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PlayMakers Rep Milks Some Hearty Chuckles, and Maybe a Tear or Two, from Dairyland

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s world premiere of Dairyland, a comedy written by Heidi Armbruster and directed by PlayMakers‘ producing artistic director Vivienne Benesch, is all about Allie, a NYC food critic who is searching to find authenticity in a world of online dating, journalistic infighting, and over-hyped media. As she struggles to cope, her journey takes… Read More ›

PlayMakers’ Dairyland Proves Complex, But Intriguing

PlayMakers‘ world premiere of Dairyland, a new play by Heidi Armbruster, opens on young-ish Allie (Claire Karpen) on a tense first date. Described by said date as “scrappy” and definitely qualifying as spunky, Karpen’s characterization of Allie makes her instantly likeable, which is helpful for the many character flaws that will be presented later in… Read More ›

Judy McLane stars as "La Divina" Maria Callas in Master Class (photo by Jennifer Griffin Robertson)

Theatre Raleigh’s Master Class Is First-Class Entertainment! We Were Blown Away!

Some of the most intriguing art is “about art,” and this play is a shining example. Under Ray Dooley’s direction, Theatre Raleigh’s production of Terrence McNally’s Master Class is first-class entertainment. What we are treated to is two hours in a representative, yet fictionalized, day-in-the-life session of a voice class. But this is not just… Read More ›

Judy McLane stars as Maria Callas in Master Class (photo by Jennifer Griffin Robertson)

Judy McLane and Costars Demonstrate Remarkable Talent, Stage Presence, and Energy in Master Class at Theatre Raleigh

Terrence McNally excites audiences almost as much as he excites actors. He demands a lot of an actor, and Theatre Raleigh’s production of Master Class points this out to the extreme. On opening night at the Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh, NC, there was never a moment when our focus was not on the stage. The… Read More ›

Ray Dooley stars in William Leach's adaption of A Christmas Carol (photo by HuthPhoto)

Ray Dooley Captures the Pure Spirit of Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol at PlayMakers Rep

I’m in Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, watching PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of A Christmas Carol:. It is the Fezziwig Christmas Party scene, and I’m seeing magic: Barrels of ale rolled in by galloping dancers in festival frocks, a rollicking… Read More ›