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Comment Archives: stories: Arts

Re: “An intimate look at touring with The Lion King

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.

Posted by Pincushion Soamc on 08/30/2013 at 4:01 AM

Re: “Macbeth: West Side Scotland

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.

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Posted by Yer Blues on 08/23/2013 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Macbeth: West Side Scotland

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.

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Posted by Mike Jones on 08/23/2013 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Macbeth: West Side Scotland

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.

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Posted by john smith on 08/22/2013 at 11:42 PM

Re: “No one has a ball at I Love Lucy

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!!!

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Posted by Lamar Wilson on 08/19/2013 at 11:37 PM

Re: “No one has a ball at I Love Lucy

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.

Posted by lucyfan1 on 08/19/2013 at 9:15 AM

Re: “No one has a ball at I Love Lucy

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.

Posted by PartoftheRapture on 08/12/2013 at 4:00 AM

Re: “No one has a ball at I Love Lucy

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.

Posted by Donna Flagg Walton on 08/12/2013 at 4:00 AM

Re: “Giant robots — and their collectors — to invade Charlotte

I've been a fan since the beginning back in 1984, I can not wait.

Posted by Jason Barrett Morgan on 08/08/2013 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Giant robots — and their collectors — to invade Charlotte

Crowemag Toys will be there!

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Posted by Larry Matthew Crowe on 08/08/2013 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Summertime on Broadway

You must have seen a different 'Pippin' than we did. I would definitely not give the overhyped 'Kinky Boots' a better rating. Patina Miller and her gang of circus fiends did far more for the Broadway scene in their tiny little theatre than all of these other shows put together. I've never had so many random NYers approach me after any play to ask about it and rave over it. The dancing is there, the Fosse is definitely there, and the circus elements elevate that theme of 'how far would you go?' etc.; they don't detract. There wasn't a single performer that wasn't on the mark. Matthew James Thomas, Andrea Martin, Charlotte d'Amboise, and yes, the great Terry Mann were a brilliant ensemble.
Mr. Mann, by the way, got his start in 'Barnum' and he has that background before he took Broadway by storm. The juggling and whatnot were not new tricks, but an old dog coming full circle.

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Posted by Whisper on 08/07/2013 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Brian Eno lyrically merges music and art — and brings it to the Carolinas

Eno is over, he stopped being interesting in the lates 70's there are far more interesting people working now like Paul Armlehn or Amon Tobin

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Posted by Anita on 07/25/2013 at 3:53 PM

Re: “The rest is silence: R.I.P. Alan Poindexter

Sorry for this loss....

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Posted by Ryan John Wisniewski on 07/25/2013 at 3:49 PM

Re: “The rest is silence: R.I.P. Alan Poindexter

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.

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Posted by Erin Countryman on 07/18/2013 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Book review: Peter Carlson's Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy

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Posted by hiram on 07/09/2013 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Summer Guide 2013: Stage sizzlers

Hey Chris- you forgot Hamlet!

Posted by duckbutr23 on 06/28/2013 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Summer Guide 2013: Stage sizzlers

Once Again, we get left off the List!!!!
Frankenstein
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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Posted by Shakespeare Carolina on 06/13/2013 at 3:09 PM

Re: “In the streets: Brass Connection

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.

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Posted by concerned arts patron on 06/04/2013 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Jezebel star has Bette Davis eyes, nothing else

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.

Posted by NCGazza on 05/25/2013 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Jezebel star has Bette Davis eyes, nothing else

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.

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Posted by Volfie on 05/23/2013 at 9:02 AM

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