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Friday, May 27, 2011

Pulping Dixie: Poet Kay Byer and the complexity of race in the South

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Any writing about race relations in the South will have its limitations. One’s experiences are never comprehensive. One’s skin color and background are hardly choices. In an important way, any individual book, essay, article, or poem about racism and the South aspires primarily to contribute to the totality of literature on the subject, rather than to overcome it. They’re part of an interminable conversation upon an unresolvable issue. And only time determines which books and works count more than others. Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer’s new collection Southern Fictions, a series of sonnets coming out of black-white...

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Diagnosis: aesthetic anorexia
MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE at Burning Coal

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Peace activist Rachel CorrieMY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE1.5 stars (out of 5)Wait Till You See ThisBurning Coal Theatrethrough May 22 There’s minimalism. There’s out-and-out starkness. And then—unfortunately—there’s the form of aesthetic anorexia that director Tea Alagic and actor Alice Turner have come up with in this production of MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE. Throughout theatrical history, more than one director has wisely advised an actor facing an emotionally daunting text to “let the words do the work.” Generally, that means an actor should do less with a text to achieve more; gauging the intrinsic impact the words already have so...

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lost at sea: the new, and perhaps last, Pirates of the Caribbean film

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Photo by Peter Mountain/ DisneyJohnny Depp againPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides* *Opens Friday everywhere Early in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Johnny Depp’s Capt. Jack Sparrow must devise an escape from the heart of King George’s court. His throwaway rearrangement of an armchair, a stray napkin tossed on the floor, even a cream puff he skewers onto an overhead chandelier are mere components in an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine designed to facilitate Sparrow’s flight. The scene pointedly seeks to answer the recurring question over Sparrow’s renowned unorthodoxy: “Do you think he plans it all out, or...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Carolina Wren Press author Jeanne Leiby dies

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Jeanne Leiby, 1964-2011Some slightly belated and very sad news coming across the desk here: Jeanne M. Leiby, who was the Editor of the Southern Review (out of Louisiana State University) and whose debut collection of short stories, Downriver, was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2007, died last month in a single-car accident on Interstate 10 near Baton Rouge. Driving a convertible with the top down, and apparently not wearing a seat belt, she lost control of the car and hit a guardrail, throwing her from the car. She was 46 years old. Leiby was much beloved in the literary...

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cutting thinning HAIR:
A new conspiracy theory about an old rock musical

Posted By on Sun, May 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

(c) Joan Marcus, 2010Steel Burkhardt and Paris Remillard in the touring production of HAIRHAIR2.5 stars (out of 5)Durham Performing Arts Centerthrough May 15 I believe I’ve stumbled upon a late-breaking conspiracy theory—so please say you heard it here first: A Vast (or, possibly, Half-Vast) Right Wing Conspiracy is actually funding the revival and tour of that touchstone 60s rock musical, HAIR. Impossible, you say? Hard to believe? Beyond the realm of possibility? Yes, I thought all those things, too—once. But then I saw the touring version this week at Durham Performing Arts Center. And then I started connecting all the...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Cybill Shepherd withdraws from North Carolina Theatre's Hello, Dolly!; our interview is here

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Courtesy of NC TheatreNorth Carolina Theatre announced this morning that Cybill Shepherd has withdrawn from its upcoming production of Hello, Dolly! after suffering an injury at her residence. [See note below.] According to Kristin Buie, spokesperson for the Raleigh-based theater company, Shepherd sustained her injury on a staircase last Wednesday morning. She soldiered on through the rest of the day, but on Thursday afternoon, a medical exam revealed that she had sustained a tibial plateau fracture and severe ankle sprain. The decision to replace her was made Friday afternoon, Buie said. Although there is an understudy for the role, NC...

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