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!!!
The worst thing to happen to downtown Charlotte. I normally encourage and support street performers. But this group has a habit of being outside any venue I attend (Blumenthal, Knight Theater, Spirit Square, etc.) waiting for patrons to exit. They are so loud and in my face, they destroy any mood I might have coming out of a performance. It shows no respect for the attendees. If I come downtown to hear or see a great show, I don't want my reflection shattered by a bunch of loud, over the top, ego-driven musicians with no regard to their potential audience. If I ran a venue, I would have them removed from the front if performances were scheduled that evening. They could be anywhere downtown and be loud enough that everyone would know where they are if inclined to go listen to them.
To the two who wrote these comments, you obviously did not see this play. I saw it twice and I have to say that the actor who portrayed Bette Davis WAS Bette Davis. You keep calling him a drag queen. This is an actor portraying a role. This is NOT a Drag Queen. A Drag Queen could never create the performance that he did. I would get out and see the performance and not comment on a photo that you see in the paper.
That drag queen looks more like Carol Channing's grandmother than Bette Davis EVER looked- even after her stroke. I think that talented drag queens could pull this schtick out of the mire, unfortunately all CLT has to offer is a bunch of tranny pageant queens trying to look real (an artform?). Oh, and Roxy Morecox. However, I don't see Bette as a Baritone.
The drag queen plays are getting old. So is the 18th production of the Vagina Monologues in the last 10 years, plus at least 14 Shakespeare plays every season. You wanna know why theatre is dying? This is why. Get with it, Charlotte.
Although Yoko is the late John Lennon's widow, I don't believe she's all seeing and all knowing about what John would or would not like. This is one of those times.
Imagine an entire world living in peace… John saw the beauty and inherent good in humanity. I tried to do his legacy justice and channel his world-embracing and loving energy this week with a tribute portrait inspired by his music and his passion for changing the world. You can see this new work of art in memoriam on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/12… along with some pictures showing how I created it. See John holding the Universe in his hand and spreading his message. When you stop by, let me know how his words and music have affected your life and creativity!
OH MY GODDD!!! im lovin it!!!! xoxoxox
Like a boss!
Ah, so I guess having two people talking at the same time isn't the same thing!
FYI, the production of this play that I directed in 2001 had no lines cut. It was not a "pocket edition" but the entire play as written by Albee. I would never tamper with a great platwright's work. Candace Sorensen
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DAG is the bees knees!
Thank you. I've been a fan of DAG for years...
Candidate ought to envelop the given forename and family name of the municipal.
Hey Eddy! Come to a COTU show! I mean, I like Machine Theatre and if you can dig on them like that I'm really excited to see what you would say about my Theatre! In fact, drag out your fiancée for a stage version of Eternal sunshine of the Spotless Mind! It's going on all this and next week! I look forward to any critiques you may have.
One day we will learn that "homegrown" artistic expression is something to celebrate.. always.. whether it personally resonates with us or not. Perhaps you, Eddy, should live someplace void of artistic expression or individual voice.. Or more likely I assume that you would prefer someplace where everyone looks, sounds and feels just like yourself. I celebrate the work of The Machine and so many other individuals, collectives and companies in Charlotte who are fighting tooth and nail to make their voices heard and their work matter. Thank you for your contribution.
I'm a newcomer to Charlotte, and my fiance and I attended a performance of "Mum's The Word". It was abundantly clear the playwright (who I assume is local?) and the actors were performing in front of an audience that was 90% made up their friends and hardcore charlotte theater scenesters.
While the performers were on point, the play, the concept, and the script were absolute trashy dross n' dreck - written by what seems to me to be some youngish prententious butthole who fancies himself a sub-middle class intellectual, who has failed to succeed in the real world. The whole thing was actually quite ridiculous. Huge letdown for our first homegrown performing arts experience in Charlotte. Here's hoping these fappy crutons have enough friends to fill out the rest of the shows.
I'm sorry that some people are confused as to which theater to go to and how to get there. That shouldn't even be a consideration as part of a critic's article. Apart from being in the same building, these two shows have nothing more in common than the musical score. I've seen the Nutcracker Ballet before in a different city, and once you've seen one, that's about all you need. It's all ballet to the same story. I really enjoyed Clara's Trip because it was so different and creative. Where else in this city can you find a show with that many styles of dance and that many aerial apparatus, not to mention with that small of a cast? All of those dancers are trained on the floor and in the air, and to go out and perform a show like that takes some serious guts. Huge job well done and I hope to come see it again next year and look forward to any other shows!
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