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Re: “The Landing

Sometimes classical music fans enjoy a symphony concert, and at other times a chamber music concert of Beethoven’s “late quartets”. Sometimes it is great to see a large-scale musical on Broadway or on tour at DPAC, but is also delightful to see a work such as The Landing, a set of three small jewels now at the Deep Dish Theater. For this work, John Kander, who wrote the music for Cabaret and Chicago, has now brought us a chamber musical. At the Deep Dish we see four musicians accompanying four actors playing different roles in three short works. Instead of bringing us another big musical, 86-year-old John Kander has brought us his own late quartets.

Last year Kander teamed up with 35-year-old playwright Greg Pierce to bring us The Landing in New York. This fall, Paul Frellick of Deep Dish Theater is staging The Landing for its second time. Paul Frellick’s direction is spare, clean, and not self-indulgent. What adds to the stories’ poignancy is the use of the unamplified instruments and voices.

One of the themes of the three stories is that of loneliness and the longing -- and need -- for companionship of different kinds. You will also find common themes among the three stories made clear in the third play, but that each has its own unique twist.

The acting is all top-level. In the second, Mark Ridenour gives an extraordinary performance. Yet he still gives actress Erin Tito enough room to perform amazingly in what is the lead role. With disciplined acting, the second story is a well-crafted example of the theater of the absurd. Equal to the first two actors – and giving us an acting clinic of his own -- is John Allore in a series of small cameos (some of which are stunning) and well as principal roles. The three actors work well-together with marvelous performances by thirteen-year-old Neil Bullard. Under Frellick’s direction, the ensemble plays well together in all three chamber musicals.

In the future, playwright Greg Pierce could certainly write larger-scale plays or musical dramas. But many of us would also be delighted if he and Kander kept working on their own, small-scale works until Kander is 96.

Don’t miss “The Landing” at the Deep Dish Theater. Its three chamber musicals are jewels.

Rich Haney

Posted by RichHaney on 11/02/2014 at 8:23 PM


The bronzed chorus rawk!!! They're gonna be the next aerosmith!!!

Posted by Shamus Johnson on 10/30/2014 at 2:07 PM

Re: “One Tribe Fest

Going to be Great! Live music, Art, gifts, healers, intuitives, kids corner, sword group, lectures and so much more! Can't wait!!!

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Posted by Dulce Levitz on 10/27/2014 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Durham Symphony Orchestra

Join the Durham Symphony Orchestra for a free, fun family event featuring selections from Stravinsky’s Infernal Dance from the Firebird Suite, Meredith Willson’s 76 Trombones and Williams’ Imperial March from Star Wars. Don your Halloween costumes to enter our Best Costume Contest and enjoy great Halloween-inspired music featuring the 65+ piece DSO. Enjoy a stunning visual performance by Paperhand Puppet Intervention. High Strung Petting Zoo will have a hands-on exhibit. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase starting at 6 pm.

Posted by Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse on 10/13/2014 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Lucien Baird Fashion Show

Great young fashion designer

Posted by Anthony Garcia-Copian on 10/09/2014 at 12:23 AM

Re: “The Affectionates, Heavy Mind, Diadem, Justin Chete

awesome thanks! The Affectionates give this review five out of five stars. here is the ep!

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Posted by Jeremy Blair on 10/08/2014 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Raleigh Junior Rollers Fall Brawl Double Header

More event info can be found here!…

Posted by Maureen Busuttil-Fennell on 09/27/2014 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkeybirds

This is going to be good one! They knocked us silly in their recent show at King's. Don't miss it!

Posted by Fuzzsonic on 09/24/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Xanadu

Huge fun romp on roller skates!

Posted by Ann Haigler on 09/18/2014 at 7:29 PM

Re: “10 Years of Hyperdub with Kode 9, DJ Spinn, Taso and Scratcha DVA

Joe, this won't be a Badman Sound feature, at least this time, but that's certainly in my mind for the future. Thanks for reading, of course.

Posted by Grayson Currin, INDY Music Editor on 09/17/2014 at 12:57 PM

Re: “10 Years of Hyperdub with Kode 9, DJ Spinn, Taso and Scratcha DVA

I did indeed go! I hope what you're hinting at is a Badman Sound feature... I've been waiting for that article for a long time. Sean and Steph (and Uzoma, among others) have put Raleigh on the map for the whole 'bass' scene. They are part of bringing the sound system movement to the Triangle... A movement that forces listeners to think about the relationship between music and its intended venue. An experience that can only be replicated in clubs, with other people, and certain types of music.

