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Month: October 2012


“Flight” Hits Some Turbulence

In “Flight,” Denzel Washington unapologetically drinks, smokes marijuana, snorts cocaine, lies, convinces others to lie on his behalf and pretty much acts like an awful human being for the entire film. The only thing he does do right is crash an airplane. And oh, what a crash it is. In one of the most suspenseful… Read More ›


The era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation come vividly to life in the world-premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

The "Jersey Boys" are (from left) Jason Kappus as Bob Gaudio, Colby Foytik as Tommy DeVito, Brad Weinstock as Frankie Valli, and Brandon Andrus as Nick Massi (photo by Joan Marcus)

Oh, What a Show: “Jersey Boys” Will Rock Durham Performing Arts Center for 24 Shows Oct. 30-Nov. 18

On Oct. 30-Nov. 4 and Nov. 6-11 and 13-18, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present “Jersey Boys,” a rousing backstage musical based on the meteoric rise of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons from the mean streets of Mafia-infested neighborhoods of Newark, NJ, to international stardom. “Jersey Boys” is not just another jukebox musical; it is an unflinching look at the origins of the American super-group The Four Seasons, and it is R-rated for language.

The cast of "The Imaginary Invalid" includes Kathryn Hunter-Williams (left) as Klytemnestra, Steven Epp as Argon, Molly Ward as Toinette (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep’s Premiere of David Ball’s Zany New Adaptation of Molière’s “Imaginary Invalid” Is a Hit

The instant Steven Epp as Molière steps out on the stage of the Paul Green Theatre to introduce the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s brand-new adaptation of the celebrated 17th century French actor and playwright’s 339-year-old play, “The Imaginary Invalid,” to a 21st century audience in Chapel Hill, it is clear that this is no average resurrection of a classic. Instead, Molière becomes a character in his own play; and the present is woven into the production — often hilariously and often erratically, but always with an eye on the original story.

Make These Easy and Festive Halloween Treats

I decided to make some easy Halloween treats this year and wanted to move away from sweets, especially since I caved in and bought Gabe and Lexi a Halloween cookie cake plus some orange and black cupcakes earlier in the week. I am such a softie whenever I take those two grocery shopping with me… Read More ›