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Big River stars Chris Inhulsen (left) and Khawon Porter as Huck and Jim (photo by Ben Bashinski)

Temple Theatre of Sanford’s Big River Is a Family-Friendly, Rollicking Adventure Tale

Adventure has come to the Temple Theatre of Sanford in a big way, as Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn triumphantly takes the stage through Sunday, March 31st. This rousing musical sets Mark Twain’s iconic 1884 novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to a lilting, folksy country score, written by Roger Miller (with a book… Read More ›

"Big River" won seven 1985 Tonys, including Best Musical

PlayMakers Rep and the Red Clay Ramblers Team Up for a Rousing Rendition of “Big River”

The crackerjack cast and ingenious creative team for “Big River”and the effervescent Red Clay Ramblers worked their theatrical and musical magic so well that just about every musical number became a showstopper, and the audience gave the performers and musicians a rock-star reception, complete with a loud and lengthy standing ovation at the final curtain.

PlayMakers’ “Big River” Captures the Heart of Twain’s Tale

There are very few shows that can honestly be referred to as “perfect,” but PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an exception. The story, a retelling of Mark Twain’s 1884 masterpiece, delights and enthralls modern audiences without losing any of the charm or poignancy of the original tale…. Read More ›

The Tony-Winning Red Clay Ramblers Will Perform in PlayMakers Rep’s Production of “Big River”

North Carolina’s Tony Award®-winning traditional string band the Red Clay Ramblers will play onstage in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s rip-roaring production of the Tony-winning 1985 Broadway musical “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” with saucy songs by country-music legend Roger Miller and a sassy script by William Hauptman.

"Is He Dead?" runs through Nov. 13th

Deep Dish’s “Is He Dead?” Tries Hard, But Pays Diminishing Comic Dividends

Deep Dish Theater Company’s current production of “Is He Dead?” is one of those plays that the audience desperately wants to like, but ultimately doesn’t. The story’s premise sounds like fun: a struggling French artist, Jean-Francois Millet (Steven Roten), and his foolish pals, the German Dutchy (Jon Karnofsky), the Irishman O’Shaughnessy (Kit FitzSimmons), and the American Chicago (C. Delton Streeter) cook up a scheme to make Millet an overnight sensation — and drive up the price of his heretofore unsellable paintings — by pretending that he is dead. The only catch is that in order to pull off the clever ruse, Millet must disguise himself as a woman, his nonexistent identical twin sister, Daisy Tillou.