In our digital surveillance era, with global, mechanized mapping and image-taking systems constantly running, the massive virtual archives that accumulate can exceed the reality of the actual landscape.
"It's very emotional, but it's one of those things that's like a gun to your head. I had to write this book, and I always knew I would."
Director Brian Yandle's Kindertransport reminds us that even those who avoided the Holocaust were still affected by it in painful ways that are not always clear.
Director Jeff Storer's unconventional staging of Uncle Vanya counsel us about the consequences of dreams deferred, inappropriate individual sacrifices and (alternate) lives spent waiting.
Rupert Holmes' musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' last, unfinished novel is a witty, winning ticket to a melodrama as it might have been staged in a scruffy London music hall at the turn of the last century.
The shows at the Nasher and Ackland raise awareness about an issue and express an issue-specific stance, intended to provoke a viewer to react against or act in concert with the artist.
Audiences, artists and critics have praised various facets of Shakespeare's art over the centuries. Thursday's opening of The Tempest at PlayMakers Rep made me grateful for one in particular: his resilience.
Mary Zimmerman's prismatic, witty and sometimes chilling adaptation deals with but a handful of some 250 myths that made up Ovid's ancient book of changes.
The level of self-control achieved by the playwright and director is matched by the actors, all of whom are fully in character and leave indelible impressions on the viewer.
John Oliver returns to DPAC after his acclaimed two-month stint guest-hosting Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
"The idea of having [DICE] the same weekend as the very well-organized and friendly NC Comicon, is for Durham to fully reflect comics culture for a weekend," says DICE organizer Rob Clough.