Roman Pearah and Matthew Hager Are Hilarious as the Title Character and His Mark in “The Liar”

Matthew Hager (left) and Roman Pearah star as Cliton and Dorante (photo by Jonathan Young)

Deep Dish Theater Company’s current presentation of The Liar, adapted by David Ives from the 1644 comedy Le Menteur by 17th century French playwright Pierre Corneille (1606-84), is — in turn — based on La verdad sospechosa (1634) by Spanish dramatist Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (c. 1580-1639). A comic masterpiece that was not acceptable by… Continue reading Roman Pearah and Matthew Hager Are Hilarious as the Title Character and His Mark in “The Liar”

The Deep Dish Cast of “Journey’s End” by English WWI Vet R.C. Sheriff Is Incredibly Talented

Deep Dish Theater Company’s intimate Friday-night performance of Journey’s End, directed by Karen O’Brien, offered a riveting revelation of the often-overlooked mental wars and demons fought by soldiers. English playwright and World War I veteran R.C. Sherriff’s 1928 play maintains a pleasant balance between heavy emotional material and comedic relief. The story takes place in… Continue reading The Deep Dish Cast of “Journey’s End” by English WWI Vet R.C. Sheriff Is Incredibly Talented

“The Landing” Is Three Short Musicals in One

The Landing, which is making its regional premiere at Deep Dish Theater Company in Chapel Hill, is an interesting mixture of three different musicals, with the same cast of four very talented actors, each playing a new and different character in each segment, held together by musical and philosophical themes. The music of John Kander,… Continue reading “The Landing” Is Three Short Musicals in One

“Arcadia” Is a Delightful Romp That Spans Centuries

Arcadia, now playing in Deep Dish Theater Company’s small black-box theater in what was formerly the Dillard’s end of Chapel Hill’s University Mall, is an erudite comedy, filled with mystery, plot twists, clever dialogue, and literary and scientific references. Some scholars call it Czech-born British dramatist and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard’s finest work; and Deep… Continue reading “Arcadia” Is a Delightful Romp That Spans Centuries

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… Continue reading David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People” at Deep Dish Is a Depressing But Authentic Slice-of-Life Comedy