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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 […]


Recommended Read: Virginia Woolf

Recommended Read: Virginia Woolf

by Lisa Ellison Editor Seven (and last) in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. Thanks to a colleague who asked me to read a few of her books, I’ve been on a Virginia Woolf kick lately. My favorite of all was Mrs. Dalloway (Hogarth Press, 1925). […]


Recommended Read: Chicago History, Politics and Media

Recommended Read: Chicago History, Politics and Media

By Sidney Moseley Guardian Contributor Six in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. I’d like to recommend two small books by a pair of Chicago natives. Chicago has always served as a microcosm of American politics in general despite its unique status as a major metropolitan city. […]


Recommended Reads: Imaginative Fiction to Inspire Creativity

Recommended Reads: Imaginative Fiction to Inspire Creativity

By Jennifer Johnson Guardian Reviewer Five in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. Mark Haddon’s original and humorous novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Doubleday, 2003), is a unique murder mystery of sorts, narrated by the quirky Christopher Boone, an academically gifted […]


Recommended Read: Motivation for the New Year

Recommended Read: Motivation for the New Year

By Kimberly Smith Lukhard Guardian Guest Four in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. The decision to become an entrepreneur is an easy one — at first, until you look to your friends and family for support and are left with “get a real job” ringing […]


Recommended Reads: A Boy’s Adventure Story, American History and N.C. Politics

Front cover of With Lee in Virginia. A Story of the American Civil War, by G. A. Hently - A. L. Burt, Publisher.

By Vince Bellis Contributor Three in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. I read a fiction book every two or three years. My background is science and engineering. I am not a literary person. One book I read in the past year was With Lee In Virginia, a boy’s adventure […]


Recommended Read: Small Person Does Great Things in Big, Tall World

Cover of "The Hobbit," 1937 George Allen & Unwin; First Impression original dust jacket, First UK Edition.

By Aaron Lucier Guardian Guest Two in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. As the final film of the mega-movie trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, hits theaters this holiday season, I encourage people to read the book to gain more insight into the films […]


Recommended Read: America’s Eleven Nations

Recommended Read: America’s Eleven Nations

by Anthony Noel Contributing Writer One in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America Colin Woodard Penguin Group, 2011 Employer-paid contraception. Gay marriage. The militarization of police departments. Abortion. Labor unions. Marijuana legalization. The […]


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 […]


“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 […]


“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, […]


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 […]


Alliterative Academics Assemble

Alliterative Academics Assemble

by Lisa Wilbourne Last night, May 31, seven faculty members from ECU’s English department participated in the first Pirate Prof Pack–a group of creative writers interested in reading their work publicly. The twenty or so people gathered in the performance area of the Tipsy Teapot heard a variety of styles from verbal snapshots: poetry not […]


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 […]


The Return of Miss Gay Greenville

The Return of Miss Gay Greenville

by Aaron Lucier A historic event came back to life in Greenville last month. On the weekend of June 22-23, the 27th Miss Gay Greenville America Pageant was held at Limelight. Neither featured on Toddlers and Tiaras nor part of the traditional pageant circuit, not many people know about Miss Gay Greenville America, a full-scale […]


“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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