Theater Week – Beloved Holiday Classics™ From Hell

November 25, 2014

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 1, 2014

OPENING:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Stage musical version of the Beloved Holiday Classic™ based on the venerable 1964 Rankin/Bass animated TV Xmas special which vastly expanded the mythology of Johnny Marks’ 1949 hit song for Gene Autry, itself based on a 1939 Christmas promotional coloring book created by Robert L. May for Montgomery Ward in Chicago. Get your tickets early — this one is going to sell faster than the bargain table at Misfit Toys R Us. Presented by Broadway Series South’s Storybook Theater Series. This week: Friday 2:00 and 6:30; Saturday and Sunday 11:00, 2:00, and 6:30. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
 
 
ONGOING:
Into the Woods – A revisionist take on classic fairy tales. PlayMakers presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical in rolling repertory with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Joseph Haj. This week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through December 6. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mismatched lovers, a moonlit forest, and a mischievous fairy? Must be Shakespeare. In rolling repertory with Into the Woods? Must be PlayMakers Rep. Directed by Shana Cooper. This week: Friday 7:30. Continues through December 7. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 
 
IMPROV:
* I’m Stuffed-Let’s Play – Transactors presents a 45-minute family-friendly improv show about Thanksgiving and food. One performance: Saturday 6:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 
 
Red = Beloved Holiday Classic™

* – 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 – When Joy Shall Be Our Song

November 18, 2014

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 17, 2014

OPENING:
 
PICK OF THE WEEK:
* Johnny Johnson – Question: Has a Paul Green play ever been done in Playmakers’ Paul Green Theatre? This weekend, there’s one in the building (but not in the Paul Green Theatre and not a Playmakers show) when student group Kenan Theatre Company presents the rarely seen 1936 Paul Green/Kurt Weill anti-war fable Johnny Johnson in its original form. Directed by Serena Ebhardt. This weekend (and Monday) only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00, Monday 5:00. Kenan Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Free symposium Saturday 2:00-5:00, Hyde Hall.
drama.unc.edu

 
OPENING:

* A Century of Service: Rotary in Raleigh 1914-2014 – Burning Coal presents the world premiere of Ian Finley’s dramatization of Raleigh Rotary Club’s 100-year history. No director listed. Presented by Burning Coal’s History Plays Series. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Cinderella – Touring stage version of the 1957 Rodgers & Hammerstein television musical. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* Tar Heel Tales – World premiere of six short plays, with live original music by Kirk Ridge and Friends. This week only: Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30. The Cary (new movie-house/black box theater), Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum
 

ONGOING:

Into the Woods – A revisionist take on classic fairy tales. PlayMakers presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical in rolling repertory with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Joseph Haj. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Sat 2:00. Continues through December 6. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* The Landing – Three stories of love and loss, with a touch of fantasy. Deep Dish Theater presents the 2013 John Kander/Greg Pierce musical. Directed by Paul Frellick; musical direction by Glenn Mehrbach. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Common Ground, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mismatched lovers, a moonlit forest, and a mischievous fairy? Must be Shakespeare. In rolling repertory with Into the Woods? Must be PlayMakers Rep. Directed by Shana Cooper. This week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 7:30; Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through December 7. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 
* The Perfect Detonator – The tale of an anarchist bomb plot in 19th century England intersects with the story of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Jody McAuliffe directs her adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel The Secret Agent. Presented by Duke Theater Studies. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

* The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 – A family visiting Alabama in September 1963 are caught up in a national tragedy. Durham Family Theatre presents Reginald Andre Jackson’s 2010 stage adaptation of Christopher Paul Curtis’ 1995 novel. Directed by Jenny Justice. This week: Friday 7:00, Saturday 1:00 and 7:00. Closes Saturday. Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com

 
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:
* Return to Ray’s Diner – Transactors presents the second installment of a long-form serialized show about the staff and customers of a small southern diner. One night only: Saturday 8:00.
cgtheatre.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 – Mere Anarchy

November 11, 2014

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 17, 2014

OPENING:

* Crooked – Two teenage girls in Mississippi form a tenuous bond in Catherine Trieschmann’s 2008 play. Directed and designed by Jules Odendahl-James and Amanda Hahn, with assistance by Sonya Drum. Presented by Skydive Productions and Common Ground Theatre’s Small Series, in conjunction with Ladies of Triangle Theatre. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County – Supernatural tale of love, lust, jealousy, and revenge. Touring production of the 2012 musical, created by Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and T Bone Burnett. One show only: Friday 8:00. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* Little Shop of Horrors – The second Raleigh college production this year of the perennial 1982 musical, this time by Peace Theatre Company. Directed by Michael Bush. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Kenan Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
peace.edu

