Theater Week – Visionary

May 19, 2015

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Emily Anderson in And the Ass Saw the Angel. Photo: Alex Maness

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 25, 2015

 
OPENING:
And the Ass Saw the Angel – A mute outcast in an isolated religious community sees visions both angelic and otherwise. Little Green Pig presents John Fidel Justice and Jaybird O’Berski’s original adaptation of Nick Cave’s lyrical Southern gothic novel. Directed by Dana Marks. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through June 6. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

* Reaping What You Sow – “A selfless wife makes the ultimate sacrifice for her husband’s love.” Written and Directed by Sheila Johnson. One show: Saturday 7:00. Selby Jones Theater, St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh.
blesinproductions.bpt.me
 
 
ONGOING:
* Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Jesse R. Gephart directs John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s 1998 gender-transgressive musical. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Liar – Love is complicated. Deep Dish Theater presents David Ives’ adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 1644 farce. Directed by Paul Frellick. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle – The African-American experience as seen through a range of characters, written, co-directed, and performed by Ron Jones. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* Oh, What a Lovely War! – ArtsCenter Stage presents Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop’s 1963 anti-war musical. Directed by Hope Alexander. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday.
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 – Isn’t It Lovely

May 12, 2015

LordKitchenerNeedsYou

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 18, 2015

OPENING:
* KidsWrite Performance Festival – Burning Coal presents its annual festival of plays written by 6th to 12th grader students. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle – The African-American experience as seen through a range of characters, written, co-directed, and performed by Ron Jones. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through May 23. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Oh, What a Lovely War! – ArtsCenter Stage presents Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop’s 1963 anti-war musical. Directed by Hope Alexander. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 24.
artscenterlive.org

* The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster’s 1961 children’s book, adapted for the stage by Susan Nanus. Presented by Applause! Cary Youth Theatre. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Cary Arts Center.
townofcary.org

* Pippin – Touring production of a recent revival of the 1972 Stephen Schwartz 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

 
ONGOING:
Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Jesse R. Gephart directs John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s 1998 gender-transgressive musical. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 8:00 and midnight, Sunday 3:00. Extended through May 24. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Liar – Love is complicated. Deep Dish Theater presents David Ives’ adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 1644 farce. Directed by Paul Frellick. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* Rent – The 1996 Jonathan Larson musical gets another Triangle staging, this time by NRACT. Directed by David Henderson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
www.nract.org

 
IMPROV:
* Transactors Improv: For Families – An evening of family-friendly improv about fireflies, baseball, camp, and other summer stuff. One show only: Saturday 6:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
* – Concludes this week

 
AUDITIONS:
* Raleigh Little Theatre holds auditions for its August/September production of Spamalot, Wednesday at 7:00. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh. More info.

 
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 – Mama Día!

May 5, 2015

Mother&Daughters

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 11, 2015

OPENING:
* Yo, Mama! – MOJOAA Performing Arts and Common Ground present a look at mothers and motherhood. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

 
ONGOING:
* The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls – A young American woman on her first trip to Russia discovers she will need more than her passport and a guidebook to survive encounters with witches, bears, and other mythical forces. Jules Odendahl-James directs Meg Miroshnik’s dark modern fantasy. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Jesse R. Gephart directs John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s 1998 gender-transgressive musical. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 17. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

The Liar – Love is complicated. Deep Dish Theater presents David Ives’ adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 1644 farce. Directed by Paul Frellick. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 23. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* Next to Normal – NC Theatre presents Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s 2008 musical about a woman with bipolar disorder. Directed by Casey Hushion. Presented by NC Theatre. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Fletcher Theater, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

* The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls – A young American woman on her first trip to Russia discovers she will need more than her passport and a guidebook to survive, when she encounters witches, bears, and other mythical forces. Jules Odendahl-James directs Meg Miroshnik’s dark modern fantasy. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Rent – The 1996 Jonathan Larson musical gets another Triangle staging, this time by NRACT. Directed by David Henderson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 16. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
www.nract.org

 
SPECIAL PREVIEW:
* The Emotions of Normal People – Little Green Pig previews an excerpt from their devised movement theater piece being developed for next season. Free. One showing: Saturday 7:00. Durham Fruit Company (305 S. Dillard).
littlegreenpig.com

