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Friday, January 15, 2010

PlayMakers actor, UNC DDA teacher Kenneth P. Strong, dead at 52

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Kenneth Strong, an actor and teacher with PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Department of Dramatic Art since 1979, died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 12. Strong had fought glioblastoma brain cancer since 2007, a battle whose early rounds were documented by arts journalist Orla Swift in a Nov. 25, 2007 feature story in the Raleigh News and Observer. Strong had achieved distinction for his memorable contributions to over 50 PlayMakers productions, including Pericles, The Little Prince, God's Man in Texas, and Art.  He also performed in a 1996 Broadway revival of "Inherit the Wind" with George C. Scott, in addition to...

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Indy critic Byron Woods selected for Kennedy Center college theater festival teaching position

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Longtime Indy theater and dance critic Byron Woods has been invited to teach the National Critics Institute's theater criticism intensive seminar and to serve as critic-in-residence for the 2010 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). KCACTF serves more than 18,000 college and university theater students each year, in programming all across the country. Woods is one of eight theater critics nationwide chosen to serve this festival, and he will be the critic in residence in Region VI, which includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The Region VI conference will take place at Amarillo College, located...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jennifer Coolidge: More than just a MILF

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM

[caption id="attachment_1674" align="alignleft" width="204" caption="Jennifer Coolidge in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call—New Orleans, which plays its final Triangle engagement Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. (Photo courtesy of First Look Pictures)"] It took one simple acronym to put Jennifer Coolidge in the public eye: "MILF." Since her appearance as the teen-deflowering Stifler's mom in 1999's American Pie, the actress says she's been inundated with scripts for "horny mother and trophy wife" roles. But she looks back on the part with fondness: "It's gotten me a lot of dates." Coolidge will appear at Goodnight's for a stand-up...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Slamming for a Touch (and other prizes): Spoken word competition Friday night at PlayMakers

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Word to the slammers — and all of the other spoken word and poetry performance practitioners in the region: Following the Friday, Jan. 15 performance of The Big Bang by Universes, PlayMakers Rep will sponsor a spoken word performance competition in Kenan Theater. Prizes to be awarded include a 3rd-generation Apple Ipod Touch. The three-round competition is for original works, performed by their creators, on any subject, in any style. Performances in each round will be timed, and must be under three minutes in length (with a 30-second grace period before penalties will be assessed). Each poem may only...

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