Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC, freelance writer, editor, and theater critic who served as CVNC's theatre editor from September 2002 to May 2010.

Since 1973, the Columbia, SC, native and 1970 graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, has written theater, book, and music previews and reviews for the Raleigh News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, North Carolina Magazine of Raleigh, and Spectator Magazine of Raleigh. In April 2001, Robert McDowell established Robert's Reviews, an e-mail theatrical newsletter, to help fill a growing void in Triangle theater coverage. Triangle Theater Review is an expanded version of the original newsletter, circulated by e-mail.

He also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).

Articles by Robert W. McDowell:

TheaterFest's Murder on the Nile Needs Some Fine-Tuning

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  June 4, 2010

Wicked Is the Gem of the Durham Performing Arts Center's 2009-10 Season

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  April 22, 2010

N.C. Theatre Stars Sally Struthers, Jarrod Emick, and David Wood Go The Full Monty

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 27, 2010

The Justice Theater Project Hits a Triple with Fences

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 14, 2010

Raleigh Little Theatre Recreates the Thrills and Chills of Veronica's Room

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 12, 2010

Imaginative and Exuberant Staging of Mamma Mia! Delights DPAC Patrons

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 26, 2010

Etta May Eschews Stand-up for Scripted Merriment at The Clayton Center

Comedy Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 22, 2010

The 10 Best Shows of 2009 - & The Best of the Best

Theatre Feature by Robert W. McDowell,  January 2, 2010

Cary Players' 2009 Edition of It's a Wonderful Life Was New and Improved

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 7, 2009

Durham Performing Arts Center's Production of The Phantom of the Opera Is Truly Haunting

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  November 28, 2009

Raleigh Little Theatre's Altar Boyz Features Vibrant Vocals

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 2, 2009

Hot Summer Nights' World Premiere of Jeremy Schonfeld's Drift Is Audacious

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 13, 2009

The WASPs in Raleigh Little Theatre's Scenes from American Life Lack Sting

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 6, 2009

The North Carolina Theatre's Revival of The Sound of Music Is Effervescent

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  July 25, 2009

Oh, What a Show! Broadway Series South's Jersey Boys Rocks Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  June 26, 2009

Celtic Woman: Isle of Hope Was a Splendid Showcase for the Irish Supergroup

World Music Review by Robert W. McDowell,  June 6, 2009

The Wizard of Oz Touches Down in Raleigh at Broadway Series South

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  May 5, 2009

Theatre in the Park's Life x 3 Chronicles the R.M.S. Titanic of Dinner Parties

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  April 19, 2009

Miss Saigon Is a Magnificent Home-Grown Musical Production

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  March 21, 2009

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Is Far from Prime

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 13, 2009

The 10 Best Shows of 2008

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 19, 2009

Director Beth Honeycutt and a Stellar Cast Make The Fantasticks Sparkle Like the Hope Diamond

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 17, 2009

Long-Running Broadway Musical A Chorus Line Demonstrates That It Still Has Legs

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 6, 2009

Broadway Series South: The Rat Pack Is Back Ring-a-Ding-Dings in the New Year, 2009

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 30, 2008

Raleigh Little Theatre's 25th-Anniversary Production of Cinderella Sparkles

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 13, 2008

With Its Stellar Cast and Onstage Band Playing Like a House Afire, Chicago Is Hot, Hot, Hot

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 2, 2008

From Cherokee to Manteo, 27 Outdoor Dramas Brighten NC Summer Nights

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  June 22, 2008

Broadway Series South: Uproarious, But Raunchy Avenue Q Is Not a Typical Puppet-People Musical

Musical Theatre, Puppet Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  May 6, 2008

Broadway Series South: The Tomfoolery of The Wedding Singer Will Charm Triangle Audiences

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  March 26, 2008

PlayMakers Repertory Company Topdog/Underdog

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 2, 2008

Broadway Series South: Cats Is the Still Cat's Meow of British Megamusicals

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 22, 2008

Broadway Series South: The 2007 Tour of Mamma Mia! Is the Best Yet

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  November 1, 2007

Towne Players of Garner: Dearly Departed Is a Sublimely Silly Southern Comedy

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 12, 2007

Cary Players: Twain by the Tracks Hummed Right Along

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 23, 2007

Burning Coal Theatre Company: This Hamlet Has Not Quite Gelled

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 14, 2007

Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy: Ain't Misbehavin' Has the Joint Jumpin'

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  August 22, 2007

Theatre in the Park: 2007 Edition of Briarpatch May Be the Best Yet

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  July 20, 2007

Raleigh Little Theatre Review: Male Vocalists Come Up Short in The Full Monty

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  June 2, 2007

Theatre in the Park: Greater Tuna is a Stemwinder

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  June 1, 2007

Broadway Series South: Molly Ringwald and Guy Adkins Are a Prize Pair in Sweet Charity

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  May 29, 2007

Theatre in the Park: Who's Afraid of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?? Not TIP

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  April 20, 2007

Broadway at Duke: Magnificent Man of La Mancha Ends 40-Year-Old Broadway at Duke Series

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  March 20, 2007

Manbites Dog Theater: Cornucopia of Me Is a Feast for Triangle Audiences

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  March 16, 2007

The Towne Players: You Can't Take It with You Is Entertaining But Uneven

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  March 10, 2007

Bare Theatre: Khoa Pham and Tara Pozo Star in Romeo and Juliet

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 18, 2007

Raleigh Ensemble Players: Human-Cloning Drama A Number Raises Troubling Questions

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 18, 2007

Broadway Series South: The Light in the Piazza Sparkles Like the Hope Diamond

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 13, 2007

The Top 10 Touring Shows & the Top 10 Local Shows of 2006;

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 16, 2007

Towne Players: Steel Magnolias Starts Slow, But Finishes Strong

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 13, 2007

Broadway Series South: Dynamic Dancers Kick Movin' Out into Overdrive

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 2, 2007

Automatic Vaudeville: Jesse Gephart Channels David Sedaris in The SantaLand Diaries

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 15, 2006

Raleigh Little Theatre: Cinderella Is Some Enchanted Evening (or Matinee)

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 9, 2006

Single Shot Theatre Company: Quad Is Rewarding Despite Its Rough Edges

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 7, 2006

The Carolina Theatre: John Berry's Christmas Was an Early Gift from an Extraordinary Song Stylist

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  November 26, 2006

Bare Theatre: Tony Hefner and Rebecca Blum Sparkle in Macbeth

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 29, 2006

Broadway at Duke: Cats Once Again Proves Its Popularity

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 17, 2006

Bare Theatre: The Dumb Waiter and BLuNDeR CoNsTrUcTiON Make an Amusing Twin Bill

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 21, 2006

Broadway Series South: Disney's The Lion King Exceeds Triangle Audience Expectations

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 16, 2006

Bare Theatre: Youthful Rogue Company Brings Vigor and Adult Gravitas to The Crucible

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 3, 2006

Raleigh Little Theatre: Heavenly Harmonies Highlight Honky Tonk Angels

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  August 6, 2006

Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy: Linzey Jones Steals the Show in Songs for a New World

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  June 28, 2006

University Theatre at N.C. State: Anything Cole! Might Be Too Much of a Good Thing

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  June 1, 2006

The Clayton Center: The Cast of Suds Form a New Fab Four to Deliver Classic 1960s Rock

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  May 5, 2006

Broadway Series South: Mamma Mia! Is a Charming Story of Love Lost and Found, 20 Years Later

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  April 18, 2006

RBC Center: There Is Only One Word That Describes Delirium, and It Is "Wow"

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  April 12, 2006

Broadway Series South: Tap Dogs Is a Sensational One-of-a-Kind Tap-Dance Extravaganza

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  March 15, 2006

North Carolina Theatre: Cabaret Ensemble Earns a Standing Ovation

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 28, 2006

Bare Theatre Company: This Midsummer Night's Dream Truly Was a Magical Experience

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 18, 2006

Broadway at Duke: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Is Entertaining But Too Long

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 7, 2006

Towne Players of Garner: Crimes of the Heart Smolders But Never Quite Catches Fire

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 21, 2006

The Variety of the Triangle Theater Scene Is Evident in the Top 10 Shows of 2005;

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 9, 2006

Raleigh Little Theatre: New and Improved Cinderella Is More Fun Than Ever

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 9, 2005

Both Hands Theatre Company: Piece-Meal Is a Real Head-Scratcher

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 4, 2005

Cary Players: A Christmas Story Is Becoming A Cary Yuletide Tradition

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 3, 2005

Bare Theatre: Abridged Hamlet Hardly Does Justice to the Dilemma of the Noble Prince

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  November 20, 2005

Raleigh Ensemble Players: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Raised the Roof at Cary Academy

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  November 19, 2005

Broadway Series South: Riverdance Makes a Triumphant Return to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Dance, World Music Review by Robert W. McDowell,  November 15, 2005

