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Darkenwald’s Quantum: Dancing the Unseen

Photo by John Dixon.

by Spencer Bennington Guardian contributor Take a look around you. What do you see? Tables? Chairs? A picture on the wall? Look closer. Can you feel it? Within each of these seemingly inanimate objects, on a smaller scale than the human eye can see, units of energy simmer and swirl beneath the surface. Luckily for […]


The Art of Dance at ECU

ECU dancer Nichesa Jones, pictured above, was one of 13 selected as a cast member for the ECU performance of “Standing in Tears," set for March as part of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series. Credit: ECU News Services, Oct. 16, 2014.

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor As I do many years, I attended East Carolina University’s College of Theater and Dance’s annual concert, Dance 2015 (that’s not it’s name every year, of course), in early February. As is often the case, I was struck by the excellent work happening there. The best pieces were fully-formed creative […]


Solving a Music Mystery

Actual fragment from Tchaicovsky's "Swan Lake."

by Lisa Ellison Editor Nearly a week ago, my sister Denise Cerniglia, a ballet teacher and choreographer in Holly Springs, NC, told me she’d started choreographing a ballet to music she didn’t have. “I mean,” she elaborated, “I’ve already started teaching the dance, whistling the music. I’ve been whistling it for everyone I know, and have […]


MAC’s Holiday Variety Show Spans Cynical to Joyful Cheer

MAC’s Holiday Variety Show Spans Cynical to Joyful Cheer

by Jennifer Johnson Reviewer Magnolia Arts Center ‘s Christmas variety show, Santaland Diaries and Holiday Follies, is cynical yet charming.  Musical acts, comedic monologues and amusing skits punctuate Raleigh humorist David Sedaris’ SantaLand Diaries in which a man in desperate need of a job accepts the demeaning position of a department store elf during the holidays, complete with humiliating red and […]


Beautiful Masks: MAC presents Picnic

Beautiful Masks: MAC presents Picnic

by Jennifer Johnson Picnic is an award-winning romantic drama by William Inge from the early 1950’s, presented by Magnolia Arts Center and directed by Chip Galusha. Challenging social expectations, sexism, the loss of youth and the definitions of beauty, Picnic opens our own lives up for questioning in this initially simple yet multi-layered play. The […]


Internationally Acclaimed Novelist to Visit Greenville

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by Lisa Ellison Editor Edit March 31: Sad news has reached us that Adichie has cancelled her engagement citing “nervous exhaustion.” The event will not be rescheduled.  On Wednesday, April 2, Nigerian-born author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be in Greenville as part of the ECU Contemporary Writers Series. Selected as a 2008 MacArthur Fellow for […]


“Too cha cha for words:” MAC’s “Steel Magnolias”

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by Jennifer Johnson, Reviewer Directed by Kevin Lee, Magnolia Arts Center presents Steel Magnolias, a heartwarming and hilarious southern story well known on the big screen as well as the stage.  The character-driven play written by Robert Harling, is full of inventive southern witticism and beauty of the human spirit. The small, all-female cast deals with […]


Uptown Greenville Wants to Know

Photo credit: Stephenvb http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/14999/photos/80225

Do you wish there was more to do in Greenville? Do you feel like your life would be improved by having a performance venue in the middle of the city? Uptown Greenville wants to know what you think about how we can use this historic space. Take the online survey. Theater Survey Press Release email […]


“Freedom is Life, Not Money:” MAC’s “A Raisin in the Sun”

“Freedom is Life, Not Money:” MAC’s “A Raisin in the Sun”

By Jennifer Johnson A crowded, sunlight-deprived low-income apartment in Chicago’s South Side is the setting for Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin the the Sun in which a death gives the Youngers, a struggling African American family, conflicting dreams of a better life. Directed by Janice V. Schreiber, and presented by the Magnolia Arts Center, […]


Go Laugh, Greenville

Go Laugh, Greenville

by Lisa Wilbourne Matt “Whitey” White’s animated expressions, well-placed movements and graceful yet determined path through his responses make it easy to see why he’d choose Jim Carrey, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor as his favorite comedians, the top of the game, according to White: Carrey for his physical comedy; Murphy for his verbal skills […]


West Greenville, Home to Superb Baroque Music: The Music House

West Greenville, Home to Superb Baroque Music: The Music House

By Thomas Herron Venture a few yards west of S. Pitt St. in Greenville and you’ll find a cultural treasure: The Music House at 408 W. 5th St, home of ECU professor of music John Bibby O’Brien. Prof. O’Brien has restored the giant old Victorian house, built by Jesse Moye in 1901-04, into a period […]


And They Were Never Hungry Again: MAC’s “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell”

And They Were Never Hungry Again: MAC’s “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell”

by Jennifer Johnson Produced and directed by Andrea Croskery, Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell, written by Duke Ernsberger and Virginia Cate, is loosely based on the collaboration between Gone with the Wind producer David Selznick (Joseph Horst), director Victor Fleming (Rick Croskery), and writer Ben Hecht (George Crowl) during the week they spent locked […]


A Tragic Tale of Twins Separated at Birth, Willy Russell’s “Blood Brothers”

A Tragic Tale of Twins Separated at Birth, Willy Russell’s “Blood Brothers”

By Jennifer Johnson Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers is a heart-wrenching tale of two brothers, bound by blood and by fate, facing class struggle, crime, drugs and love. This award-winning musical, directed by Kevin Lee and presented by the Magnolia Arts Center, is loosely based on the 1844 novella, The Corsican Brothers, by Alexandre Dumas, but with […]


“Otherworldly” Photographs: Reality Made Strange

Sally Mann, Untitled (Deep South #5)

By Lisa Wilbourne I walked into the Greenville Museum of Art for their Holiday Sale one day in the middle of December. There were plenty of interesting and well-crafted things there, but what really caught my eye was the current show: Otherwordly, a selection from Allen G. Thomas, Jr.’s photography collection. These are not just […]


Clarity Within Chaos: Megan Roberts’ “Matters of Record”

"Matters of Record" cover art by Chris Samia

By Lisa Wilbourne In “Matters of Record,” a recently published collection of nineteen poems, Megan Roberts gives each subject, all women found guilty of murder and executed from years spanning 1860 to 2005, a final touch of humanity. Taking a quote from a play of French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, Roberts opens her slim volume preparing […]


Learning Acceptance in a Southern Town: MAC’s Second Samuel

Learning Acceptance in a Southern Town: MAC’s Second Samuel

By Jennifer Benfield Johnson A soulful harmonica playing subtle yearning in complete darkness at the beginning of the play sets the tone of Magnolia Arts Center‘s production of Pamela Parker’s Pulitzer-nominated dramatic comedy, Second Samuel, directed by Pitt County local Kevin Lee. A startling secret just discovered after the death of the town’s beloved Miss […]


“Are you a Lenny, Meg, or Babe?”

“Are you a Lenny, Meg, or Babe?”

Magnolia Arts Center’s Crimes of the Heart by Jennifer Benfield Johnson Audience members at Magnolia Arts Center‘s opening night performance of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Crimes of the Heart, could be heard asking each other which of the main characters–sisters whose clashing personalities add tension and interest and create eventual unity–they relate to most. […]


Youth Theater Draws Crowd

Youth Theater Draws Crowd

By Lisa Wilbourne Smiles and Frowns Playhouse held their opening-night performance of “The Jungle Book” at the 600-seat Doug Mitchell Memorial Theater in the Ayden Community Center for a nearly full house. Audience members were not deterred by the sudden downpour that flooded streets and sidewalks before the show. The 25th Anniversary of Smiles and Frowns […]


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