Theater Week – Road to Nowhere

Oh, the Humanity: A man and woman (Katja Hill, Chris Burner) encounter automotive
and metaphysical difficulties on their way to a christening…or is it a funeral?
(Photo: Ed Hunt)

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 6, 2010

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.

Amadeus / Composer Portraits: Mozart – First-time collaboration between the North Carolina Symphony and Playmakers Rep, featuring the music of Mozart combined with a “semi-staging” of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh.

Burn the Floor – Broadway Series South presents the touring company of the Broadway dancetravaganza. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 7:30, matinees Saturday and Sunday 2:00.

A Christmas Carol – Theatre in the Park’s annual tradition (officially known as Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol) returns, this time with Wood’s son taking over the lead. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham. (Continues next week through December 15 at Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.)

A Christmas Carol – Temple Theatre presents its musical adaptation of an obscure 19th century novel by Charles Dickens. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 19. Temple Theatre, Sanford.

Crowns – Burning Coal, in collaboration with Temple Theatre, presents a revival of their 2008 production of Regina Taylor’s gospel musical. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 19. The Murphey School, Raleigh.

An Evening of Staged Readings – Ten-minute works by members of The Cary Playwrights’ Forum. Free. One night only: Thursday 7:00. Page-Walker Center, Cary.

Ho, Ho, Ho! – Deep Dish presents an evening of holiday-themed short readings. One night: Friday 7:30. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.

Holiday Extravaganza – Because you never know when you’ll need an additional vaganza. Transactors presents its annual improvised holiday show, set in a bar on Christmas Eve. One night: Friday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

Nesting – A 10-minute solo toy theater performance by Torry Bend about the perils of home ownership. Free. Two performances nightly starting at 7:30 in Manbites Dog’s lobby prior to Oh, the Humanity. This week: Thursday-Saturday. Continues through December 18.

Oh, the Humanity and other exclamations – “It’s just two chairs!” Will Eno’s comedy of existential despair, presented by Manbites Dog. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through December 18. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

The Parchman Hour – Subtitled “Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders”, and told in the form of a traditional variety show, this play chronicles a pivotal summer in the American civil rights movement. A Mike Wiley Production, co-presented by the UNC Department of Dramatic Arts and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00, Sunday 2:00 and 8:00, Monday 6:00. Closes Monday. Kenan theater, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

Sam and Laura – Staged reading of Ron Power’s play about Samuel Clemens’ early romance with Laura Wright. Presented by Burning Coal. One night only: Tuesday (Mark Twain’s birthday!) 7:30. Pittman Auditorium, St. Mary’s School, Raleigh.

Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus – Staging of the well-known story in the style of a live radio play, including sound effects and songs. Presented by Cary Players. This week: Friday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. Cary Town Council Chambers, Cary.

Inspecting Carol – Dickens meets Gogol in this comedy about a struggling theater company staging its annual cash cow, A Christmas Carol, only to learn of an imminent visit by an inspector for the NEA. University Theatre gets to have its cake and make fun of it too, in this first (of many) Dickensian productions over the next month. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, matinees Saturday and Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.

Love and Robots: The Reboot – Perhaps they are here to protect us from the terrible secret of space. Paperhand Puppet Intervention brings back their epic cybernetic tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption — with new system 2.0 enhancements. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 12. Paperhand Studio, Saxapahaw.

Robin Hood – Family-friendly retelling of the story, presented by NRACT (North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre). This weekend: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 12. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

Bare Theater – Auditioning male actors for a one-act play about gay relationships. Tuesday 7:00. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Raleigh. More information.

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