Duke Performances: South Bronx Ensemble Universes Rocks Duke with Slanguage

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  November 5, 2005

Meredith Performs Theatre: Eric Carl and Athena Garner Sparkle in Blithe Spirit

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 26, 2005

Towne Players of Garner: The Towne Players' Veterans Steal the Show in Scapin

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 15, 2005

Wordshed Productions: The Time Traveler's Wife Tells a Complicated Story

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 11, 2005

The Carolina Theatre: These Southern Fried Chicks Are Red Hot and Sometimes Blue

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 30, 2005

North Carolina Theatre: Boone, Whelan, and Hunsaker Make Camelot Magical Once Again

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 11, 2005

Agora Players: Twelfth Night Brightens the Summer Night

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  August 15, 2005

Raleigh Little Theatre: RLT Cast and Crew Make The Spitfire Grill Sizzle

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  August 14, 2005

Bare Theatre Company: Youthful Stars Sparkle in Titus Andronicus

Review by Robert W. McDowell,  July 30, 2005

The ArtsCenter: Ten by Ten in the Triangle Festival Delights Overflow Audience

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  July 16, 2005

Cary Players: The Dining Room Provides A Showcase for Comedy

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  June 26, 2005

Raleigh Little Theatre: Carousel Features Superb Singing and Some Excellent Acting

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  June 5, 2005

University Theatre at N.C. State: Appointment with Death Is Not to Be Missed

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  June 2, 2005

Theatre in the Park: David Wood and Lynda Clark Make The Lion in Winter Roar

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  May 6, 2005

North Carolina Theatre: Disney's Beauty and the Beast Pays Off, in Spades, for NCT

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  April 30, 2005

OdysseyStage Theatre: A Man for All Seasons Dramatizes The Life of Sir Thomas More

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  April 29, 2005

Towne Players of Garner: Moon Over Buffalo Keeps The Audience Roaring

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  April 23, 2005

Broadway at Duke: Financially Strapped N.Y. Steelworkers Bare All in The Full Monty

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  April 19, 2005

Raleigh Little Theatre: Catfish Moon Hooks RLT Audience

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  April 10, 2005

Carolina Ballet Revives Coppelia

Dance, Dance-Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  March 17, 2005

Raleigh Little Theatre: RLT Will Present a Musical Version of The Emperor's New Clothes

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  March 10, 2005

Duke Performances: She Stoops to Conquer Is a Comic Jewel

Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  March 1, 2005

Raleigh Little Theatre: Domineering Mom Rules the Roost - and Incites Rebellion - in Blue

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 12, 2005

Broadway at Duke: Brilliant Choreography Made Contact A Delightful One-of-a-Kind Dance Musical

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 7, 2005

North Carolina Theatre Review: Paul Sorvino Adds Star Power to NCT's Fiddler on the Roof

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 22, 2005

Towne Players of Garner Review: The Boys Next Door Encore Improves on the Original

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 15, 2005

The Best of the Best: Comparing The Triangle's 10 Best Lists

Theatre Feature by Robert W. McDowell,  January 11, 2005

Duke Performances Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream Was Really Something Wonderful

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  November 19, 2004

Broadway at Duke Preview: Rent Returns to Page Auditorium for a Special Encore Performance

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 29, 2004

North Carolina Theatre Review: Fabulous Four Headline NCT's Jekyll & Hyde

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 26, 2004

North Carolina Theatre Preview: Skid Row Frontman Sebastian Bach Stars in NCT's Jekyll & Hyde

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 22, 2004

Broadway Series South Review: Cats Is Still the Cat's Meow of British Megamusicals

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 14, 2004

Theater Previews at Duke Preview: Duke Hosts Pre-Broadway Tryout of Little Women: The Musical

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 12, 2004

Raleigh Little Theatre Preview: You Can't Take It with You Is A Marvelous Madcap Comedy

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 7, 2004

North Carolina Theatre Preview: Ragtime Takes an Unsentimental Look at Turn-of-the-Century America

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  September 9, 2004

Mini-Preview: Wood, Stone, Fire, and Bone

Puppet Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  August 20, 2004

University Theatre at N.C. State Preview: Follies Is Another Musical Gem from Stephen Sondheim

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  August 12, 2004

Live Wire Theatre Review: Sketch This! Is an Up-and-Down Evening

Comedy, Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  July 27, 2004

The Open Door Theatre Review: Kerpow! Goes Kablooey at Caffé Driade

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  July 27, 2004

The ArtsCenter Review: Quirky Comedies Dominate "Ten by Ten in the Triangle"

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  July 12, 2004

Preview: The New Thing at the ArtsCenter

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  June 17, 2004

Broadway Series South Preview: 42nd Street Is the Ultimate Backstage Musical

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  March 23, 2004

Preview 2: Holding Talks (Duke University Institute of the Arts)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  March 9, 2004

