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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Take it from us: Monty Python's Spamalot is for fans and non-fans alike

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Photo by Scott SuchmanThe Spamalot ensembleSPAMALOT* * * * starsNC Theatre@ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium A confession: I never totally understood the "classic" status of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I remember watching it for the first time in seventh grade at my friend’s house, and I remember how bewildered I was as she howled and quoted every line. I mean, it was amusing, but was it one of the funniest movies of all time? That seemed doubtful. It was so dumb and old-fashioned and low-budget and … British. I had the feeling I was missing the joke. So, as...

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Catch Me If You Can soars on live jumping jive—before a bumpy landing...

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Carol RoseggFrank Abagnale (Stephen Anthony) and friends, in Catch Me If You CanCATCH ME IF YOU CAN 3.5 stars (out of 5)Broadway Series South/NC TheatreThrough Nov. 11 Frank Abagnale’s life story, vividly related in the jazzy Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can, beggars belief. A prodigy as an adolescent (albeit at check kiting and gaming various mechanisms in the American financial system), before age 18 he’d rung up well over $1 million dollars in multiple bank frauds. By 21, he'd established and lived under at least eight separate assumed identities, posing (and traveling across the world) as an airline...

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Friday, December 2, 2011

It's a nice enough show—but is "A Christmas Story" really a local production?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 4:37 PM

photo by Carol RoseggClarke Hallum with that obscure object of desire, in A CHRISTMAS STORYA CHRISTMAS STORY3.5 stars out of 5Broadway Series South, N.C. Theatre, Hot Summer NightsThrough Dec. 4 Apparently there's some confusion about whose production of A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL is currently running in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. It's understandable enough. After all, this time last year, North Carolina Theatre and Hot Summer Nights collaborated with long-time Raleigh presenter Broadway Series South on a joint venture—a locally produced stage adaptation of Jean Shepherd's classic holiday tale, A Christmas Story. That gentle saga of triple dog dares, a table...

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Going green: "punchy" and "charming" Little Shop of Horrors

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Curtis Brown PhotographyLittle Shop of Horrors closes Sunday.LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSNC Theatre@Raleigh Memorial AuditoriumThrough Sept. 26 It’s rather odd how a retro-chic musical adapting a Roger Corman B-movie whose highlight is a giant man-eating plant puppet became a mainstay of musical theater. And yet, NC Theatre’s production Little Shop of Horrors proves the show remains as punchy and charming as ever, though “charming” is perhaps not the best phrase to describe a play where a key plot point involves dismemberment. Lighter than the original 1960 film but darker than the 1986 adaptation with Rick Moranis (where the original, darker ending...

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Celebrating the brief era of headbands, leg warmers, short-shorts and roller disco in Xanadu

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 4:04 PM

XANADU Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Jan. 28-31 For a film famously reviewed as "Xana-Don't," the ill-fated 1980 Olivia Newton-John/ Gene Kelly musical Xanadu lingers in the mind. True, it helped kill the movie musical, along with the careers of most people involved, but the color, spectacle and sheer wrongness of the whole venture gave it a certain cult appeal. And the Electric Light Orchestra songs weren't bad, either. As one who has seen multiple big-screen revivals of Xanadu and even butchered the theme song on a few karaoke nights, it's a pleasure to report that the stage musical, which premiered...

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Old songs, old terrors: Revisiting South Pacific

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 3:55 PM

South Pacific Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center Through Nov. 8, 831-6060 As audience members file into the theater to see this touring production of South Pacific, they see a huge screen hanging in front of the stage. It's covered with phrases that refer to the "Japs" and the human heads available as souvenirs. Striking a note of defiantly old-fashioned terror, this prop effectively sets the scene for audience, and reminds us that the original production, produced in 1949, came as America was still recovering from the trauma of World War II. This South Pacific is the touring production...

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cirques Go Berserk

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 2:19 PM

A male dancer catapults himself onto a small table on center stage. He slowly moves into a handstand, then contorts himself to lay perpendicular to the stage, supported by one hand. The audience clapped and cheered. It could only be a Cirque trick. But which Cirque? Obviously, what comes first to mind is Cirque du Soleil. I’ve never seen Cirque du Soleil live, but I grew up devoted to it on TV. Back in Bravo’s pre-Project Runway days, they used to air a lot of Cirque du Soleil specials, thus providing one of my first introductions to what...

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Thanks RobU. This review ran online only.

by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on Theater Review: Three Shakespeare Plays Are Pared Down to a Ninety-Minute Game of Dramatic Chess in Henry VI (Arts)

Great review! Since it was out in previous paper, how do we get this in print? Possible to order it?

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