Theater Week – Mississippi Goddam

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 31, 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.


“This is a show tune/But the show hasn’t been written for it, yet.”
— Nina Simone, “Mississippi Goddam” (1964)

The Parchman Hour – In 1961, civil rights activists known as Freedom Riders launched a non-violent frontal assault on segregation in the deep South, and were met with incredible violence from local citizens, police forces, and state governments. So many were arrested in Mississippi that they filled local jails; the overflow was transferred to the state’s notorious penitentiary, known as Parchman Farm. While there, they kept their spirits up by staging their own “variety hour” of songs and comedy from their cells each evening. Written and directed by local theatrical treasure Mike Wiley, The Parchman Hour comes to Playmakers’ mainstage (following Wiley’s successful student production last year) to tell part of that remarkable story. Not to be missed. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 13. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

Country Fried Caper – Mystery dinner theater, presented by the Wake County Shrine Club. One show only: Saturday 6:00. Shrine Club, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

Garden District – University Theatre presents a 1958 double-bill of one-act plays by Tennessee Williams: Something Unspoken and Suddenly Last Summer. Directed by John McIlwee. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 6. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.

Halloween Shorts – The Playwrights Roundtable presents an evening of scary short plays. One night only: Sunday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

Much Ado about Nothing – In what looks to be a burgeoning new Shakespearian sub-genre, the Bard gets Steampunked again in Bare Theatre’s Victorian high-tech version of the romantic comedy. Directed by G. Todd Buker. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00 and 8:00. Common Ground, Durham. Moves next week to Raleigh Ensemble Players.

Nathan the Wise – German playwright Gottholt Lessing’s 1779 play about religious tolerance was banned from performance by the Church during his lifetime. Deep Dish presents Edward Kemp’s 2003 adaptation, directed by Tony Lea. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.

The Parchman Hour – See “Pick of the Week”.

Rock of Ages – Non-Equity national touring production of the 1980’s guitar-rock jukebox musical comedy. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.

Suspense! – Transactors Improv returns with its annual thriller chiller evening of made-up-on-the-spot theater, plus an improvised soundtrack by Killer Filler. One night only: Friday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

Bell, Book, and Candle – John Van Druten’s 1950 witchcraft comedy, presented by North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, which helpfully warns: “contains elements of the occult, alcohol consumption, live animals and implied sexual situations.” Directed by Sally Kinka. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 5. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

Dial M for Murder – Adapted from his original BBC television production, Frederick Knott’s 1952 stage thriller is a cautionary tale about rotary dial telephones (kids, ask your grandparents). Temple Theatre’s production is directed by Mark Filiaci. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 6. Temple Theatre, Sanford.

Evita – NC Theatre presents the 1978 Webber/Rice musical meditation on the late Argentinian First Lady, featuring Lauren Kennedy. (No director listed.) This week: Tuesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00 and 7:00. Closes Sunday. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.

Living with the Tiger – Explosions! Power tools! Dance numbers! Tigers! America! Haymaker presents a devised performance about tiger ownership and the American psyche. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:15. Continues through November 5. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

Scary Stuff Incorporated – A murder mystery dinner theater event, presented by Stars Theater and Arts Center. This week: Friday 6:30, Saturday 12:00 and 6:30. Closes Saturday. Stars Theater, Fuquay Varina.

Struwwelpeter: A Haunting – Original adaptation of Heinrich Hoffmann’s macabre children’s stories, presented by Raleigh Ensemble Players. Directed by C. Glen Matthews. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 7:30 and 9:30, Sunday 7:00, Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. REP, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.

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