Raleigh Little Theatre Preview: Honk! Is a Robust Retelling of the Ugly Duckling Story

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  March 3, 2004

Preview: John Leguizamo (Broadway at Duke)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  February 26, 2004

Broadway at Duke Review: Kiss Me, Kate Battle of the Sexes Still Delights After 45 Years

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 21, 2004

The Carolina Theatre Review: My Way Was a Swinging Tribute to Francis Albert Sinatra

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 16, 2004

Preview: Measure for Measure (Peace College Theatre)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  February 9, 2004

Preview 1: Holding Talks (Duke University Institute of the Arts)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  February 9, 2004

North Carolina Theatre Review: NCT Production of My Fair Lady Is a Midwinter Night's Dream

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 5, 2004

Preview: A Perfect Ganesh (Wendell Theater Group)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  February 5, 2004

Preview: Shirley Valentine (Ghost & Spice Productions)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  February 5, 2004

Theatre Or Preview: Theatre Or Selects The Chosen for Its Inaugural Production

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  January 30, 2004

Preview: Capitol Steps (N.C. State University Center Stage)

Comedy Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  January 29, 2004

Towne Players of Garner Review: Golden Girls (and Guy) Shine in The Cemetery Club

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 23, 2004

The Best of the Best of the Best: Comparing The Triangle's 10 Best Lists

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell, Scott Ross,  January 14, 2004

Broadway Series South Review: Seussical the Musical Charmed Children of All Ages

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 2, 2004

The Best of the Best of the Best: Comparing The Triangle's 10 Best Lists

TCMP - Triangle Chamber Music Presenters Review by Robert W. McDowell, Scott Ross,  December 24, 2003

Theatre in the Park Review: A Christmas Carol

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 11, 2003

Actors Comedy Lab Preview: Sorry! Wrong Chimney! Is an Offbeat Christmas Show

Comedy Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  December 11, 2003

Broadway at Duke Review: Saturday Night Fever Boogies Down at Duke

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 8, 2003

Preview: Saturday Night Fever (Broadway at Duke)

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  December 1, 2003

Preview: Fame (Broadway at Duke)

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  November 14, 2003

North Carolina Theatre Preview: Emmy Winner Loretta Swit Headlines NCT'S First Production of Mame

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 24, 2003

Broadway Series South Review: Stomp Transforms Everyday Objects into Unique Musical Instruments

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 10, 2003

Broadway Series South Preview: Stomp Turns Everyday Objects into Percussion Instruments

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 6, 2003

1964... The Tribute Preview: 1964... The Tribute Brings Beatlemania Back to the Triangle

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 3, 2003

Dog & Pony Show Preview: Miss Pixie and HER merry miscreants Return in Take It All Off!

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  September 25, 2003

Raleigh Little Theatre Review: Dames at Sea Is a Delightful Spoof of 1930s Motion-Picture Musicals

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 18, 2003

Theatre in the Park Review: Georgia Is a Stirring Musical Tribute to the Legendary American Artist

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 15, 2003

Raleigh Little Theatre Preview: Raleigh Little Theatre presents Dames at Sea

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  September 11, 2003

Preview: Tintypes (Peace College Theatre)

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  September 5, 2003

Ride Again Productions Review Killer Diller Rocks Swain Hall

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  August 29, 2003

Preview: Minstrel Show: The Lynching of William Brown (Manbites Dog Theater)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  August 22, 2003

Actors Comedy Lab Review: Wonder of the World Is a Real Knee-Slapper

Comedy Review by Robert W. McDowell,  July 17, 2003

Cary Players Preview: Twelfth Night Brightened A Rainy June Day

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  June 13, 2003

Theatre in the Park Preview: Actor Edwin Booth Faces His Ghosts in Finale

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  June 13, 2003

Broadway Series South Review: The Phantom of the Opera Thrills, Chills Raleigh Audience

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  April 28, 2003

Theatre in the Park Review: Wood Turns The Tempest into a Three-Ring Circus

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  April 28, 2003

Preview: The Fantasticks (FTC Players)

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  April 11, 2003

Broadway at Duke Preview: South Pacific Is Still Some Enchanted Evening

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  March 31, 2003

Preview: A Dress for Mona (The Drama Circle)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  March 28, 2003

Broadway Series South Review: Grease Is Still the Word in 1950s Musical Comedies

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  March 20, 2003

Broadway Series South Preview: Grease Is Still the Word in 1950s Musical Comedies

