Blake and Chelsea about to meet the neighbors in Neighborhood 3.
A sampling of Triangle theater performances
for the weekend of February 17-21, 2010, and beyond
Prepare for the onslaught!
From Archipelago Theatre to zombies in the suburbs, it’s a huge weekend for Triangle theater. Over 16 productions are opening or in mid-run, giving theater goers some interesting choices: 16th Century Shakespeare at Peace College or 21st Century technology at UNC? August Wilson at Saint Mary’s School or Margaret Mitchell at Theatre in the Park?
Which will you choose?
Into the Woods – University Theatre presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical that gives a modern twist to several classic fairy tales. This weekend: Wednesday through Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Stewart Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom – To get out alive: find the lawn gnome, drink the chocolate milk, and at all costs avoid the Neighborhood Association! Manbites Dog presents a dark satire by Jennifer Haley. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through March 6. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
Out of the Blue – An original work by Archipelago Theatre about what happens when life suddenly sends you down a new and unexpected path. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 28. Sheafer Theater in the Bryan Center, Duke University West Campus, Durham.
The Vagina Monologues – The Eve Ensler play is back, presented by persons unknown. This weekend only: Saturday 3:00 and 9:00. The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh.
The Virtual Performance Factory – A performance environment existing in the borderlands of real and virtual space, created by UNC’s Communication Studies Department in collaboration with Icarus Studios, a Cary game company. Presented as part of CHAT Festival. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Runs through February 27. Swain Hall Studio Six, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
The Winter’s Tale – It has one of the greatest stage directions ever: “Exit, pursued by a bear”. Peace College Theatre presents Shakespeare’s comic romance. This weekend: Friday-Saturday 7:30. Runs through February 27. Leggett Theater, Peace College, Raleigh.
Boys and Girls – Bare Theater presents three short plays by contemporary playwrights: Burying Barbie by Christopher Dimond, boygirlboygirl by Jason Williamson, and Ask Him in the Morning by Carmen-Maria Mandley. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
Dance on Widow’s Row – Samm-Art Williams’ comedy about four widows in a small North Carolina town. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. University Theatre, Farrison-Newton Building, NCCU campus, Durham.
Don’t Cry For Me, Margaret Mitchell – David O. Selznick, Ben Hecht, and Victor Fleming have just one week to rewrite the script and save Selznick’s troubled production of Gone with the Wind from becoming a disaster of Titanic proportions. Semi-true comedy by Duke Ernsberger and Virginia Cate. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Theatre in the Park, Raleigh.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds – Paul Zindel’s 1964 play about a mother not doing such a great job raising her daughters, presented by Raleigh Ensemble Players. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 7:00. Continues through February 27. REP Upstairs Studio, Raleigh.
Fences – August Wilson’s classic drama about an embittered ex-athlete, presented by the Justice Theater Project. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 28. Pittman Auditorium, Saint Mary’s School, Raleigh.
An Ideal Husband – “When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.” Oscar Wilde’s comedy about a politician being blackmailed by a woman from his past. (The existence of a sex tape is in dispute.) This weekend: Wednesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Thursday-Sunday shows sold out. Continues through March 6. Deep Dish Theatre, Chapel Hill.
Kabuki Lady Macbeth – He said, she said. Retelling of the Shakespeare tragedy from a different point of view. This weekend: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Studio Theater, Jones Hall, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
Love Bits and Bites – Cary Players’ annual Valentines Day-themed variety show about love. This weekend: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 4:00. Closes Sunday. Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary.
The Seafarer – The Devil shows his hand in a high-stakes Irish poker game. Burning Coal presents Conor McPherson’s 2006 play. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Meymandi Theatre at the Murphey School, Raleigh.
Veronica’s Room – A mystery/thriller by Ira Levin. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 28. Raleigh Little Theatre.
For a more complete listing of area theater,
we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.