Theater Week – They Say It’s Your Birthday

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 7, 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.

OPENING:
As You Like It – Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy, presented by Durham Family Theatre. Directed by Jenny Justice. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00. Continues through November 12. St. Joseph’s Performance Hall, Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com

The Birthday Party – Little Green Pig presents the 1958 Harold Pinter play, directed by Jody McAuliffe, about the inhabitants of a boarding house where things may not all be as they seem. LGP celebrates its sixth birthday with an onstage party following the Friday night fundraiser performance. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 12. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Endgame and Watt – Two Samuel Beckett plays performed by Dublin’s Gate Theatre as part of the Carolina Performing Arts Series. This week only. Watt, directed by Tom Creed: Wednesday 7:30, Friday 8:00. Endgame, directed by Alan Stanford: Thursday 7:30, Saturday 8:00. Historic Playmakers Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org

Merry Christmas, Strega Nona – Raleigh Lttle Theatre’s Youth Series presents a musical based on Tomie dePaola’s popular children’s book series about a helpful witch in a small Italian town. Directed by Linda O’Day Young. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 20. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Our Lady of 121st Street – Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 2002 dark comedy about the former students of a recently deceased teacher. Directed by Julya M Mirro. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through November 19. FATE, Harrison Pointe Shopping Center, Cary.
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ONGOING:
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. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

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. Closes Sunday. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
templeshows.com

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. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

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. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
gohaymaker.com

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: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 13. REP, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.
baretheatre.org

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: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. (Sunday show sold out.) Continues through November 19. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

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: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 13. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

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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