Theater Week – My Dreams, My Works, Must Wait

March 19, 2019

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 25, 2019

 
OPENING:

* Dream Boy – A gay teenager in the rural South of the 1970’s searches for escape and safety. A staged reading of Eric Rosen’s adaptation of the Jim Grimsley novel. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by the UNC Process Series. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Center for Dramatic Art, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
cvnc.org

A Good Little Rain – A young woman struggles with her self-image in a memory play by Natalie Sherwood. Directed by Mike Mellas. Presented by University Theatre’s Open Door Series. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

In a Word – When their child goes missing, a young couple find themselves in an absurdist nightmare. Jules Odendahl-James directs Lauren Yee’s 2015 dark comedy for Bulldog Ensemble Theater. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 7. The Fruit, 305 South Dillard Street, Durham.
bulldogdurham.org

* The King and I – Touring production of the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Presented by NC Theatre and DECPA. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

* No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks – Chicago shadow-puppet collective Manual Cinema concludes its Duke residency with two performances of its latest work, a celebration of the poet and activist Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize. Written by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall, music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Reynolds Theatre, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
dukeperformances.duke.edu

Where Words Once Were – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents Finegan Kruckemeyer’s 2015 fable about a dystopia where words are rationed. Directed by Noah Putterman. Recommended for ages 9 and up. This week: Friday 7:00, Saturday and Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 7. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com
 

ONGOING:

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds – A Jamaican boy discovers the wonders of the outside world. Adapted by Michael J. Bobbitt from Cedella Marley’s story, featuring songs by Bob Marley. Directed by Deb Royals-Mizerk; presented by Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues with a sensory-friendly performance on Saturday March 31. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Bonnie and Clyde – Two sociopaths go on a robbery and murder spree during the Depression-era in this 2009 musical. Directed by Jeri Lynn Schulke. Music director Joanna Li. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 31. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Constellations – Two people experience their relationship through a prism of parallel timelines in Nick Payne’s 2012 drama. Directed by Chris Woodworth. Presented by Bartlett Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Stadium 10 Theater, Northgate Mall, Durham.
bartletttheater.com

* The Devil and Mark Twain – Twain battles writer’s block and his own personal demons as he attempts to complete Huckleberry Finn, in the premiere of a one-man show written and performed by Paul Newell. Presented by The ArtsCenter and Full Nelson Playwrights Theater. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* LITE 2019 Presents a Festival of One-Act Plays – Eight short plays by seven playwrights. Co-sponsored by Cary Playwrights Forum under its Independent Producers Series. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30. The Cary Theatre, 122 East Chatham Street, Cary. Closes Saturday.
caryplaywrightsforum.org
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at CVNC.org. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. 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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Theater Week – Sam Wise

March 12, 2019

 

Mark Twain, 1871.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 18, 2019

 
OPENING:

Bonnie and Clyde – Two sociopaths go on a robbery and murder spree during the Depression-era in this 2009 musical. Directed by Jeri Lynn Schulke. Music director Joanna Li. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 31. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Dear Evan Hansen – Touring production of the 2015 musical about a high school boy caught up in a lie. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

The Devil and Mark Twain – Twain battles writer’s block and his own personal demons as he attempts to complete Huckleberry Finn, in the premiere of a one-man show written and performed by Paul Newell. Presented by The ArtsCenter and Full Nelson Playwrights Theater. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 24. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* Jake & Rachel Go to Prom – A high school student experiences tensions with his older brother in a musical by Jeremy and Erin Phillips, based on Genesis 25-33. (Note: AWC.) Directed by Amy Davis, musical director Jeremy Phillips. Presented by Solace Theater. This week only: Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00. Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road.
solacetheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds – A Jamaican boy discovers the wonders of the outside world. Adapted by Michael J. Bobbitt from Cedella Marley’s story, featuring songs by Bob Marley. Directed by Deb Royals-Mizerk; presented by Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through March 24, plus a sensory-friendly performance on Saturday March 31. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Constellations – Two people experience their relationship through a prism of parallel timelines in Nick Payne’s 2012 drama. Directed by Chris Woodworth. Presented by Bartlett Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 24. Stadium 10 Theater, Northgate Mall, Durham.
bartletttheater.com

* Life of Galileo – In Bertolt Brecht’s historical drama, first performed in 1943, the 17th century scientist makes revolutionary astronomical discoveries that conflict with Roman Catholic doctrine, and the Church is not amused. Vivienne Benesch directs a reimagined adaptation by Joseph Discher. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

