Theater Week – Gray Hair

Photo: Lisa Norwood

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 16, 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.

Hair – Sex, drugs, Broadway show tunes! Like some garrulous senior-citizen hippie telling tales of the good old days, the landmark rock musical comes to town in a traveling production of the recent New York revival. The current remounting does an interesting non-threatening commercial dance, choosing not to tie the show’s anti-Vietnam War themes too overtly to current U.S. wars (2-1/2 at last count). Instead, it goes for a feel-good, audience-flattering nostalgia trip to an earlier time, stressing the supposed authenticity of the period detail, but steering carefully around most real world relevance — it’s like a Civil War reenactment of the 1960’s. Catchy tunes, though. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. Caveat Emptor: the advance publicity reassures us that the shocking nudity is not really shocking. DPAC, Durham.

Jade City Chronicles Vol. 1: The Super Spectacular Bad Ass Herald M.F. Jones – Superhero Herald Jones is about to strike down with great vengeance and furious bad-assitude those who would attempt to poison and destroy his City! Little Green Pig presents the world premiere of a new play by Howard L. Craft. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through May 28. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

Beguiled Again – An evening of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart songs. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Temple Theatre, Sanford.

Distracted – Raleigh Ensemble Players stages Lisa Loomer’s comedy about attention deficit disorder. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 7:00. Continues through May 21. REP, Raleigh.

Hello Dolly! – Jerry Herman’s musical version of Thornton Wilder’s The Merchant of Yonkers (itself an adaptation of two 19th century works). Presented by NC Theatre. This week: Tuesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00. Closes Saturday. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.

Othello – “Put out the light, and then put out the light.” Paul Frellick directs the Shakespeare tragedy. This week: Wednesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. No Saturday show this week. Continues through May 28. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.

Puss in Boots – Hello, kitty! Charles Perrault’s tale of a feline con artist in a family-friendly production presented by Cary Players. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Herb Young Community Center, Cary.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School – Raleigh Little Theatre presents a play for kids about strange adventures in an unusual school, adapted from the Louis Sachar books. This week: Thursday 10:00 a.m. (school group performance ), Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through May 22. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

Stuart Little – Musical version of the E.B. White story about a very human mouse. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 22. North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them – Ghost and Spice presents a satire on national insecurity by Christopher Durang. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

Clayton Youth Theatre – Auditions for August production of West Side Story. Friday 6:00 or Saturday 1:00. The Clayton Center, Clayton.
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Justice Theater Project – Auditions for 2011-12 productions of The Secret Garden and Black Nativity. Saturday 1:00, Sunday 7:30 (dancers 6:45). St. Francis of Assissi, Leesville Road, Raleigh.
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Koka Booth Amphitheatre/Town of Cary – Auditions for August production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Monday and Tuesday (May 9 and 10) 6:30.
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