Posted by Joe Chapman on 09/17/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “10 Years of Hyperdub with Kode 9, DJ Spinn, Taso and Scratcha DVA

Joe, thanks for the comments. I'll let Mr. Soderberg respond to your longer comments, but just so you know, I'll be writing about the show for a piece next week and mentioning the custom sound system that indeed came in. Sounded great. Did you go?

Posted by Grayson Currin, INDY Music Editor on 09/17/2014 at 11:39 AM

Re: “10 Years of Hyperdub with Kode 9, DJ Spinn, Taso and Scratcha DVA

"The 'dub' part of the subgenre made some sense, referring to the weed-heavy percussion that offered a dungeon's echo of dub reggae, paired with patient, artful two-step beats."

Common misconception. If you listen to any of these DJs, their dub/reggae influence is minimal. The dub in hyperdub refers more to dubplates than it does to the... "weed-heavy percussion" of reggae (could that description be any lazier? What the fuck does a "weed-heavy" snare sound like?). "Dub" is a reference to DJ culture -- cutting dubs, playing obscure B sides, etc.

What should the reader expect for this show? Dubstep and "very-out-there electronic" music? Sure, you can read the Wiki page and listen to 9 Samurai, but if you looked any further than that, you'd know that Kode9 and Hyperdub are so far removed from the dubstep scene at this point that this preview is anachronistic and does nothing to explain what these guys are currently playing.

People worked hard to bring this show to Raleigh... And no mention of the custom speaker rig brought out for the event... what a fuckin' preview

Posted by Joe Chapman on 09/17/2014 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Urban Art Show

Not your ordinary gallery show. The collection, never before seen by the public, will be on display in a century old subterranean room for one night only, and combines a variety of techniques, mediums, custom built installations, all designed to stimulate your senses and set your mind racing. Come for the experience, stay for the party. Show 8-11, Party till 1

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Posted by Tony Waldron on 09/08/2014 at 3:00 PM

Re: “NC Triangle Gluten Intolerance Fair

This is a gluten-free and allergen friendly fall fun fair for individuals who are Celiacs, non-celiac gluten-sensitive, gluten-free for other medical reasons, or the community at large.

NC FACES is a volunteer-only support group for food-allergic families and will receive a portion of the proceeds.

We're running a back-to-school special until September 20th!
$15 for adults, $12.00 for children under 12
***No charge for children under 2 years of age***

Back-to-school special until September 20th!
$20.00 for adults; $12 for children under 12
***No charge for children under 2 years of age***

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Posted by writer14 on 09/07/2014 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Hopscotch Day Party: The Chris Stamey Band, Jack the Radio, Less Western

Thanks for listing my set! Billing really should be "The Chris Stamey Group" fyi!

Posted by Julia Stamey on 09/05/2014 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Greek Festival 2014

The food is amazing and the entertainment is great for the entire family! Highly recommended!

Posted by EE on 09/02/2014 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Weird Al Yankovic Burlesque Tribute

This is going to be a great show! Local Performers and Performers from Greensboro! Come check out an awesome show that you are not going to want to miss!

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Posted by Ashe Smith on 08/26/2014 at 7:21 PM

Re: “12 Years a Slave

The director, Steve McQueen is not an "African-American." He is British.

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Posted by Vuncannon on 08/19/2014 at 5:01 PM

Re: “RALAK Reggae Festival: Midnite, Crucial Fiya, Ras Kofi Da Farmah, Incient Rootsman, Jahmanna, Amazin Papa G, War General, Unit 3, Ashanti Selassie, Nuby Dan, Sister Iyata Safari, Nyahbinghi Youth Choir, Anjahla Marie, Cayenne the Lion King, Addis Crew

One of the Best Family Friendly Events of the Year!!! The event is held at Stone Circles, a 70 acre farm/spiritual retreat...An Excellent outdoor atmosphere...More Information and ticket purchasing can be found at!

Hope to see you there!!!

Posted by rasaziz on 08/16/2014 at 12:31 PM

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