Weekend Theater – Supreme visions of lonely tunes

Mike Daisey, in search of The Last Cargo Cult.

A sampling of Triangle theater performances
for the weekend of September 10-13, 2009, and beyond:

At Home at the Zoo – “Could I have planned all this?” Edward Albee re-imagines his first play, 1958’s one-act The Zoo Story, by adding a newly written prequel, Homelife. Ghost & Spice stages the Triangle premiere, co-directed by Rus Hames and Rachel Klem. This weekend’s shows: Friday and Saturday, 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham. Continues through September 26.

Hair – Burning Coal Theatre tokes up with the 42-year old American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Gliddy glub gloopy! This weekend’s shows: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30, Sunday at 2:00. Continues through September 27. Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh.

The Last Cargo Cult – Solo performer/master storyteller Mike Daisey brings his newest work to the Triangle. A must-see theater event. More details here. Opens Wednesday September 16; continues through September 20. Playmakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill.

Laundry & Bourbon – James McLure’s comedy, staged by Justice Theater Project. This weekend’s shows: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday at 2:00. Continues through September 27. St. Mary’s School, Raleigh.

The Mystery of Irma Vep – “Why don’t you go live at the morgue, instead of making a morgue of our home?!” Return to Mandacrest again, with Jailbreak Theatre Company‘s production of Charles Ludlam’s masterpiece of Ridiculous Theater. This weekend’s shows: Friday and Saturday 8:00 and 10:30 (two nights only). Theatre in the Park, Raleigh.

The Living Sea of Memory – It’s the final weekend for Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 10th annual outdoor summer production, celebrating the richness and complexity of our inner life and dreams. This weekend’s shows: Friday and Saturday preshow at 6:30, performance at 7:00. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh.

Scenes from American Life – A.R. Gurney’s satirical history of the American Century. Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday at 3:00. Raleigh Little Theatre. Runs through September 20.

Summer and Smoke – Tony Lea directs a stellar cast in Tennessee Williams’ drama of romantic yearning. This weekend’s shows: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00, next Wednesday 7:30. (This Saturday and Sunday shows sold out) Continues through September 19. Deep Dish Theater, Chapel Hill.


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