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Sweet Tea and Baby Dreams Is Emotional and Hilarious, with Razor-Sharp Comedic Zingers

Every once in a while, I find myself missing “chick flicks,” whether they’re “romcoms” or ensemble pieces of the feel-good variety. I miss movies and media with a distinct three-act structure. I miss seeing stories that are genuinely funny with a sad center and a good resolution. Movies such as Music and Lyrics, Julie and… Read More ›

In Maribeth McCarthy’s Sweet Tea and Baby Dreams Blood Is Thicker Than Sweet Tea

What side of the Mason-Dixon line you’re from not only determines the sweetness of your tea, it may also determine how you define the word “Family.” Sweet Tea & Baby Dreams, written and directed by the highly energetic Maribeth McCarthy and completing its two-week run on Aug. 10-13 weekend in the Studio Theatre in Jones… Read More ›

The WTF’s Licked Cupcake Is Delightful

The Women’s Theatre Festival’s production of Licked Cupcake, playing now through Sunday, July 23rd, at the Sonorous Road Theatre & Film Studio in Raleigh, is a brand-new collaborative effort conceived by author Cori Vella and director Johannah Maynard Edwards and created by the members of the cast. On Thursday, July 13th, we had the privilege… Read More ›

The Women's Theatre Festival's cast for The Woodstock Tontine by Steffi Rubin includes (from left) Judy McCord, Jennifer Kuzma, Lisa Leonard, Julie Oliver, and Verlene Oates (photo by Steffi Rubin)

Steffi Rubin’s Woodstock Tontine Is an Emotional Journey of Love, Loss, and Friendship

The Women’s Theatre Festival’s production of The Woodstock Tontine, written by Steffi Rubin and directed by Lucia Foster, is a sentimental journey through friendship and life. Imagine a chance encounter with a random group of people who could not be more different from you. On the surface, the only things you have in common are:… Read More ›

The WTF’s Woodstock Tontine by Steffi Rubin Features Six Excellent Performances

The Woodstock Tontine is a new play, written by Steffi Rubin and presented on July 7-9 and 14-16 in Burning Coal Theatre Company‘s Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh as part of this year’s Women’s Theatre Festival. All of the festival’s shows are written and directed by women, and feature woman actors and behind-the-scenes talent. The… Read More ›

Space Girl Is a Queer, Punk, Satirical 2017 Sci-Fi Comedy by Pittsburgh Dramatist Mora V. Harris

A lesbian roller girl from the Planet Zlagdor? No, this is not an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. This is the Women’s Theatre Festival’s production of Space Girl, which concludes its two-week run on July 6-9 at the new Sonorous Road Theatre & Film Studio in The Royal Bakery Building at 3801 Hillsborough St… Read More ›

WTF’s Cozy New Adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Beloved 1868 Novel Little Women Is “Sensory Friendly”

We assumed that we would have to wait until Summer 2017 for any more work from the Women’s Theatre Festival, founded earlier this year by Ashley Popio. Surprisingly, and thankfully, that proved not to be the case. WTF is staging Little Women: A Holiday Performance and Tea on Dec. 8-11 and 15-18 in Sonorous Road… Read More ›

Ashley Popio founded the Women's Theatre Festival (photo by Liza Marie Photography)

What the Women’s Theatre Festival Did for Us

The North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival was formed to “create, produce, and promote extraordinary theatre by women.” Behind its design were 179 women from all over the Triangle area: writers, actors, producers, directors, designers, and technicians — all fighting for gender equality in the performing arts. I have been speaking with the creators, collaborators, and… Read More ›

The How and the Why stars Rozlyn Sorrell (left) and Carly P. Jones (photo by Paul Cory Photography)

Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why Features Top-Notch Acting and a Directorial Debut

“The times they are a-changin’” Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why is a perfect choice for the 2016 Women’s Theatre Festival, which features plays that are written by women, that are directed by women, that feature women, and that are focused on women’s issues. And this production scores on all counts. Zelda (played by… Read More ›

WTF’s Dance Revue, Music and the Mirror, Brings Broadway Songs to Life in a New Way

Broadway show tunes come to life in a new way in the Women’s Theatre Festival’s production of Music and the Mirror, a full-length revue told entirely in dance. Think of it as a Broadway’s greatest hits cabaret act, but skilled vocalists are replaced by skilled dancers. Solo, duo, trio, and larger group pieces are set… Read More ›

Naima Yetunde Ince Gets Good Work from Her Cast and Tightly Blocks Men Always Leave

The Women’s Theatre Festival’s production of Men Always Leave, written and directed by Naima Yetunde Ince, was originally scheduled to be performed Aug. 6th and 7th, in tandem with Carol Torian’s The Traditionalists, as one of a pair of plays exploring “the complexities of our closest relationships and the way cycles of violence and abandonment… Read More ›

Carol Torian’s The Traditionalists Provides Ample Food for Thought and Feeling

Produced as part of the Women’s Theatre Festival, Carol Torian’s one-act play The Traditionalists is definitely worth seeing. But beware; it is not a “feel-good” play. The script is powerful, shocking, and thought-provoking. The play’s subject is domestic abuse, and we are witnesses to one evening of it. The acting is phenomenal, and the pacing… Read More ›

An Extraordinary Show, The Traditionalists Stars Elaine Quagliata and Douglas Lally

The Traditionalists is a one-act play that was supposed to be one of two presented this past weekend and next, following the Women’s Theatre Festival’s 24-hour Occupy the Stage Event the previous weekend. A family emergency caused the postponement of Men Always Leave by Naima Yetunde Ince, which will be included in the Aug. 13th… Read More ›