Theater Week – Strait Is the Gate

Image: Archipelago Theatre

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 30, 2013

Arcadia – Guests at an English country house in 1809 and in the present day grapple with ideas (determinism, chaos theory, population biology, the heat death of the universe) and with each other, in Tom Stoppard’s 1993 comedy. Presented by University Theatre. Directed by Allison Bergman. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 6. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.

* Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag – Duke Theater Studies’ Theater Previews New Works Lab presents a work in progress by playwright Sibyl Kempson, inspired in part by Walker Evans’ and James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Free and open to the public. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.

The Narrowing – People in four different time periods must deal with catastrophic events. A new multimedia performance piece by one-of-a-kind Triangle company Archipelago. Written by Ellen Hemphill and Nor Hall; directed by Ellen Hemphill. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 13. 539 MUZE Space, Foster Street, Durham.

Nunsense! – A group of women espousing liberation theology find themselves in conflict with a patriarchal organization’s institutionalized misogyny. Just kidding: it’s the wacky misadventures of those lovable nuns at the Little Sisters of Hoboken as they stage a variety show fundraiser. Cary Players presents Dan Goggin’s 1985 comedy franchise. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 6. Cary Arts Center.

* The Three Sisters – Meredith Ensemble Theatre presents Chekhov’s 1901 play about a trio of siblings with thwarted travel plans. Directed by Catherine Rodgers. Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, Jones Hall, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.

* 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. Closes Sunday. RLT, Raleigh.

* 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. Closes Sunday. 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. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.

The Mountaintop – Katori Hall’s 2009 play about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. takes place in his motel room the night before his assassination. Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges. Presented by Playmakers Rep in a co-production with Triad Stage. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through October 6. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

Two nights of improv at Common Ground:
The Purple Jessups – An evening of “band-prov”: covers of hit songs, plus “behind the scenes” improv. One night: Friday 8:00.
Fatmouth Improv The Musical: Back to High School – An evening of high-school-themed improv. One night: Saturday 8:00.
Both at Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

Cary Players holds auditions for A Christmas Story, Monday at Page Walker Arts Center, and Tuesday (October 1) at Cary Arts Center. Various times.
More info.

Theatre in the Park holds vocal auditions for its annual musical comedy version of A Christmas Carol. This weekend, various times, at Theatre in the Park in Raleigh.
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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