Theater Week – The 78 Steps

The Paper Hat Game

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 22, 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.

I Hate Hamlet – A young New York actor gets lessons (life and acting) from the ghost of John Barrymore in NRACT’s production of the 1991 Paul Rudnick comedy. Directed by Tanner Lagasca. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 4. NRACT, Raleigh.

* On Deck – As if it weren’t hard enough already! Transactors presents an evening of conceptual improv, with different rules for different parts of the stage. Directed by Mike Beard. One show only: Friday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

The Paper Hat Game – A dreamlike journey into the soul of a city, using video, puppetry, and soundscapes. A revival of the 2011 production at Duke, created and directed by Torry Bend, with video design by Raquel Salvatella de Prada. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:15. Continues through November 3. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

The 39 Steps“Two theaters, both alike in programming/In fair Raleigh and Sanford where we lay our scenes…”. Temple Theatre opens the second of two local productions in as many weeks. (See also: Ongoing/RLT). Take a serviceable Hitchcock spy thriller from the 1930’s containing a multitude of locations and dozens of characters, then use just four actors and a lot of ingenuity to recreate it on stage. Result: a sometimes hilarious farce that’s going to have a jillion productions around the country at community theaters with good tech crews and fast on their feet actors. It’s doubtful this formula would work with Psycho, but can a stage version of North by Northwest be far behind? (Director unlisted.) This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 4. Temple Theatre, Sanford.


* Arsenic and Old Lace – Don’t go down in the cellar! Another theatrical warhorse, this time in the form of Joseph Kesselring’s 1941 comedy about maniacal serial killers. Towne Players of Garner and director Beth Honeycutt do the honors. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00. Closes Saturday. Garner Performing Arts Center.

The 39 Steps – Patrick Barlow’s clever 2007 stage adaptation of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock thriller gives quite a workout to four actors playing dozens of characters. It’s the first of two local productions this month (see also: Opening/Temple Theatre). Though publicized as an adaptation of the original John Buchan novel, the script relies mostly on Charles Bennett and Ian Hay’s screenplay for the Hitchcock film. Haskell Fitz-Simons directs for Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 28. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

* = Final week

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