PlayMakers’ Ragtime Is Immersive and Impacting

Ragtime stars AnnEliza Canning as Sarah and Fergie L. Phillipe as Coalhouse (photo by HuthPhoto)

Ragtime, based on the E.L. Doctorow novel and written by Terrence McNally, is a popular show. However, even viewers familiar with this classic have never seen it quite the way it’s brought to life on the PlayMakers‘ stage as reimagined by inventive director Zi Alikhan. Featuring a unique 360° viewing experience courtesy of scenic designer… Continue reading PlayMakers’ Ragtime Is Immersive and Impacting

PRC’s Rendition of Ragtime, As Reimagined by Director Zi Alikhan, Is Gutsy and Fresh

Ragtime stars AnnEliza Canning as Sarah and Fergie L. Phillipe as Coalhouse (photo by HuthPhoto)

Your sword can be a sermon, or the power of the pen. Teach every child to raise his voice, and then, my brothers, then Will justice be demanded by ten million righteous men. Make them hear you. Lyricist Lynn Ayrens from the song, “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime The more things change, the more… Continue reading PRC’s Rendition of Ragtime, As Reimagined by Director Zi Alikhan, Is Gutsy and Fresh

PlayMakers’ She Loves Me Is a Delightful Holiday Hit

George (Michael Maliakel) and Amalia (Jenny Latimer). Credit: HuthPhoto

Most people have seen some version of She Loves Me, the holiday show onstage now at PlayMakers Repertory Company under the direction of Kirsten Sanderson. Or rather, most people have seen some version of Parfumerie, the original play on which this work and many others are based. Famed films The Shop Around the Corner and… Continue reading PlayMakers’ She Loves Me Is a Delightful Holiday Hit

She Loves Me at PlayMakers Rep Is a Perfect Example of Musical Theater — Take Your Kids!

PlayMakers Repertory Company will stage She Loves Me Nov. 14-Dec. 2 in UNC-Chapel Hill's Paul Green Theatre (photo by HuthPhoto)

She Loves Me, now being performed by the PlayMakers Repertory Company in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Paul Green Theatre, under the direction of Kirsten Sanderson, may be the perfect example of musical theater. It begins with a classic story of romance … actually, non-romance. In Shakespearean terms, it’s much more Much Ado About Nothing than Romeo and… Continue reading She Loves Me at PlayMakers Rep Is a Perfect Example of Musical Theater — Take Your Kids!

PlayMakers Rep Solves the Misogyny Problem of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady

The PRC production of My Fair Lady stars (from left) Ray Dooley as Colonel Pickering, PRC newcomer Mia Pinero as Eliza Doolittle, and Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Henry Higgins (photo by Jon Gardiner)

A sculptor, on tiptoes, reaches up to kiss the ivory girl that he has carved. His lips barely graze hers before he draws back, a sudden realization crossing his face. The lips of the statue are warm. His name is Pygmalion; and his creation, Galatea, has come to life. More than 1,900 years after Ovid’s… Continue reading PlayMakers Rep Solves the Misogyny Problem of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady