Setting our Sightlines on local theatre

We continued another year of the heavily trafficked Sightlines theatre-review project ( A collaboration between Xpress and contributors John Crutchfield, Lucia Del Vecchio Gray, Steven Samuels and guests, the online-only reviews attempt to provide honest and thoughtful criticism of almost every local theatre production. Watch for changes this year, as Samuels opens the Magnetic Field theatre, and Xpress looks to add more contributors. Interested? Write to

The most-commented articles this year:
1. Southern dis(Comfort) by Steven Samuels: (performed by visiting theatre artist Elisabeth Gray at Asheville Community Theatre)
2. RENT by guest reviewer Meg Hale (a Bioflyer Production at Diana Wortham)
3. The Beautiful Johanna by Steven Samuels (written by David B. Hopes and performed at N.C. Stage)
4. A Christmas Carol, reviewed by Lucia Del Vecchio Gray (a Montford Park Players production at the Masonic Temple)
5. Dead Man’s Cell Phone, reviewed by John Crutchfield (N.C. Stage)

The most-viewed articles:
1. What the Butler Saw, reviewed by John Crutchfield (N.C. Stage)
2. Fringe on Wheels, reviewed by Steven Samuels (performed on the LaZoom bus during the Asheville Fringe Festival)
3. Steel Magnolias, reviewed by Lucia Del Vecchio Gray (Flat Rock Playhouse)
4. The Big Bang, reviewed by Lucia Del Vecchio Gray (Asheville Community Theatre)
5. Ruth, reviewed by Alli Marshall (written by John Crutchfield, performed at N.C. Stage)


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