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
Up All Night Theater Co. and Browncoat Pub and Theatre opens 2015 with an adaptation of Rian Johnson’s 2005 indie-film “Brick.” Z.F. Mims directed the show and adapted the script from Johnson’s film and a novella... READ FULL PIECE
In Memoriam: Lou Criscuolo leaves behind theatre legacy in Wilmington Dec 16 •
There are giants that walk among men, true princes. Though closer to five feet in actual height, Lou Criscuolo certainly stood head and shoulders above the rest. Actor, director, father, husband, partner, mentor, teacher—Lou was many things to many people. In the Port City, he was best known as the founder of Opera House Theatre Company in 1985. Over the weekend, on December 14, Opera House announced: “Lou Criscuolo made his final curtain speech just after 8 p.m. last evening.” Read Full Story
Something Worthwhile: All the elements come together in ‘Red’ Jul 8 •
Thalian Association continues its newly revived second-stage summer season at the Red Barn Theatre with John Logan’s “Red.” The Tony and Drama Desk award-winning play explores the eternal question of what art is or is not through an exploration of Mark Rothko.
Duality is central to the questions explored in this show. To that end, playwright John Logan has two characters: a fictional art student named Ken (Patrick Basquill) and his employer, Read Full Piece
Over the Rainbow with Spectacle: Opera House Theatre Company succeeds with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Jun 10 •
In 1900 L. Frank Baum published “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” a book that, perhaps, is the quintessential American fairy tale. Though it had multiple incarnations in vaudeville and in early cinema, the 1939 MGM film has become firmly placed in imaginations across the country. Changes made for the movie have become part of the story Read Full Story
A Comedy of Successes: ‘Comedy of Errors’ keeps the laughs coming through mistaken identities Jun 17
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It might be an understatement to say that Bill Shakespeare is a writer of great breadth. He is possibly one of the greatest authors of tragedies for the stage. His histories fascinate with specific propaganda of the time, and his comedies will make sides split from laughter. It’s like Gene Wilder, Herman Wouk and Oliver Stone all rolled into one incredibly prolific brain.
Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green, our annual outdoor Shakespeare festival, has decided to go full bore for the laughs this year with “Comedy of Errors.” Directed by Robb Mann, Read Full Story
Solid Evening: Red Barn Studio Theatre brings comedy to its intimate stage
Last autumn Thalian Association took over 3rd Street’s Red Barn Studio from Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas. The association announced the intention of resurrecting their summer season of straight plays in the intimate space. Last fall Tom Briggs directed “Other Desert Cities” as the inaugural show. Currently, Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (VSMS), directed by Nicole Farmer, ushers in the summer season. Read full review
Epic Rock Musical: ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ blows the lid off City StageMay 20
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman rocks out City Stage. The biopic of President Andrew Jackson, envisions him as a lead singer of a punk band. Every minute of the show has been worth the wait to see.“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” opened in New York at The Public Theater in 2009. The Public is a well-respected incubation point for many shows that are ahead of their time but go on to become iconic: “Hair,” “A Chorus Line” and “Passing Strange” name but a few. If there is one overriding premise of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” it is this: Read full review here