A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS sings at the Carrboro ArtsCenter

(L to R) Justin Smith, Gil Faison, Lora Deneen Tatum, Alphonse Nicholson, Bonnie Roe. Photo: Adam Graetz.

(L to R) Justin Smith, Gil Faison, Lora Deneen Tatum, Alphonse Nicholson, Bonnie Roe. Photo: Adam Graetz.

The Carrboro ArtsCenter Stage has just opened a Christmas production to culminate its 2013 explorations in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The play, by Paula Vogel, is narration-heavy, but intriguing. The acting is good, the singing strong, and the whole production heartfelt and heart-warming.

From my review on CVNC.org, published today with the title, Christmas Eve Time Machine at the Carrboro ArtsCenter:

The most touching of Vogel’s observations here is that Christmas is the time when every child is celebrated like the Christ child; her most astringent is that “the hope of peace is sweeter than peace itself.” The play, in a digressive way, is a retelling of the Christmas story, but here the mother and child are Hannah and Jessa (Terra Hodge and Alyssa Coleman), who, escaping from the south over the wide Potomac, find no shelter in the crowded city. Hannah and Jessa follow the star, the clear North Star in “the drinking gourd,” but are separated and the child is lost, to be sought by an assortment of wise men and shepherds before being found asleep in the hay.

Read the full review here. The production runs through Dec. 22. Tickets at http://www.artscenterlive.org or 919-929-2787.

(L to R) Gus Allen, Mark Phialas, Bonnie Roe, Mary Forester, Alyssa Coleman, Lora Deneen Tatum, Terra Hodge, Gil Faison. Photo: Adam Graetz.

(L to R) Gus Allen, Mark Phialas, Bonnie Roe, Mary Forester, Alyssa Coleman, Lora Deneen Tatum, Terra Hodge, Gil Faison. Photo: Adam Graetz.

A Change that Changed Durham: THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Manbites Dog

Derrick Ivey and Lakeisha Coffey in THE BEST OF ENEMIES at MDT. Photo: Alan Dehmer.

Derrick Ivey and Lakeisha Coffey in THE BEST OF ENEMIES at MDT. Photo: Alan Dehmer.

From my review in CVNC:

2013 has already been an extraordinary year in theatre for the Triangle, but one of the most powerful productions of the year has come near the end. Through December 21, Manbites Dog Theater is presenting The Best of Enemies, by Mark St. Germain, who based his excellent play on Osha Gray Davidson’s book of the same title, which laid out the amazing story of the confrontation and eventual friendship between Ann Atwater, a black civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a white Ku Klux Klansman, during Durham’s struggles with school desegregation in the early 1970s. An American story of truth and reconciliation, it is beautifully directed by Joseph Megel, who has previously demonstrated unusual skill at dramatizing the humanity behind the ideas of race and class struggle.

READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

Thaddaeus Edwards and Lakeisha Coffey as Bill Riddick and Ann Atwater. Photo: Alan Dehmer.

Thaddaeus Edwards as Bill Riddick and Coffey as Ann Atwater. Photo: Alan Dehmer.

Elisabeth Lewis Corley as Mary Ellis, and Thaddaeus Edwards as Bill Riddick. Photo: Alan Dehmer.

Elisabeth Lewis Corley as Mary Ellis, and Thaddaeus Edwards as Bill Riddick. Photo: Alan Dehmer.

See this show if you can. It ranks very high among the many great accomplishments of Durham’s finest, feistiest theatre. Manbites Dog reports that tickets are going very fast. They have added two shows, but don’t wait to order tickets.

http://manbitesdogtheater.org   919-682-3343.

At the moment of transformative change: Coffey, Ivey and Edwards in Manbites Dog's THE BEST OF ENEMIES. Photo: Alan Dehmer.

At the moment of transformative change: Coffey, Ivey and Edwards, directed by Joseph Megel in Manbites Dog’s THE BEST OF ENEMIES. Photo: Alan Dehmer.

Dashi, a Ramen Shop and Izakaya, Comes to Durham – Durham Magazine

Durham Magazine reports that my dear neighbors, Billy and Kelli Cotter of Toast will be blessing downtown Durham with a noodle shop next summer!

Dashi, a Ramen Shop and Izakaya, Comes to Durham – Durham Magazine.

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