Drama & Comedy articles

Howie Mandel: Stand-Up Is “My Primal Scream At The End Of The Day”

Howie Mandel: Stand-Up Is “My Primal Scream At The End Of The Day”

By Jim Roberts Howie Mandel is well known for his TV work over the last 12 years—first as the host of “Deal Or No Deal” and then as a judge on “America’s Got Talent.” Viewers under the age of 40 may be surprised to learn that Mandel started out as a stand-up comic in Canada

Harlem Renaissance  Comes to Life in Raisin’ Cane

By Jerome Langston It is early in my phone conversation with actress Jasmine Guy that I remember what I’d loved about our first time chatting, back in 2014, when the triple-threat performer first brought her Harlem Renaissance show to the 757. Jasmine keeps it extra real. The Atlanta native and preacher’s kid, famously known for

PREVIEW: A Streetcar Named Desire

By Montague Gammon III The grand reopening of the Virginia Stage Company’s newly renovated, historic Wells Theatre home in downtown Norfolk, January 20 at 6:30 p.m., features a ribbon cutting ceremony, local musicians and tours of the facility, followed by a new production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning 1947 play, A Streetcar Named Desire.

PREVIEW: A Christmas Carol

By Montague Gammon III Virginia Stage Company’s Associate Producer (and long time Assistant Artistic Director) Patrick Mullins, who directs the 2016 restaging of VSCs’ annual, family-friendly production of A Christmas Carol, took some time between directing his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and the opening of the same author’s Christmas Carol to answer

The Z Breaks Ground, Plan B Resident Comedy

By Jim Roberts The Zeiders American Dream Theater opened a temporary performance space in Virginia Beach Town Center in 2015 and has quietly been building its reputation in the shadow of the 10-year-old Sandler Center, which is literally steps away. The musical “Love, Always” made its world premiere at “the Z” in July before moving

Top Fall Drama/Comedy Performances

Compiled by Staff   Picnic September 30 through October 16 Peninsula Community Theater This beautiful drama written by one of the world’s most admired playwrights takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. One house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and

LOCAL THEATER: A backstage comedy-thriller with Hollywood overtones

By Jim Roberts   Twenty years ago, Jeffery Seneca starred in a college production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” This month, he’ll make his directorial debut at the Little Theatre of Virginia Beach with the same show. “I think I’ve seen it now—both from being in it and directing it—close to 200 times,”

FRINGE FEST: National Theater of Scotland

By Montague Gammon III   At the eerie border between this world and the next, wrapped within the blurry boundary that separates what’s natural from what’s not, traveling near the snow bound Scottish-English border in the uncommonly frigid winter of 2010, academic Prudencia Hart found her “Strange Undoing.” The wholly fictional tale of Professor Prudencia

Military Drone Piloting Comes to Life in Grounded

By Jerome Langston   “I got wild in New York!” That’s almost the opening line of director Laley Lippard’s part of our recent conversation about Grounded, the last full run play of Virginia Stage Company’s current season. Lippard is not yet here, of course ─ she flies into Norfolk tomorrow, but more importantly, the New