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Play at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte tracks ups and downs of the Mamas and the Papas.

Documentary follow-up to “Restrepo” takes a more philosophic look at U.S. soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan.

Sequel to 2011 origin story excites not only the nerves but the brain.

Play goes deeper than CPCC Summer Theatre’s usual non-musical fare.

Musical drama pretends to be independent and funky but settles for inane and formulaic. Grade: C-

Story of a Kentucky Derby upset is a family-style narrative seldom seen in the industry these days.

Comic tale of the torpid South retains its easygoing charm after half a century.

Davidson Community Players dance us into a happy stupor in the old-fashioned musical “42nd Street.”

If you wondered what you were missing by not seeing the Tony-winning show, here’s your answer.

Drama set 50-plus years ago in Poland shows a society divided by socialism and the Catholic church.

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Lawrence Toppman
Lawrence Toppman is a theater critic and culture writer with The Charlotte Observer.