Had great time at Friday evening show. I did not see Moving Poets when they were in Charlotte previously but glad they came back. Wonderful dancing and I enjoyed the music selections on all three pieces. It was also quite interesting to see live painting being done during "Contact". I hope there will be another show in 2014.
Wonderful blend of music, dance and visual art. Excellent choreography and performances by all dancers, my favorite piece was "The Left Foot Smile".
This "rag" and its critic have done more to sustain and promote theater in Charlotte and surrounding areas than any other single force in the city -- including the MTA (no insult intended). His opinions are his own, but his expertise is usually well-honed and on the mark. If one's skin is too thin to have their mediocrity pointed out, maybe they shouldn't submit the paying public to their mediocrity. And friends of the artists are doing their pals no favors by attacking the messenger, because maybe the criticisms need to be heard for your affronted artists to grow. But CL and Perry deserve your respect, even if you disagree with his opinions. Perry sees everything he can, stuff no one else covering the arts in this area would ever take in. He goes in hoping to be wowed, with an open mind to any -- and I mean ANY -- half-baked off-kilter take on any genre of show. Maybe your show didn't get where it wanted to go. Maybe an actor had a bad show. Maybe the concept was rushed and ill-conceived. Maybe not. Perry just writes what he sees. Maybe he saw what you didn't want him to. Just say thank you for the support and do better. And smile a little. Everyone gets a bad review.
This show was so good I'm sending my friends to go see it as well!
Much love to all!
yeah,who is biff?
And Your contribution Biff?
Calling this a 'Fringe Theater and New Play Festival" is well, a joke. How about a "handful of previously performed in town plays and several dozen people that are brave enough to call themselves comedians Festival? Awful and embarassing when compared to actual, real and legit Fringe Festivals.
All of us in Wichita Kansas miss every one of you. Even us "lurkers". Stay safe and I know how it can be. Very well put.
Haven't seen this one, BUT - For anyone who has been a part of one, yes - Macbeth is an extraordinarily difficult production to put up, that's truth # 1. Truth # 2 : I've been reading this shitrag since 1990, and I can tell you: this critic has NEVER liked any true, faithful version of the Scottish play presented in Charlotte. I think he liked the thumb puppet one. No mention of the fight choreography, either? Odd, given the content of the play.
It's been my experience with Collaborative Arts/Charlotte Shakespeare is that they always nail the Comedies, and they are quite good, if not top-notch productions. The tragedies they put up are, well.. Weak. Uninspired, lackluster, shortsighted, a tad arrogant - and presented without any introspection or wonder whatsoever. They always seem to have a fine group onstage, but when it comes to the heavier stuff - Wilkinson just doesn't bring the goods.
I'm sorry Mr. Tannenbaum, I dont know what play you watched but I have to respectfully disagree with your comment about certain aspects of Macbeth. While I agree with alot of what you said about the overall production I have to disagree with your views on Mr. Casper as Macbeth. It's obvious you have had no formal actor training or Shakespearean training. Mr. Casper's take on the Scottish king was original, unpredictable and full of humanity. His and Gretchin Mcgintys performance were the sole stand outs of the entire evening. Just because and actor screams his lines doesn't mean it's filled with emotion. Take an acting class and you might learn this.
Once again, the comments from Charlotteans show the lack of cultural maturity in this city as they watch the travelling drivel instead of embracing the local genius of native Charlotte Theatre. Carry on Perry!!!
Whoever wrote this review doesn't know his Lucy. Lucille Ball did not have a "husky"voice when she filmed I Love Lucy. It was only in her later years that her voice changed from smoking. If you are a Lucy fan you will love the show.
Dear Mr. Tannenbaum,
After reading the audience reviews on the "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" Facebook and the thousands of glowing reviews on TicketMaster, it seems the ONLY one that "Didn't have a Ball" at this show WAS YOU! The producers and writers clearly did their research on what fans of the 1950s and the old "I Love Lucy" show want to enjoy... and enjoy it they did!
What Charlotte theater-goers are saying about "I Love Lucy® Live On Stage!"
