OdysseyStage Theatre’s Feb. 13th Reading of Ona by Keith Burridge Set the Record Straight

I didn’t know what OdysseyStage Theatre was when I was assigned to review their production of Ona earlier this month; but based on the subject matter, I knew I was taking my 11-year-old son to the production. Ona is a play-in-the-making by Keith Burridge, a retired UNC Cell Biologist(!) who clearly has a hankering for… Continue reading OdysseyStage Theatre’s Feb. 13th Reading of Ona by Keith Burridge Set the Record Straight

A Pair of Local "Stage Giants" Deliver a Barrel of Laughs in Greater Tuna at Theatre in the Park

“Something old, something new ….” It’s kind of amazing to think that Greater Tuna has turned 40! (It premiered in Austin, TX, in the Fall of 1981, and opened Off Broadway in 1982.) It’s equally amazing that this show (with such flawless tech) is the first to be overseen in this venue by Theatre in… Continue reading A Pair of Local "Stage Giants" Deliver a Barrel of Laughs in Greater Tuna at Theatre in the Park

Burning Coal Theatre’s Art Is a Must-See Work of Art

Burning Coal Theatre Company will stage Yasmina Reza's Art on Jan. 27-Feb. 13 in Raleigh's Murphey School Auditorium

I’m sure everyone has heard the expression: “I don’t know anything about art, but I know what I like.” Rest assured: a visit to Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh, NC, will remedy that — you will know plenty about Yasmina Reza’s Art, and you will definitely like it. French dramatist Yasmina… Continue reading Burning Coal Theatre’s Art Is a Must-See Work of Art

Juan Isler Sparkles in Yasmina Reza’s 1998 Tony Award®-Winning Comedy, Art, at Burning Coal

Burning Coal Theatre Company will stage Yasmina Reza's Art on Jan. 27-Feb. 13 in Raleigh's Murphey School Auditorium

When the curtain rises on Burning Coal Theatre Company’s production of French playwright Yasmina Reza’s 1994 Paris, 1996 London, and 1998 Broadway comedy, Art, translated into English by Christopher Hampton and directed for Burning Coal by Ken Hinton, Serge (Preston Campbell) has just purchased a new painting. It is a plain white canvas with a… Continue reading Juan Isler Sparkles in Yasmina Reza’s 1998 Tony Award®-Winning Comedy, Art, at Burning Coal

Director Nancy Rich Says A.R. Gurney’s Award-Winning 1995 Comedy, Sylvia, Is a Real Howler

Sylvia stars Clare Vestal (front) as Sylvia, with Jim O'Brien as Greg and Christine Rogers as Kate (photo by Nancy Rich)

In these trying days, we all could use a comedy, right? And this one is a real howler. Director Nancy Gardner Rich talks about the Holly Springs Community Theater’s production of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, a co-produced with the Holly Springs Cultural Center and the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center. Q: So Sylvia is a comedy? As a… Continue reading Director Nancy Rich Says A.R. Gurney’s Award-Winning 1995 Comedy, Sylvia, Is a Real Howler