Tag: Deep Dish Theater Company
David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People” at Deep Dish Is a Depressing But Authentic Slice-of-Life Comedy
Much of today’s theatre centers around fantastical worlds, lush lives, and other things that, while entertaining, aren’t very in-touch with the average person. The characters featured in David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People,” onstage now at Deep Dish Theater Company, are about as close to average as it gets, however. In fact, their mediocrity makes them downright… Read More ›
Boston comes to Chapel Hill from Aug. 23rd through Sept. 14th at the Deep Dish Theater Company at the University Mall in the form of David Lindsay-Abaire’s funny and fragile Good People. Only someone born and raised in the working class neighborhoods of South Boston could convey the grittiness and heartbreaking realities a single mom… Read More ›
London-born Irish dramatist Martin McDonagh’s delightful dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan (1996) is set in 1934 in the remote seaside community of Inishmaan, in the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland. The title character “Crippled” Billy Claven (played with pluck by Ishai Buchbinder in the current Deep Dish Theater Company production) is… Read More ›
Critically acclaimed comedienne Lisa Jolley demonstrates an equally fine flair for drama as she sinks her teeth into the juicy role of Diana, a deep troubled wife and mother well acquainted with grief whose sorrows have unhinged her. Alarmed by her personality changes and hallucinations, Diana’s well-meaning husband, Dan (passionately portrayed by John Allore), sends her to a pair of psychiatrists, Dr. Fine and Dr. Madden (each given a distinct disagreeable personality by Mark Ridenour), who try to suppress her symptoms of mental illness and banish her hallucinationss with stronger and stronger medications and, later, with shock treatments that make her more pliable, but at what price?
Deep Dish’s Rendition of “She Stoops to Conquer” by Oliver Goldsmith Is Fresh, Frisky, and Very Funny
Deep Dish Theater Company resident director Tony Lea’s whimsical modernistic take on Anglo-Irish dramatist Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 Comedy of Manners, “She Stoops to Conquer,” is fresh, frisky, and very funny. The key ingredient in Deep Dish’s latest theatrical offering is Lea’s buoyant comic staging combines with scenic designer Kenneth Rowland’s splendid miniature parlor set — with inserts for the tavern and garden scenes — and costume designer David Serxner’s handsome array of vintage 18th century outfits. The latter two add an air of authenticity to the proceedings and heighten the hilarity of this classic comedy of subterfuge, mistaken identity, runaway brides, and an attempted jewel heist, albeit by the jewelry’s rightful owner.