Theater Week – Halloween Jesus

Jesus. Artist unknown.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 5, 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.

OPENING:

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Some badly behaved kids are cast in the eponymous Nativity play, and it turns out to be the best one ever. Take that, Oberammergau! Thinking way outside the beautifully wrapped box, Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series gets the jump on other area companies by opening its Christmas show during Halloween week and closing it before Thanksgiving. Linda O’Day Young directs Barbara Robinson’s 1982 play, based on the 1971 book. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 18. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Between the Bells – High school kids encounter and overcome problems in a new play written and directed by Jennifer Justice. Presented by Durham Family Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 1:00. Continues through November 10. Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com

Godspell – The other 1971 Jesus musical, this one by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz. Presented by Peace Theatre, directed by Kenny Gannon, musical director: Julie Bradley. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through November 10. Leggett Theatre, Peace College Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.peace.edu

Jersey Boys – Yes, it’s a jukebox musical, but one with an actual (and true) plot: the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The touring production of the 2004 musical comes to town for a 3-week stay. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Continues through November 18. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Shining City – A Dublin therapist’s new patient has a disquieting story to tell in Conor McPherson’s 2004 ghost story. Jerome Davis directs for Burning Coal. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 18. The Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

ONGOING:
* 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. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Raleigh.
nract.org

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: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 11. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

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: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 11. Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh.
brownpapertickets.com/event

* 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 8:15, Friday 8:15 and 10:15, Saturday 3:15 and 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

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: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 17. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* The 39 Steps – Temple Theatre presents the second of two local productions this month. (RLT closed their version last week.). 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 bajillion 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. Closes Sunday. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
templeshows.com

* = Final week

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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