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  March 17, 2003

Preview: Bucknaked: A Love Story (Manbites Dog Theater Company)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  March 17, 2003

Cirque du Soleil Review: Dralion Combines the Best of East and West Circus Acts

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  March 15, 2003

Broadway Series South Review: Some Bare All in The Full Monty

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  March 13, 2003

Broadway Series South Review: Blast! Is Truly a Blast

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  March 7, 2003

OdysseyStage Review: Same Time, Next Year Is (Still) a Terrific Two-Hander

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 24, 2003

Raleigh Ensemble Players Preview: Lilies Is a Harrowing Memory Play

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  February 15, 2003

Towne Players of Garner Preview: Heaven Can Wait Is a Sublime Comic Fantasy

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  February 15, 2003

Broadway at Duke Review: Rent Rocks Page Auditorium at Duke

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  February 2, 2003

Manbites Dog Theater Preview: The Shape of Things Asks Some Disturbing Questions

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  February 1, 2003

Preview: Rent (Broadway at Duke)

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  January 23, 2003

Open Door Theatre Review: Sibling Rivalry Runs Amok in True West

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 17, 2003

Broadway Series South Review: Riverdance Once Again Takes the City Of Raleigh By Storm

Dance-Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 17, 2003

Broadway Series South Review: Broadway Series South Rings in the New Year with South Pacific

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 4, 2003

2002 Triangle Theater Awards: Making a List and Checking It Twice

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  January 2, 2003

The 10 Best Shows of 2002 Demonstrate the Growing Variety of Triangle Theater

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  December 26, 2002

Preview: South Pacific (Broadway Series South)

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  December 26, 2002

Preview: True West (The Open Door Theatre)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  December 26, 2002

Broadway at Duke Preview: Fosse Will Razzle-Dazzle Page Auditorium

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  November 28, 2002

OdysseyStage Preview: The Importance of Being Earnest Is Vintage Oscar Wilde

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  November 16, 2002

Dog & Pony Show Preview: Will La Ronde Be "Theatrical Viagra" for Triangle Audiences?

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  November 15, 2002

Broadway at Duke Review: The Scarlet Pimpernel Was an Absolute Audience Delight

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  November 10, 2002

The Carolina Theatre Preview: New Shanghai Circus Returns to the Carolina Theatre

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  November 7, 2002

The Towne Players Review: Lend Me A Tenor Is Community Theater at Its Finest

Comedy Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 26, 2002

Broadway at Duke Preview: The Scarlet Pimpernel Is A Delightfully Droll Musical

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 26, 2002

Broadway Series South Review: Disney's Aida Is a Magnificent Must-See Musical

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 25, 2002

Meredith Performs Theatre Preview: Follies Is Sondheim at His Bittersweet Best

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 24, 2002

Raleigh Little Theatre Review: A Streetcar Named Desire Is A Must-See Drama

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 20, 2002

Broadway Series South Preview: Raleigh Eagerly Anticipates the Premiere of Disney's Aida

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 20, 2002

North Carolina Theatre Review: Broadway in Concert Features Webber's Finest - And More

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 17, 2002

Raleigh Ensemble Players Preview: Show and Tell Is an Explosive Drama

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 17, 2002

Towne Players of Garner Preview: Lend Me A Tenor Is a Zany Offbeat Comedy

Comedy Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 17, 2002

The Open Door Theatre Review: Rosmersholm Proves Too Talky

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 11, 2002

Raleigh Little Theatre Preview: A Streetcar Named Desire Rolls Again at RLT

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 10, 2002

North Carolina Theatre Preview: Broadway in Concert Features The Music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

Musical Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  October 10, 2002

Dog & Pony Show Review: PEEP and Sodom Poke Gentle Fun at Our Inhibitions

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  October 3, 2002

Launching CVNC's Theatre Coverage & Archives (Robert's Reviews)

Theatre Review by John W. Lambert, Robert W. McDowell,  September 25, 2002

Off-Broadway Series South Review: The Reducers Gives the Great Books the RSC Treatment

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 25, 2002

North Carolina Theatre Review: A Chorus Line Still Packs a Powerful Punch

Musical Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 25, 2002

Theatre in the Park Review: Barrymore Shows the Dark Side of "The Great Profile"

Theatre Review by Robert W. McDowell,  September 25, 2002

Preview: Barrymore (Theatre in the Park)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  September 25, 2002

Preview: Back-to-School with PEEP!!! (Dog & Pony Show)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  September 25, 2002

Preview: And Mary Wept (The Duke University Institute of the Arts)

Theatre Preview by Robert W. McDowell,  September 25, 2002