made: what is meant to happen will happen. This appears to have been PlayMakers Repertory Company’s philosophy when staging its new production of Twelfth Night. Follow the playbook. Originally written for the close of the Christmas season, circa 1601-02, Twelfth Night, or… Read More ›

Twelfth Night stars Jenny Latimer as Olivia and Michael Keyloun as Feste (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep Opens Its All-Star Production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on March 1st

On March 1-5, 7-12, and 14-19, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present an all-star modern-dress production of Twelfth Night, a rollicking 17th century romantic comedy by English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare (1564-1616), in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Originally written for the close… Read More ›

The cast includes (from left) Daryl Ray Carliles, Lorelei Lemon, and Greg Guiliano

Hold on to Your Seat as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Takes Off

For the next few weeks, a trio of actors — Lorelei Lemon, Greg Guiliano, and Daryl Ray Carliles — will take Cary Players patrons on a madcap 90-minute ride through all 37 plays of William Shakespeare as they perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. You do the math, and then hold onto… Read More ›

Performing the "Othello Rap" are (from left) Greg Guiliano, Daryl Ray Carliles, and Lorelei Lemon

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) Is a Zany, High-Energy Roller-Coaster Ride

Who in the world thought performing 37 Shakespearean plays in 90 minutes, with only three actors, was a good idea? Lucky for us, the Sonoma, CA-based Reduced Shakespeare Company did. In 1987, they created The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. On Feb. 17-19 and 24-26,… Read More ›

Seth and Rebecca Blum star as Richard III and Queen Margaret (photo by G. Todd Buker)

Bare Theatre’s Post-Apocalyptic Production of Richard III Is Overlong, Needs Pruning

After its epic 2016 outdoor production of Henry VI: The War of the Roses this summer, Bare Theatre has slid into the rise and fall of the next monarchy. Now, in a time of peace (after the War of the Roses officially ended), Richard III is more House of Cards than Game of Thrones. Clawing… Read More ›

Rebecca and Seth Blum star as Queen Margaret and Richard III (photo by John Foote)

Strong Acting Makes Bare Theatre’s Production of Shakespeare’s Richard III Another Success

There is a challenge inherent in any production of a play by William Shakespeare: How to make it fresh and interesting for the “old-timer” Shakespeare fans while remaining true-to-the-text and making it accessible to the first-timers. Director Lucinda Danner Gainey succeeds in this endeavor, royally, in Bare Theatre’s current presentation of Richard III! The lengthy… Read More ›

Seth A. Blum plays the title character in Richard III (photo by G. Todd Buker)

Bare Theatre’s Richard III at Sonorous Road Theatre Is a Show That Should Be Seen

Our country right now, the national atmosphere, our history, most literature, and contemporary mass entertainment are all filled with the wrestling for power for reasons of ambition and personal gain. Bare Theatre’s production of Richard III tells the story of King Richard III of England (1452-85), according to William Shakespeare; and whether by design or… Read More ›

Little Green Pig’s Maccountant Is a Bloody, Funny Shakespearean Tale

It’s not a new idea: updating a Shakespearean classic for a modern audience. A change in setting and style can make the language more accessible to our lazy ears. And so it is with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern’s current production of Maccountant, playing Sept. 3, 8-10, and 15-17 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham…. Read More ›

Bare Theatre and RLT’s Henry VI Boasts Energetic, High-Level Performances

In the heat of the summer, the politics heats up as well; and Lucinda Danner Gainey — the director of Bare Theatre and Raleigh Little Theatre’s current joint production of Henry VI: War of the Roses, which concludes its two-week run on Aug. 4-7 in RLT‘s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre, casts an abbreviated version of… Read More ›

An Honest Pint of Hamlet at William Peace University’s Leggett Theater

Among the challenges inherent in producing a classic such as Hamlet is this question: how do you make it fresh and interesting for seasoned Shakespeare fans while keeping it “true to the script” and also rendering it accessible to newcomers? Honest Pint Theatre Company’s “uncut” version of Hamlet, playing now through July 31st in the… Read More ›

This Uncut Hamlet Is an Extraordinary Experience for Honest Pint Patrons

Honest Pint Theatre Company will be performing an unusual version of Hamlet, William Shakespeare’s powerful play, at the Leggett Theater on William Peace University campus through July 31st. This is an extraordinary experience for several reasons. From the program, we get this caveat: “This Hamlet is a marriage of two traditions, hopefully, a black and… Read More ›

Honest Pint’s Uncut Version of Hamlet Is Engaging, Surprising, and Funny

When Honest Pint Theatre Company of Raleigh, NC, announced its plan to stage an uncut version of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, I immediately felt a sense of excitement and skepticism. Excited that I would get to see it. Skeptical that anyone else would want to. Many know the basics of Hamlet: son of slain king seeks… Read More ›

Bare Theatre’s Two Gentlemen of Verona Is a Light-Hearted Early Shakespearean Frolic

Carmen-Maria Mandley founded Bare Theatre in 2001, to perform a reading of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, and that encouraged her to try Much Ado About Nothing a little later. The company sort of languished until 2005, when Heather J. Strickland joined Mandley, and G. Todd Buker became the company composer and created the music for Titus… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage George Balanchine's ballet based Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream May 12-15 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Carolina Ballet Ends Its Stupendous Season with Balanchine’s Version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Filled as it was with nods to William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, Carolina Ballet’s 2015-16 “Season of Drama” is ending appropriately with the delightful and magical ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as choreographed by the great George Balanchine. With this season’s offerings ranging from this light-and-lovely comedy to the darkly tragic… Read More ›

Marcelo Martinez and Lara O'Brien starred as Lord and Lady Macbeth (photo by Armes Photography)

Carolina Ballet "Seizes the Power" with an Amazing Macbeth

In a tour de force performance, punctuated by stunning sets, haunting music, and powerful balletic drama, The Carolina Ballet thrilled the Durham Performing Arts Center during the Sunday, May 1st, matinee of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The play is the capstone of a tribute to Shakespeare that has spanned artistic director and choreographer Robert Weiss’ plans… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will present Robert Weiss' "dance meditation," inspired by Paul Moravec's 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning score, Tempest Fantasy, on March 3-6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh

Tempest Fantasy Continues Carolina Ballet’s Shakespeare Theme March 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20

Carolina Ballet artistic director and choreographer Robert Weiss has created a Shakespearean theme this year to honor William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 1616; and the latest ballet showcases another of The Bard of Avon’s great plays: The Tempest. Accompanying the nod to the master’s Tempest is a new… Read More ›

William Peace Theatre’s Production of Twelfth Night Is a Raucous Romp Through the 1980s

William Peace Theatre Company’s collegiate production of Twelfth Night is a raucous romp through the 1980s. Duke Orsino plays “air guitar” as he feasts on “the food of love.” The Clown could be aptly renamed “M.C.” Feste. Sir Andrew Aguecheek indulges in break dancing when he decides to prove that he “can cut a caper.” “Yellow… Read More ›

Bare Theatre’s Titus Andronicus at Common Ground Theatre in Durham Is Shakespeare with a Twist

In true-to-form Bare Theatre style, this all-female production of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus begins with a bang! The preshow curtain speech has aspects of a “pep talk,” and Friday night’s audience responded enthusiastically. Then Saturninus and Bassianus burst into to theater, campaigning for the office of Emperor. They shake hands with audience members, give them… Read More ›

Rebecca Blum (center) stars as illustrious Roman general Titus Andronicus (photo by Yorgason Photography)

Bare Theatre’s All-Female Production of Titus Andronicus Makes an Indelible Impression

Titus Andronicus is a perfect entertainment for closing out the Halloween season. There is blood and gore galore, but Bare Theatre has managed to keep the graphical part of gore to a minimum. Titus Andronicus is considered to be the Bard’s least performed play. Originally, it was very popular, written, some say, to join the… Read More ›

Much Ado About Something! One Song Productions Does It Again, This Time at The ArtsCenter!

