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Monday, August 30, 2010

Return to Sender: GroundUP's Letter from Algeria
needs more postage after out-of-town tryouts

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 6:47 PM

GroundUP Productions graphic by Wade Dansby 3LETTER FROM ALGERIA1 1/2 stars out of 5 GroundUP ProductionsKenan Theater, UNCClosed Aug. 29 Beware, New York City: Ali is coming! (At last: Now I know what Masaji Sieji must have felt like in the 1954 classic, Godzilla.) As a character, this one-woman juggernaut is Margo Channing with a chainsaw, a drama school diva able to size up a room with a glance (well, a dorm room, anyway), and lay waste to its inhabitants with her invariably oversized gestures, her raw—or, at least, uncooked—sexuality, and a literally endless series of terribly witty putdowns. Though...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Notes from the NCGLFF filmmakers' party

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 1:35 PM

DURHAM—The license plate on the car parked near mine across the street from the Carolina Theatre read, “ASK TELL.” Though North Carolina was long burdened with the anti-gay views of the late Sen. Jesse Helms, the attitude in downtown Durham was out and proud as the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival celebrated its 15th year—and a new attitude for festivals in the area. Approximately 500 filmmakers and festival-goers were present for the event, a simple tent with music, chairs and hors d’oeuvres with a bar (and, there was also free ice cream, the truest sign of a good...

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