A sampling of Triangle theater performances
for the weekend of December 9-13, 2009, and beyond
This week on Triangle stages: Five Christmas-themed shows (six if you count RLT’s holiday show), including three (!) presentations of A Christmas Carol. Next week: two more versions of A Christmas Carol!
Always…Patsy Cline – Raleigh Ensemble Players presents a jukebox musical about the bigger than life country singer. This weekend only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes December 13. Theatre in the Park, Raleigh.
A Child’s Christmas in Wales – Stage adaptation of the Dylan Thomas story, presented by the Youth Performing Arts Conservatory and ArtsCenter Stage. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 20. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
A Christmas Carol – A dramatic reading by Marc Napolitano. One night only: Friday 8:00. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
A Christmas Carol – It’s the 35th year for Ira David Wood’s Theatre in the Park perennial production. Not for Dickens purists. This weekend: Wednesday-Friday 7:00, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:00, and next week: Monday-Wednesday 7:00. Continues through December 16 at Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
Cinderella – And the 26th year for Raleigh Little Theatre’s popular staged fairy tale. This weekend: Friday 7:30, Saturday 1:00 and 5:00, Sunday 1:00. Continues through December 20. Fletcher Theater in the Progress Energy Center, Raleigh.
A Christmas Carol – New adaptation, incorporating traditional Christmas songs. This weekend: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 20. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
Jane Eyre – Return to Thornfield Manor! Little Green Pig’s new stage adaptation of the Charlotte Brontë novel about a rebellious heroine determined to succeed against all odds. This weekend: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:15. Continues through December 19, at Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – David Edgar’s massive two-part adaptation of Charles Dickens other novel, presented in rotating rep. This weekend: Part 1 – Wednesday 10:30 and 7:30, Thursday and Saturday 7:30. Part 2: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00, Tuesday 7:30. Part 1 continues through December 19, Part 2 through December 20. Paul Green Theater, UNC campus, Chapel Hill.
Much Ado about Nothing – Deceptions, infidelity, eavesdropping, jealousy, and a faked death — must be a Shakespeare comedy. Presented by Burning Coal Theatre. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 20. Meymandi Theatre at the Murphey School, Raleigh.
The Phantom of the Opera – It’s the Michael Myers of late 20th Century musicals. This weekend: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30, Tuesday 7:00. Continues through December 20. Durham Performing Arts Center.
A Trailer Park Christmas – A Durham family has to deal with “crazy neighbors, ghosts, fruitcakes, and a holiday tornado” in this revival of Common Ground’s 2008 hit comedy. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 19. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
For a more complete listing of area theater,
we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.