Family drama is on tap for Theatre in the Park’s presentation of the 2015 Off-Broadway play Of Good Stock, written by Melissa Ross and directed by Lynda Clark. The story swirls around three sisters — Jess, Celia, and Amy Stockton — who have come to their family home to celebrate Jess’ birthday, years after their… Continue reading At TIP, a Weekend Getaway Quickly Becomes an Emotional Roller-Coaster in Of Good Stock
Few of us have ever had our lives literally go up in smoke, but that’s what happened to local actor, director, and reviewer Jesse R. Gephart on Saturday, April 9th, when the 12-unit structure where he lived in the Pinnacle Apartments in North Raleigh burned completely to the ground (for details, click here). Jesse lost… Continue reading There Will Be a Benefit Performance of The Elephant Man for Jesse R. Gephart on April 21st at TIP
The son also rises. During the Friday, April 8th, opening-night performance of Theatre in the Park’s touted “all-star” production of Brooklyn, NY-born playwright Bernard Pomerance’s 1979 Broadway docudrama, The Elephant Man, directed by his father, TIP founder and artistic and executive director Ira David Wood III, TIP assistant artistic director Ira David Wood IV generated… Continue reading The Son Also Rises: Ira Wood’s John Merrick Makes The Elephant Man at TIP a Must-See Docudrama
Black Pearl Sings!, onstage now at Theatre in the Park, is a heavily fictionalized account of the work of ethnomusicologists John and Alan Lomax, who worked tirelessly to collect songs from the past for the Library of Congress. Representing the Lomaxes in female form is the beautifully developed character of Susannah, portrayed by Lynda Clark,… Continue reading “Black Pearl Sings!” Deftly Explores Origins of Song and Self
Ira Wood, in Laurence Olivier mode, passionately emotes and emotes some more as Prince Hamlet, the dithering Dane who must decide whether or not to avenge his father’s murder and slay his usurping uncle Claudius (Michael Murray), who poisoned his father and married his mother Gertrude (Lynda Clark) before the foodstuffs in the funeral feast reached their self-by dates.