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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 […]


“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, […]


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 […]


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. […]


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