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“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 […]


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 […]


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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