Theatre Raleigh’s No-Holds-Barred Production of Junk Pays Huge Dramatic Dividends

Over a quarter of a century ago, Hollywood addressed the issue of hostile corporate take-overs with 1990’s Pretty Woman and 1991’s Other People’s Money. Both dealt with the possible human costs and consequences of these predatory schemes for getting rich, but neither of these light-and-breezy movies examined the depths to which these machinations would sometimes… Continue reading Theatre Raleigh’s No-Holds-Barred Production of Junk Pays Huge Dramatic Dividends

Theatre Raleigh’s Production of Junk Is Thoughtful, Bold, and Provocative

Theatre Raleigh’s bold new play Junk, written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Charlie Brady, dives into the high-powered, 1980s world of insider-trading-filled Wall Street, at a time when greed was just starting to come- at least brazenly- to the surface and to be the driving force behind every decision made. The show’s central focus… Continue reading Theatre Raleigh’s Production of Junk Is Thoughtful, Bold, and Provocative

Razor-Sharp Direction, Top-Notch Acting, and Compelling Visuals Make Junk a Winner

Theatre Raleigh has just the play for fans of such movies as The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and The Big Short (2015). Junk by Ayad Akhtar (2016 La Jolla Playhouse and 2017 Broadway) is a tightly controlled three-level chess game of a performance piece. Set during the junk-bond financial boom of the 1980’s, Junk… Continue reading Razor-Sharp Direction, Top-Notch Acting, and Compelling Visuals Make Junk a Winner

“Disgraced” Bravely Tackles the Touchiest of Tough Topics

Religion. Politics. The ugly side of our deeply-ingrained cultures. These are topics that most people and far too many playwrights steer clear of. However, that is certainly not the case in Ayad Akhtar’s multi-layered, self-reflective Disgraced, onstage now through Playmakers Repertory Company under the skilled direction of Shishir Kurup. When the curtains open on Disgraced,… Continue reading “Disgraced” Bravely Tackles the Touchiest of Tough Topics

Racial and Culture Clashes Destroy a Dinner Party and More in Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced” at PRC

The influence of Islamic art and culture is very much more prevalent in Western arts and culture than we may often realize, and this has been going on since before the Crusades began, when the Western and Islamic worlds began intercourse. PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2015-16 main-stage season opener, Disgraced, was written by Ayad Akhtar, an… Continue reading Racial and Culture Clashes Destroy a Dinner Party and More in Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced” at PRC