Last year UNCW’s theatre department announced an ambitious undertaking for the season: twin productions of Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” and Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” The anticipation and curiosity generated by this announcement has continued to build. READ IN FULL
Big Dawg Productions starts their season off with a bang! (Or at least, a sold-out first weekend for “Dearly Beloved,” which is a wonderful beginning for the new year.) In the same way Neil Simon has been a crowd-pleaser in Wilmington for years, so is the writing trio known as Jones Hope Wooten (Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten). They have provided several hits for Big Dawg over the last few years, including “The Dixie Swim Club” and “The Hallelujah Girls.” READ FULL STORY
Thalian Association’s latest offering on the Main Stage of Thalian Hall is “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.” Conceived and created by Richard Maltby Jr. (lyricist for “Miss Saigon”) and William Meade (musical co-ordinator for the stage adaptation of “Saturday Night Fever”), “Ring of Fire” is more of a tribute show than a biography of the Man in Black.
“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash,” is obviously the only possible line to kick of this show, which most of the cast members recite when they come out for the opening number. READ FULL STORY