A sampling of Triangle theater performances
for the weekend of December 16-20, 2009, and beyond
This week on Triangle stages: Jacob Marley is still dead, but a bunch of shows continue their runs through this weekend.
A Christmas Carol – Dickens’ unfairly neglected novel, performed by Allan Gurganus and Michael Malone to benefit Hillsborough’s Burwell School Historic Site. This weekend, two performances only: Thursday and Friday 7:30. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Hillsborough.
A Christmas Memory – Truman Capote memoir adapted and performed by Ira David Wood. This weekend only: Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:00 (Sunday show sold out). 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. Closes December 20. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
A Christmas Carol – It’s the 35th year for Theatre in the Park’s perennial production. Not for Dickens purists. Final performance: Wednesday 7:00. Memorial Auditorium, 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.
Cinderella – It’s only the 26th year for Raleigh Little Theatre’s popular staged fairy tale. This weekend: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 1:00 and 5:00, Sunday 1:00. Closes December 20. Fletcher Theater in the Progress Energy Center, Raleigh.
The Hobbit – “What has it got in its pocketses?” Stage version of the Tolkien fantasy novel presented by NRACT/North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Greystone Village Shopping Center, Raleigh.
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. Closes 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 – Saturday 2:00. Part 2: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday 10:30 and 7:30, Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Part 1 closes December 19, Part 2 closes 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. Closes 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 7:30, Thursday 2:00 and 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes 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. Closes December 19. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
For a more complete listing of area theater,
we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.