Weekend Theater – Slave Girl

Justin Smith, J. Alphonse Nicholson and Tara-Whitney Rison in Harriet Jacobs. Photo: Jay O’Berski

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 14, 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.

Harriet Jacobs – Little Green Pig presents Lydia R. Diamond’s stage adaptation of Jacob’s memoir, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Concluding week of LGP’s The Theme Is Blackness: A Festival of Contemporary American Playwrights. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

Playhouse Creatures – April de Angelis’ play, set during the reign of Charles II, tells the story of the first women allowed to perform on stage. Presented by Meredith Ensemble Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Studio Theatre, Jones Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh.

Vertigo – “One final thing I have to do… and then I’ll be free of the past.” Return again to Mission San Juan Batista in Lucius Robinson’s new stage adaptation inspired by the Hitchcock movie and the original source novel, and directed by Joseph Megel. (Plus bonus featurette: Clavius Sternway’s dubiously titled Pig Men of the Martian Moons.) Presented by UNC’s Department of Communication Studies. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 21. Studio 6 Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

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. Closes Sunday. 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.

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. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

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: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 20. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

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. Closes Saturday. (Remaining performances sold out.) Deep Dish Theatre, University Mall, Chapel Hill.

Jungalbook – Stage adaptation for children of Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories. This weekend: Wednesday 10:00 a.m., Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 21. Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh.

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: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 20. Fate’s Space, Cary.

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.

Our Town – Clayton Youth Theater auditions 7th-12th grade students for its February production. Also a few roles for younger boys. Friday 6:00, Saturday 1:00. The Clayton Center, Clayton. More information.

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


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