Tag: N.C. State University Center Stage
Rachael Barrington Was a Standout as Gwendolen Fairfax and Miss Prism in the Aquila Theatre’s Production of “The Importance of Being Earnest”
The standout performer of the ensemble was Rachael Barrington, who was lovely as Gwendolen Fairfax, but gave exceptionally strong work — in character and delivery — as the tutor Miss Prism.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde Is a Knee-Slapping Comedy About Leading a Double Life
“Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is a perennial audience favorite, a play that overflows with razor sharp wit, sublime elegance and dizzy romantic comedy,” claims Aquila Theatre. “Yet, Earnest has teeth and this biting satire of the vapid English aristocracy and their facile behavior made for an exciting opening night … on Valentine’s Day, 1895.”
For years, Triangle Theater Review has argued that the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina has the liveliest theater scene between Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA. The year 2010 provided further proof, if any was needed, that we have the onstage talent, the backstage genius, and the wherewithal to mount any show available for local production.
On Oct. 22nd, the NCSU Center Stage audience was the first to see “Faith Healing” since its original run in 1993. Aside from writer, director, and choreographer Jane Comfort, the only returning member of the original production is Mark Dendy, who played Amanda Wingfield in 1993. Dendy possesses a special something that Comfort spoke of in her pre-show discussion, something that is not only an underlying theme of Williams’ play, but of Comfort’s piece: longing. In a very tender scene shared between Amanda and her son Tom (Sean Donovan), Dendy as Amanda stares out at the moon, eyes glinting in the light, brimming with tears, and swoons over her past and the worry of what is to come.
N.C. State University Center Stage will present Jane Comfort and Company’s recent restaging of its warmly applauded 1993 dance/theater piece, “Faith Healing,” which uses Tennessee Williams’ stirring 1944 memory play “The Glass Menagerie” as its springboard, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22nd, in Stewart Theatre on the second floor of the Talley Student Center.