Weekend Theater – Beastly

Gil Faison, Utrophia Robinson and Regenna Rouse in Night Beast. Photo: Jay O’Berski

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 7, 2010, and beyond

For a rundown of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – OdysseyStage presents a readers’ theater version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald story. One performance only: Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

Gratitude – Transactors brings Thanksgiving early, with an improvised show about things we’re grateful for. One show only: Friday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

Heroes – A revival of last spring’s 2nd Ave. South production in Raleigh, Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of a play by Gerald Sibleyras features a dream cast of three Triangle veterans: John Murphey, David Ring, and Jordan Smith. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through November 20. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

Jungalbook – Stage adaptation for children of Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories. This weekend: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 21. Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh.

Mark Twain Now – Paul Newell in his one-man show. One performance only: Saturday 2:00. Deep Dish Theatre, University Mall, Chapel Hill.

Mime Explains String Theory – Veteran performer Sheila Kerrigan with a new original work. This weekend only: Friday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Durham Arts Council, Durham.

Night Beast – A man wakes up on an all Black planet and finds himself in the middle of a revolution. Little Green Pig (who else?) presents Ed Bullins dystopian tale. Part of The Theme Is Blackness: A Festival of Contemporary American Playwrights. This weekend only: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade – Free Association Theatre Ensemble presents the Peter Weiss play, with this helpful content labeling: “This show contains some violent and adult material. Discretion is advised.” This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through November 20. Fate’s Space, Cary.

PlaySlam!– The audience votes for the winners in an evening of very short plays. One show only: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

The Screwtape Letters – A touring production, based on the book by Christian fantasist C. S. Lewis, presented by the Fellowship for the Performing Arts. This weekend only: Saturday 4:00 and 8:00. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.

St. Nicholas – A theater critic encounters London vampires. Burning Coal Artistic Director Jerome Davis performs in the Conor McPherson play. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 21. The Murphey School, Raleigh.

Billy Elliot – A working-class boy decides he’s gotta dance, gotta dance. The Tony-winning musical launches its national tour in Durham. This weekend: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Continues through November 14. Durham Performing Arts Center.

Bug – Raleigh Ensemble Players presents Tracy Letts’ paranoid thriller set in an Oklahoma motel. As in Letts’ earlier work, Killer Joe, some really awful things happen. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 7:00. Continues through November 20. REP’s Upstairs Studio, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.

Clue: The Musical – Just what it sounds like. Presented by North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre (NRACT). This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

Fences – Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, August Wilson’s play tells the story of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League ball player now working as a garbage man in 1950’s Pittsburgh. This marks Playmakers’ first mainstage production of an August Wilson play. This weekend: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 14. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

Flaming Idiots – Tom Rooney’s farce set in a health food restaurant. This weekend: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Temple Theatre, Sanford.

Is He Dead? – David Ives’ adaptation of an unproduced farce by Mark Twain. (Spoiler alert: Mark Twain IS dead, despite his repeated claims to the contrary.) This weekend: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 13. Deep Dish Theatre, University Mall, Chapel Hill.

A Piece of My Heart – True stories of six American women who served in Vietnam. University Theatre presents Shirley Lauro’s stage adaptation of the book by Keith Walker. This weekend: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, matinees Saturday and Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, NC State Campus, Raleigh.

FatMouth Improv is seeking several men to audition for the group. Interested actors must be able to rehearse on Tuesday nights in Durham and be versed in short and long form improvisation. Contact: Cholena Erickson, kokocodi@aol.com.

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


One Response to Weekend Theater – Beastly

  1. Lisa Pepin says:

    Come check out theartscenter.wordpress.com after Transactors tonight and PlaySlam! on Saturday to see photos of the shows!

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