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Month: December 2013

Saving Mr. Banks

Save Us from “Mr. Banks”

So. This is where contemporary cinema is at. Remakes, sequels, reboots, anything guaranteed to bring in X amount of money. Now, we’re seeing the logical progression of this safe method of filmmaking. Instead of making films like “Mary Poppins” that capture our imagination, we get movies about the making of classics like that. Last year,… Read More ›

January 2014 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of January. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and PRESENTER’S NAME to, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS to that address. (Our “snail mail”… Read More ›

Marin Boieru (center) and company in "The Nutcracker" (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

Carolina Ballet’s “Nutcracker” Has Much to Recommend It, and It Leaves Us Smiling

It’s been eight years since my one viewing of Carolina Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, so there is much that I’d forgotten about Robert Weiss’ version of the holiday classic, which resembles the George Balanchine/New York City Ballet version more than the classic Ivanov/Petipa version with which I and many ballet goers are familiar. Although… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker: A little magic, a little tradition, a lot of awe

The Nutcracker is a magical ballet about a little girl, Clara, whose family hosts a Christmas party. Throughout the ballet, toys, snowflakes, sweets and flowers come to life. Clara receives princess treatment as they guide her out of her 1800’s home somewhere in Europe and through enchanted lands. The ballet begins with the Party, during… Read More ›

Playwrights Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem star in "A Trailer Park Christmas" in Durham

“A Trailer Park Christmas” Is (Thankfully) Not Your Standard Holiday Fare

During the holiday season, most theaters feature somewhat saccharine,  family friendly tales about Santas and Scrooges, but Common Ground, for the past few years, has offered up a different kind of Christmas tradition—a hilarious, heavy-on-audience-participation, third-wall-breaking, trashy little Christmas tale dubbed “A Trailer Park Christmas.” Written by Rachel Klem, who also serves as director, and… Read More ›