Theater Week – Gender Study


Becca Blackwell. Image by George Maracineanu

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 15, 2016


Crossing Delancey – Remember that Amy Irving/Peter Riegert romantic comedy from the late 80’s about a young single woman in Manhattan whose grandmother decides to play matchmaker? She works in a bookstore, he sells pickles? Yeah, that one. This is the play by Susan Sandler that it’s based on. Presented by Cary Players. Directed by Bruce Ackerman. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 21. Cary Downtown Theatre.

* Grease – G=TW (where G=”grease” and TW=”the word”). NC Theatre presents the inexplicably popular musical. Director not listed. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.

The Lion King – Touring production of Julie Taymor’s 1997 stage adaptation of the 1994 Disney movie. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Continues through March 20. DPAC, Durham.

Love Letters – Bare Theatre presents A.R. Gurney’s 1989 epistolary romantic drama, directed by Rebecca Blum. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 28. Sonorous Road, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

Sweeney Todd – Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 musical thriller about a barber (David Henderson) with a rapidly diminishing clientele and a baker with a rapidly increasing supply of free range meat pies. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. Directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 28. RLT, Raleigh.

* They, Themself and Schmerm – “A schmerm is a schmear of gender. It is basically the sound that people make as they try to figure my gender out.” A “laugh-out-loud tragedy” chronicling struggles with abuse, sexuality, and gender by NYC-based trans writer, performer, and actor Becca Blackwell. Presented by Duke Theater Studies. Two performances only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.


* Blue Sky – Burning Coal presents the U.S. premiere of Clare Bayley’s play about extraordinary rendition flights and torture abetted by British and American intelligence agencies. Directed by Gus Heagerty. This week: Thursday- Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh.

Tuesdays with Morrie – Justice Theater Project and director Andy Hayworth remount their 2011 production of Mitch Ablom and Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage version of Ablom’s memoir. John Honeycutt returns as Morrie, with Jerry Sipp as Mitch. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00, Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Continues through February 21. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Leesville Road, Raleigh.

The Underpants – “German” and “Farce” seem an unlikely pairing, but Steve Martin’s 2002 adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1910 comedy Die Hose begs to differ. Presented by Theatre in the Park; director not listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 21. TIP, Raleigh.

* Venus in Fur – American Theater Practice and Common Ground Theatre present David Ives’ 2010 comedy about a director and the actress whose last-minute audition for his new play takes a turn for the meta. Director not listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

* – 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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