Mary Burruss



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The trouble with benefits: How do you mix friends and sex?

A few weeks ago I saw a play at Four County Players called I Love You Because, a cute modern day romantic musical comedy and got a good giggle from a song titled, “Just Friends.” The song summarizes the rather contemporary notion of having friendships in which you engage in regular sexual activity. Here are a few lyrics: […]

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Labels and love: What does “dating” mean anyway?

Gigantic news flash: I have met someone I really like and they like me back! Yep. After three years of agonizing outings and close-but-no-cigar adventures, a man has come along who piques my interest enough to pursue  a relationship that is more than just friends. I promise not to make you ill with all the […]

Love in the age of smartphones

Love in the age of smartphones

The universe lacks a person more devoted to their iPhone than I. Ever since my ex-husband insisted we change phone plans (we’re still on the same family phone plan to make it easier for us and the kids) to get iPhones my life has been transformed. That sounds a bit melodramatic and materialistic, but I […]

Arts Extra: Missoula Childrens Theatre gets speedy

Arts Extra: Missoula Childrens Theatre gets speedy

On June 18th, a two person actor/director team from the renowned Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT), will descend on the Paramount Theater with scenery, costumes, props, lights and make-up to train young wanna be Thespians and put on a musical in one week. Yeah, right! Even the most seasoned performer will tell you it is nearly […]

Preview: SuperCLAWs battle for the cape and a cause

Preview: SuperCLAWs battle for the cape and a cause

The growing CLAW league is strong enough for a man, but made for a woman like Sistah Mary Slammer (pictured). (Photo by Billy Hunt) The house is packed with fans fidgeting in anticipation of the arrival of their favorite wrestling personalities. A foul mouthed MC takes center stage, building excitement with the crowd. Fans explode from […]

C-VILLE Kids: Single mom in a dating world

C-VILLE Kids: Single mom in a dating world

In 2010, I was seeing Duane*. My 10-year-old daughter knew I had gone out with him a few times, but she hadn’t met him. He and I had had a late lunch date and were getting into a little afternoon necking at home on my couch when I heard the mailbox open outside the front […]

Benjamin Curns owns his role as Richard III, portraying a character who is at once twisted and insecure. Richard III runs through April 5 at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, part of the American Shakespeare Center’s Renaissance Season.

Review: Richard III at Blackfriars

William Shakespeare’s Richard III is the study of how a politician’s over-developed ego drives the dark deeds he executes towards the attainment of high position. The play itself is a tidy piece of propaganda, according to Ralph Cohen, American Shakespeare Center’s director of mission, who described it as a reinforcement of Queen Elizabeth I’s legitimacy […]

Live Arts hosts ‘world’s fastest’ fest

Live Arts hosts ‘world’s fastest’ fest

"I knew I could stay up,” said Denise Stewart, a playwright who’ll be featured in 24/7: The World’s Fastest Theater Festival. “I have insomnia, so I just didn’t take my Ambien.” Blink and you’ll miss it! Live Arts presents 24/7 Saturday, January 28 at 7:30pm and 10pm. (Photo by Martyn Kyle) Stewart has participated in […]

Review: The Producers

Review: The Producers

To paraphrase a line from The Producers, Christmas came early to Live Arts this year, and guess who they stuffed in our stocking? Adolf Hitler! This holiday season, Live Art’s production of the wryly-humored musical by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan gives the gift of gut-splitting laughter. The Producers is deftly directed by Live Arts […]

The Great Russian Nutcracker comes to the Paramount

The Great Russian Nutcracker comes to the Paramount

When Moscow Ballet brings its sumptuous Great Russian Nutcracker to the States, the company comes bearing gifts of major artistic accomplishment. Each year, two companies of 40 dancers each tour over 60 cities in the United States and Canada, averaging over 100 performances in two months time, offering a unique version of the classic Christmas […]

Review: Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales

Review: Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales

Sometimes it’s good to be reminded that the universe is functioning perfectly despite the challenges it presents us with. We need challenges to carve out who we are, and our job is to accept them, allow ourselves to feel the metaphysical love and move on. This is the lesson of Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood […]

Sarah Shotwell and William Howard Rough contemplate dark deeds in Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, the longest-running thriller-comedy ever on Broadway, now showing at Play On! Theatre. Photo Courtesy Play On! Theatre.

Review: Deathtrap

Deathtrap is a theatrical version of an M.C. Escher woodcut, a play within a play with seemingly endless twists and turns that mock the concept of theatrical plot and device. When pulled off, the audience is engaged, if not dizzied, by the wonderment of the tension between the script of the play and its on-stage […]

Review: The Santaland Diaries at Blackfriars

If you are feeling a little more naughty than nice this Christmas season, The Santaland Diaries may be the perfect stuff for your stocking. In the show, a holiday tradition at Staunton’s American Shakespeare Center, seasoned Shakespearean actor Rick Blunt relives humorist David Sedaris’ story about his days as a 30-something man employed as one […]

The King and I; The Paramount Theater; Saturday, July 30

The King and I; The Paramount Theater; Saturday, July 30

If you’re wondering why Ash Lawn Opera chose this year to produce Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical The King and I, with its dated themes of conformity and imperialism, look no further than the 20 or so local kids in the cast. Ah, the children, each wrapped in bright silks, collectively looking like a bag […]