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Byron Woods

Bio: Byron Woods is the INDY's theater and dance critic.

Email: byron.woods@gmail.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/byronwoods

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If "Live Tissue" is a trip—and it definitely is—it’s riddled with sudden drops, stops, and unexpected switchbacks, fusing high-velocity hip-hop and modern dance. Read more

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Photographer Timothy Duffy's collection "Blue Muse" is part of a yearlong celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Hillsborough’s Music Maker Relief Foundation. Read more

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Dystopian dramas "A Number" and "Far Away" bring grim tidings of the day after tomorrow to CAM Raleigh, courtesy of Burning Coal Theatre Company. Read more

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“When I was twenty-seven, I had a seizure that lasted probably fifteen minutes,” says West, who is now thirty-three. The epileptic episode erased entire sections from more than a decade of his life. Read more

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The poison pen comes out early on “A Poison Melody,” the new album by maniacal local banjo wizard Curtis Eller and friends. Read more

Reviews

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In Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's play about writing, the writing is the problem. Read more

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Ayad Akhtar, whose incendiary drama "Disgraced" left theatrical scorch marks at PlayMakers Rep in 2015, finds plenty of contemporary relevance in the world of 1980s junk bond traders. Read more

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Our dance and theater critic picks the top five shows where you're sure to find him this summer. Read more

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We noticed that the festival's largest stage is down to one show this year, and only two shows take place off Duke's campus. According to ADF, it's a feature, not a bug. Read more

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"[As a teen,] I’d never seen myself in any of those stories that I loved so much, and it still doesn’t happen very often today." Read more

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By the end of this TheatreFest production, color us sold on the who in whodunit—but less so on the how. Read more

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“White” could so easily have been a one-sided satire of relatively easy prey: a white male who behaves badly when his art is excluded from a major exhibition. But it's much more. Read more

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This Elvis stands alone on stage, encased in a white jumpsuit, an oversize wig, and too-big aviator glasses, his sneer more Costello than Presley. Read more

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Set in Raleigh, Jason Odell Williams's play features sharp political debate but falls short on believable world-building. Read more

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While the venerable Durham independent theater isn't producing works in its own space again, it is offering a substantial grant program to fund theatrical works by others. Read more

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The new Big Red Dance Project defies ageist conventions in “Age Is Just a Number.” Read more

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The Women’s Theatre Festival study found a marked uptick in productions written or directed by women, placing the Triangle ahead of the national curve. Read more

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Jess Shell wasn’t even a Tobacco Road alumnus yet when she decided to keep the company from closing. Read more

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Ken Ludwig's "Baskerville" is a breathless, funny, and improbably cinematic romp through a venerable melodrama. Read more

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Playwright Sue Townsend attempted to place the concerns of Indian women in England on a national stage, but the play shows its thirty-five years of age. Read more

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