Category: Theatre

Through 4/21: Midsummer magic – mostly: Burning Coal Theatre’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

The romantic conceit dates back before Ingmar Bergman’s 1955 classic, Smiles of a Summer Night, and well before Shakespeare: when humans have gotten themselves stuck in the worst partnerships possible (or, even worse, in abject celibacy), the magic of a midsummer’s night can sort everything out, bring the right pairs together in spite of themselves and restore harmonic community, dyad by dyad.

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A Tonic for the Troops on a Needed Night Off: ASBX Live’s “Home Sweet Home” at Theatre Raleigh

It’s hard not to conclude that ASBX Live gave the playwrights a living theatrical sketchpad, one on which to work out a series of interesting opening moves with imaginative themes that we’d strongly encourage both to pursue. Performers who were clearly having a good time got a good workout in a brief project where they got to focus only on vocal acting. And a crowd of theatricals still reeling from the week’s news got a chance to unwind in a night of fellowship, one spangled with wit and savvy, easy-stakes showmanship: a three-way win, in short.

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