PlayMakers Rep’s Production of The Skin of Our Teeth Is Deep, Daring, and Different

The Skin of Our Teeth stars Anthony August (left), Kathryn Hunter-Williams, and Ray Dooley (photo by HuthPhoto)

The Skin of Our Teeth is a play by the once-ubiquitous Thornton Wilder. A moving allegory, it’s both complex and convoluted, making it not the best fit for today’s modern audiences, who demand a faster pace and more straightforward meaning. However, PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production, beautifully directed by Vivienne Benesch, updates the script just enough… Continue reading PlayMakers Rep’s Production of The Skin of Our Teeth Is Deep, Daring, and Different

PlayMakers Rep’s Rendition of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth Is a Must-See Show

Ray Dooley (center), with Ahdream Smith and Khalil Lesaldo, stars as George Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth (photo by HuthPhoto)

In staging Thornton Wilder’s 1942 three-act masterpiece, The Skin of Our Teeth, which won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, PlayMakers Repertory Company’s producing artistic director Vivienne Benesch has skillfully updated the settings for a 21st century audience. Despite its age, the 79-year-old play’s themes are so very timely today. The action starts in a… Continue reading PlayMakers Rep’s Rendition of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth Is a Must-See Show

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

Dairyland stars Ray Dooley as Henry and Claire Karpen as Allie (photo by HuthPhoto)

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

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… Continue reading PlayMakers’ Dairyland Proves Complex, But Intriguing

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

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

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