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

Hello, Dolly! Is a Heartwarming, First-Rate Musical, Starring the Legendary Betty Buckley!

Betty Buckley stars as Dolly Levi in the National Tour of Hello, Dolly! (photo © 2018 by Julieta Cervantes)

When we arrived at the Durham Performing Arts Center on opening night (Tuesday, May 21st), I was not surprised to see the small buses from various assisted living communities parked in front. The 2018 national tour of director Jerry Zaks’ 2017 Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! has finally reached the Bull City. And it’s not… Continue reading Hello, Dolly! Is a Heartwarming, First-Rate Musical, Starring the Legendary Betty Buckley!

DPAC’s Hello, Dolly! Is an Absolute Delight

Betty Buckley stars as Dolly Levi in the National Tour of Hello, Dolly! (photo © 2018 by Julieta Cervantes)

Almost every theatregoer knows the story of charming matchmaker and major meddler, Dolly Levi (Betty Buckley). However, her story has never been told in a bigger, bolder, or more fascinating way than in the current revival production at DPAC, directed by Jerry Zaks and featuring the fabulous choreography of Warren Carlyle. The story, set in… Continue reading DPAC’s Hello, Dolly! Is an Absolute Delight

“Our Town” Cast Fails to Do Justice to Thorton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize Winning Play

Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece of modern drama, Our Town, is a deceptively difficult play to stage successfully, because it requires a large supporting cast capable of transforming their fleeting cameo roles into unforgettable characters. This powerful and poetic three-act play, which won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, delivers three juicy slices of turn-of-the-century American life… Continue reading “Our Town” Cast Fails to Do Justice to Thorton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize Winning Play