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Debra Kaufman’s “Harbor Hope” Is a Good Attempt at Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse

The PlayGround: A Theatre Cooperative and Common Ground Theatre co-production of Harbor Hope, a new one-act play written by Debra Kaufman and directed by Joshua Benjamin, is a good attempt at raising awareness of domestic abuse. Kaufman has crammed a bit more story than she tells into this examination of familial abuse and the efforts… Read More ›

Keith Burridge’s New Play, “The Art of Deception,” Is Interesting, But It Needs Some Work

Common Ground Theatre is currently hosting PlayGround: A Theater Cooperative’s production of The Art of Deception, a new play by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research scientist and university professor Keith Burridge. The script has some problems; and although we agree somewhat about them we are undertaking a new structure for our column… Read More ›

Lori Mahl (left) and Jessica Ann Heironimus star in PlayGround's world-premiere production of "Creeds" by Richard Krawiec, which runs March 22-April 1

Richard Krawiec’s “Creeds” Sheds Too Little Light on Why FBI Agent Robert Hanssen Became a Soviet Spy

PlayGround’s current world premiere of Richard Krawiec’s psychological drama, “Creeds” puts the double life of Federal Bureau of Investigation agent-turned-Soviet and later Russian spy Robert Hanssen under a microscope, but doesn’t reveal nearly enough about his motives or answer the question of whether his wife, Bonnie, was a co-conspirator in — or an innocent victim of — his treasonous endeavors.

Lori Mahl (left) and Jessica Ann Heironimus star in PlayGround's world-premiere production of "Creeds" by Richard Krawiec, which runs March 22-April 1

Richard Krawiec’s New Play “Creeds” Tells the Story of FBI Agent-Turned Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen

“I just happened upon a brief story about Robert Hanssen in researching another topic,” recalls “Creeds” dramatist Richard Krawiec, “and as I read it, I became fascinated with his wife, Bonnie. The story didn’t add up. Having worked as an investigative reporter, things just didn’t jibe. So, I spent a lot of time researching articles, reading books — about six or so — watching movies.”