A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 7, 2014
Assassins – “Have an eggroll, Mr. Czolgosz!” Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical about presidential assassins, successful and otherwise. Did I mention it’s a musical? Directed by Mike Donahue. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through April 20. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
Avenue Q – In a bleak dystopian future, humans and mutant puppets share a weird symbiotic sexual relationship. Pauper Players presents the 2003 musical. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00, Monday 8:00. Closes Monday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
The Diary of Anne Frank – A family goes into hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Abdelfattah Abusrour directs the 1955 Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett stage adaptation. Presented by Burning Coal Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 27. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
Machinal – Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 expressionist masterwork about a woman up against a world of money, men, and machines. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James. Presented by Duke Theater Studies. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 13. Sheafer Lab Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
Much Ado about Nothing – A villain attempts slut-shaming to impede true love in the Bard’s romantic comedy. Will he succeed? It’s Shakespeare, so it’s possible everyone dies horribly. Directed by Wade Newhouse. Presented by William Peace Theatre. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Saturday. Leggett Theatre, Peace Campus, Raleigh.
The Odd Couple – Cary Players presents the male (1965) and female (1985) versions of Neil Simon’s mismatched roommates comedy. Directed by Staci Sabarsky and Lyman Collins. Presented by Cary Players. This week: Male version: Saturday and Sunday 7:30. Female version: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 13. Cary Arts Center.
The Tempest – It’s the third Triangle production this season of Shakespeare’s late-career masterpiece. This time, director Jeremy David Clos and hiSTORYstage present such stuff as dreams are made on. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 13. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
Amadeus – Leviathan Theater presents a radically revisionist take on Peter Shaffer’s 1979 account of the deadly rivalry between Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Directed by Jaybird O’Berski. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 12. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
Cymbeline – True love, disguises, jealousy, beheadings, non-fatal poisoning, and war. Must be Shakespeare. Directed by Laura Bess Jernigan. Presented by Bare Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through April 12. Cordoba Center for the Arts (behind Golden Belt), Durham.
* Grounded – A hotshot F-16 pilot finds herself reassigned to flying drones, in a new play by George Brant. Directed by Talya Klein. Presented by Manbites Dog. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
Little Shop of Horrors – Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s 1982 musical about a sentient carnivorous plant and the boy who loves her. Presented by Meredith Ensemble Theatre. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Studio Theatre, Jones Hall, Meredith Campus, Raleigh.
Tiny Engine holds auditions for its summer production, the superhero noir comedy Hearts Like Fists. Saturday 12:00-4:00, Common Ground Theatre, Durham. More info.
Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. 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.