It is hard to know if Lanford Wilson was aware of the concept of beshert when he wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning play TALLEY’S FOLLY, or if the team at Burning Coal Theatre understood its cultural significance prior to mounting its current production, but there is something about this particular “no-holds barred” love story that is so enchanting, it’s almost spiritual. Read what Lauren Van Hemert has to say about the Burning Coal Theatre production of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
“I was once asked if RENT was still relevant. At that time, I wasn’t sure what to say. But I know now, after seeing it live, and seeing parts of myself reflected on stage, that in the current climate of the world we live in, RENT is still relevant, and will be for as long as it runs. Read what else Junior Critic Grace Niesel, has to say about the national tour of RENT.
Theater Review: RLT’s Production of ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Credibly Unearths Complexities of Story
In the Raleigh Little Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, Director Patrick Torres creates an engaging visual spectacle merged with powerful performances that deliver an unexpectedly sensory dramatic experience. Read Kim Jackson’s review of the production.
Theater Review: PlayMakers’ Production of ‘The Amish Project’ Explores the Transformative Power of Forgiveness
The play is a fictionalized drama inspired by the 2006 Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting of 10 Amish girls (five died) with the emphasis on the aftermath and the experience of trauma by various members of the Lancaster County community. Read Kim Jackson’s review of the PlayMakers Repertory Company production.
It’s hard to reconcile the Temple Theatre/RhinoLeap production of Jason Robert Brown’s THE LAST 5 YEARS. On the one hand, the performances are quite good and well worth seeing. On the other hand, the haphazardness of the show, from its structure to some of the creative choices, is puzzling. Read Lauren Van Hemert’s RDU on Stage review of the Temple Theatre/RhinoLeap production of Jason Robert Brown’s THE LAST 5 YEARS.
Theater Review: Theatre in the Park’s ‘The Santaland Diaries’ Hauls Out the Holly (and Laughs) for a 13th Time
Read Lauren Van Hemert’s RDU on Stage Triangle theater review of the Theatre in the Park production of THE SANTALAND DIARIES.
There is something so smile-worthy about The Justice Theatre Project’s Black Nativity, it’s divine. Read Lauren Van Hemert’s review of The Justice Theater Project’s production of Langston Hughes’ BLACK NATIVITY.
Similar to Shakespeare, the musical Camelot by Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe, offers ample opportunities for creative interpretation. Read Kim Jackson’s review of the Burning Coal Theatre production.
Theater Review: Raleigh Little Theatre’s Production of ‘Cinderella’ is Big, Beautiful, and Beginning to Move in the Right Direction
It takes more than a team of mice and a Fairy Godmother to get Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual holiday production of Cinderella off the ground. In fact, it takes a cast of 29, a band of six, two dozen production staff members, and nearly 100 volunteers to make this production happen. Read Lauren Van Hemert’s review of the 2019 production of RLT’s CINDERELLA.
The holiday season ushers in a sleigh full of traditions, including the requisite shows reflecting uplifting tales of reconciliation. That sweet sentimentality takes center stage with North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre’s (NRACT’s) production of Fruitcakes by Julian Wiles. Read Kim Jackson’s review.
After 15 seasons, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern presents as its final show Céline Dion Live at the Gaza Strip, a cabaret conceived and directed by Jaybird O’Berski. Read Kim Jackson’s review of Little Green Pig’s final show.
The Lythgoe Family Panto production of A Snow White Christmas puts a comedic, holiday spin on the classic Snow White story. Read what Junior Critic Zara Van Hemert has to say about the show.