Theater Week – Two Weeks in Another Town


A (two three-week) listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 30 July 7, 2014

Exciting Summer News! The Upstager is going on a summer vacation road trip — and a famous Hollywood star — the late great [see comments] Kirk Douglas — has offered to do all the driving! Until we get back, here’s a special end-of-season listing for the next 2 3 weeks of shows.

Death by Design – Rob Urbanati’s pastiche/mash-up of 1930s works by Noël Coward and Agatha Christie finds a British theater director and his actress wife forced to deal with a murder at a secluded country estate. Suspects and venomous wit abound. Directed by John McIlwee. Presented by University Theatre’s TheatreFest in rotating repertory. Week of June 16: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Week of June 23: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through Sunday June 29. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.

Other Desert Cities – A family Christmas in Palm Springs leads to the reopening of old wounds, in Jon Robin Baitz’ 2011 drama about life among the affluent. Presented by Theatre Raleigh. Weekly: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday June 29. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.


* Blithe Spirit – A man is haunted by the ghost of his first wife in Noël Coward’s 1941 comedy. Directed by Tony Lea. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

Bully Boy – In Sandi Toksvig’s 2011 drama, a disabled veteran of the Falkland War is assigned to investigate military misconduct in a Middle East combat zone, and uncovers some disturbing truths. Directed by Kari Barclay. Presented by Common Wealth Endeavors. Week of June 16: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Week of June 23: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday June 28. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

Grey Gardens – A mother and daughter – one-time socialites – become reclusive eccentrics, in the 2006 musical by Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, and Michael Korie, adapted from Albert and David Maysles’ 1975 documentary. Presented by Justice Theater Project; directed by Jerry Sipp, music Direction by Michael Santangelo. Weekly: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday June 29. Clare Hall, St. Francis Church, Raleigh.

The Sum of Us – David Stevens’ 1990 comedy/drama about a widowed father playing matchmaker for his gay son. Presented by Honest Pint Theatre. No director listed. Weekly: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday June 29. NRACT Theatre, Raleigh.

* Walking Across Egypt – A feisty senior citizen forges an unlikely friendship with a teenager. Adapted from the Clyde Edgerton novel by Catherine Bush, directed by Rachel Klem. Presented by University Theatre’s TheatreFest in rotating repertory. Week of June 16: Wednesday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.

* – Concludes this 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.


2 Responses to Theater Week – Two Weeks in Another Town

  1. J says:

    kirk douglas isn’t dead! he’s 97! 🙂

    • Ed says:

      ‘Late’ meaning he was late picking us up, but is making up for it by driving at great speed.

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