"The show was FANTASTIC! It was like watching the real show being taped back in the 50's."
"I laughed the entire time. If I closed my eyes I would've thought I was watching I Love Lucy."
"My husband and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it! It couldn't have been better!"
"Had such a blast tonight. We really felt like we were at the I Love Lucy show and Desilou playhouse. BEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR!"
...and so on, and so on.
Dear Donna Flagg Walton: Perry wasn't the only one to hate the show. I found it to be a heinous piece of pandering drivel; the lowest common denominator of 'entertainment'. I wonder, Donna, what was the last piece of local theater you've seen, and did you support it and laud it as much as this traveling piece of 'let's make money' stage decoration? I'm not always in agreement with Perry, but this time he's spot on.
Sorry for this loss....
Thank you for this wonderful retrospective and celebration of Alan's work. Every single day of my life, whether working in theater or in event management or in any capacity whatsoever, I use skills taught to me by Alan Poindexter. He found me when I had the barest knowledge of what stagemanagement meant, he claimed me as his student, and he poured all his knowledge into me. How to do what was needed to make his vision appear live on stage. How to stand my ground between two (or more) points of conflict. How to juggle a thousand details and never let one drop.
I will miss Alan because he was a friend and because he is gone much too soon. However, he will live on in everything I do. I always tell people that the best training I received for ANY career came to me via my training in stagemanagement and Alan was my only mentor, my only teacher in that.
May his memory be for a blessing.
Hey Chris- you forgot Hamlet!
Once Again, we get left off the List!!!!
It's all things to all people. A prototype of the sci-fi genre? An object of parody? A scare story of science run rampant? A myth of mankind's betrayal by its Creator? For Mary Shelley, monsters are made, not born, and Victor's obsessive denial of death and flight from his handiwork spring from very deep roots in our present moment. Shakespeare Carolina offers a new vision of Shelley's classic novel, with a trio of actors, poetry, and a startling world of sound and image.
Opens June 12th at The Duke Energy Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte, NC, 28202
Ticket Online at www.carolinatix.org
What would happen if the Woodstock festival and the Montreaux Folk festival got into a fight?!
Hilarity would ensue, that’s what!!
Imagine, a world in which outdoor art festivals, along with their communities of “interesting” folk, are the WORLD. Some of these communities are of the “plugged-in” variety, while some are still digging upon being “acoustic and natural”. Many times, these differences in taste keep the folks of this world from playing well with each other.
Our production takes place in the festival community of Ephesus (“acoustic and natural”). Egeon, a merchant from Syracuse community (“plugged-in”) has been arrested by Duke Solinus, Ephesus’ festival Ranger, for illegally vending Syracusan wares within Ephesus. The penalty for this crime is DEATH!! Fortunately, Duke grants Egeon or short stay of execution, being moved by a plea so beautiful in its description of lost love and two sets of separated twins.
Yes … you guessed it .. the Comedy of Errors ensue upon the arrival of Antipholous and Dromio of Syracuse into Ephesus. They are instantly mistaken for the Antipholous and Dromio of Ephesus. These errors do not bode well for Antipholous of Ephesus’ wife and sister-in-law, but they are hilarious for the audience. And, of course, all issues are resolved in the end … and lost love is restored!!!
Shakespeare Carolina will present The Comedy of Errors July 12-22 at the Winthrop University Amphitheater. The atmosphere will be that of an outdoor festival, including buskers, street performers/vendors, and possibly some juggling and magic. The presentation will be non-traditional with the entire vicinity of the amphitheatre being valid ‘playing space’—even the audience areas!!
The cast includes heralded Shakespeare Carolina vets: Katie Bearden, Nathan Rouse, Norman Burt, Ted Patterson, Amanda Liles, Megan York, and Manu Barbe. Newcomers to the fold will be: Heather Bucsh, Harold Skinner, Melissa Frierson, Loren Mixon, and Sara Sopko. David Hensley, our resident video imagery god, moves on stage to take on the role of Antipholous of Ephesus.
So come on out to the Fest! Be a part of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS!!!
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