Theater Week – When Joy Shall Be Our Song

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 17, 2014

OPENING:
 
PICK OF THE WEEK:
* Johnny Johnson – Question: Has a Paul Green play ever been done in Playmakers’ Paul Green Theatre? This weekend, there’s one in the building (but not in the Paul Green Theatre and not a Playmakers show) when student group Kenan Theatre Company presents the rarely seen 1936 Paul Green/Kurt Weill anti-war fable Johnny Johnson in its original form. Directed by Serena Ebhardt. This weekend (and Monday) only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00, Monday 5:00. Kenan Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Free symposium Saturday 2:00-5:00, Hyde Hall.
drama.unc.edu

 
OPENING:

* A Century of Service: Rotary in Raleigh 1914-2014 – Burning Coal presents the world premiere of Ian Finley’s dramatization of Raleigh Rotary Club’s 100-year history. No director listed. Presented by Burning Coal’s History Plays Series. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Cinderella – Touring stage version of the 1957 Rodgers & Hammerstein television musical. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* Tar Heel Tales – World premiere of six short plays, with live original music by Kirk Ridge and Friends. This week only: Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30. The Cary (new movie-house/black box theater), Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum
 

ONGOING:

Into the Woods – A revisionist take on classic fairy tales. PlayMakers presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical in rolling repertory with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Joseph Haj. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Sat 2:00. Continues through December 6. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* The Landing – Three stories of love and loss, with a touch of fantasy. Deep Dish Theater presents the 2013 John Kander/Greg Pierce musical. Directed by Paul Frellick; musical direction by Glenn Mehrbach. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Common Ground, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mismatched lovers, a moonlit forest, and a mischievous fairy? Must be Shakespeare. In rolling repertory with Into the Woods? Must be PlayMakers Rep. Directed by Shana Cooper. This week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 7:30; Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through December 7. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 
* The Perfect Detonator – The tale of an anarchist bomb plot in 19th century England intersects with the story of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. Jody McAuliffe directs her adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel The Secret Agent. Presented by Duke Theater Studies. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

* The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 – A family visiting Alabama in September 1963 are caught up in a national tragedy. Durham Family Theatre presents Reginald Andre Jackson’s 2010 stage adaptation of Christopher Paul Curtis’ 1995 novel. Directed by Jenny Justice. This week: Friday 7:00, Saturday 1:00 and 7:00. Closes Saturday. Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com

 
ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE:
* No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater and performance. One night only: Saturday 8:00 (sign-up to perform: 7:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

 
IMPROV:
* Return to Ray’s Diner – Transactors presents the second installment of a long-form serialized show about the staff and customers of a small southern diner. One night only: Saturday 8:00.
cgtheatre.org

* – 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 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.

 

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