As we previously surmised, the One Song Productions performance of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing lived up to our expectations and, in fact, exceeded them! With the largest cast that we’ve seen One Song put on stage yet, they kept the pace moving quickly, the story involving, and the humor rolling. Scene changes are… Read More ›

One Song Productions Sets Shakespeare’s c. 1598-99 Comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” in 1987

Once again the local teenagers banded together as One Song Productions are taking on the challenge of producing quality theater, this time at the The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. In their upcoming modern-dress production of Much Ado About Nothing, several cast members are enrolled in universities, which may enhance the already usually excellent performances that we… Read More ›

Wade Newhouse and Benji Taylor Jones star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (photo by Ron Yorgason)

Director Rebecca Blum’s Cast for Bare Theatre’s Presentation of “Macbeth” Is Superb

It’s safe to call Bare Theatre’s current presentation Macbeth, because the play is being performed outdoors in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre and not inside a theater, where there is an old theater superstition that speaking the play’s name aloud invites disaster. (Instead, the cast and crew refer to “The Scottish Play.”) After… Read More ›

Wade Newhouse and Benji Taylor Jones star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (photo by Ron Yorgason)

Strong Acting and Interesting Choices Make Bare Theatre’s “Macbeth” an Engaging Production

Directing a production of a play that “everybody is familiar with,” is a real challenge. Rebecca Blum takes the challenge in Bare Theatre’s current production of Macbeth; and, with the help of a dedicated and talented cast and crew, emerges victorious. With all-around acting as strong as what we saw in this production, it is… Read More ›

Tara Nicole Williams and Jake Sheffer star as Pompey the clown and the goofy constable Elbow in "Measure for Measure" (photo by Ron Yorgason)

Bare Theatre Pays Tribute to the Bard by Staging “Measure for Measure” at the Varsity Theatre

Bare Theatre, which is known for its exciting adaptations of William Shakespeare’s work, sets Measure for Measure in the 1920s, and performs its modern-dress production — replete with jazz music and flapper costumes — in Chapel Hill’s Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street, a movie theater in a building built in 1927. Measure for Measure, which… Read More ›

Victor Rivera and Rebecca Blum star as Claudio and Isabella in "Measure for Measure" (photo by Ron Yorgason)

Bare Theatre Sets Its Imaginative Presentation of “Measure for Measure” in Paris in the 1920s

In the words of T.S. Eliot: “Let us go then, you and I …” to Bare Theatre’s modern-dress presentation of Measure for Measure at the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill. If we told you that you could spend an evening watching a play about Lust, Chastity, Politics, Justice, Injustice, Deception, Forgiveness, Capital Punishment, Sex, Extortion,… Read More ›

The Aquila Theatre cast for a previous production of "The Tempest" included (from left) Calder Shilling, Michael Ring (who plays Antonio/Stephano on tour), Lizzy Dive, James Lavender (who plays Prospero on tour), and Kali Hughes (photo by Richard Termine)

Desiree Sanchez’s Bold, Beautiful Interpretation of “The Tempest” Explores Brave New Worlds Feb. 27th

The critically acclaimed Aquila Theatre of New York City will present its artistic director Desiree Sanchez’s bold and beautiful interpretation of The Tempest, a revenge fantasy that many scholars consider to be he valedictory drama by English playwright and poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616), at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27th, in the Titmus Theatre in… Read More ›

Patrick Torres became Raleigh Little Theatre's 14th artistic director in March 2014

New RLT Artistic Director Patrick Torres’ Inaugural Show, “Much Ado About Nothing,” Is a Smash Hit!

Patrick Torres, the new artistic director of Raleigh Little Theatre, told us in the interview below that he wished to continue RLT‘s legacy. His inaugural show, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, indicates adherence to his words. The complicated story of two couples — one pair a confirmed bachelor and a bachelorette discovering love, the… Read More ›

Emily Rose White and Joey Heyworth play star-crossed lovers Juliet and Romeo for Burning Coal in William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" (photo by photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

There Is Only One Word for Burning Coal Theatre Company’s “Romeo & Juliet,” and It is “Wow!”

There is only one word for Burning Coal Theatre Company’s current production of Romeo & Juliet, and it is “Wow!” Emily Ranii so emphasizes the beauty of The Bard’s language, poetry, emotional universe, and movements that it becomes this cast’s possession for two hours. And they share it with us in abandon. Ranii herself is… Read More ›