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Re: “Theater Review: Dogfight's Regional Premiere at NRACT Is Rich in Emotion But Meager in Staging

I agree that the vocal work is incredible! And, I thought that the well-made and beautifully-designed set really supported the play and facilitated the transitions -- having to go from various interiors to the jungles of Viet Nam, it proved to be very effective, and appropriate for the stage at NRACT. This musical is a must-see!

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Posted by Judy Dove on 07/22/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Theater Review: Dogfight's Regional Premiere at NRACT Is Rich in Emotion But Meager in Staging

In the last 5 years, 11 of the 15 musicals NRACT produced were premieres in the region. I commend them for taking risks and showing us something new.

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Posted by James Ilsley on 07/20/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “The Bookshop Brought Many Rare and First Editions—and Two Famous Cats—to Franklin Street for Thirty-Two Years

Instead of luxury apartments(AHEM Carborro) and new restaurants, build more parking?!(Just one parking garage would help a lot, cover it with art and make it not ugly) It's not that hard. The Bookshop and its cats will be missed. We need more unique, small and affordable shops to attract both tourists, students and locals. I miss the thrift store and now the comicbook this. Franklin st is a wasteland of restaurants, most are chains and nothing special at all. Why not give us an independent coffee shop instead of a revamped Starbucks? Why not a really sweet vintage store?

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Posted by ammi on 07/17/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Movie Review: A Dog's Purpose Rolls Over and Plays Dead Under Its Own Heart-Tugging Weight

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Posted by peter bello on 07/17/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Bookshop Brought Many Rare and First Editions—and Two Famous Cats—to Franklin Street for Thirty-Two Years

The last thing Chapel Hill needs is another damn restaurant.

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Posted by Chrysser on 07/14/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “ADF Review: Hillel Kogan's We Love Arabs Lags Behind a Cultural Conversation Already Well Underway in Our Region's Performing Arts Scene

Wow. I guess you can't recognize brilliant satire when you see it. This was an amazing performance that if you were tuned in to the realities of the situation over there, you would understand how accurately Hillel and Adi reflected the many dimensions of complexities associated with trying to make peace. Some times you have to laugh at the absurdity in order to get a fresh perspective.

I say Bravo!


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Posted by Sam Bayer on 06/16/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Theater Review: The Amusing Tea with Edie & Fitz Strains to Make Hay From a Gin-Soaked Dust-Up Between Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald

The photo in this article is of Jackson Cooper and Katie Barrett, as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda, not of Rachel Klem, who played Edith Wharton in the production.

Posted by David Akiva Klionsky on 06/15/2017 at 1:31 PM
Posted by RKlem on 05/19/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Common Ground Theatre Is Gone, But Some of Its Resources and Its Role Live on in Walltown Children's Theatre

Thanks for the nice article and acknowledgement, Byron. I would like to put a gentle dedication out to my father, Peter Klem, who gave Common Ground the initial $20000 loan (interest free!) for most of that equipment. Common Ground ALMOST paid off that debt by the time he passed away last October. But it was his single generous contribution that made CGT possible and I am very happy to have his legacy continue at Children's Walltown Theatre. Thanks, Peter Klem, for being a great supporter of the arts.

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Posted by RKlem on 05/19/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Movie Review: In King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Guy Ritchie Gets Medieval on Our Collective Asses

I thought it was a great movie. The acting was believable, special effects were good, story was balanced and the music was so powerful and haunting. I loved it. One of my fav action movies.

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Posted by Cat Jackson on 05/12/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Op-Ed: Revitalization Without Gentrification: The Scrap Exchange in Durham’s Lakewood Neighborhood

Revitalization = Gentrification and a mentality that says the area needs to be made great again. I don't get how publications like Indy Week say they are against people like Trump yet support policies that displace vulnerable groups.

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Posted by John Curtis Smith on 04/16/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Full Frame: Dina Is Earning Acclaim for Its Portrait of Love and Autism. But Is It Illuminating or Exploitative?

I haven't seen the movie, so I won't comment on the reading of the documentary. Just want to say that according to many autistic self-advocacy groups and neurodiversity models of disability, wishing for an alternative film that "emphasizes" a figure's "triumph over the adversities" of autism has its own problems. This wish has its roots in the medical model of disability which treats cognitive difference as disease and therefore something to be fixed and a moral model which treats disability as something an individual can "triumph over." Both models shield autism from understanding by the general populace and perpetuate the notion that geneticists and individual gumption are all that's needed when what is really lacking is education of the non autistic and the funding of social programs for the disabled.

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Posted by Max Brzezinski on 04/10/2017 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Full Frame: An Avetts Agnostic Finds Some Faith in May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

BTW, I see that Indy Week expresses the right to remove comments that include ad hominem attacks. Do you remove blogs that include them as well? Oh the irony.

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Posted by Robin Elizabeth on 04/10/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Full Frame: An Avetts Agnostic Finds Some Faith in May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

Oy! Here we go again. You guys are like a dog with a bone. Let it go.

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Posted by Robin Elizabeth on 04/10/2017 at 7:07 PM
Posted by Mark 1 on 04/10/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Full Frame: An Avetts Agnostic Finds Some Faith in May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

Where's your argument for how the band is apolitical (not that I disagree) and why it's relevant? It seems like a personal beef to me.

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Posted by Jen Cox on 04/10/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Full Frame: An Avetts Agnostic Finds Some Faith in May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

I don't understand why being publicly apolitical is a bad thing. And that sentiment really only applies to Scott and Seth. Most of the rest of the band does not hesitate to share their politics. Just because they don't carry a picket sign and scream it in their lyrics, they are somehow less than?

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Posted by americanamusicfan on 04/10/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Theater Review: The Harrowing Stories of Global Female Activists Dramatized in Seven: A Documentary Play

Thank you for attending and staying for talk back.

Posted by Sean Wellington on 04/06/2017 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Theater Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Lights Up the Mathematics of the Mind

When discussing this play, you need to be cautious not to imply that it's an accurate depiction of autism. Mark Haddon admits to knowing nothing about the condition, and many autistics hate his story for spreading misleading stereotypes about it. The best thing I've ever read on this situation was a review written by Elizabeth Bartmess for the blog Disability in the Kidlit. You can find other autistic opinions at, which I swear isn't a press release, or at least not a professionally written one.

Posted by Curio Onscreen on 02/25/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

First comment sounds like Crawford wrote it.

Posted by Chris Kassel on 02/24/2017 at 2:48 AM

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