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PlayMakers Rep’s Production of The Skin of Our Teeth Is Deep, Daring, and Different

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November 19, 2021

The Skin of Our Teeth is a play by the once-ubiquitous Thornton Wilder. A moving allegory, it’s both complex and convoluted, making it not the best fit for today’s modern audiences, who demand a faster pace and more straightforward meaning. However, PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production, beautifully directed by Vivienne Benesch, updates the script just enough… Read More ›

PlayMakers Rep’s Rendition of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth Is a Must-See Show

In staging Thornton Wilder’s 1942 three-act masterpiece, The Skin of Our Teeth, which won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, PlayMakers Repertory Company’s producing artistic director Vivienne Benesch has skillfully updated the settings for a 21st century audience. Despite its age, the 79-year-old play’s themes are so very timely today. The action starts in a… Read More ›

In an Effort to Create a Positive Island Vibe, Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville Disappoints

Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville debuted at the Durham Performing Arts Center last night and, sadly, was a bit of a letdown. Let me say at the outset, that I am not a big fan of the music of Jimmy Buffett; however, I’m not sure that this presentation would appeal even to his most ardent… Read More ›

Comedic Gender-Bending Tootsie, Now Playing at DPAC, Is Fresh, Fun, and Entertaining

The national tour of Tootsie: The Comedy Musical, a crisply updated version of the Academy Award®winning 1982 film, arrived at the Durham Performing Arts Center last night for eight fresh, fun, and entertaining performances. If the audience reaction is any indication, it might be a highlight of the 2021-22 Truist Broadway at DPAC season. Like… Read More ›

DPAC Delivers a Surprisingly Thoughtful Production of Tootsie

Back in 1982, Dustin Hoffman made viewers laugh in the film Tootsie, about a difficult actor who dresses as a woman to land work. Today, Robert Horn (book) and David Yazbek (music and lyrics) have teamed up to bring the story to musical life with a show by the same name. Featuring the charming Drew… Read More ›