Domestic violence, Carolina comedy, Tox rox!

by Mark Burger

The issue of domestic violence plagues us as a society, much to our collective shame, and it has been widely explored by the media in the last few years. No longer is it a “dirty secret” kept behind closed doors. It’s something that affects more people than you might think. At the very least, each of us knows someone (and probably more) whose life has been directly impacted by domestic violence.

On June 16, the Carousel Luxury Cinemas will offer a special presentation entitled Stop the Silence of Domestic Violence, a selection of short films made by area filmmakers that tackles this issue head-on.

Among the films is Corruption, a heated character study starring Will Dalton as a frustrated husband who takes out his pent-up rage on his wife. The film is produced by Ron Harris and directed by Rukiya Shanteel, and is designed to take the viewer on a journey into the madness that is domestic abuse.

Many of the filmmakers (including actors) will be on hand at this event to participate in a question-and-answer session following the screenings. They will discuss their reasons for making their films and their own experiences with the issue at hand.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is $9.50.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the theater. The theater’s official website is: www.

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The Broach Theatre soars into the season with its next production, the world premiere of Newton Neely’s full-blown farce, Pimp and Circumstance, which opens June 22.

Neely, a 1970 UNCG graduate and professor emeritus of the University of Montevallo, will also direct this comedy, set on the North Carolina coast — a place he knows well, given that he owns a vacation home there.

Indeed, the play itself is primarily set in a coastal beach house, where a woman invites her estranged husband and their two daughters to spend Fourth of July weekend. For her, it’s a symbol of her burgeoning independence. But, as she and her family will soon discover, it’s definitely also an occasion for fireworks.

There’s a definite Southern spirit to the proceedings, as this family weathers the worst kind of storm — the kind that comes from within.

Ashby Pettigrew, Lily Nelson, Camilla Millican, Tristan Yonce and long-time Triad theater favorite Philip Powell embody the play’s ensemble cast. “It has been great,” says co-star Millican about pre-production preparations and rehearsals. “It is thrilling to be involved with a new work any time. However, having the playwright direct the show and Broadway designer Rod Lemmond design the set… certainly adds to the excitement!” Pimp and Circumstance is scheduled to run through July 2. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday only. Tickets are $23, $18 (senior citizens), $10 (students). For groups of 10 or more, each ticket is $16. Tickets to the June 22 preview are “Pay What You Can.”

For tickets or more information, call 336.333.2605 or visit the official website:

It was only a matter of time… but some things are worth waiting for.

At the Cannes Film Festival last month, Troma Films founder Lloyd Kaufman made an announcement that is sure to make film fanatics happy: Troma is in pre-production on Toxic Avenger V.

That’s right, the “first superhero from New Jersey” — born from the sludge of toxic waste — will be returning to the big screen in The Toxic Avenger V: The Toxic Twins.

It was in 1984 that The Toxic Avenger first began life… although it took a couple of years until the film actually hit the big screen.

The Toxic Avenger became such a cult favorite, particularly on home video, that it was followed by the back-to-back sequels The Toxic Avenger Part II and The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (both 1989), and years later by Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV (2000). In-between, there was a cult following, merchandising galore and even a cartoon series for kids!

Having grown up in New Jersey, I can truthfully attest that no superhero conceivable embodies that state like the Toxic Avenger.

Currently, there’s even a remake in production of the original film, but my guess is that Kaufman’s sequel will be finished first. Lloyd works fast, don’t you know.

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