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

"Side by Side by Sondheim" Is a Summer Pleasure

Side by Side by Sondheim, presented by University Theatre at N.C. State as part of TheatreFest 2015, is a musical celebration of Stephen Sondheim material, formulated and developed by Cleo Laine and her husband, John Dankworth, in collaboration with David Kernan, Ned Sherrin, and Cameron Mackintosh. Its professional debut was in London’s Mermaid Theatre in… Continue reading "Side by Side by Sondheim" Is a Summer Pleasure

“Born Yesterday” Is a Light and Breezy Comedy

University Theatre at N.C. State’s presentation Garson Kanin’s 1946 Broadway comedy, Born Yesterday, directed by Rachel Klem and presented as part of TheatreFest 2015, is a light-hearted story about how, even though powerful folks with money, money, money can buy friends, politicians, and even women, a former showgirl with a big heart and common sense… Continue reading “Born Yesterday” Is a Light and Breezy Comedy

University Theatre’s “There Goes the Bride” Falls Flat

Everyone goes a little crazy before a wedding, but perhaps none more so than Timothy Westerby (Mark Filiaci). On the day of his daughter’s wedding, the central character of Ray Cooney and John Chapman’s There Goes the Bride takes a knock to the head. Suddenly, he’s seeing, hearing, and even dancing with the 1920s flapper… Continue reading University Theatre’s “There Goes the Bride” Falls Flat

Agatha Christie’s “Black Coffee” Is Still a Delight

Although Black Coffee is the very first play written by legendary British crime writer Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976), it is still a strong brew that mixes rank familial ingratitude at their patriarch’s tightfistedness, with the greed of disgruntled servants, espionage, and blackmail. Black Coffee is as potent today in University Theatre at N.C. State’s current… Continue reading Agatha Christie’s “Black Coffee” Is Still a Delight