Theater Week – Going

Going Going (M Series). Photo: Ed Hunt

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 24, 2012

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.

Last call!
Nine shows are currently running, but six* of them close this week.

Red – The artist Mark Rothko, faced with a lucrative commission, struggles to reconcile art and commerce. Playmakers presents the area premiere of John Logan’s 2009 play. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 7. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

* Brigadoon – Burning Coal presents Lerner and Lowe’s 1947 musical comedy about two friends who encounter a magical Scottish village that (spoiler) only appears for one day every 100 years. Directed by Emily Ranii, music direction by Julie Oliver. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Murphey School, Raleigh.

The Brothers Size – Two brothers contend with their shared past and an unpredictable friend, in Manbites Dog’s production of the 2007 Tarell Alvin McCraney play. Directed by Joseph Megel. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:15. Continues through September 29. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]– Raleigh Little Theatre presents Reduced Shakespeare Company’s irreverent send-up of the Canon. Directed by Rod Rich. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 30. RLT, Raleigh.

* The Death of the Oldest Dog in the World – The eponymous tragedy sends a man on a fantasy quest to redeem his life. Presented by Owl Tree Theater for the People. Written and directed by Jesse A. Lowe. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 1:30. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

* Frost/Nixon – Peter Morgan’s 2006 play about David Frost’s 1977 television interviews with Richard Nixon, presented by Justice Theater Project. Directed by Carnessa Ottelin. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh.

Little Shop of Horrors – Last sighted in April at Temple Theatre in Sanford and before that at Raleigh’s NC Theatre in 2010, this invasive kudzu of a horror musical (by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman) just keeps taking over local stages, this time at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. Directed by Jon Todd; musical direction by Craig Johnson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 30. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

* Next to Normal – Manic depression is the unlikely subject of Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 rock musical. Theatre in the Park presents the Triangle premiere, directed by Cody Cunningham, music direction by Nancy Whelan. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.

* Richie – A rampaging party girl and her entourage stagger from bar to bar with audience in tow, in Little Green Pig’s promenade theater adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard II, directed by Jay O’Berski. Starts at Fullsteam Brewery and ends up god knows where. Wear your walking shoes and be sure to pick a designated driver. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Fullsteam Brewery and various places in downtown Durham.

* The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart – At an academic conference on traditional border ballads, the snowed-in participants are drawn into the darker side of their area of expertise. Carolina Performing Arts presents The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of the David Greig play, staged in Top of the Hill Bar. Limited run and seating. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:00. Closes Thursday. Top of the Hill Bar, Chapel Hill.

Sweet Charity – It’s the first (but probably not the last) Neil Simon show of the season. It’s also the other Broadway musical based on a Fellini film, this one from 1966 with book by Simon and songs by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. Presented by Temple Theatre, director unlisted. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 30. Temple Theatre, Sanford.

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