Theater Week – Before They Melt Away

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 19, 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.

Thumpety thump thump: Three new stage productions open this week, and at least two of them are about drugs! Catch them if you can, because all 13 shows currently running are about to melt away. But don’t you cry — many of them will be back again some day (next December). Of this year’s newcomers, which do you think will become Beloved (and oft-repeated) Holiday Classics? I’m hoping the Lebowski, because Jesus (Quintana) is in it.

Bang No More – Special holiday edition of Randie Forne’s anti-gang, anti-drug play. One show: Saturday 7:30. Garner Performing Arts Center, Garner.

The Big Lebowski Musical – “Luckily I’m adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug regimen to keep my mind limber.” Authorized, schmauthorized —it’s The Dude! This weekend only: Friday 7:00, Saturday and Sunday 8:00. Nightlight, West Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill.

Black Nativity – Langston Hughes’ retelling of the Christmas story, presented by the Justice theater Project and directed by Deb Royals. Pittman Auditorium, St. Mary’s School, Raleigh. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00 and 8:00. (Friday and Saturday, and the Sunday matinee sold out; tickets may be available for Sunday night.)

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. Closes Sunday. Temple Theatre, Sanford.

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: Tuesday and Wednesday 7:00. Closes Wednesday. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.

Cinderella – The 28th iteration of Raleigh Little Theatre’s holiday show. Directed by Haskell Fitz-Simons. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Sunday.

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: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

Henry V (on Trapeze) – Shakespeare’s history play — performed on trapeze. But do they attempt the legendary triple? 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. Closes Sunday. Murphey School, Raleigh.

A Little Princess – A plucky orphan triumphs over adversity in a new stage adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 19th century novel, written and directed by Kendra Thomas. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

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. Closes Saturday. REP, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.

The Santaland Diaries – Automatic Vaudeville reprises David Sedaris’ workplace comedy about a Christmas elf at Macy’s. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Theatre in the Park, Raleigh.

A Trailer Park Christmas – First produced in 2008, Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem’s story of a Durham family dealing with holiday hijinks returns for its fourth go-round. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

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: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday.

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