A sampling of Triangle theater performances
for the weekend of October 29-November 1, 2009, and beyond
Broken – Act Trinity presents a play by Veronique LaShell MacRae. From Act Trinity’s website: “Broken is a snapshot into the lives of three women balancing the struggles of relationships and faith as life deals them unexpected twist and turns. A story of abuse, death, and wrong choices, Broken exposes the failures of the human heart and reveals that sometimes in order to be whole and healed, one may have to come to their breaking point in which they can no longer continue in their morbid existence, but strive for a plan greater than their own.” Sounds like my first boyfriend. One show only, Saturday 7:00. PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council.
Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders – Germany, 1989. As the Cold War staggers to its anticlimax, a US Army soldier struggles to choose his future. Premiere of a new comic drama by Durham playwright Howard Craft. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham. Continues through November 14.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) – The Reduced Shakespeare Company on tour, stops for one night in Durham to bring its signature production to the masses. Tuesday November 3 at 7:00. Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
Nevermore – A new adaptation of works by Poe presented by Duke Players Lab Theater. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00 and 11:00. Brody Theater, Duke East Campus, Durham.
Picasso’s Closet – It’s Picasso vs. the Nazis in this bold re-imagining of history. Little Green Pig presents a staged reading of the Ariel Dorfman play, presented in conjunction with the Nasher’s current show, “Picasso and the Allure of Language”. This weekend: Thursday-Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00. (Encore performance November 15.) Nasher Museum of Art, Duke West Campus.
Ruthless! The Musical – “I’ve had a normal childhood. It’s time to move on.” Eight-year-old Tina Denmark believes she was born to entertain, and she’ll kill anyone who tries to stop her. Meredith College presents the Paley/Laird musical comedy spoof. This weekend only: Tuesday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, Raleigh.
South Pacific – The touring company of the recent Lincoln Center revival comes to town. Opens Tuesday November 3 at 8:00, continues through November 8. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
Suspense! – Transactors Improv riffs on a holiday-appropriate theme, with live musical accompaniment from funk/jazz/lounge/twang musical mutants Killer Filler. It’s an evening sure to leave you in…………………….suspense! One night only: Friday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
The Wild Party – Andrew Lippa’s musical based on Joseph Moncure March’s narrative poem set in the Roaring Twenties. Presented by UNC-CH Pauper Players. Carolina Union, UNC, Chapel Hill. Runs Friday-Tuesday, check for times. Closes November 3.
Glengarry Glen Ross – Director Paul Frellick has assembled a terrific cast for David Mamet’s scabrous comic tragedy, including Mamet veteran David Ring (seen last year in Ghost & Spice’s Duck Variations). This weekend: Thursday 7:30, Friday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 14. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
Blue – Charles Randolph-Wright’s 2001 drama examining a dysfunctional upper middle class African American family. Presented by University Theatre. This weekend: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes November 1. Titmus Theatre in Frank Thompson Hall, NCSU campus, Raleigh.
The Insanity of Mary Girard: A Nightmare in One Act – An 18th century woman is declared insane by her husband. Turbulence Theatre presents the Lanie Robertson play. This weekend: Friday 8:00 -Saturday 3:00 & 8:00. Closes October 31. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
Nunsense – North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre presents the politically charged drama about U.S. complicity in the overthrow of Chile’s Allende government. No, wait, apparently I’m wrong again. It’s still a musical comedy about nuns. This weekend: Friday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes November 1. Greystone Village Shopping Center, Raleigh.
Stones in His Pockets – Michael Brocki and Derrick Ivey play 15 characters in Marie Jones’ comedy about a small Irish town invaded by a big-budget Hollywood film crew. This weekend: Thursday 2:00 & 7:00, Friday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes November 1. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
For a more complete listing of area theater,
we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.