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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 […]


Local Theater Prepares for Expansion

Local Theater Prepares for Expansion

By Lisa Ellison Wilbourne A few months ago, the city decided not to let the Perkins Complex building near Greenville Boulevard on 14th, erstwhile home to the Teen Center, become just some empty building. Instead they decided to rent it out for a dollar per year to one lucky organization. A committee comprised of two […]


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 […]


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