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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Electrical bugs cancel BUG's opening night at REP

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Raleigh Ensemble Players has just announced that an electrical problem in the theatrical lighting at its theater at 213 Fayetteville Street has forced the company to cancel its opening night performance of Tracy Letts' creepy psychological drama, BUG. BUG had been scheduled to open Thursday night, Oct. 28, but the work required to get the last-minute "bugs" out of the theatrical wiring will make Friday's performance the production's opening night. "During the final dress rehearsal on Thursday evening, we encountered some electrical issues," managing director Gary Williams wrote in an email to patrons early Thursday morning. "After several hours of...

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Building a musical—literally: BILLY ELLIOT at DPAC

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 8:33 AM

photo by Jeremy M. LangeMichael Dameski, one of five actors sharing the title role, performing during a press previewIn its first two years, Durham Performing Arts Center has hosted the professional touring versions of 12 Broadway musicals. But the demands of number 13, BILLY ELLIOT, which opens this Saturday, Oct. 30, have posed a set of challenges new to the venue. It’s forced DPAC to go dark for a month and a half—the longest period of inactivity since the center opened in November 2008. It’s converted the building’s spacious lobbies—on all four stories—into rehearsal spaces for the cast and orchestra....

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

John Hope Franklin Center Gallery hosts Freedarko basketball art show

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM

A view of the Freedarko John Hope Franklin Center galleryThe Freedarko collective blog has always taken an intense view of professional basketball and its heroes. Taking the whole of the NBA in their sights, Nathaniel Friedman (under the name Bethlehem Shoals) and his co-writers, sporting such tart nicknames as Dr. Lawyer IndianChief, Silverbird 5000, and Brown Recluse, Esq., bring a fresh, intellectual view of sport, especially the power and cult of personality around The Player. Their first book, The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac, deeply explored The Player. Now they have a second book, The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History...

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Friday, October 1, 2010

It's Pandemonium, but only through Sunday; rest of tour cancelled

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Squonkaphones in PandemoniumPANDEMONIUM Raleigh Memorial AuditoriumThrough Oct. 3Whether it's the haunting overtures made by glass bottlebellows or the claxon of squonkaphones and bicycle horns, Pandemonium, a new show by Stomp creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, found numerous ways to inspire its Raleigh Memorial Auditorium audience last night. But this is no Stomp redux. Instead, the Lost and Found Orchestra pursues a distinctly different melodic strategy. Unfortunately, Pandemonium is coming to an end only two weeks after the tour began in Miami. Today, the producers announced that after Sunday's performance, the remainder of the tour will be canceled. As reported...

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A weekend of escape: Reviewing the Escapism Film Festival

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 11:37 AM

“We really shook the pillars of Heaven, didn’t we?”—Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) in Big Trouble in Little China I’m sitting next to another journalist in the Carolina Theatre’s Cinema One on a Friday night, watching 1987’s Robocop on the big screen. “Best line coming up,” he whispers to me, moments before Kurtwood Smith’s character bursts through the door and deadpans, “Bitches leave.” A little later, I’m elbowing him. “Best random part,” I whisper as Paul McCrane’s character gets melted by toxic waste, thus creating an impromptu monster movie in the middle of the climax. We’re at the Escapism Film Festival,...

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