February 2010

The Winter’s Tale at Peace College moves from bleak to pastoral, and in pajamas, too

Zack Smith · 25 Feb 2010, 2:48 PM · Comment

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The Winter’s Tale is one of William Shakespeare’s last and less-performed plays, and it’s easy to see why. It’s literally half tragedy and half comedy, with a dark, vengeance-filled first opening act that gives way to a second act filled with songs and romantic misunderstandings; the meaning of the title comes courtesy of a charming child who will soon die: “A sad tale’s best for winter: I have one/ of sprites and goblins.”

Read the full review here!



Catching up — did an interview with the contoversial publisher (and Woody Harrelson film subject) Larry Flynt when he recently appeared at a local university.  You can read the interview by clicking the above picture.

The Late Show‘s Eddie Brill brings his act—and his knowledge—to N.C. Comedy Arts Festival

The scout of comedy

15 FEB 2010  •  by Zack Smith


 An interview with the longtime LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN talent coordinator on his recent visit to a comedy festival in NC.

Read the full interview here!

Nevermore curates the latest in cinematic horror, along with a few classics

Nights of gore

17 FEB 2010  •  by Zack Smith


“Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula” plays Saturday and Sunday afternoons
Image courtesy of Nevermore Film Festival

Nevermore Film Festival
Carolina Theatre
Feb. 19-21

If you’re sick of Saw sequels and are wondering if there are even any horror films left to be remade, take refuge this weekend at the Carolina Theatre’s Nevermore Film Festival.

With its combination of all-new features, shorts and classic horror films, it’s a reminder of what the genre can do. Here is a tip sheet on some of the 23 films at this year’s festival, which offer laughs, scares and even a Cusack.

Read the full article here!

Theatre in the Park’s Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell

17 FEB 2010  •  by Zack Smith

Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell

Theatre in the Park
Through Feb. 21

After seven decades, the 1939 film of Gone With the Wind remains the highest-grossing film of all time after adjusting for inflation (yes, even bigger than Avatar). The adaptation of this sprawling work from page to film is a monumental story in itself, from casting to filming to writing the screenplay. This last tale forms the basis of Theatre in the Park’s Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell, a broad comedy that never quite jells.

Read the full review here!

Raleigh Little Theatre’s Veronica’s Room

17 FEB 2010  •  by Zack Smith

Veronica’s Room

Raleigh Little Theatre
Through Feb. 28

The biggest mistake made in Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of Ira Levin’s Veronica’s Room is the intermission. The good stuff’s all in the second act and starts almost immediately after the curtain goes up, but the first act is mostly lighthearted exposition. Levin himself wrote that the play could be performed without an intermission, and in this production everything grinds to a halt right before it gets interesting.

How it gets interesting is something that’s difficult to relate without giving away the many twists and turns. Suffice to say, there’s a reason Levin is best known for writing Rosemary’s Baby and Deathtrap, which RLT performed last season. This is the sort of story where no one’s quite who they seem, three or four times over.

Read the full review here!

Aaron & Kubert Ready to ASTONISH With SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE

By Zack Smith

As announced yesterday, Marvel will relaunch Astonishing X-Men as part of a new “Astonishing” line designed to bring in new readers.  Their first new addition to the line?  A six-issue Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine miniseries.  What’s so astonishing about it?  Well, the superstar creative team of Jason Aaron (Scalped, Punishermax, Wolverine: Weapon X) and Adam Kubert (Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ultimate X-Men, approximately 500 other Marvel and DC characters) is a good start.   Also, it apparently contains something called “Doom: the Living Planet.”  Let that sink in.

We dared these two creators to astonish us with their new book.  Did they?  Read on!

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