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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stars Noah Weisberg (center) as Willy Wonka (photo by Joan Marcus)

Despite a Slow First Act, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Is a Tasty Treat

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, playing now through Sunday, Feb. 17th, at the Durham Performing Arts Center, as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series, is an imaginative evening of theater aimed at the child in all of us. Despite what some pacing issues, there were some genuinely fun moments in the first act…. Read More ›

DPAC’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Treats Viewers to a Truly Fantastical World of “Pure Imagination”

Almost everyone has seen some iteration of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Whether they’ve read Roald Dahl’s original book, watched the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, or have checked out the somewhat bizarre Tim Burton adaptation, it’s a fun and fantastical morality tale that most are familiar with. However, this familiar story takes on a… Read More ›

“Hairspray” Really Spritzes Up the Stage at RLT

It must have been coincidence, but Raleigh Little Theatre couldn’t have been more in tune with the country in choosing to produce Hairspray — with book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman — right now. The delightful story of segregation turned to integration,… Read More ›

“Hairspray” Is a Hit for RLT

Ever since “Hairspray,” based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, first hit the stage, it’s been a favorite among “underdogs” of all types. In this delightfully written, funny, and pointed musical, boundaries are broken and the “little guy” always comes out a victor. Of course, the “little guy” is really a… Read More ›

The PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory will present "Hairspray" on July 16-20 in UNC-Chapel Hill's Paul Green Theatre

“Hairspray” Is Infectiously Energetic

John Waters’ almost-a-classic film “Hairspray” celebrates the uprising of the underdog, and the stage musical, written by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, takes Waters’ work and makes it even bigger and better. This super-fun, fast-paced, and absolutely hilarious musical has long been a favorite among theatre fans, and Playmakers Repertory Company’s Summer Youth Conservatory definitely… Read More ›