Weekend Theater – Red Menace


Open Dream Ensemble’s Peril on the Red Planet. Photo: Martin Tucker

A listing of Triangle theater performances
for the weekend of August 25-29, 2010, and beyond

META-THEATER PICK OF THE WEEK:
Splash Mob: Downtown Durham Water War“War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can.” – Winston Churchill.
Durham Central Park is the battlefield; water balloons and squirt guns are the weapons; uniforms and costumes are encouraged. Combat commences Thursday at 1730 hours (5:30). Upon cessation of hostilities, the After Party will commence at nearby Fullstream Brewery, Riggsbee Avenue, Durham.
Rules of engagement

OPENING:
Mi Vida Loca – Eric Overmeyer comedy about a family dealing with the father’s substance abuse issues. This weekend: Friday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 18. Deep Dish Theater, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

Peril on the Red Planet – A sci-fi adventure for young audiences, performed by Open Dream Ensemble. One performance only: Saturday 4:00. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh.
ncartmuseum.org

Talking Things Over with Chekov – Two ex-lovers journey back to the New York theater scene in a play by John Ford Noonan, presented by FATE (Free Association Theatre Ensemble). This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro. Continues next week at Common Ground in Durham, and the following week at Page-Walker Center in Cary.
artscenterlive.org

Twelfth Night – Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity and gender confusion, performed outdoors. This weekend only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Booth Amphitheatre, Cary.
boothamphitheatre.com

ONGOING:
Islands Unknown – Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns with its annual outdoor summer show, this time “an epic odyssey that will take us to the depths of the imagination and the very ends of the earth… in 3-D!” Bring the kids, bring the adults, bring everybody. (Also bring something to sit on and plenty of bug repellent.) This weekend: Friday-Sunday 7:00, pre-show starts at 6:20. Added matinee on Sunday at 3:00, pre-show at 2:20. Continues through September 6. Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
paperhand.org

Overtones – A 1916 play by Alice Gerstenberg, plus a curtain-raiser by Christopher Durang, presented by OdysseyStage Theatre. Final performance: Wednesday afternoon 3:00. Spice Street Restaurant, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
odysseystage.org

Tell Me on a Sunday – Lesser known Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a woman in search of love, presented by Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy. Wednesday-Saturday 8:00 (website lists incorrect time of 7:00), Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Progress Energy Center, Raleigh.
hotsummernightsatthekennedy.org

AUDITIONS:
Orange Community Players holds auditions for November production of the musical comedy Sanders Family Christmas. Monday and Tuesday August 30-31, 7:00. Exchange Club, Hillsborough.
More information

Pauper Players, UNC’s student musical theater group, holds auditions for its fall production of Sweet Charity. Auditions are open to the general public. Tuesday-Wednesday August 31-September 1, 6:00. Student Union, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
More information

Please contact us with any corrections or additions.
For a more complete listing of area theater,
we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.

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