LITE 2019 Presents a Festival of One-Act Plays – Eight short plays by seven playwrights. Co-sponsored by Cary Playwrights Forum under its Independent Producers Series. This week: Saturday 7:00 – Heritage Pines in Cary (residents only), Sunday 3:00 – Carolina Preserve Bradford Hall (residents only). Continues through March 23 at various locations.
caryplaywrightsforum.org 

* Timon of Athens – Bare Theatre presents a genderqueer, 1980s-set interpretation of Shakespeare’s late-career play (possibly co-authored by Thomas Middleton), about a rich man too generous for his own good. Staged in two venues: The Wicked Witch nightclub (admission 18+ only) in an “uncut’ version, and at St. John’s MCC in “a slightly tamer version”. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00 at The Wicked Witch, 416 W. South Street Raleigh. Saturday 7:00 at St. John’s MCC, 622 Maywood Avenue, Raleigh. Closes Saturday.
baretheatre.org
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at CVNC.org. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. 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 – March Air

March 5, 2019

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 11, 2019

 
OPENING:

* As You Like It – Escape to the Forest of Arden in Shakespeare’s crowd-pleasing comedy. Presented by Eno River Players, director not listed. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00. The Fruit, 305 South Dillard, Durham.
enoriverplayers.org

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds – A Jamaican boy discovers the wonders of the outside world. Adapted by Michael J. Bobbitt from Cedella Marley’s story, featuring songs by Bob Marley. Directed by Deb Royals-Mizerk; presented by Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through March 24, plus a sensory-friendly performance on Saturday March 31. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Constellations – Two people experience their relationship through a prism of parallel timelines in Nick Payne’s 2012 drama. Directed by Chris Woodworth. Presented by Bartlett Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 24. Stadium 10 Theater, Northgate Mall, Durham.
bartletttheater.com

* Duty – A play by Tim Stevens about the eight Garner men killed in the Vietnam War. Presented by Show N’ Tell Ministries. One show only: Friday 7:30. Performing Arts Center, 742 West Garner Road, Garner.
business.garnerchamber.com

LITE 2019 Presents a Festival of One-Act Plays – Eight short plays by seven playwrights. Co-sponsored by Cary Playwrights Forum under its Independent Producers Series. This week: Friday 6:30, Saturday 3:00. Senior Center, Bond Park, Cary. Continues through March 23 at various locations.
caryplaywrightsforum.org 
 

ONGOING:

Life of Galileo – In Bertolt Brecht’s historical drama, first performed in 1943, the 17th century scientist makes revolutionary astronomical discoveries that conflict with Roman Catholic doctrine, and the Church is not amused. Vivienne Benesch directs a reimagined adaptation by Joseph Discher. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00. Continues through March 17. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Timon of Athens – Bare Theatre presents a genderqueer, 1980s-set interpretation of Shakespeare’s late-career play (co-authored by Thomas Middleton), about a rich man too generous for his own good. Staged in two venues: The Wicked Witch nightclub (admission 18+ only) in an “uncut’ version, and at St. John’s MCC in “a slightly tamer version”. This week: Thursday and Saturday 8:00 at The Wicked Witch, 416 W. South Street Raleigh. Friday 7:00 at St. John’s MCC, 622 Maywood Avenue, Raleigh. Continues through March 16.
baretheatre.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
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at CVNC.org. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. 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 – Eppur Si Muove

February 26, 2019

 

Io and Europa, two of the Galilean moons, over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, taken during the Cassini spacecraft’s flyby in December 2000. -NASA/JPL/Kevin M. Gill

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 4, 2019

 
OPENING:

Life of Galileo – In Bertolt Brecht’s historical drama, first performed in 1943, the 17th century scientist makes revolutionary astronomical discoveries that conflict with Roman Catholic doctrine, and the Church is not amused. Vivienne Benesch directs a reimagined adaptation by Joseph Discher. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 17. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Timon of Athens – Bare Theatre presents a genderqueer, 1980s-set interpretation of Shakespeare’s late-career play (co-authored by Thomas Middleton), about a rich man too generous for his own good. Staged in two venues: The Wicked Witch nightclub (admission 18+ only) in an “uncut’ version, and at St. John’s MCC in “a slightly tamer version”. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00 at The Wicked Witch, 416 W. South Street Raleigh. Thursday 8:00 at St. John’s MCC, 622 Maywood Avenue, Raleigh. Continues through March 16.
baretheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

