Theater Week – Besties

The Best of Enemies – Photo: Alan Dehmer

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 15, 2014

The Best of Enemies -A true story of two people who became unlikely allies during Durham’s struggle over the integration of public schools.  Manbites Dog brings back its 2013 production of the Mark St. Germain play, once again directed by Joseph Megel. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 27. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

Somewhere in Between – A widow discovers her marriage may not have been as perfect as it seemed. Theatre in the Park presents the world premiere of a play by Adrienne Earle Pender. Directed by Maggie Rasnick. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 28. TIP, Raleigh.
* Hairspray – John Waters opines on the state of early 1960’s American racial relations in the stage musical version of one of his least depraved movies. Raleigh Little Theatre presents the third Triangle production since 2011 of this apparently much-beloved classic. Directed by L.D. Burris. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00. Closes Friday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

HMLT – Two powerful families must deal with regime change, the loss of power, and the pathology of denial. The Triangle’s most unpredictable theater company takes on Shakespeare’s most unpredictable character at an unpredictable location*. Presented by Little Green Pig, directed by Jaybird O’Berski. Shows Thursday-Saturday 8:00. (* VENUE CHANGE: Performances will not be at Cordoba Center. This week’s venue: Redbud Farm in Efland (outdoors); next week: East Chapel Hill High School (outdoors). Check Little Green Pig website for updates, directions, and more information.) Continues through September 20.

The Iron Curtain Trilogy – Burning Coal presents David Edgar’s trilogy of plays about the collapse of the Soviet Empire in eastern Europe, in rotating repertory. Directed by Jerome Davis. Continues through September 27. This week: The Shape of the Table – Thursday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00. Pentecost – Friday 7:30. The Prisoner’s Dilemma – Saturday 7:30. 117 S. West Street, Raleigh.

A Kid Like Jake – A 4-year-old’s preference for “gender-variant play” may decide whether or not he gets into a good kindergarten. Deep Dish presents Daniel Pearle’s 2013 play, directed by Tony Lea. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 20. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.

* The Painted Bird – Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 15th annual outdoor giant puppet production. This week: Friday-Sunday 7:00. Closes Sunday. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh.

A Raisin in the Sun – Justice Theatre Project presents Lorraine Hansberry’s milestone 1959 drama about a family struggling against poverty, racism, and their own conflicting goals. Directed by Sidney Edwards and Terra Hodge. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 21. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi Campus, Raleigh.

Xanadu – NRACT presents the 2007 stage musical version of the 1980 Razzie Award-winning roller disco movie. Directed and choreographed by James Ilsley and Jess Barbour, musical direction by Michael Santangelo. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 21. NRACT, Leadmine Road, Raleigh.

Durham Family Theatre will audition African American actors for its November production of The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, on Saturday from noon to 2:00 and Monday 6:00 to 8:30 at Central Park School on Foster Street in Durham. More info.

Common Ground celebrates its 10th birthday with a party and fundraiser. Saturday 5:00-8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham. More info.

* – 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.



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