The Perfect Detonator – The tale of an anarchist bomb plot in 19th century England intersects with the story of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Jody McAuliffe directs her adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel The Secret Agent. Presented by Duke Theater Studies. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 23. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

* Wall of Water – An intolerable roommate mars an otherwise perfect rent-controlled New York apartment. Meredith Theatre Ensemble presents the farce by Sherry Kramer. Directed by Steven Roten. This week only: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Studio Theatre, Jones Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 – A family visiting Alabama in September 1963 are caught up in a national tragedy. Durham Family Theatre presents Reginald Andre Jackson’s 2010 stage adaptation of Christopher Paul Curtis’ 1995 novel. Directed by Jenny Justice. This week: Friday 7:00, Saturday 1:00. Continues through November 22. Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com

 
ONGOING:

Into the Woods – A revisionist take on classic fairy tales. PlayMakers presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical in rolling repertory with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Joseph Haj. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30. Continues through December 6. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

The Landing – Three stories of love and loss, with a touch of fantasy. Deep Dish Theater presents the 2013 John Kander/Greg Pierce musical. Directed by Paul Frellick; musical direction by Glenn Mehrbach. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 22. Common Ground, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mismatched lovers, a moonlit forest, and a mischievous fairy? Must be Shakespeare. In rolling repertory with Into the Woods? Must be PlayMakers Rep. Directed by Shana Cooper. This week: Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30; Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through December 7. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Mirandy and Brother Wind – Mirandy, a young girl from a small Southern community, is determined to catch Brother Wind in order to win a cakewalk contest. Raleigh Little Theatre Youth Series presents the 2011 Michael J. Bobbitt and John L. Cornelius musical adaptation of Patricia C. McKissack’s 1988 book. Directed by Linda O’Day Young. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.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 – Morning in America

November 5, 2014

its-a-wonderful-life

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 10, 2014

OPENING:
Betrayed – Iraqis working as translators for America’s diplomats and military face an uncertain future as the U.S. occupation winds down. Staged reading from the 2008 play by George Packer (based on his 2007 New Yorker article). Presented by the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke. One night: Monday 6:00. Nasher Museum Auditorium, Duke West Campus, Durham.
sites.duke.edu/scholarsandpublics

King of the Yees – A new play by Lauren Yee about family, Chinese-American culture, and about the communities we choose and those we inherit. Presented by The Process Series. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
processseries.wagonwheelarts.com
 
 
ONGOING:
Into the Woods – A revisionist take on classic fairy tales. PlayMakers presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical in rolling repertory with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Joseph Haj. This week: Tuesday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00. Continues through December 6. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

The Landing – Three stories of love and loss, with a touch of fantasy. Deep Dish Theater presents the 2013 John Kander/Greg Pierce musical. Directed by Paul Frellick; musical direction by Glenn Mehrbach. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 22. Common Ground, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mismatched lovers, a moonlit forest, and a mischievous fairy? Must be Shakespeare. In rolling repertory with Into the Woods? Must be PlayMakers Rep. Directed by Shana Cooper. This week: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 7:30; Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 7. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Mirandy and Brother Wind – Mirandy, a young girl from a small Southern community, is determined to catch Brother Wind in order to win a cakewalk contest. Raleigh Little Theatre Youth Series presents the 2011 Michael J. Bobbitt and John L. Cornelius musical adaptation of Patricia C. McKissack’s 1988 book. Directed by Linda O’Day Young. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 16. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

IMPROV:
Improv Weekend:
All shows at Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
Improv Percolator – Featuring long- and short-form performances by Improv Evolution, Skibbereen, and Transactors. Thursday 8:00.
Holidays – Third Date presents a long-form performance about spending time with others during the holidays. Special opening act: The Bouncing Bulldogs competitive jump rope team. Friday 8:00.
The Anti-Social Network – Fatmouth Improv presents an evening about these crazy kids and grown-ups today doing their twitter and their facebooks and what not. Saturday 8:00.
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 – Catch the Wind

October 28, 2014

mirandy 2
Kwamea Wilkerson in Mirandy and Brother Wind, Curtis Brown Photography

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 3, 2014

OPENING:

Into the Woods – A revisionist take on classic fairy tales. PlayMakers presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical in rolling repertory with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Joseph Haj. This week: Sunday 7:30. Continues through December 6. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

