Stage & Film articles

PREVIEW: The Santaland Diaries

PREVIEW: The Santaland Diaries

By Jerome Langston As most Hampton Roads theater patrons know, Virginia Stage Company’s long-running production of A Christmas Carol is considered a holiday tradition that families must partake in—every, single, holiday season. Well this year, VSC is also producing a largely different holiday show for this busy season, one that is specifically targeted at adults

Virginia Opera Opens with Visually Lush, Thematically Challenging Samson & Delilah

By Montague Gammon III The incandescent fury of a seductress scorned, fueled by ethnic hate, lights up the Harrison Opera House stage when Camille Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah opens Virginia Opera’s 2017-18 Season. Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Adam Turner describes a visually lush, thematically challenging show that moves the familiar Biblical tale of Hebrew

Channeling the Music of Johnny Cash

BY JEFF MAISEY Ben Hope and Katie Barton co-star in the exciting new musical theater work “Ring of Fire,” which pays homage to the music of Johnny Cash. The production is the 2017-18 season opener for Virginia Stage Company and its new artist director, Tom Quaintance. The show runs through October 1 at the historic

REVIEW: Second to Nun is First Rate Play

By Montague Gammon III   The world premiere of the new one woman musical Second to Nun at Zeider’s American Dream Theater provides a thoroughly entertaining bit of short theater that manages the neat trick of being truly informative while remaining unfailingly entertaining and genuinely interesting. It’s a monologue with songs, delivered by the Heaven

The Seer: Wendell Berry and the Shattered Soul of Rural America

By Tench Phillips Living here in the greater Norfolk area, we are the beneficiaries of a well-organized urban society. We have cultural events, education, good health care if you can access it, infrastructure and services, and better than average employment thanks to the federally subsidized military-industrial complex. The diversity of peoples that live in our