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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Growth observed—and growth still needed: Theater of the American South Festival 2010

Posted By on Sat, May 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM

THEATER OF THE SOUTH FESTIVAL:THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING3 starsBoykin Cultural Center, Wilson NCThrough May 30 CONCORD, VIRGINIA3 starsKennedy & Campbell TheaterBarton College, Wilson NCThrough May 30 WILSON, NC—It’s clear: The decisions are the ones you’d probably make if you were producing a major regional theater festival here, in a part of North Carolina formerly most renowned for world-class barbecue and audacious outsider art. Mix classics with contemporary, comedy with drama, a large cast show with a smaller, more intimate work—and, if you’re compelled to gamble, known with unknown. Recruit the region’s professional talent for creative management and leading roles...

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Main Street, the movie, surfaces in Cannes

Posted By on Sat, May 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeA night shoot on Main Street, DurhamA little more than a year ago, there was a motion picture production in downtown Durham. Called Main Street, the film starred Colin Firth, Patricia Clarkson, Ellen Burstyn, Orlando Bloom and Amber Tamblyn. But really, its strongest claim to being taken seriously was that the author of the screenplay was Horton Foote. Foote, who died in March 2009, is a big deal this year on Broadway as his Orphans' Home Cycle had a triumphant limited run during the winter, prompting plans for its transfer to Broadway in the fall....

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Stalking the Norris: The Bloody Cinema of ActionFest

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 3:37 AM

The bullet-ridden, blood-splattered poster outside Carolina Cinemas Asheville declares ActionFest “the film festival with a body count.” Indeed, over the next few days I’ll see about every possible way for a human being to be shot, impaled, exploded or receive a roundhouse kick to the head on camera. A few efforts might even be Oscar-worthy, head-kicks and all. I’ve driven to inaugural edition of the festival (held April 15-18), out of a desire to see some films that have been earning buzz on the festival circuit, and for the more elusive opportunity to meet action star/unlikely ironic pop-cultural icon Chuck...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Conflicting takes on what the body means:
5 stars for Body Awareness at Deep Dish Theater

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 3:24 PM

BODY AWARENESS5 STARS (highest recommendation) Deep Dish TheaterThrough May 22 byron.woods@gmail.com | Twitter: @byronwoods | Facebook: arts.byron.woods The tea lights gleamed like molten butter—the only source of light in the entire restaurant—as our host stooped to ignite the Cherries Junior Johnson. The sponge cake, soaked in moonshine, had just begun to flash-broil its little lake of rendered fruit and syrup as my companion leaned forward. “You’ve had such success with your writing,” she said, as I looked (demurely, I hoped) off to one side. “And you’re so high-functioning,” she marveled breathlessly, while the waiter’s hand-tossed mix of baking soda and...

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