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Theatre Raleigh's cast for Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias includes (from left) AC Donohue, Robyne Parrish Lamb (seated), Susan Russell, and Pamela Dunlap (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Theatre Raleigh’s Steel Magnolias Features Phenomenal Acting by a Dynamite Cast

Dothan, AL-born playwright Robert Harling seems to have an affinity for writing about women and their relationships – with themselves, with other women and with men. He also penned Soapdish, First Wives Club, Laws of Attraction, and The Evening Star (the sequel to Terms of Endearment). Steel Magnolias, now playing in Raleigh’s Kennedy Theatre as… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh’s “Urinetown: The Musical” Proves It’s a “Privilege to Pee”

How does a town survive a twenty-year drought? In the case of the town featured in “Urinetown: The Musical,” onstage now through Theatre Raleigh and Hot Summer Nights, the answer is to tax urination. The production introduces viewers to a small town in which the poor are forced to wait in long lines for filthy… Read More ›

The all-star cast for the Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh presentation of "The God of Carnage" includes (from left) Julie Fishell, Derrick Ivey, Michael Tourek, and Dana Marks

Roland’s Strong Direction Makes Up for (Some of) the Shortcomings in Reza’s “God of Carnage”

It’s been said that children imitate what they see, a truth made all too real by Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage.” Reza’s quick, snappy little play, originally written in French, focuses on two sets of polar-opposite parents—seemingly disconnected and disaffected Annette and Alan Raleigh (Julie Fishell and Derrick Ivey) and seemingly uptight and put-together Veronica… Read More ›

Jonas Cohen and Lisa Jolley in "Souvenir" (photos by Adam Twiss/Keith Tew)

Jonas Cohen and Lisa Jolley Turn the Offbeat Biodrama “Souvenir” into a Night to Remember

The current Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh presentation of “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins” by Stephen Temperley is a real knee-slapper, starring Lisa Jolley as Jenkins and Jonas Cohen as her long-suffering and increasingly concerned piano accompanist, teacher, and friend Cosmé McMoon, who becomes more and more fearful that one day soon Mrs. J will discover that the joke is on her! But Florence Foster Jenkins is inexplicably oblivious to the smothered laughs and stifled snorts of her audiences.

Jonas Cohen and Lisa Jolley in "Souvenir" (photos by Adam Twiss and Keith Tew)

“Souvenir” Is an Affectionate Tribute to a Wealthy Would-Be Opera Singer — Who Couldn’t Sing!

Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh will stage London-born Woodstock, NY dramatist Stephen Temperley’s terrific two-hander,” “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, a comedy with music starring consummate local comedienne and Broadway veteran Lisa Jolley (Hairspray) as Jenkins and New York actor Jonas Cohen as her flamboyant gay accompanist Cosmé McMoon, on Oct. 3-7 and 10-14 in Sara Lynn and K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC.