Staff reportsMay 17, 2009 

Barrie wins top N.C. Theatre spot

N.C. Theatre has made Lisa Grele Barrie's interim appointment as executive director permanent. Barrie moved up from managing director last fall when executive director and producer William Jones took a job with a regional theater in Fort Worth. N.C. Theatre hired consultants to conduct a national search for his replacement. Barrie has been with the company since 2003. Jones' mother founded N.C. Theatre more than 25 years ago.

Evan Rachel Wood's encore

Evan Rachel Wood and company had so much fun rehearsing for her homecoming performance in "Romeo and Juliet" this weekend that Theatre in the Park added an encore performance Tuesday. The original shows, held as a fundraiser for the theater, sold out quickly. About half the encore tickets went to those on a waiting list, and the rest were sold to the public Thursday.

Boylan parties again

The third annual RebusFest is being held 1 to 6 p.m. today in the Boylan Heights neighborhood of Raleigh. The Loners, Dirty Little Heaters, Tin Star and other bands will perform. Art, of course (because the event is sponsored by Rebus Works gallery), and food will also be available at the family-friendly event. Info:

Oakwood, take five

Next weekend Raleigh's Burning Coal Theatre Co. stages its fifth production at the historic Oakwood Cemetery. "Lessons Learned" is another script by Ian Finley, this one incorporating stories about the founding of N.C. State University, coaches Wallace Riddick and Jim Valvano and civil rights issues. For details on performances: 834-4001 or

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