TheatreFEST 2017’s Hay Fever at N.C. State Is a 1920’s British Version of "The Bickersons"

N.C. University Theatre’s production of Noël Coward’s Hay Fever, presented as part of TheatreFEST 2017, under the direction of John C. McIlwee, is a fast-paced laugh-fest. Imagine you have made plans to spend a relaxed weekend at your country estate and have invited one or two guests to join you in this pleasant, quiet endeavor.… Continue reading TheatreFEST 2017’s Hay Fever at N.C. State Is a 1920’s British Version of "The Bickersons"

N.C. State University Theatre’s Something’s Afoot Is a Zippy Continuation of TheatreFest 2016

The second offering of N.C. State University Theatre’s TheatreFest 2016 is a spoof of Agatha Christie mysteries. The title itself suggests a bad pun: Something’s Afoot. This murder-mystery musical comedy, which features a book, music, and lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach, with additional music by Ed Linderman, was first produced on… Continue reading N.C. State University Theatre’s Something’s Afoot Is a Zippy Continuation of TheatreFest 2016

The Hollow by Agatha Christie Is Cool Summer Entertainment for TheatreFest Fans

NCSU's TheatreFest 2016 production of The Hollow stars (from left) Alison Lawrence as Gerda Christow, Jonathan King as John Christow, and Marisa Markoch as Henrietta Angkatell (photo by Ron Foreman)

N.C. State University Theatre’s annual treasure, TheatreFest, this year celebrates mystery queen Agatha Christie, kicking off with a fun-filled production of The Hollow. A gathering for the weekend of family and friends of Sir Henry Angkatell K.C.B., and his Ladyship Lucy, at their home, “The Hollow,” goes a bit awry when someone is shot to… Continue reading The Hollow by Agatha Christie Is Cool Summer Entertainment for TheatreFest Fans

The Hollow Starts TheatreFest 2016 Off with a Bang!

Thursday night. Frank Thompson Hall. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre. Sold out opening night of N.C. State University Theatre’s TheatreFest 2016. This year’s theme: “A Salute to the Queen of Mystery.” That queen is, of course, Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976). This year’s TheatreFest consists of three Christie-inspired productions: The Hollow (written by Christie in 1951, based on… Continue reading The Hollow Starts TheatreFest 2016 Off with a Bang!

TheatreFest’s “Wait Until Dark” Is a Real Nail-Biter

Wait Until Dark, now playing in the Kennedy-McIlwee StudioTheatre as part of University Theatre at N.C. State’s TheatreFest 2015, is 1960s thriller about a newlywed, Susy Hendrix, who was recently blinded in an accident. Susy and her husband, Sam, live in a basement flat in New York City, where the sunny Susy is learning the… Continue reading TheatreFest’s “Wait Until Dark” Is a Real Nail-Biter