Collection of Published Articles for 2013, Pt.1

UPDATED: This is going to be a repository for links to my published stuff for a bit. I haven’t been posting about toys because I got a paying gig blogging about them for MTV Geek!  Here’s my first few posts: Power Lords Return Django Unchained Toys Pulled from Shelves Django Unchained Toys Now Banned on […]


Raleigh Little Theatre’s Songs for a New World  by Zack Smith Songs for a New World Raleigh Little Theatre Through May 22 “I’m not trying to philosophize/ I just want to tell a story,” sings one of the characters in Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World. The offbeat […]

Theater Review: OUR TOWN at Raleigh Little Theatre

Raleigh Little Theatre’s Our Town  by Zack Smith Our Town Raleigh Little Theatre Through April 25 The shadows seem to be creeping into Grover’s Corners in Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of Thornton Wilder’s seminal Our Town. There’s always been an elegiac quality to Wilder’s work, but it’s often overshadowed by the play’s sense of nostalgia. […]

Theater Review: Ira Levin’s VERONICA’S ROOM at Raleigh Little Theatre

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 […]


Altar Boyz @ Raleigh Little Theatre Through Oct. 25   Altar Boyz has quite a reputation Off-Broadway. A few years ago, I interviewed a former actor from the show who fondly recalled the loyalty of the “Altarholics” who’d seen the show dozens of times. The production at the Raleigh Little Theatre, which runs through Oct. […]

CABARET at Raleigh Little Theatre

A dark-tinged take on Cabaret at Raleigh Little Theatre 11 JUN 2009  •  by Zack Smith Photo courtesy Raleigh Little Theatre Cabaret Raleigh Little Theatre Through June 28 Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of Cabaret might be the only RLT production where you can take both your mom and that girl you met at Hot Topic. […]


Despite a last-minute thunderstorm that threatened to cancel the production, Raleigh Little Theatre‘s outdoor production of Side by Side by Sondheim was a terrific evening of, pardon the pun, a little night music. The performance, which is repeated May 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., is a bare-bones recreation of almost 30 numbers by one […]


Reprinted from The Independent Weekly The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Raleigh Little Theatre Through March 1 In the latest issue of The Believer, Brock Clarke has a piece on the use of artifice and metafiction in Muriel Spark’s novels. In Jay Presson Allen’s theatrical adaptation of Spark’s most famous work, The Prime of Miss […]

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: ‘NIGHT, MOTHER at Raleigh Little Theatre

‘night, Mother Raleigh Little Theatre Through Sept. 28 It’s not the most cheerful way to spend an hour and a half, but Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of ‘night, Mother is a superb showcase for actors Linda O’Day Young and Martie Todd Sirois in a drama that gets under your skin. Marsha Norman’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize […]