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Quixotic Theatre, still in its first season, shows much promise.

Scarlett Johansson almost (but not quite) makes this glittery gibberish cohere.

Adaptation serves novelist John Le Carré well, in the same fashion as the 2011 “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

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.

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