Theater Week – Red Ryder


Wanda Jin in Edith Can Shoot Things

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 5, 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.

On the first week in December,
Triangle stages showed to me:

Dueling Christmas Carols, two improv shows
Vitriolic couples, Victorian novels
Small female protagonists
Movie adaptations, a pair of BB rifles
And Shakespeare on a trapeze!

OPENING:
BriarPatch – Free Association Theatre Ensemble’s youth improv company Briarpatch performs. One night: Friday 7:30. FATE, Harrison Pointe Shopping Center, Cary.
fate4.us

A Christmas Carol – Temple Theatre reprises its original musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens story. Directed by Peggy Taphorn. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 18. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
templeshows.com

A Christmas Carol – After being sidelined by heart surgery last year, Ira David Wood III returns as Scrooge in his musical comedy adaptation of the Dicken’s story. This week: Saturday 7:00, Sunday 2:00. DPAC, Durham. (Moves to Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium next week.)
dpacnc.com

A Christmas Story: The Musical – A touring stage musical adaptation of the 1983 movie, based on the stories of Jean Shepherd. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
progressenergycenter.com

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them – Three abandoned kids struggle to create a makeshift family in the American heartland. Manbites Dog presents A. Rey Pamatmat’s 2011 play about love, loyalty, and marksmanship, directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through December 17. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Henry V (on Trapeze) – A trapeze-based staging of Shakespeare’s history play? Sure, why the hell not? Burning Coal and New York aerial troupe Fight or Flight Theater team up to affright the air at Agincourt. Directed by Steven Cole Hughes. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 18. Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org
Low-flying trapeze workshop: presented by Fight or Flight Theater. Saturday 11:00 at the Murphey School in Raleigh. Enrollment is limited. More information.

Holiday Extravaganza – Transactors presents an evening of seasonal improv merriment. One night: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

It’s a Wonderful Life – “Where’s that money, you silly stupid old fool?” Cary Players presents a “faithful adaptation of the classic film”, suggesting it’s not the version staged as a 1940’s live radio broadcast which they produced in 2008 and 2010. Either way, though, George Bailey is gonna find the true meaning of Christmas. Directed by Jaret Preston. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. Cary Arts Center, Cary.
caryplayers.org

A Little Princess – One of two shows this week featuring small eponymous female protagonists is a new stage adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 19th century novel, written and directed by Kendra Thomas. Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 18. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Love Drunk – Romulus Linney’s last play, a story of seduction and conflict between two strangers in a mountain cabin, presented by Raleigh Ensemble Players and directed by Joshua Benjamin. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 7:00. Continues through December 17. REP, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.
realtheatre.org

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – In a master stroke of holiday season counter-programming, Playmakers presents Edward Albee’s vitriolic 1962 chef-d’oeuvre. Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 18.
playmakersrep.org

ONGOING:
Little Women – Returning from Thanksgiving hiatus: University Theatre presents Jacqueline Goldfinger’s stage adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel, directed by Allison Bergman. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

AUDITIONS:
NRACT holds auditions for its February production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Saturday 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday December 6 at 7:00. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh. More info.

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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