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Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal Have Great Chemistry and Sound Beautiful Together in Once in Raleigh

I admit I was holding out on Once, now playing at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, courtesy Broadway Series South. I happened to be in New York City during its much-acclaimed Off-Broadway run; and at an after-party for the opening night of Teresa Rebeck’s Seminar, I was strongly encouraged… Read More ›

“Once” Creates Bittersweet Music and Love Onstage on Jan. 21-26 at the Durham Performing Arts Center

Rarely does a movie make it to stage in a manner that is both respectful to the original and uplifting in its own unique way, but Once is the exception to the rule. Winner of eight Tony Awards® (including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (John Tiffany), Best Book (Enda Walsh) and Best Orchestrations… Read More ›

Girl (Dani de Waal) encourages Guy (Stuart Ward), a struggling singer-songwriter, not to give up on his music (photo by Joan Marcus)

In “Once,” a Czech Immigrant Girl Gives a Struggling Irish Songwriter the Courage to Pursue His Dreams

Next up at the Durham Performing Arts Center is the first national tour of the 2012 Tony Award®-winning musical Once, which is based on the Academy Award®-winning 2007 Irish musical film about a Czech immigrant girl who gives a struggling Irish singer-songwriter the courage to pursue his dreams. (Shot on a shoestring budget of $160,000… Read More ›

Scottish Iraq war drama "Black Watch" ran Feb. 9-13

Two Words for “Black Watch”: Shock and Awe

There are two words for the National Theatre of Scotland’s wrenching rendition of Scottish playwright Gregory Burke’s harrowing Iraq war play, “Black Watch,” which occupied the Memorial Hall stage on Feb. 8-13 as part of Carolina Performing Arts’ International Theater Festival. They are Shock and Awe.

Iraq war drama "Black Watch" opens Feb. 9th

“Black Watch” Is Visceral, Complex, and Urgent

Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, “Black Watch” reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror and what it means to make the journey home again.