Once upon a time, before the fast-paced world of entertainment we’re accustomed to, there was Noël Coward. His plays were the height of upper crust British humor, depicting high society and often sinking to the lowest depths of humanity (thereby mocking the stereotype). Coward’s style and wit became the forbear of early cinema and the […]
Everything about the production was magical from the moment the lights went down and the music came up.
The only thing more awkward than having awkward sex is talking about it. Onstage. To an audience of strangers. But the femmes fatales of Awkward Sex … and the City will do just that at Lexington Avenue Brewery on Thursday, March 19.
The inaugural Asheville Amadeus Festival — which runs March 17-22 — sees the Asheville Symphony Orchestra team up not only with Highland Brewing Co., but also with local groups ranging from N.C. Stage Company and the Asheville Art Museum to the Blue Ridge Orchestra and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville.
“I wanted to use the arts to bring diverse communities together, so we could share our likenesses instead of our differences,” says Joseph Robinson, organizer of Tales on Market Street.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week’s coverage features Chuck Brodsky’s eleventh studio album, an owl enthusiast’s quest to depict a catalogue of his favorite feathered creatures, plus Anam Cara’s move to pay its directors for their hard work.
Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective has never shied away from uncomfortable themes. In the last five years, the group brought activism to the stage while making a distinct impact on the local theater landscape.
Now in its third season of presenting childhood favorites through theater, ACA will employ puppetry by co-founder Abby Felder and the talent of professional actors to reveal the big bad wolf’s alibi in this “hilarious rock musical.”
The sparse staging of Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, performed in the Haywood Arts Region Theatre‘s new Feichter Studio, puts the focus on a trio of actors. They are confronted by harrowing pasts and deadly choices in the present that may bend the future of a recently democratized nation. The use of an old […]
Rarely Theatre’s cast for its second outing is a who’s who assembled from a variety of other companies. Theatergoers will recognize the names behind the scintillating production of Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar — an evening of theater that is both thought-provoking and wildly entertaining in a voyeuristic and slightly sadistic way. Director Scott Keel’s talented group […]
The musical A Chorus Line ran on Broadway from 1975 to 1990 and won practically every award that existed for theater during its run. Asheville Community Theatre’s production is presented by Aloft, and runs through Sunday, March 1. It’s directed by Chanda Calentine with musical direction by Gary Mitchell and choreography by Tina Pisano-Foor. Mother-daughter […]
From the side-splittingly funny, fanny-exposing opening to the tear-jerking conclusion, NC Stage Company‘s production of Sharr White’s Annapurna is a tour de force on every level. Charlie Flyn-McIver’s direction is spot on, and the play is set within the tiny, messy slum of a single-wide trailer. That set, by scenic designer Julie K. Ross and […]
Toy Box Theatre’s Keith Shubert created the concept for this kid-friendly puppet show in 2011. With help from Madison J. Cripps (Cripps Puppets) and Tiny Wonder puppeteer Valerie Meiss, Shubert took his mischievous marionette on the road, amassing an increasing fanbase since.
“A Chorus Line is a brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama,” reads a press release for the forthcoming Asheville Community Theatre production. Directed by Chanda Calentine and originally created by Michael Bennett, this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical affords audiences “a behind-the-scenes look at an audition process as well as […]
Ever since its 2011 printing, E.L. James’ erotic romance novel 50 Shades of Grey has been an inescapable presence in pop culture. While as literature — 500 pages of dominance, submission, bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism stitched together with little character development — James’ “mommy porn” leaves much to be desired, there’s no doubting the […]
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival’s shows at The Mothlight featured an empowering female double bill that also fully embraced its international heritage with a pair of talented performers from the United Kingdom.
The eclectic double-bill embraced the raw and slightly rough-around-the-edges aspects that make Fringe such a visceral delight to watch.
When Martin Dockery touched down in Dakar, Senegal, on his way to Timbuktu, Mali, his luggage was gone. The traveler from New York City had nothing but his passport, his Lonely Planet guidebook and a copy of Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi. He didn’t speak any local languages, he didn’t have a change of […]
For its past two appearances at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, local avant-garde theater company Anam Cara presented original pieces created by an ensemble. For 2015, its players are trying something slightly more traditional while still keeping with the Jan. 22-25 event’s focus on cross-genre collaboration and innovative performances. “The goal of Fringe is to […]
If you want an evening of heaps with laughter, this is the show for you. Magnetic takes a few dashes of comedy spice and ladles on the special sauce that is this talented ensemble.
MountainTrue is presenting two upcoming live shows that celebrate the life and adventures of John Muir, an early advocate of wilderness preservation in the U.S.