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.


Theater Week – June Moon

June 10, 2014

SpaceMoon
Full Moon from International Space Station. Photo: Chris Hadfield

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 16, 2014

OPENING:
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. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through 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. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through 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. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 29. NRACT Theatre, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

DANCE/THEATER:
* Undone – A series of original dance-theater scenes exploring race, power, and identity, directed by Nicola Bullock. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00.
305 S Dillard Street, Durham.
undonedurham.com

FILM:
* Strange Beauty Film Festival – Annual festival of short films of an odd and lovely disposition. Presented by SPENDY Productions. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:15, Saturday 2:00 and 8:15. Manbites Dog, Durham.
strangebeauty.org

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. Continues through June 22. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* There Goes the Bride – A 1975 comedy about a man who experiences a possible concussion on the day of his daughter’s wedding, which conjures up an invisible Roaring Twenties flapper with the hots for him, causing complications and hilarity to ensue. Yeah, just go with it. University Theatre’s TheatreFest presents the Ray Cooney/John Chapman farce in rotating repertory. Directed by Allison Bergman. This week: Wednesday and Friday 7:30. Closes Friday. Titmus Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu

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. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre. This week: Thursday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through June 22. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, 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.


Theater Week – Night Moves

June 3, 2014

CAM Raleigh
CAM Raleigh. Image from goodnightraleigh.com

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 9, 2014

PICK OF THE WEEK:
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. Continues each First Friday through August. Begins upstairs at Cafe De Los Muertos, 300 West Hargett Street, Raleigh.
movingpiecesraleigh.com

OPENING:
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: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 22. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Etty – One person’s experience of the Holocaust, based on the diaries of Esther Hillesum. Adapted and performed by Susan Stein, directed by Austin Pendleton. This week only: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheatre.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. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 29. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu

ONGOING:
* Blood Done Sign My Name – Mike Wiley’s one man show about a 1970 racial murder in Oxford, North Carolina. Based on the book by Tim Tyson. Presented by Theatre Raleigh. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

* Tarantino’s Yellow Speedo – International athletes in the Olympic Village work to bring down the nation-state with sex as the weapon of choice. It’s the world premiere of a new comedy by Monica Byrne, directed by Jay O’Berski, and presented by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

There Goes the Bride – A 1975 comedy about a man who experiences a possible concussion on the day of his daughter’s wedding, which conjures up an invisible Roaring Twenties flapper with the hots for him, causing complications and hilarity to ensue. Yeah, just go with it. University Theatre’s TheatreFest presents the Ray Cooney/John Chapman farce in rotating repertory. Directed by Allison Bergman. This week: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 7:30. Continues through June 13. Titmus Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu

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

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 – Blood Work

May 28, 2014

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Mike Wiley in Blood Done Sign My Name. Photo: Steve Exum

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 2, 2014

OPENING:
Blood Done Sign My Name – Mike Wiley’s one man show about a 1970 racial murder in Oxford, North Carolina. Based on the book by Tim Tyson. Presented by Theatre Raleigh. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 8. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

* KidsWrite 2014 Festival of New Plays – Burning Coal presents their 7th annual festival of new plays, written by students from 6th grade to 12th grade. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Mamma Mia! – Mamma Mia! Here we go again! In case you missed it in 2010, the Touring production of the 1999 Abba exclamation point musical touches down in Durham for one weekend only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

There Goes the Bride – A 1975 comedy about a man who experiences a possible concussion on the day of his daughter’s wedding, which conjures up an invisible Roaring Twenties flapper with the hots for him, causing complications and hilarity to ensue. Yeah, just go with it. University Theatre’s TheatreFest presents the Ray Cooney/John Chapman farce in rotating repertory. Directed by Allison Bergman. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 13. Titmus Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu

ONGOING:
* Life Is a Dream – A king imprisons his son to save the kingdom. Deep Dish presents the 17th Century classic by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, adapted by Nilo Cruz. Directed by Marc Williams. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

Tarantino’s Yellow Speedo – International athletes in the Olympic Village work to bring down the nation-state with sex as the weapon of choice. It’s the world premiere of a new comedy by Monica Byrne, directed by Jay O’Berski, and presented by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 7. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* The Twilight Zone – Stage adaptations of four classic Twilight Zone stories. Presented by Th3rd Power Productions. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* Two Noble Kinsmen: Fire & Shadows – Two cousins vie for the love of a woman, in the late-career Shakespeare collaboration with John Fletcher. Directed by G. Todd Buker. Outdoor production presented by Bare Theatre in collaboration with RLT and Cirque de Vol Studios. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00 (rain date: Sunday 8:00). Closes Saturday. Stephenson Amphitheatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

IMPROV:
Third Date presents an (untitled) improvised show about relationships. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

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 – In the Zone

May 20, 2014

O-rings

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 26, 2014

OPENING:
* A Most Rare Vision – An evening based on works by William Shakespeare. Directed by Victoria Brancazio and Nell Ovitt. Presented by One Song Productions. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Tarantino’s Yellow Speedo – International athletes in the Olympic Village work to bring down the nation-state with sex as the weapon of choice. It’s the world premiere of a new comedy by Monica Byrne, directed by Jay O’Berski, and presented by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through June 7. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

The Twilight Zone – Stage adaptations of four classic Twilight Zone stories. Presented by Th3rd Power Productions. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through June 1. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Two Noble Kinsmen: Fire & Shadows – Two cousins vie for the love of a woman, in the late-career Shakespeare collaboration with John Fletcher. Directed by G. Todd Buker. Outdoor production presented by Bare Theatre in collaboration with RLT and Cirque de Vol Studios. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00 (rain date: Sunday 8:00). Continues through May 31. Stephenson Amphitheatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

ONGOING:
Life Is a Dream – A king imprisons his son to save the kingdom. Deep Dish presents the 17th Century classic by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, adapted by Nilo Cruz. Directed by Marc Williams. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 31. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* Vanities – Jack Heifner’s 2008 musical adaptation of his 1976 play follows three best friends over the course of 40 years. Presented by Theatre Raleigh. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com
 
 
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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