Weekend Theater – Bowing Out

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Jeffrey Blair Cornell (Alan) in Opus. Photo: Jon Gardiner

A sampling of Triangle theater performances
for the weekend of September 24-27, 2009, and beyond:

OPENING:
Drift – A new musical by Jeremy Schoenfeld explores the breakup of a marriage. Presented by Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy. Thursday through Saturday at 8:00, Sunday at 3:00. Closes Sunday. Progress Energy Center, Raleigh.
Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy

Opus – A world-famous string quartet comes unstrung when one of its members goes missing. Playmakers Rep opens its season with Michael Hollinger’s 2006 drama. This weekend’s shows: Thursday-Saturday at 8:00, Sunday at 2:00. Runs through October 11. UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
www.playmakersrep.org/

FINAL WEEKEND:
Amadeus – Peter Shaffer’s 1979  drama about the rivalry between 18th Century composers Salieri and Mozart. Presented by University Theatre. This weekend’s shows: Thursday-Saturday at 8:00, Sunday at 3:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre in Thompson Hall, NCSU, Raleigh.
www.ncsu.edu/theatre/

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, in reverse chronological order. This weekend’s shows: Thursday through Saturday at 8:00. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
www.cgtheatre.com

Drift – See OPENING. Closes Sunday.

The Grinning Man – A husband and wife are visited in their flower shop by a disturbingly familiar man, in the debut production of a nightmarish new work by Alex Smith. This weekend’s shows: Thursday-Saturday at 8:00, Sunday at 3:00. Closes Sunday. Stillwater Theatre Company at Meredith College, Raleigh.
Meredith College Box Office info

Hair – Burning Coal Theatre asks the musical question “Gliddy glub gloopy”, as it tokes up with the 42-year old American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. This weekend’s shows: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30, Sunday at 2:00. (Thursday show sold out.) Closes Sunday. Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh.
www.burningcoal.org

The Italian Actress – A video artist creates the ultimate transgressive artwork, in a kinky meditation on the fear of physical and spiritual decay. Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern presents the world premiere. This weekend’s shows: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
www.manbitesdogtheater.org

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

The Shape of Things – Playwright Neil LaBute explores the dangerous and seductive territories of art and love, and discovers that some people aren’t nice. This weekend’s shows: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30. Closes Saturday. Peace College Theatre, Raleigh.
theatre.peace.edu

For a more complete listing of area theater, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.

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