Star News Review: Musical ‘Grey Gardens’ follows mother and daughter’s decline

By John Staton, John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com . Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 10:22 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 10:22 a.m. There aren’t many stories more tragic than the one told in “Grey Gardens.” . For all of the documentary film-turned-musical’s humor, wackiness and jaw-dropping, I-can’t-believe-people-lived-like-this moments, it is at its core a tale […]

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Encore Review: Grey Gardens

   A Shade of Grey: ‘Grey Gardens’ satisfies in a melancholy performance By: Lisa Huynh – September 8th, 2009   By: Lisa Huynh – September 8th, 2009 The moving performance of the cast, matched with the heavy, doleful music in Opera House Theatre Company’s “Grey Gardens” tugs audience’s heartstrings until they, too, turn into a […]

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Holiday weekend packed with Wilmington plays

By John Staton, John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com . ‘Grey Gardens’ For anyone who’s seen “Grey Gardens,” the devastating 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles about a mother and daughter, fallen socialites both, living in squalor in a decrepit Hamptons mansion, the prospect of a musical based on this unforgettable film had to be a little jarring. But […]

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Aristocratic Crazy: Opera House presents ‘Grey Gardens’

Aristocratic Crazy: Opera House presents ‘Grey Gardens’ By: MJ Pendleton – September 2nd, 2009 .     The musical “Grey Gardens” is based on a 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. It depicts the lives of a mother and daughter, Big Edie and Little Edie, who live in an East-Hampton mansion, which, in […]

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Yakety Yak: Opera House presents ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

By: MJ Pendleton – August 4th, 2009 . ‘SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ’ Preview City Stage/Level 5, 23 N. Front Street August 5-9, 14-16, 21-23; 8pm, Sunday matineés at 3pm Tickets: 910-343-3664 Elvis Presley is often credited with being the crossover singer who opened communication between black and white performers and audiences, but the songwriters Jerry Leiber […]

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‘Smokey Joe’s’ musical revue expected to pack City Stage

  . By John Staton, John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 9:56 a.m. Last Modified: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 9:56 a.m. When Opera House Theatre Company produced “Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” in 2003, the musical revue packed with classic pop hits sold out its final three shows at […]

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REVIEW: Opera House presents ‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’

By: MJ Pendleton – July 13th, 2009 . Director Ron Chisholm really knows how to entertain. For “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” he has put together such a fabulous cast and crew that the fun simply flows nonstop. According to production stage manager Michelle Ponton, who is also the light-board operator, there is a certain amount of […]

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Theater Review: Silly setup of ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ can’t distract from catchy songs

By John Staton, John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com . Published: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 10:15 a.m. Last Modified: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 10:14 a.m. . Whether or not you grew up singing along to the songs of “Schoolhouse Rock,” there’s no denying their catchy power. . Originally created in the 1970s to teach Saturday-morning-cartoon-watching kids about history, […]

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WECT – Popular 70s cartoon comes to life on stage

. Posted: July 9, 2009 10:43 AM Updated: July 9, 2009 10:55 AM Reported by Heather Setzler – bio|email . WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Those of us who grew up in the 1970s and 80s probably remember the familiar songs of School House Rock on Saturday mornings. . “We watched it all the time in […]

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Opera House brings ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ to the stage

By John Staton, John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com . Published: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 8:32 a.m. . Lessons about grammar, government and mathematics aren’t usually sources of nostalgia. But that’s exactly what has become of “Schoolhouse Rock,” a well-loved series of musical Saturday-morning cartoons that used catchy melodies and engaging animation to do one of the hardest things […]

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