Reviews

Theater Review: Burning Coal’s Production of ‘Talley’s Folly’ Masterfully Ebbs and Flows

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.

Theater Review: ‘Rent’ Still Resonates with a New Generation of Theatergoers

“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: Solid Performances Can’t Rescue ‘The Last 5 Years’

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: 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.