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Theatre Raleigh’s “Urinetown: The Musical” Proves It’s a “Privilege to Pee”

How does a town survive a twenty-year drought? In the case of the town featured in “Urinetown: The Musical,” onstage now through Theatre Raleigh and Hot Summer Nights, the answer is to tax urination. The production introduces viewers to a small town in which the poor are forced to wait in long lines for filthy… Read More ›

Hot Summer Nights Strikes Again with Ken Ludwig’s Hilarious “The Fox on the Fairway”

High-stakes bets, mild sexual tension, and a healthy dose of farcical humor await viewers of Hot Summer Nights’ latest offering—Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox on the Fairway.” The story takes place in the tap room at the Quail Valley Golf and Country Club, thoroughly brought to life by Alex van Blommestein’s 80s-lodge-inspired set, complete with wood… Read More ›

The all-star cast for the Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh presentation of "The God of Carnage" includes (from left) Julie Fishell, Derrick Ivey, Michael Tourek, and Dana Marks

Roland’s Strong Direction Makes Up for (Some of) the Shortcomings in Reza’s “God of Carnage”

It’s been said that children imitate what they see, a truth made all too real by Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage.” Reza’s quick, snappy little play, originally written in French, focuses on two sets of polar-opposite parents—seemingly disconnected and disaffected Annette and Alan Raleigh (Julie Fishell and Derrick Ivey) and seemingly uptight and put-together Veronica… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh will stage "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on April 24-28 and May 1-5 in the Kennedy Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Competition Is Fierce in Theatre Raleigh’s “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” April 24-May 5

Theatre Raleigh will kick off Hot Summer Nights’ 2013 season with a gala production of the 2005 Off-Broadway and Broadway hit musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, on April 24-28 and May 1-5 in the Sara Lynn and K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh… Read More ›

The Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh cast for "Avenue Q" includes (from left) Yolanda W. Rabun, Jessie R. Gephardt, Erik Floor, Maya Naff and Adam Poole (photo by Lauren Kennedy )

“Avenue Q” Wins Over Raleigh Audiences

Avenue Q is a sometimes-raunchy but always-sweet musical. While Hot Summer Nights’ production nails the sweet part, it often glazes over the raunchy bits. Yes, there is a sex scene involving nude puppets, a scene that the cast enacts with gusto, but much of the show’s raunchiness is delivered in a way that softens the blow. Swear words are mumbled and vulgar actions are hidden, as if director Richard Roland had doubts about whether or not Raleigh was ready for the show.