* Junie B. Jones: The Musical – Junie has to deal with major changes her first day of First Grade. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series presents Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich’s stage musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s popular children’s books. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 1:00 (Sensory Friendly Performance), Saturday 5:00, Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. (Note: most remaining performances are sold out; check with the venue for updates on availability.) Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Wolves – Sarah DeLappe’s 2016 debut play follows nine teenage girls on a high school soccer team during their pre-game warmups over a season. Directed by Michelle Murray Wells, with movement direction by Heather J. Strickland. Presented by Sonorous Road Repertory. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroadrep.org
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at CVNC.org. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. 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 – Red Clay Sky

February 19, 2019

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 25, 2019

 
OPENING:

* Cabaret – University Theatre presents the 1966 Kander and Ebb musical. Directed by Mia Self. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* Peace of Clay – Presentation of a play-in-progress by Mike Wiley and Howard L. Craft about a young man coming of age in North Carolina in the 1980s. Co-presented by Theatre Raleigh and NC Theatre, as part of their Reflections project. One performance only: Saturday 7:30. Living Arts Collective, Durham.
Note: Tickets are $20, but the ticketing policy requires purchase of an additional $20 ticket to a second play by a different playwright being performed in April at a venue sixty miles away in Benson. Which, if your goal is to get an audience for either show, seems a little – I don’t know – counterproductive? If you want to support Mike and Howard’s work, maybe just show up at the door Saturday and see what you can negotiate? Bonus feature: Theatre Raleigh’s information and ticketing pages don’t list an address for the Living Arts Collective. It’s 410 W Geer St, Durham.
nctheatre.com

* Rock of Ages – Touring production of the 2005 juke box musical featuring 1980s glam rock standards. This weekend only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00.DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com
 

ONGOING:

* Horses – A play with music about a post-punk songwriter on tour. Performed by Dana Marks. Presented by Little Green Pig. Various venues. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:00 (early start) – Pinhook in Durham, Saturday 8:00 – Gibson Girl Vintage in Durham. Closes Sunday.
littlegreenpig.com

Junie B. Jones: The Musical – Junie has to deal with major changes her first day of First Grade. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series presents Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich’s stage musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s popular children’s books. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through March 3. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* A Life in the Theatre – Theatre in the Park presents David Mamet’s 1977 play chronicling the relationship between two actors over the course of various productions. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Men on Boats – In 1869, ten daring men led by adventurer John Wesley Powell embark on a possibly suicidal expedition down the Colorado River to explore the unknown depths of the Grand Canyon. Jaclyn Backhaus’ 2015 comic drama retells that story of performative masculinity from a new perspective as noted in the playwright’s casting instructions: “The characters in Men On Boats were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not.” Directed by Jules Odendahl-James. Presented by Justice Theater Project. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Closes Sunday. Umstead Park UCC, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

The Wolves – Sarah DeLappe’s 2016 debut play follows nine teenage girls on a high school soccer team during their pre-game warmups over a season. Directed by Michelle Murray Wells, with movement direction by Heather J. Strickland. Presented by Sonorous Road Repertory. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00, Monday 8:00. Continues through March 3. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroadrep.org
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at CVNC.org. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. 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 – Baldwin Country

February 12, 2019

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 18, 2019

 
OPENING:

* Annie Get Your Gun – Merredith Stage presents the Irving Berlin musical about Western sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Directed by Catherine Rodgers. This week only: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 7:30. Jones Auditorium, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Touring production of the 2013 musical based on the Roald Dahl book. 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

* Feb 48 XV – One Song Productions’ annual show featuring one act plays written, rehearsed, and performed in just 48 hours. One show only: Sunday 7:30. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* Greater Tuna – Two actors portray all 20 inhabitants of the “third-smallest town in Texas” in Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard’s 1981 comedy. Directed by Kelly Stansell. Presented by Stageworks Theatre. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30. Cultural Center, 300 W Ballentine St, Holly Springs.
hollyspringsnc.us

Horses – A play with music about a post-punk songwriter on tour. Performed by Dana Marks. Presented by Little Green Pig. Various venues. This week: Thursday 8:00 – Slim’s Downtown in Raleigh, Friday 8:00 – King Street Bar in Hillsborough, Saturday 8:00 – Gibson Girl Vintage in Durham. Continues through February 23.
littlegreenpig.com

Junie B. Jones: The Musical – Junie has to deal with major changes her first day of First Grade. Raleigh Little Theatre;s Family Series presents Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich’s stage musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s popular children’s books. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through March 3. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Mamma Mia! – Here we go again! It’s another touring production of the 1999 ABBA jukebox musical. Presented by NC Theatre. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30. Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

