June 2011


Annah Billips may or may not have a sister named Ginger, who may or may not have once been part of Annah’s brain until she was removed by Annah’s dad, who may or may not be a mad scientist. For that matter, Annah may or may not be crazy.

What’s the truth? Find out for yourself as you’re guided through Annah’s life by a host of narrators, from Annah herself to friends, passers-by, and the occasional animal. It’s the oddball tale of Gingerbread Girl, that’s newly-available from Top Shelf Productions…or you can read the whole thing online.

Read our interviews with the creators here!

 

“In the world of Battlepug, a hot tattooed naked chick narrates to a couple of talking puppies epic story of a brave warrior, whose rise to power involves the slaughter of Santa Claus and a harp seal (in fairness, both had it coming). His path will lead him to a giant, drooling pug dog. Together, they will become the stuff of legend.”

If that doesn’t intrigue you, then there is no hope for you.

Read our interview with the creator of this insanity here!

From the streets of Portland comes a hilarious murder non-mystery with tons of bizarre characters.

Read the full interview here!

The co-creator of the hit web series talks Sparks, Jagermonsters and more!

Read the full interview here!

Eric Powell’s The Goon is insane enough. But what happens when he invites Evan Dorkin, creator of Milk and Cheese and Beasts of Burden into his world?

Insanity, duh.

Brave the madness here!

Michael Frayn’s Noises Off is an excellent fit for Theatre in the Park, which has staged a number of farces with the energy level up to 11 in recent seasons. Frayn’s 1982 hit about the thoroughly inept staging of a play is an open ticket for actors to ham it up, and some inspired performances provide big laughs in the slightly overlong production.

Read the full review here!

Despite a few flickers of promise, Green Lantern burns out

Posted by Zack Smith on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Green Lantern
Two stars
Opens today everywhere

Warner Brothers, which owns DC Comics, has a problem. They own 75 years’ worth of DC Comics characters, but only Superman and Batman have proved capable of headlining multimillion-dollar franchises in the past decade, while arch-rival Marvel Comics has figured out how to monetize the lesser-known-likes of Iron Man and Thor. Their solution to this, along with the inevitable demise of the Harry Potter franchise, is Green Lantern, an action figure-friendly fusion of Spider-Man and Star Wars that isn’t as dire as some early reviews have claimed, but suffers from a few too many cooks stirring the (pea-green) soup.

Read the full review here!

Those who still have the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack at the top of their iTunes playlists should get a kick out of WMKS: Where Music Kills Sorrow. Playing in repertory at N.C. State’s TheatreFest 2011, it’s a very slight but occasionally entertaining irony-free look at Southern old-time radio that boasts every rustic cliché from a singing cowboy to the Ku Klux Klan. Under the direction of Allison Bergman, this production occasionally generates audience goodwill with its spirited performances.

Read the full review here!

The voice of half of THE SIMPSONS’ Springfield and 1/3 of Spinal Tap talks about his New Orleans documentary.

Read the full interview here!

The Dixie Swim Club at NCSU’s “Southern Comfort”-themed Theatrefest 2011

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The Dixie Swim Club

Theatrefest 2011 at University Theatre, NCSU
Through June 12

Your enjoyment of The Dixie Swim Club, the first entry in N.C. State University’s “Southern Comfort”-themed Theatrefest 2011, will depend on how many times you’ve seen this story before. There have been many tales of Southern women holding on to lifelong friendships throughout ups and downs, Steel Magnolias being perhaps the best-known example. This particular interpretation does nothing innovative to the concept, but for some audience members, it’s a serviceable introduction to this oft-told tale.

Read the full review here

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