Theater Week: Bard on the Run

September 1, 2014

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HMLT image by Little Green Pig

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 8, 2014

OPENING:
HMLT – Two powerful families must deal with regime change, the loss of power, and the pathology of denial. The Triangle’s most unpredictable theater company takes on Shakespeare’s most unpredictable character at an unpredictable location*. Presented by Little Green Pig, directed by Jaybird O’Berski. Shows Thursday-Saturday 8:00. (* VENUE CHANGE: Performances will not be at Cordoba Center. Currently scheduled venues: first week at Oval Drive Park in Durham, second week at Redbud Farm in Efland, third week to be announced. Check Little Green Pig website for updates, directions, and more information.) Continues through September 20.
littlegreenpig.com

The Iron Curtain Trilogy – Burning Coal presents David Edgar’s trilogy of plays about the collapse of the Soviet Empire in eastern Europe, in rotating repertory. Directed by Jerome Davis. Continues through September 27. This week: The Shape of the Table – Thursday 7:30. Pentecost – Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00. The Prisoner’s Dilemma – Saturday 7:30. Burning Coal, Murphey School Auditorium, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

A Raisin in the Sun – Justice Theatre Project presents Lorraine Hansberry’s milestone 1959 drama about a family struggling against poverty, racism, and their own conflicting goals. Directed by Sidney Edwards and Terra Hodge. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 21. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi Campus, Raleigh.
justicetheatreproject.org

* Rodney King – Solo show about the man whose beating at the hands of police and their subsequent acquittal helped spark the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Written and performed by Roger Guenveur Smith. This week only: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 3:00 (no Saturday performance).
playmakersrep.org

Xanadu – NRACT presents the 2007 stage musical version of the 1980 Razzie Award-winning roller disco movie. Directed and choreographed by James Ilsley and Jess Barbour, musical direction by Michael Santangelo. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 21. NRACT, Leadmine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

 
ONGOING:
Hairspray – John Waters opines on the state of early 1960’s American racial relations in the stage musical version of one of his least depraved movies. Raleigh Little Theatre presents the third Triangle production since 2011 of this apparently much-beloved classic. Directed by L.D. Burris. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 12. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

A Kid Like Jake – A 4-year-old’s preference for “gender-variant play” may decide whether or not he gets into a good kindergarten. Deep Dish presents Daniel Pearle’s 2013 play, directed by Tony Lea. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 20. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* Moving Pieces – An interactive multi-venue moving play performed at various indoor and outdoor sites in Raleigh’s warehouse district. Wear comfy walking shoes. Presented by Seed Art Share. Written by Logan Sutton, conceived and directed by Sue Scarborough. This Friday: 2 performances at 6:30 and 8:30. Closes Friday. Begins upstairs at Cafe De Los Muertos, 300 West Hargett Street, Raleigh.
seedraleigh.org

* The Painted Bird – Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 15th annual outdoor giant puppet production. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00 (pre-shows 40 minutes prior to start time). Ends Sunday at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Moves to NC Museum of Art September 12-14.
paperhand.org
 

ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE:
* No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater and performance. One night only: Saturday 8:00 (sign-up to perform: 7:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* – Concludes this week

 

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.

 


Theater Week – Modern Prometheus

August 26, 2014

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Illustration by Theodore Von Holst for the 1831 revised edition of Frankenstein

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 1, 2014

OPENING:
A Kid Like Jake – A 4-year-old’s preference for “gender-variant play” may decide whether or not he gets into a good kindergarten. Deep Dish presents Daniel Pearle’s 2013 play, directed by Tony Lea. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 20. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* Monster Camp – Summer Sisters present a devised artistic exploration of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

ONGOING:
Hairspray – John Waters opines on the state of early 1960’s American racial relations in the stage musical version of one of his least depraved movies. Raleigh Little Theatre presents the third Triangle production since 2011 of this apparently much-beloved classic. Directed by L.D. Burris. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 12. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

The Painted Bird – Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 15th annual outdoor giant puppet production. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00 (pre-shows 40 minutes prior to start time). Continues through September 7, Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Moves to NC Museum of Art September 12-14.
paperhand.org

* – Concludes this week

 

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.

 


Theater Week – Wilde at Heart

August 19, 2014

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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 25, 2014

OPENING:
* Dolly Wilde’s Picture Show – Oscar Wilde’s “identical niece” takes on the 20th Century in a multimedia story presented by The Process Series. Directed by Rebecca Nesvet. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
processseries.wagonwheelarts.com

Hairspray – John Waters opines on the state of early 1960’s American racial relations in the stage musical version of one of his least depraved movies. Raleigh Little Theatre presents the third Triangle production since 2011 of this apparently much-beloved classic. Directed by L.D. Burris. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 7. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

ONGOING:
* Crimes of the Heart – Theatre Raleigh presents Beth Henley’s venerable 1979 play about three sisters in a dysfunctional Southern family. No director listed. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 24. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

The Painted Bird – Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 15th annual outdoor giant puppet production. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00 (pre-shows at 6:20). Continues through September 7, Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Moves to NC Museum of Art September 12-14.
paperhand.org

 

IMPROV:
* The Guy Show – Four guys standing around improving – two from Third Date plus two former members of Transactors – for a show exploring “what it means to be a man in the world today”. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

READINGS:
* A Night of New Plays – Reading of two new works by Anthony Copian-Garcia. One show: Friday 7:30. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

AUDITIONS:
Deep Dish Theater holds auditions for its November musical The Landing, Friday 6:00-10:00, Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill. More info/appointments: paulfrellick@deepdishtheater.org

University Theatre holds auditions for its fall production of You Can’t Take It with You, Wednesday and Thursday 7:00, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh. More info.