* Notes of a Native Song – A song cycle celebrating James Baldwin, and his visionary work exploring what it means to be black in America. Created by Tony-Award winning playwright Stew, performing with his band The Negro Problem. Presented by Duke Performances. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 7:00. von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
dukeperformances.duke.edu
Related event: Tony Award-winning playwright and singer Stew sits down with Talya Klein (Duke Theater Studies) for a lunchtime conversation spanning his career, influences, and current project, Notes of a Native Song — a meditation on the legacy of James Baldwin. Free. Friday 12:00 noon, The Pinhook, 117 W Main Street, Durham.
dukeperformances.duke.edu

The Wolves – Sarah DeLappe’s 2016 debut play follows nine teenage girls on a high school soccer team during their pre-game warmups over a season. Directed by Michelle Murray Wells, with movement direction by Heather J. Strickland. Presented by Sonorous Road Repertory. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 3. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroadrep.org
 

ONGOING:

A Life in the Theatre – Theatre in the Park presents David Mamet’s 1977 play chronicling the relationship between two actors over the course of various productions. Director not listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 24. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* I Never Saw Another Butterfly – Judy Dove directs Celeste Raspanti’s stage adaptation of the book about drawings and poems created by Jewish children in the Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II. Presented by Forest Moon Theater. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Men on Boats – In 1869, ten daring men led by adventurer John Wesley Powell embark on a possibly suicidal expedition down the Colorado River to explore the unknown depths of the Grand Canyon. Jaclyn Backhaus’ 2015 comic drama retells that story of performative masculinity from a new perspective as noted in the playwright’s casting instructions: “The characters in Men On Boats were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not.” Directed by Jules Odendahl-James. Presented by Justice Theater Project. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Continues through February 24. Umstead Park UCC, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* The Talk – In a divided America, an African American father has a difficult conversation with his son. Written and performed by Sonny Kelly. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by StreetSigns and Bulldog Ensemble Theater. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Historic PlayMakers Theatre, 122 East Cameron Avenue, UNC, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at CVNC.org. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. 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 – Light and Shadow

February 5, 2019

 

ADA/AVA – Manual Cinema.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 11, 2019

 

OPENING:

* ADA/AVA – Two elderly sisters share a quiet life as lighthouse keepers. When one dies, the other embarks on a surreal quest to find her sister and herself. Chicago-based shadow puppetry company Manual Cinema begins its Duke Performances residency with two presentations of their 2013 work. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
• Related event: Duke Theater Studies chair and puppet artist Torry Bend sits down with members of Manual Cinema, along with Donovan Zimmerman (Co-founder and Director, Paperhand Puppet Intervention); and Lisa Sturz (Founder and Artistic Director, Red Herring Puppets) for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of puppetry. Free. Friday 12:00 noon, The Pinhook, 117 W Main Street, Durham.
dukeperformances.duke.edu

A Life in the Theatre – Theatre in the Park presents David Mamet’s 1977 play chronicling the relationship between two actors over the course of various productions. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 24. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

I Never Saw Another Butterfly – Judy Dove directs Celeste Raspanti’s stage adaptation of the book about drawings and poems created by Jewish children in the Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II. Presented by Forest Moon Theater. This week: This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 17. Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Men on Boats – In 1869, ten daring men led by adventurer John Wesley Powell embark on a possibly suicidal expedition down the Colorado River to explore the unknown depths of the Grand Canyon. Jaclyn Backhaus’ 2015 comic drama retells that story of performative masculinity from a new perspective as noted in the playwright’s casting instructions: “The characters in Men On Boats were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not.” Directed by Jules Odendahl-James. Presented by Justice Theater Project. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Continues through February 24. Umstead Park UCC, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org
 

ONGOING:

* Ashe in Johannesburg – “Athletes, especially black athletes, must use every resource at their command to right things that are wrong.” In 1973, African American tennis star Arthur Ashe travels to South Africa and confronts its apartheid policies. World premiere of a new play by Hannah Benitez, commissioned and produced by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal, Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
burningcoaltheatre.org

* The Herd – A woman arranges a family gathering for the 21st birthday of her severely disabled son, but things don’t go as planned. David Henderson directs Rory Kinnear’s 2013 dark comedy for Honest Pint Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* Jump – Two grieving strangers meet on a bridge discover the magic of hope. Charly Evon Simpson’s whimsical new play is presented by PlayMakers Rep as part of National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere. Directed by Whitney White. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* The Talk – In a divided America, an African American father has a difficult conversation with his son. Written and performed by Sonny Kelly. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by StreetSigns and Bulldog Ensemble Theater. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday at The Fruit, 305 South Dillard Street, Durham. (Continues February 14-17 at Historic PlayMakers Theatre, 122 East Cameron Avenue, UNC, Chapel Hill.)
piedmontperformancefactory.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
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at CVNC.org. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. 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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