Theater Week – Come On-a My House

Ellen Hemphill in Stealing Home. Photo: Jay O’Berski

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 18, 2011

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

Jambalaya Soul Slam: Grand Slam Finals – The top 12 poets of the year compete for a spot on the 2011 Bull City Slam Team. Special guest: Taalam Acey. Hosted by Dasan Ahanu. Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

The Persistence of Smoke – A documentary opera by John Justice and George Lam, about the history of tobacco in Durham. Tobaccopera? (On a double-bill with Kathleen Bader’s Tentative Embrace.) This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Golden Belt Building 2-second floor, Durham.

Stealing Home (the architecture of intimacy) – The always surprising Archipelago Theatre returns with a solo vocal cabaret, featuring Ellen Hemphill, about that place where the heart is. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:15. Continues through April 23. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

you are dead. you are here. – Christine Evan’s ghost story for the digital age, incorporating video game and virtual reality technology with live performance, presented by UNC Performance Studies. This week only: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Swain Hall Studio 6. UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

Big River – A musical based on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, featuring The Red Clay Ramblers who return to the Playmakers stage in another Mark Twain-based musical, 29 years after Life on the Mississippi. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Matinees Saturday and Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 24. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

Dancing at Lughnasa – Brian Friel’s 1990 memory play about a family facing change in 1936 Ireland, presented by University Theatre. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, matinees Saturday and Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theater, Thompson Hall, NC State Campus, Raleigh.

Devon Does Denmark – When a ragtag troupe of Elizabethan-era players gets booked for a command performance at the royal court of Elsinore, wackiness ensues. World premiere of a play by Ira David Wood III. Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Theatre in the Park, Raleigh.

Dreamland, a Musical – Jazz-Age adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by Central Carolina Community College and Chatham Community Theatre. This week: Thursday and Sunday 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Sunday. Chatham Mills, Pittsboro.

The Laramie Project – A theater company attempts to document the aftermath of the 1998 Matthew Shepard murder. Jeff Storer directs for Duke Theater Studies. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo – Alfred Uhry’s 1996 comedy-drama about a Jewish family in Atlanta in 1939. Haskell Fitz-Simons directs the Raleigh Little Theatre production. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 24. RLT, Raleigh.

The Mercy Seat – A man seeks to turn a devastating tragedy to his personal advantage in Neil LaBute’s 2002 drama about not very nice people. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Raleigh Ensemble Players, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.

Shakin’ the Mess Outta’ Misery -NC Central’s Department of Theatre presents Shay Youngblood’s play about a girl raised by a group of supportive women after the death of her mother. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. University Theater, Farrison-Newton Building, NCCU Campus, Durham.

The Shape of the Table – A totalitarian govenment on the brink of collapse tries to negotiate an exit strategy. Burning Coal presents the third play in David Edgar’s “Iron Curtain Trilogy”. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 24. The Murphey School, Raleigh.

Manbites Dog Theater – Hosts general auditions Saturday April 30, with many Triangle theaters in attendance. All appointment slots are filled. Check the web page for information on walk-in and waiting list policies.
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