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.
Recap of the productions and performances that stood out to RDU on Stage Theater Critics Lauren Van Hemert and Kim Jackson in 2019.
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.
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.
The touring production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is akin to a cup of hot cocoa on a blustery winter day. It’s theatrical comfort food that stirs up memories of a seemingly simpler time and leaves its audience feeling all warm and cozy inside. Read Lauren Van Hemert’s review of the show.
For White Christmas’ Kelly Sheehan, tap dancing is just part of her DNA. “I’ve been tapping since I can remember,” she says. “It’s always been, you know, just what I do.”
“If we can’t have a conversation with our past, then what will be our future? Who are we? And more importantly, who will we become?”