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Re: “Theater reviews: The Game's Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays, more

Can I mention that Perry is the worst reviewer that I have ever seen? I mean, time after time I am left wondering if he is simply drunk when he goes to a show. This is insane. Time and time again he mentions things that didn't happen, or recalls events incorrectly - the reviews are slapdash at best, and at worst it's like he was at an entirely different show than the one he's reviewing!

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Posted by Fen Temple on 11/06/2014 at 12:53 AM

Re: “Q's Harlem dream remains deferred

And it makes sense to insult an entire audience as "altered" and uncouth because a few people had their cellphones out?

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Posted by Emiene Wright on 10/18/2014 at 3:35 PM

Re: “A plea for peace: Iraqi-born American artist Wafaa Bilal states his case with visceral performance works

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Posted by Melilea Indonesia on 10/07/2014 at 1:27 AM

Re: “With Southern Holiday, Dugg Dugg closes a chapter. What’s next?

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Posted by Melilea Indonesia on 10/03/2014 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Pamela Hunt-Spradley's generosity speaks volumes

perfectly said

Posted by Sandra Lynn Gray on 09/18/2014 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Diana Grisanti's River City is a pleasant surprise

My first time at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte--impressed with the venue. Attended the play River City, as I am interested in supporting new young writers. Unimpressed with the cast--felt the overly "hammed up" acting detracted from the play. A city of Charlotte's size certainly has more professional actors available (or perhaps it was poor directing, and not the actors' fault?). The only exception was the actor who played Mr. Deeley--found him credible in the role, and he did not resort to the overly emotive styles used by the rest of the cast. Will attend another production, to see if this was a one-time disappointment. Hoping to see some productions with a more sophisticated approach to acting and to the social issues dealt with in the plays. I like humor, but the humor in this play bordered on silliness--and seemed to suggest the audience could not handle the racial issues the play was addressing.

Posted by EPG on 09/18/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Shakespeare meets Superfly in Measure for Measure

THis is actually the second production at the Booth Playhouse for the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival. Last years Macbeth.

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Posted by Christian Casper on 08/13/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “7 Reasons to boo up Aziz Ansari


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Posted by heather on 08/13/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “7 Reasons to boo up Aziz Ansari

You actually get paid to write this drivel? I wish I could take back the minute of my life wasted on this shit.

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Posted by Junior Hudson on 08/07/2014 at 8:19 PM

Re: “7 Reasons to boo up Aziz Ansari

He's about as funny as...wait. He's not funny.

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Posted by SA on 08/07/2014 at 10:21 AM

Re: “7 Reasons to boo up Aziz Ansari

He's just ugly

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Posted by Chloe on 08/06/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “The death of CAST

Lots of background missing here. The board had a legal duty to do what is best in the long term interest not what Mr. Simmons and others (who could have stepped up with donations) want to do in the short term. Sad story that CAST closed but not giving the full story here. As always, people love to trash the board because they fail to understand that role. Serve as an arts board member and see if you still feel the same way!

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Posted by AnArtsBoardMember on 08/01/2014 at 2:48 PM

Re: “The death of CAST

Thank you for this grand explanation of a preventable cultural tragedy for Charlotte. What a clusterf**k. My heart goes out to Michael Simmons. My sympathy's saved for the rest of us who loved CAST.

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Posted by Tinderboxing on 07/30/2014 at 2:55 PM

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Posted by Refer Agens on 07/30/2014 at 12:49 AM

Re: “The death of CAST

Let me see if I am following these dates correctly: The board announced on June 6 that it was closing on June 30. "NoDa's two pre-eminent theater producers," Mr. Simmons (who already knew the fate of his theatre) and Mr. Ford met on June 4 to discuss rental options, and Mr. Simmons was "planning to sound Ford on the possibility of a partnership or a merger."

So this idiot band of board members didn't send up an SOS flare before announcing the closure? That was dumb. But with nearly a month to act, why didn't the "hundreds" of shocked actors, designers, directors, donors and fans, including Mr. Ford at the ready with a lifeline, rise up to kick out this lousy "rogue board of directors"? Board takeovers happen all the time. The Light Factory here in Charlotte and the San Diego Opera mentioned above are two great examples. Bring in fresh blood and money. If CAST really matters to the community, where are those ardent , passionate fans to save CAST? Or perhaps they don't care THAT much…???

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Posted by TheatreFan on 07/25/2014 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The death of CAST

Fantastic story, Perry, as usual. What a damned shame, to put it mildly. One question: why didn't you pose for the Yorick skull photo? ;-)

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Posted by John Grooms on 07/24/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The death of CAST

Just a few months ago, the board of San Diego Opera did the same thing: with no warning, they voted to dissolve the company.*

But that made news nationally, and there was a backlash both within San Diego and beyond. After a lot of drama (including the replacement of the board chair), the decision to close was reversed and the company was saved (at least for the time being).

Any chance something like that could happen with CAST?

*The difference: in San Diego, the company's longtime head, who was evidently ready to retire, was in favor of shutting the opera company down. It may well have been his idea. And while San Diego Opera isn't gone, he is,/i>, and he pretty much blew what had been a rather good reputation in the process.

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Posted by MWnyc on 07/24/2014 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Book review: Natchez Burning

its seem a good book to read.. but unfortunately my country dont sell its...

Posted by baguspedia on 07/14/2014 at 10:23 AM
Posted by Refer Agens on 07/05/2014 at 4:29 AM

Re: “The odiousness of local theater's boards of directors

Odiousness indeed.

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Posted by duckbutr23 on 07/02/2014 at 3:38 PM

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