Jesse Alexander: TV to Comics with the Howling Commandos By Zack Smith   This May, Marvel takes you back to WWII for an untold tale of Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos. Howling Commandos: Shotgun Opera is a 40-page one-shot by TV writer Jesse Alexander and veteran artist John Paul Leon (most recently seen on […]

Review; MISS SAIGON at NC Theatre

Reprinted from The Independent Weekly There are two types of musical theater lovers: Those who love Miss Saigon and those who don’t. For some, Miss Saigon is an enchanting, tragic romance; for others, it’s overblown, overproduced and reduces both Madame Butterfly and the Vietnam War to a couple of set pieces and a rhyming dictionary. […]

Memorial Auditorium Update

Memorial clears space to face down DPAC Theater vs. theater 2009  •  by Zack Smith The early success of the Durham Performing Arts Center’s 2,800-seat theater has created pressure at the older performing arts venue down the interstate in Raleigh. Recently, the Progress Energy Center, a four-venue facility topped by the 2,300-seat Memorial Auditorium, instituted […]