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Compliment - Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till

Raleigh News Observer

Year's best theater grabbed you by the heart
Orla Swift December 2006

"Dar He" (EbzB Productions). Apex-based actor Mike Wiley wrote and starred in this hard-hitting depiction of the circumstances leading to the 1955 murder of 14-year old African-American Emmett Till. He portrayed two dozen characters -- male, female, black, white, young and old -- without letting his bravura feats overshadow the text's gut-wrenching messages.

Review, Compliment: War Bonds, Stoneleaf Festival, Asheville, NC

Asheville Citizen-Times
"WAR BONDS" BY EBZB PRODUCTIONS AT NC STAGE COMPANY  by  Jim Cavener, Correspondent
Chapel Hill's EBZB Productions' original work, "War  Bonds," is a charming, nostalgia-ridden period musical revue, with the  period being World War Two, the early 1940s in the good ole' USA. There is  patriotism and nationalism galore, but never maudlin, nor gross. The script's  emphasis on basic humanity and the horror of it all over-rules our  national penchant for glorifying war.
Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen are the  quality couple who create such works as last year's Stoneleaf one-man-show  submission, "Via Dolorosa" -- one of the highlights of that season. This new  production is more easy-going, with lots of memory-jogs from the likes of Bing  Crosby, Frances Langford, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Glenn Miller, Bob  Hope, and the Andrew Sisters. If those names ring your bell this is a show you'd  love.
Ebhardt is a…