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

Lydia R. Diamond’s Stick Fly at PlayMakers Rep Is Thought-Provoking and Entertaining

Stick Fly stars (from left) Jamar Jones, Tori Jewell, and Anthony August, Omolade Wey, and AhDream Smith (photo by HuthPhoto)

For New York audiences, Stick Fly is, perhaps, Lydia R. Diamond’s best-known play, thanks to its 2011-12 Broadway run, produced by singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. But how does this play about an affluent African-American family vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard stand up 10 years later, during a pandemic, and in the State of North Carolina? Quite well,… Continue reading Lydia R. Diamond’s Stick Fly at PlayMakers Rep Is Thought-Provoking and Entertaining