Theater Week – Absurdities

Kali Quinn, Overture to a Thursday Morning. Photo: Mark Turek

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 16, 2013

The Chairs – Common Ground’s new “Small Series” presents Eugène Ionesco’s 1952 absurdist tragic farce about an elderly couple preparing for the arrival of some hypothetical guests. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through September 21. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

The Crucible – Arthur Miller’s 1953 drama presented by a teenage cast. Directed by Beth Brody. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 29. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

The Heretic – A scientist gets into hot water when her research casts doubt on climate change. Burning Coal presents Richard Bean’s 2011 comedy. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 22. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.

None of the Above – A multi-media documentary, exploring race, poverty, educational policies, and incarceration in North Carolina. Presented by Hidden Voices. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

Overture to a Thursday Morning – Physical theater artist Kali Quinn, currently in residence at Duke, presents her one-woman show. One night only: Friday 8:00. Brody Theater, Duke East Campus, Durham.

Art – Yasmina Reza’s 1994 comedy about three men whose divergent opinions on an expensive painting strain their friendship. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. Directed by Jesse R. Gephart. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 29. RLT, Raleigh.

* Good People – David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2011 play about an unemployed woman seeking help from a former boyfriend. Directed by Tony Lea. Presented by Deep Dish Theater. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.

* Invisible Earth – Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns with its annual family friendly end-of-summer outdoor extravaganza, this time “a paradoxical pageant of hope, impending doom and planetary possibilities” featuring masks, stilt walkers, and a puppetized cast of goats, chickens, pigs and trilobites. Original music composed by Ari Picker (of Lost in the Trees). This week: Friday-Sunday 7:00 (pre-shows at 6:20). Closes Sunday. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Dale Wasserman’s 1963 stage adaptation of the Ken Kesey novel, presented by Justice Theater Project. Directed by Jeremy Fiebig. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 22. Clare Hall, St. Francis, Raleigh.

Our Town – An all-Black cast performs Thornton Wilder’s 1938 masterwork: a meditation on community, love, death, and eternity. Directed by Jay O’Berski; musical direction by Justin Robinson. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through September 21. Trotter Building (410 West Geer St.), Durham.

No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater. One show only: Friday 8:00; sign-up at 7:00.

Durham Family Theatre holds auditions for its November production of The Mousetrap, Saturday noon, Monday 6:00. Central Park School, Durham. More info.

* = 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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