A sampling of Triangle theater performances
for the weekend of February 24-28, 2010, and beyond
Another amazingly full week on Triangle stages, with robots, zombies, star-crossed lovers, intra-racial tensions, progeria, male strippers, a plus-sized dancer, and the musical version of a sexually explicit 19th Century German play.
Chocolate/Vanilla – Original play written and directed by Veronique LaShell MacRae exploring racial tensions between African-American males and females. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00. PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council.
The Full Monty – Six unemployed steel workers take it all off for cash in this musical adaptation of the 1997 movie. NC Theatre’s cast includes Sally Struthers (!) and Ira David Wood III. This weekend: Friday 7:00, Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00, Tuesday 8:00. Continues through March 7. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
Hairspray – John Waters’ 1988 movie becomes a Tony Award winning musical. You can’t stop the beat. One night only: Wednesday 7:30. Durham Performing Arts Center.
Improv Relief! – Improv performers from around the Triangle stage a benefit for Haiti, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders. One night only: Thursday 8:00. Berkeley Cafe, Raleigh.
Kimberly Akimbo – David Lindsay Abaire’s dark comedy about a 16-year-old girl who looks much, much older than her years. Presented by Stage Hands Performing Arts. One weekend only: Friday 7:00, Saturday 1:00 and 5:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
Love and Robots: A Puppet Rock Opera – Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents a robot love story. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. Continues through March 7 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, and March 12-21 at Paperhand Studio in Saxapahaw.
Romeo and Juliet – Temple Theatre’s Winter Youth Conservatory presents the Shakespeare tragedy. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 7. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
Spring Awakening – A hit Broadway alt-rock musical, which to its credit stays true to Frank Wedekind’s still shocking 1891 play. Opens Tuesday March 2 at 7:00. Continues through March 7. Durham Performing Arts Center.
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: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. 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. Closes Sunday. 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 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. All of this weekend’s shows except Saturday matinee sold out. Continues through March 6. Deep Dish Theatre, Chapel Hill.
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, Sunday 3:15. 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. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater in the Bryan Center, Duke University West Campus, Durham.
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.
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. Closes Saturday. 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: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Leggett Theater, Peace College, Raleigh.
Doubt – Theatre in the Park in Raleigh. Monday 6:30.
South Pacific – Temple Theatre in Sanford. Saturday 10:00.
TheatreFest – NCSU Theatre’s three-show summer series. Thurday and Friday 7:00. University Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
For a more complete listing of area theater,
we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.