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The North American Tour of Cats plays DPAC on June 4-9 (2019 photo by Matthew Murphy)

Cats Purrs, Meows, Growls, and ROARS at DPAC

From the moment the Cats of various London neighborhoods, their eyes eerily glowing, begin to gather on the Durham Performing Arts Center’s junk-yard/stage by crawling through the darkened audience, we are admitted to their mysterious lives. But, as they quickly reveal, we’ll never know everything there is to know about the world of cats. Perhaps,… Read More ›

The North American Tour of Cats plays DPAC on June 4-9 (2019 photo by Matthew Murphy)

DPAC’s Cats Is Poetry in Motion

Based on a T.S. Eliot work with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats has been a theatre favorite since its 1981 opening. And, judging by DPAC’s revival-production, under the direction of Trevor Nunn, it’s easy to see why the show is such a hit. Filled with incredible movement and eye-catching costumes, the production is absolutely… Read More ›

Jennifer Shrader plays Grizabella the disheveled Glamour Cat in the North Carolina Theatre's gala Oct. 8-13 production of "Cats" at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (photo by Curtis Brown)

The Choreography in NCT’s “Cats” Is Uneven, Surprisingly Stiff, and Often Repetitive

I was looking forward to seeing the North Carolina Theatre production of Cats. I’d seen the show on Broadway in the early 1980s, and had come away from it in awe. Unfortunately, the NCT production fell short of my expectations. For those of you not familiar with Cats, the show was conceived and composed by… Read More ›