 
AUDITIONS:
Raleigh Little Theatre holds auditions for its August/September production of Spamalot, next Monday and Wednesday May 11 and 13 at 7:00. Sutton Theatre, RLT, 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 – Wicked Little Town

April 28, 2015

HedwigRLT
Chris Maxwell as Hedwig, RLT. Image: Curtis Brown Photography

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April May 4, 2015

OPENING:
* Before It Hits Home – A jazz musician must deal with an AIDS diagnosis and its effect on his family. St. Augustine’s Department of Theatre presents Cheryl L. West’s 1990 drama, directed by Kaye Celeste Evans. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:00, Saturday 3:00. Closes Saturday. St. Augustine University Campus, Raleigh.
st-aug.edu

Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Jesse R. Gephart directs John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s 1998 gender-transgressive musical. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 17. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

The Liar – Love is complicated. Deep Dish Theater presents David Ives’ adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 1644 farce. Directed by Paul Frellick. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 23. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* Mary’s Wedding – Stephen Massicotte’s 2002 First World War romance, presented by PRC2. Directed by Cody Nickell. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Kenan Theatre, PlayMakers, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Moving Pieces: 2 – An ambulatory, interactive performance set and performed in various locations in Raleigh’s Mordecai neighborhood. Presented by seed art share. This week: Friday 6:00 and 8:00. Continues each First Friday through September. Trinity House, Raleigh.
seedraleigh.org

Next to Normal – NC Theatre presents Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s 2008 musical about a woman with bipolar disorder. Directed by Casey Hushion. Presented by NC Theatre. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through May 10. Fletcher Theater, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

 
ONGOING:
The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls – A young American woman on her first trip to Russia discovers she will need more than her passport and a guidebook to survive, when she encounters witches, bears, and other mythical forces. Jules Odendahl-James directs Meg Miroshnik’s dark modern fantasy. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 9. Manbites Dog, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Legally Blonde – Cary Players presents the 2007 musical based on the movie. Director/choreographer: Nancy Rich, music director: Darylene Hecht. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.
www.townofcary.org

Rent – The 1996 Jonathan Larson musical gets another Triangle staging, this time by NRACT. Directed by David Henderson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 10. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
www.nract.org

* Sunday in the Park with George – Burning Coal presents the 1984 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical about painter Georges Seurat and the mystery of artistic creation. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

 
IMPROV:
On Line in Love – Transactors Improv makes a love connection in a show on the subject of online dating. One night: Friday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Third Date Improv – The latest eponymous show about relationships from this Triangle improv group. One night: Saturday 8:00. 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 – What Big Teeth

April 22, 2015

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Image: Jamie Bell and Julian Fischer

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 27, 2015

OPENING:
The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls – A young American woman on her first trip to Russia discovers she will need more than her passport and a guidebook to survive, when she encounters witches, bears, and other mythical forces. Jules Odendahl-James directs Meg Miroshnik’s dark modern fantasy. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through May 9. Manbites Dog, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Legally Blonde – Cary Players presents the 2007 musical based on the movie. Director/choreographer: Nancy Rich, music director: Darylene Hecht. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 3. Cary Arts Center.
www.townofcary.org

Rent – The 1996 Jonathan Larson musical gets another Triangle staging, this time by NRACT. Directed by David Henderson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 10. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
www.nract.org

ONGOING:
* Chamber Music – Eight women – who may or may not be Gertrude Stein, Joan of Arc, Susan B. Anthony, Queen Isabella I, Constanze Mozart, Amelia Earhart, Hollywood star Pearl White, and explorer Osa Johnson – find themselves in an insane asylum. Common Ground Theatre’s Small Series presents Arthur Kopit’s absurdist 1962 one-act. Directed by Rachel Klem, assisted by Nicola Bullock. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Sunday in the Park with George – Burning Coal presents the 1984 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical about painter Georges Seurat and the mystery of artistic creation. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 3. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.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 – Women in Flight

April 14, 2015

Portrait of aviatrix Amelia Earhart.
Amelia Earhart

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 20, 2015

OPENING:
Chamber Music – Eight women – who may or may not be Gertrude Stein, Joan of Arc, Susan B. Anthony, Queen Isabella I, Constanze Mozart, Amelia Earhart, Hollywood star Pearl White, and explorer Osa Johnson – find themselves in an insane asylum. Common Ground Theatre’s Small Series presents Arthur Kopit’s absurdist 1962 one-act. Directed by Rachel Klem, assisted by Nicola Bullock. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through April 25. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – 2010 musical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 film comedy presented by UNC’s Pauper Players. Directed by Lochlan Belford, choreographer Pauline Lamb, music direction Annie Poole. This week: Friday-Monday 8:00. Closes Monday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 
 
