Theater Week – He Who Gets Schpanked

He Who Gets Slapped (1924); Music: Circus Contraption

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 25, 2013

* Academia Nuts – New Wake Forest company Forest Moon Theater presents Gregg Kreutz’ 1995 farce involving poetry professors, mistaken identity, and romance. Directed by Cathy Gouge. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Franklin Academy Middle School, Wake Forest.

* Anything Goes – If you’re going to see a 1934 Cole Porter musical, this touring production of the 2011 Broadway revival is the Tower of Pisa. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.

Derklöwnschpankeneffekt – Clowns, cannibalism, and some big ass hands are featured in two absurdist one-acts by Polish playwright Sławomir Mrożek: Out at Sea and Striptease (both 1961). Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Michael O’Foghludha. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through April 6. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

* If My Feet Have Left the Ground – Flight is unnatural to the human body, which makes our relationship with it — complicated. The Process Series presents a work in process by puppeteer Torry Bend in collaboration with Raquel Salvatella De Prada, Jeanette Yew, and Sarah Krainin. Two shows only: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30. Historic Playmakers Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

* The State I’m In – Three short plays in a special fundraising showcase to benefit Cary Playwrights’ Forum. Presented by Owl Tree Theatre for the People and CPF. Two shows: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Cary Arts Center.

Tigers Be Still – Kim Rosenstock’s quirky 2010 comedy about a woman dealing with depression, unemployment, and an escaped tiger. Produced by Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre. Directed by Rod Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 7. RLT, Raleigh.

* The Innocents – A shocking murder case makes a young lawyer question his life. New Triangle theater company Common Wealth debuts with a 2012 play by Daniel Karasik. Directed by Gregor McElvogue and Rachel Klem. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

* The Last Five Years – Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy and girl split up. North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s 2005 two-person musical. Directed by Jay Dolan; music direction by Craig Johnson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Raleigh.

* Next to Normal – Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s 2008 musical about a suburban housewife battling schizophrenia, presented by Deep Dish Theater. Directed by Paul Frellick. If you missed the sold-out run in Chapel Hill, you can still catch the encore run in Cary. Three shows only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.

* Nocturne – The death of his sister shatters a man’s family. Mortall Coile Theatre and Burning Coal’s Second Stage Series present Adam Rapp’s 2001 drama. Directed by Dana Marks. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. The Murphey School, Raleigh.

* The Pirates of Penzance – Did you know this was the only Gilbert and Sullivan opera to premiere in the United States rather than London? (Because the U.S. at that time offered no copyright protection to foreigners and they wanted to preempt pirated productions of Pirates.) Did you know that if current U.S. copyright laws had existed then, Pirates would likely have remained under copyright until 1981? For their 50th anniversary, The Durham Savoyards present the 1879 Broadway hit musical, now in the public domain. Directed by Derrick Ivey; Music Director: Alan Riley Jones. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Carolina Theatre, Durham.

* No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater and performance. One night only: Sunday 7:00 (sign-up to perform: 6:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

* = Final week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at 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.


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