The Landing – Three stories of love and loss, with a touch of fantasy. Deep Dish Theater presents the 2013 John Kander/Greg Pierce musical. Directed by Paul Frellick; musical direction by Glenn Mehrbach. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 22. Common Ground, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mismatched lovers, a moonlit forest, and a mischievous fairy? Must be Shakespeare. In rolling repertory with Into the Woods? Must be PlayMakers Rep. Directed by Shana Cooper. This week: Saturday 7:30. Continues through December 7. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Mirandy and Brother Wind – Mirandy, a young girl from a small Southern community, is determined to catch Brother Wind in order to win a cakewalk contest. Raleigh Little Theatre Youth Series presents the 2011 Michael J. Bobbitt and John L. Cornelius musical adaptation of Patricia C. McKissack’s 1988 book. Directed by Linda O’Day Young. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 16. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Treatbag – Interactive haunted theater performance and fundraiser, presented by Little Green Pig. Bring a flashlight. One night: Halloween Night, 8:00 – 10:00. The very spooky Fruit Company art space, 305 S. Dillard, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

* Fourth Annual Halloween Shorts! – An evening of original short spooky plays by local playwrights, presented by Playwright’s Roundtable. One Night: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 
 
ONGOING:
* If My Feet Have Lost the Ground – Torry Bend combines puppetry, video, and music for a dreamlike show about a woman on a journey of flight and revelation. Presented by StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:15, Saturday 2:00 and 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 
 
AUDITIONS:
Tiny Engine holds auditions for its 2015 productions of Recall and Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Saturday noon to 5:00 by appointment. 1307 West Knox, Durham. 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 – Hunt

October 21, 2014

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 27, 2014

SPECIAL EVENTS:
* The Hunt – A team video scavenger hunt competition in and around central Durham. Fundraiser for the Southern Documentary Fund. All day Saturday, starting at 10:00 a.m. Registration required.
thehuntdurham.com

* Stories for Change – Fundraiser featuring celebrity storytellers Jeff Polish (The Monti), Jennifer Thompson (Picking Cotton), Mike Wiley (Dar He, Parchman Hour), and Daniel Wallace (Big Fish, The Kings and Queens of Roam); as well as live music, and readings by previous Hidden Voices participants. Proceeds benefit two current Hidden Voices projects: No Difference: Ending Sexual Violence in our Time, and Central Lives (exploring life in maximum security settings in the southeast). One night: Friday 7:00; VIP reception at 6:00. Varsity Theater, Chapel Hill.
hiddenvoices.org

 
ONGOING:
* Almost, Maine – John Cariani’s 2004 play about the residents of a small town in Maine. Presented by Stars Community Theatre. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00. Closes Saturday. Stars Theatre and Arts Center, Fuquay Varina.
starstheatreandart.com

* Desire Under the Elms – A New England family experiences relationship issues in Eugene O’Neill’s 1924 tragedy, based on the legend of Phaedra. Directed by David Henderson. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

If My Feet Have Lost the Ground – Torry Bend combines puppetry, video, and music for a dreamlike show about a woman on a journey of flight and revelation. Presented by StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:15, Saturday 2:00 and 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 1. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Urinetown – Don’t be the bunny! Duke’s Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 2001 musical satire/Brechtian pastiche by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. Directed by James Hamilton. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
hoofnhorn.org

 
IMPROV:
The Scary Show – “We traced it. The improv is coming from inside the theater!!” Transactors presents an evening of scary stories made up on the spot. Music by Killer Filler. One night only: Saturday 8:00. 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 – Flying Shoes

October 14, 2014

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 20, 2014

OPENING:
* Around the World in 80 Days – Applause! Cary Youth Theatre presents Mark Brown’s 2001 stage adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1873 novel. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.
townofcary.org

* A Chorus Line – NC Theatre presents a helicopter production of the 1975 Hamlisch/Kleban/Kirkwood/Dante musical. Directed by Mitzi Hamilton. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

If My Feet Have Lost the Ground – Torry Bend combines puppetry, video, and music for a dreamlike show about a woman on a journey of flight and revelation. Presented by StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through November 1. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde’s 1895 “trivial comedy for serious people”. Directed by Amy White. Presented by William Peace Theatre. This week only: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Leggett Theatre, WPU Campus, Raleigh.
peace.edu

Urinetown – Don’t be the bunny! Duke’s Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 2001 musical satire/Brechtian pastiche by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. Directed by James Hamilton. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 26. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
hoofnhorn.org

 

ONGOING:
Desire Under the Elms – A New England family experiences relationship issues in Eugene O’Neill’s 1924 tragedy, based on the legend of Phaedra. Directed by David Henderson. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 26. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Into the Breach – Five former schoolmates are sent to the Western Front in World War I where they end up restaging their school production of Henry V for wounded comrades. World premiere of Ian Bowater’s play, directed by Gregor McElvogue. Presented by ArtsCenter Stage. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* The Phantom of the Opera – Touring production of the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.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.

 


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