* – Concludes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.

 


Theater Week – Pretty Bird

August 13, 2014

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Carolina Parakeets – John James Audubon

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 18, 2014

OPENING:
Crimes of the Heart – Theatre Raleigh presents Beth Henley’s venerable 1979 play about three sisters in a dysfunctional Southern family. No director listed. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 24. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

ONGOING:
* The Actor’s Double Bill – Christopher Durang’s The Actor’s Nightmare paired with Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound by GASP Theatre. No director listed. This Week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Studio Theatre at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh. 
GASP Theatre Facebook

The Painted Bird – Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 15th annual outdoor giant puppet production. This week: Friday – Sunday 7:00 (pre-show at 6:20). Continues through September 7, Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Moves to NC Museum of Art September 12-14.
paperhand.org

 

AUDITIONS:

MOJOAA Performing Arts Company holds season auditions this Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00, in Durham. Signup form. More info.

 

* – Concludes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.


Theater Week – The Getaway

July 20, 2014

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The Upstager is on vacation for a few weeks. Watch for us to return tanned and rested in early August.

In the meantime, you can find information about Triangle theater events on the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.


Theater Week – True Love … Possibly?

July 8, 2014


 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 14, 2014

OPENING:
The Coarse Acting Show – “The South Hampton Institute of Theatre Players (from Roe-Upon-Toast, England)” presents an evening of four one-act plays, including Streuth and Henry the Tenth (Part Seven). Ira David Wood IV directs Michael Green’s affectionate 1978 tribute to bad theater. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 27. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* One’s Trash; Another’s Treasure – Touring show about a real estate agent with dreams of marrying the perfect man. “A journey of denial, fear, doubt, self-discovery, self-love, then true love … possibly?”. Written and directed by LA Horton; presented by LA Horton Productions. One show only: Saturday 7:30. Garner Performing Arts Center.
garnerperformingartscenter.com

Parade – Second recent local staging of Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown’s 1998 musical drama about the trial of Leo Frank (following Hoof ‘n’ Horn’s April production). Presented by Theatre Raleigh. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00. Saturday 2:00 and 8:00. Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 27. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

Solo – An evening of solo performances and monologues, presented by Owl Tree Theater for the People. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00. Additional performances July 25 and 26. The Green Monkey, Raleigh.
owltreetheater

Ten by Ten in the Triangle – Popular annual series of short plays returns featuring 10 plays by 10 playwrights with 10 directors and an ensemble of 10 actors. Oddly, performances are not at 10:00. Presented by ArtsCenter Stage. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 27. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE:
* No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater and performance. One night only: Saturday 8:00 (sign-up to perform: 7:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

IMPROV:
Improv Percolator – New series featuring improv students from Open Mind Improv, Group Hug, and Third Date. Thursday 8:00.
Bravest Face Improv presents three groups: Diabolical FishBank, PlayDate!, and Danny Canoe. Saturday 8:00.
Both at Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* – Concludes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.


Theater Week – Two Weeks in Another Town

June 17, 2014

TwoWeeks

A (two three-week) listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 30 July 7, 2014

Exciting Summer News! The Upstager is going on a summer vacation road trip — and a famous Hollywood star — the late great [see comments] Kirk Douglas — has offered to do all the driving! Until we get back, here’s a special end-of-season listing for the next 2 3 weeks of shows.

OPENING:
Death by Design – Rob Urbanati’s pastiche/mash-up of 1930s works by Noël Coward and Agatha Christie finds a British theater director and his actress wife forced to deal with a murder at a secluded country estate. Suspects and venomous wit abound. Directed by John McIlwee. Presented by University Theatre’s TheatreFest in rotating repertory. Week of June 16: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Week of June 23: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through Sunday June 29. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu

Other Desert Cities – A family Christmas in Palm Springs leads to the reopening of old wounds, in Jon Robin Baitz’ 2011 drama about life among the affluent. Presented by Theatre Raleigh. Weekly: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday June 29. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

ONGOING:

* Blithe Spirit – A man is haunted by the ghost of his first wife in Noël Coward’s 1941 comedy. Directed by Tony Lea. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Bully Boy – In Sandi Toksvig’s 2011 drama, a disabled veteran of the Falkland War is assigned to investigate military misconduct in a Middle East combat zone, and uncovers some disturbing truths. Directed by Kari Barclay. Presented by Common Wealth Endeavors. Week of June 16: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Week of June 23: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday June 28. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Grey Gardens – A mother and daughter – one-time socialites – become reclusive eccentrics, in the 2006 musical by Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, and Michael Korie, adapted from Albert and David Maysles’ 1975 documentary. Presented by Justice Theater Project; directed by Jerry Sipp, music Direction by Michael Santangelo. Weekly: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday June 29. Clare Hall, St. Francis Church, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

The Sum of Us – David Stevens’ 1990 comedy/drama about a widowed father playing matchmaker for his gay son. Presented by Honest Pint Theatre. No director listed. Weekly: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday June 29. NRACT Theatre, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* Walking Across Egypt – A feisty senior citizen forges an unlikely friendship with a teenager. Adapted from the Clyde Edgerton novel by Catherine Bush, directed by Rachel Klem. Presented by University Theatre’s TheatreFest in rotating repertory. Week of June 16: Wednesday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu

* – Concludes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.


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