University Theatre’s “There Goes the Bride” Falls Flat

Everyone goes a little crazy before a wedding, but perhaps none more so than Timothy Westerby (Mark Filiaci). On the day of his daughter’s wedding, the central character of Ray Cooney and John Chapman’s There Goes the Bride takes a knock to the head. Suddenly, he’s seeing, hearing, and even dancing with the 1920s flapper… Continue reading University Theatre’s “There Goes the Bride” Falls Flat

An Estranged Family Is Reunited by Greed in TheatreFest’s “Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?”

First up for University Theatre at N.C. State’s critically acclaimed summer series, TheatreFest 2013, is Winters, TX-born playwright and screenwriter Del Shores’ 1987 cornpone comedy, Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?, staged with brio by University Theatre assistant director Allison Bergman. The title character is Buford Turnover (played with true grit by TheatreFest regular Danny… Continue reading An Estranged Family Is Reunited by Greed in TheatreFest’s “Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?”

David Ring and John Boni’s Stellar Portrayals Add Oomph to Neil Simon’s “Sunshine Boys” at NCSU

John Boni (left) and David Ring will star as the legendary Vaudeville team of Al Lewis and Willie Clark in TheatreFest's production of "The Sunshine Boys" by Neil Simon

University Theatre at N.C. State’s smartly staged production of The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon is the third — and best — presentation of TheatreFest 2012: A Knockout Season of Dueling Duos. David Ring and John Boni give stellar performances as former Vaudeville partners Willie Clark and Al Lewis, known in their prime as The Sunshine Boys.

In “The Sunshine Boys,” David Ring and John Boni Will Play Feuding Former Vaudeville Partners

John Boni (left) and David Ring will star as the legendary Vaudeville team of Al Lewis and Willie Clark in TheatreFest's production of "The Sunshine Boys" by Neil Simon

The third and final production of TheatreFest 2012: A Knockout Season of Dueling Duos will be “The Sunshine Boys,” Broadway King of Comedy Neil Simon’s 1972 backstage comedy about feuding former Vaudeville partners, which University Theatre at N.C. State will perform on June 14-15, 17, and 20-24 in the Titmus Theatre in Frank Thompson Hall on the NCSU campus.

The Splendid Songs of Frank Higgins’ “WMKS” Make Up for the Musical Revue’s Paper-Thin Plot

"WMKS, Where Music Kills Sorrow" runs through June 26th (photo by Ron Foreman)

Forget the plot. The music alone is worth the price of admission to “WMKS”; and TheatreFest audiences will leave the Titmus Theatre with smiles on their faces and robust renditions of familiar gospel, blues, and old-timely string-music songs ringing in their ears.