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You’re Invited to the Immersive, Uproarious Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding at Cypress Manor

You are seated in Vinnie Black’s Chapel of Love. It is precisely as tacky as it sounds. The Wedding March begins, and you look over your shoulder. The wedding party is coming down the aisle: a sassy grandma, a flamboyant go-go boy, a slightly goofy Southern priest, a nerdy sci-fi/fantasy girl, a pissed-off pregnant bridesmaid,… Read More ›

Women Are Liberated in “9 to 5: The Musical” at NRACT!

Dolly Parton greets us from a screen located at the back of the stage, introducing the musical version (for which she wrote the songs and lyrics) of the original 1980 movie with script by Patricia Resnick and director Colin Higgins, in which she co-starred. With spunky direction and choreography by James Ilsley, North Raleigh Arts… Read More ›

The NRACT cast for "9 to 5: The Musical" includes (from left) Mary Reilly as Judy, Mary Beth Hollmann as Violet, and AC Donohue as Doralee (photo by Ashley Lorenz Popio)

Colorful, Crazy, and Fabulous… “9 to 5” at NRACT Is Absolutely Flawless

Based on the 1980 film of the same name, 9 to 5, now onstage at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre and under the always-fun direction and choreography of James Ilsley, tells the story of a trio of women who, in 1979, stand up to their sexist boss with hilarious results. As the play opens,… Read More ›

NRACT’S “Carrie” Is a Delightfully Campy Romp

It’s the perfect time to revisit “Carrie,” Stephen King’s classic tale of the tormented misfit with telekinetic powers—not only is Kimberly Peirce’s film-revamp of Brian De Palma’s 1976 version currently playing in theatres, but Halloween is just around the corner. For anyone who wants to see a better, more artsy take on the story than… Read More ›