Fairytale of New York
A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 21, 2015
Black Nativity – Justice Theater Project’s annual staging of the 1961 Langston Hughes play, directed by Deb Royals, with musical director Carolyn Colquitt, and choreographer Chuck Davis. This week: Saturday 7:00, Sunday 4:00 and 7:00. Next week: Monday and Tuesday 8:00. Closes Tuesday. Stewart Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
* Black Nativity Durham – Ninth annual production of this show. Presented by Wendell Tabb and Xavier Carson in association with Throne Life Media. This week only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Hillside High School, Durham.
* A Christmas Carol – Annual presentation of the Dickens story in a staged reading by North Carolina writers Michael Malone and Allan Gurganus. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30 p.m. St. Matthews Church, Hillsborough.
* A Christmas Carol – Theatre in the Park presents Ira David Wood III’s perennial Dickens extravaganza. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 2:00. DPAC, Durham. Closes Sunday.
* Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual holiday musical staging of the fairy tale, adapted and composed by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 1:00 and 5:00, Sunday 1:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
* The Emotions of Normal People – Love affairs, betrayal, sex, Stasi agents. Almost two years in the making, Little Green Pig’s “originalmovementtheaterwerk” deconstructs and reassembles the experiment-in-living that was the German Democratic Republic before the end of the Cold War brought it crashing down. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
* Grounded – An F-16 pilot is reassigned to flying drones in the 2013 one-woman drama by George Brant. Presented by Sonorous Road Productions. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Friday and Saturday 9:00, Sunday 3:30. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
* Nuncrackers – Another holiday entry in Dan Goggin’s apparently inexhaustible Nunsense musical comedy franchise. Directed by Jon Todd, presented by NRACT. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – An annual presentation of Broadway Series South, this stage musical version of the Beloved Holiday Classic™ is based on the venerable 1964 Rankin/Bass animated TV Xmas special (which vastly expanded the mythology of Johnny Marks’ 1949 hit song for Gene Autry — itself based on a 1939 Christmas promotional coloring book created by Robert L. May for Montgomery Ward in Chicago). Get your tickets early — this one sells faster than the bargain table at Misfit Toys “R” Us. This week: Thursday and Friday 6:30, Saturday 11:00/2:00/6:30, Sunday 11:00/2:00/6:30, Monday 11:00/2:00. Continues through December 30. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
* The Santaland Diaries – Stage adaptation of the David Sedaris NPR holiday staple, featuring Jesse Gephart as Crumpet, a disgruntled Santa elf working at Macy’s. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
* A Trailer Park Christmas – Fruitcake, tornadoes, and inbred Southerners – it’s the Beloved Holiday Classic™ that puts the “Oh, Christ!” back in Christmas. Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem’s Faulknerian yuletide epic returns for its eighth year. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
* The Tramp’s New World – Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character is the lone survivor of a “super-atomic blast” in Rob Jansen’s one-man show, adapted from James Agee’s never-produced screenplay written for Chaplin. Directed by Joseph Megel, presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
* The Wiz – Ease on down the road in this African American take on L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. Burning Coal presents the 1974 musical, directed by Randolph Curtis Rand. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, 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 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.