Theater Week – String Theory

Albert Einstein with puppet, 1931. Photo by Harry Burnett. (via Retronaut)

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 29, 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.


* Election Central – True story of a woman who takes on (Las Vegas) City Hall, election fraud, and the “Mormon Mafia”. StreetSigns presents a free concert reading of a screenplay by Elisabeth Lewis Corley, directed by Joseph Megel. One night only: Tuesday 7:30. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

* Halloween Shorts – Six short plays about Halloween by members of The Playwrights Roundtable. One night only: Sunday 7:30. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

Imaginary Invalid – “I told you I was sick!” PlayMakers presents Le malade imaginaire, the 1673 comedy by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (Molière), in a new adaptation by David Ball. Directed by Dominique Serrand. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

* The Leader – Bare Theatre presents Eugene Ionesco’s 1953 absurdist one-act (which gives new meaning to the term “head of state”) plus several original short pieces. Directed by G. Todd Buker. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

* Metamorphoses – Mary Zimmerman’s 1998 retelling of the classic myths, based on Ovid and other sources. Presented by Duke Players Lab Theater. Directed by Lindsay Samuel. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Brody Theater, Duke East Campus, Durham.

No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater. One night only: Saturday 10:00 p.m. (Sign-up to perform: 9:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

Presidential Mania on Fayetteville Street! – Walking tour history play, presented by Burning Coal Theatre and Raleigh City Museum. Directed by Eric Kildow. This week only: Friday and Saturday 6:30, Sunday 2:00. Starts at Raleigh City Museum, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.

Puppet Slam! – Short performances by puppeteers from across the state, with open stage for first-time puppeteers, and a raffle. One night only: Friday 9:45. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

She Stoops to Conquer – A rich upper-class woman pretends to be a lower-class maid in order to win the man of her dreams. Deep Dish presents Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 hit comedy, directed by Tony Lea. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 17. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.


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.

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. (See also: Openings/Puppet Slam.) This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:15, Saturday 3:15 and 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 presents the second of two local productions this month. (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.

* 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. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

* = Final week

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