THROW BACK TO THE ’80S: ‘Rock of Ages’ slays the Thalian stage in September by J. Carver, LOL editor

Though local actor and director Anthony Lawson has never seen Chris D’Arienzo’s 2005 jukebox musical “Rock of Ages,” he’s sure about one thing in taking on Thalian Association’s debut of their 2016-17 season: “I love being surprised when I keep an open mind—as most directors should be,” Lawson says. He speaks of the 20-plus actors […]

CLASSICAL CELEBRATIONS: Port City Music Festival celebrates Mozart by T. McLamb, LOL contributor

Thanks to a lot of hard work by volunteers and generous contributions by supporters, The Port City Music Festival presents its 8th annual program beginning June. Absolutely free to the public, the series theme for 2016 is “Mostly Mozart.” Wilmington mixed-media artist and cellist Christine Farley and cellist Dr. Stephen Framil met at an adult […]

BRITISH FARCE TAKEOVER: Classic ‘Noises Off’ opens May 19 for two-weekend run at Thalian Hall by J. Carver, LOL contributing editor

In 1970 playwright Michael Frayn, from the wings of the stage, was watching Lynn Redgrave perform the farce he wrote, “The Two of Us.” What he saw behind the scenes became inspiration for his 1982 production “Noises Off”—a play within a play, starring actors who are playing actors. His idea was to showcase the making […]

PURSUING A PASSION: Instrumentalists of a different breed show off their love of music by Judy B. Smith, LOL contributing writer

For a city its size, Wilmington, NC, has proven to be both an astounding hot spot and a hidden treasure for music lovers. Opportunities to study, perform, educate, and attend concerts of multiple music genres abound. Among them is the OLLI New Horizons Concert Band, which will perform its spring show on April 25 at […]

TIMELESS HUMOR: Big Dawg takes on comic playwright Neil Simon in ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ by J. Carver, LOL contributing editor

  Randy Davis has been a part of Wilmington’s theatre scene for a while. Though he was on hiatus after moving away in 2005, he returned in 2012 and immediately began immersing himself into the stage antics at Big Dawg Productions. In fact, he’s focused much of his return working on humor, specifically directing Big […]

DISSECTING THE AMERICAN DREAM: Thalian Association opens 2016 with ‘Death of a Salesman’ by J. Carver, LOL contributing editor

  In 2016 Thalian Association will be tackling the American Dream. Their first show of the year will be the 1949 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning “Death of a Salesman,” written by Arthur Miller. Though 67 years old, its themes of stability and happiness, reality and illusion, seemingly never fade. Such will be magnified in April […]

Covering Historic Ground: Cape Fear Theatre Arts LLC premieres “Memphis the Musical” by J. Carver, LOL contributing editor

  “We have come a long way, but obviously we have a long way to go,” Chiaki Ito says, in talking about life 60 years ago wherein racism and bigotry prevented freedom for all Americans. Ito speaks of the 2010 Tony Award-winning Broadway show, “Memphis the Musical.” She and her creative partner, Justin Smith, who […]