Giving the typical summer outdoor theater experience a twist, director Scott Keel chose to stage the production with the audience on two sides of the cast. The actors played the show mostly on the new lower stage area.
Arthur Miller’s first big-hit play, All My Sons from 1947, is an intimate and moving tale of a munitions manufacturer in Ohio following World War II.
The show is lighthearted, fun, silly and filled with laughs for children and their parents. It works well on many levels. The songs are creative and charming.
Parkway Playhouse was forced to replace West Side Story with Grease, having lost the rights to the former when the authors boycotted North Carolina in protest of House Bill 2. Grease may ultimately be the better pick.
Set in post-McCarthy era Washington, D.C., Capital Liar follows the exploits of tabloid newsman Sly Goodwin. It’s onstage through Saturday, July 30.
The show is a tour de force for two actors, who assume the identities of the population of Tuna, Texas. It is a small town with the kind of colorful characters who would feel right at home at a Donald Trump rally.
The show contains adult language and delves into issues of racial relations. HCT is to be commended for its courage, and applauded for the deft execution of such delicate material.
Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective delivers another socially minded, thought-provoking production with an intriguing Martin Luther King Jr. drama.
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s production, onstage through Sunday, June 12, is visually spectacular and a charming show.
Most people know Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer-winning drama, Death Of A Salesman. The play is almost part of our collective DNA. Yet audiences will be surprised by the new production that is underway in the River Arts District.
The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville recently announced that permission to stage the classic musical Westside Story have been pulled by the rights holders. That loss came as a reaction to the state’s controversial House Bill 2, aka “the bathroom bill.”
The show is a lean, mean 90 minutes, with no intermission, and leaves the audience on its feet, cheering by the end. It manages to tell the compelling tale of the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, while also feeling intimate.
If you enjoy Southern-fried comedy, plucked right out of a family reunion in a Texas trailer park, then Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s 2016 season opener, The Red Velvet Cake War, is right up your alley. It’s onstage at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre through Sunday, April 17.
The latest offering, All in the Timing by David Ives, is a collection of smart, savvy and funny one-act plays. Ives’s writing is challenging yet accessible for young actors, and the short form is perfect for scene-study work.
This is not the first time local audiences have experienced Savanti. The show began as a short play as part of the Magnetic Midnight series several years ago. It was popular enough to warrant a fuller treatment, and was produced in 2013 during Magnetic’s tenure at the BeBe Theatre.
The latest production, Matters of Choice, consists of three original one-act offerings by local playwright Sue Bargeloh.
Scheming leads to misdirect and deception as Jeeves juggles the lives and ambitions of the characters who always circle back to him for guidance and enlightenment.
If you like a healthy dose of the unusual and quirky, when it comes to live entertainment, the 14th annual Asheville Fringe Arts Festival has just what you are looking for. Fringe, by definition, is on the outer edges of the mainstream, so it is safe for audiences to expect the unexpected.
Standouts include An Iliad, Art, Young Frankenstein and more.
After viewing the original Star Wars movie at age 7, a local writer and actor found the course of his life impacted by the film’s imagery and storyline. On the eve of the next Star Wars release, Jeff Messer recounts his personal history with the cinematic franchise.
North Carolina Stage Company’s sparsely staged production of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, written by Peter Rothstein, tells the tale of these men and these moments with epic emotional impact.