In two productions that opened at the Progress Energy Center this past weekend, the subject is changing times and black-white relations, but a century apart. The first is a campy family musical, while the other is a one-act, two-person Civil War drama. Read both reviews here!


North Carolina Theatre’s production of Hello, Dolly! is one of the big “show must go on” stories of this past season. With mere days until the opening, much-hyped star Cybill Shepherd was sidelined with an injury, necessitating a last-minute replacement by Broadway veteran Jacquelyn Piro Donovan. Thankfully, Donovan ably fills the role of Dolly Gallagher […]

Review: ANNIE at NC Theatre

Annie North Carolina Theatre At Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Through Aug. 1 On June 13, Little Orphan Annie ended its 86-year run on newspaper comics pages, finishing on yet another cliffhanger as the eponymous blank-eyed foundling is held captive by the “Butcher of the Balkans.” At this point, fewer than 20 newspapers still carried the strip. […]

Theater Review: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA at NC Theatre

NC Theatre’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella  by Zack Smith Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella NC Theatre Through April 18 North Carolina Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella adapts a play with a complicated history. Originally produced as a live TV musical in 1957 with Julie Andrews, it was produced again for TV with Lesley Ann […]

Review: THE FULL MONTY At NC Theatre

N.C. Theatre’s The Full Monty 3 MAR 2010  •  by Zack Smith   The big moment arrives in “The Full Monty.” Photo by Curtis Brown Photography   The Full Monty N.C. Theatre at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Through March 7 Popular culture has a sort of carousel-like relationship to real life; it starts off as relevant, […]

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. […]

Theater Review: PETER PAN at the NC Theatre

N.C. Theatre’s Peter Pan 16 JUL 2008  •  by Zack Smith Peter Pan N.C. Theatre, Memorial Auditorium at Progress Energy Center Through July 20 Can a generation of kids raised on Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Captain Jack Sparrow still appreciate Captain Hook? Well, they might, at least as he’s played by Ira David Wood III […]