Theater Review: Sam Shepard’s COWBOY MOUTH

Reprinted from the Indpendent Weekly Cowboy Mouth 22 OCT 2008  •  by Zack Smith Cowboy Mouth The Delta Boys @ Meymandi Theatre at the Murphey School Through Oct. 24 Sam Shepard’s dramas always veer into the rawest of human emotions—and the semiautobiographical Cowboy Mouth is perhaps his most personal work. The Delta Boys’ presentation at […]

Grant Morrison on ALL STAR SUPERMAN, Part Two

All Star Memories: Grant Morrison on All Star Superman, 2 By Zack Smith posted: 2008-10-22 09:45:00 ET Our 10-part look back at All Star Superman with writer Grant Morrison continues. This time out: Morrison’s favorite moments. The 12 Labors of Superman are finally enumerated. And we even get into the series’ unfortunate abbreviation. Read the […]

Richard Thompson on CUL DE SAC

The Strip Thing: Richard Thompson on Cul de Sac By Zack Smith posted: 2008-10-16 12:05:00 ET Cartoonist Richard Thompson’s newspaper comic Cul de Sac is one of the most acclaimed strips in recent years. Chronicling the world through the eyes of four-year-old Alice Otterloop, her neurotic brother Petey and the rest of her family, CdS […]

Interview with Director Mark Goldblatt (THE PUNISHER)

Escapism screens original Punisher Marvel Comics adaptations are all over the multiplex these days, but the first film adaptation of one of its characters, 1989’s The Punisher, didn’t even make it into theaters. Plagued by distributor troubles, the Dolph Lundgren-starrer wound up being one of the first studio films dumped straight to DVD. Filmmakers tried […]

Escapism Film Festival Preview

The Escapism Film Festival is for true, very red-blooded cinephiles Breaking the chains of art 15 OCT 2008  •  by Zack Smith Escapism Film Festival Carolina Theatre of Durham Oct. 17-19 The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival holds more artistic merit, and the N.C. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival holds more social relevance. Yet for […]


SEX DRIVE—Readers might rate this film considerably lower if they are not fans of the likes of Eurotrip; fans of over-the-top R-rated comedy will find plenty to amuse them. The storyline, based on a book (!) is typical teen-movie setup: Nice guy Ian (Josh Zuckerman) attempts to meet an Internet fling by “borrowing” a 1969 […]

Review: TOMFOOLERY at Progress Energy Center

Tomfoolery Stagelight Productions @ Kennedy Theatre, Progress Energy Center Through Oct. 26 Before there was “Weird Al” Yankovic, there was Tom Lehrer. Though his reign of albums and touring only lasted for a short period, Lehrer’s satirical songs amassed a large following that has lasted over the years, cumulating in the 2000 box set The […]

Review: DEATHTRAP at Raleigh Little Theatre

Deathtrap Raleigh Little Theatre Through Oct. 26 Ira Levin’s evergreen stage thriller Deathtrap is about, well, coming up with the perfect stage thriller. It’s perhaps one of the most self-referential hits of all time, with every last character pointing out the possible turns of the plot and how they’re in a thriller-like situation. Raleigh Little […]

Review: THE SKRIKER at Raleigh Ensemble Players

The Skriker Raleigh Ensemble Players @ ArtSpace Through Oct. 25 It takes guts and imagination to stage a complex, cerebral work on a limited budget in a limited space. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work. Such is the case with Raleigh Ensemble Players’ production of Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker, which takes an already-difficult text and manages […]