ONGOING:
* The Burial at Thebes – Celebrating its 50th birthday, University Theatre (née Thompson Theatre) reprises its very first production, Sophocles’ Antigone in a new translation by Seamus Heaney. Director not listed. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

* 4000 Miles – A grandmother and her 20-something grandson become unlikely roommates in Playmakers production of Amy Herzog’s 2011 drama. Directed by Desdemona Chiang. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* God Spoke My Name: Maya Angelou – An original play by Stephanie “Asabi” Howard and Samm-Art Williams about the life and work of the North Carolina poet. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. University Theatre, Farrison Newton Building, NCCU Campus, Durham.
nccu.edu

* Monumental – A new play by Steven Roten about two people who have lost loved ones to war. Directed by Steven Roten and Tamara A. Farias. Presented by Stillwater Theatre Company. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, Meredith College, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

Sunday in the Park with George – Burning Coal presents the 1984 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical about painter Georges Seurat and the mystery of artistic creation. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 3. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Trojan Barbie – A time-bending meditation on war, gender, and politics in Christine Evans’ reimagining of Euripides’ Trojan Women. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by StreetSigns Center in collaboration with UNC’s Performance Studies. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org
 
 
AUDITIONS:
Theatre in the Park holds auditions for its June production of Equivocation on Sunday at 6:30, by appointment. 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 – La Grande Guerre

April 8, 2015


Scenes from Hotel Modern’s The Great War

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 13, 2015

OPENING:
* The Great War – Dutch theater group Hotel Modern (with an original score by Arthur Sauer) uses live-animation, miniature sets, tiny video cameras, and letters from World War I soldiers to portray the horrific landscape of war. Presented by Carolina Performing Arts. Two performances only: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 7:30. Memorial Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org

* Jersey Boys – Touring production of the 2004 jukebox musical about 60’s band Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. 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

Monumental – A new play by Steven Roten about two people who have lost loved ones to war. Directed by Steven Roten and Tamara A. Farias. Presented by Stillwater Theatre Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 12. Studio Theatre, Meredith College, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

* Premiere: A Showcase of Original Plays – Owl Tree Theater presents new short plays from their playwriting and directing students. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Page-Walker Center, Cary.
owltreetheater

Sunday in the Park with George – Burning Coal presents the 1984 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical about painter Georges Seurat and the mystery of artistic creation. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 3. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Teatro Hugo & Ines – Wordless stories performed by Peruvian puppeteers Hugo and Ines. This week only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 5:00 and 8:00, Sunday 4:00. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu

Trojan Barbie – A time-bending meditation on war, gender, and politics in Christine Evans’ reimagining of Euripides’ Trojan Women. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by StreetSigns Center in collaboration with UNC’s Performance Studies. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through April 19. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org

ONGOING:

* The Burial at Thebes – Celebrating its 50th birthday, University Theatre (née Thompson Theatre) reprises its very first production, Sophocles’ Antigone in a new translation by Seamus Heaney. Director not listed. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

* Enron – Lucy Prebble’s savage 2009 satire mixes docudrama, absurdism, puppetry, masks, and comic spectacle to tell the story of the company that imploded in scandal and accounting fraud in 2001. And did we mention the velociraptors? Presented by Duke’s Department of Theater Studies, and directed by Talya Klein (whose October production of Failure: A Love Story at UNC ranks as one of the best plays of this season). This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu
 
4000 Miles – A grandmother and her 20-something grandson become unlikely roommates in Playmakers production of Amy Herzog’s 2011 drama. Directed by Desdemona Chiang. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 19. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Regrets Only – Paul Rudnick’s 2006 madcap farce, presented by Theatre in the Park. Directed by Ira David Wood IV. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Sleeping Beauty – Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series presents a musical version of the classic fairy tale. Directed by Judy M. Dove. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 
 
IMPROV:
* Last Words – Transactors Improv presents short and long form improv on a theme. One night: 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.

 


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