Theater Week – A Tale Told by an American Idiot


Jan Matejko (1862). Stańczyk, National Museum in Warsaw

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 25, 2016


Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in Five Days – Round the clock readings of all the plays, featuring 38 theater companies from around the state, produced and co-presented by Burning Coal Theatre in association with the NC Museum of History, which is hosting a touring exhibit of a 1623 First Folio in May. Begins Saturday at noon with Henry VI Part 1, and climaxes with Two Noble Kinsmen [!!] Thursday April 28 at 3:00 a.m.


* American Idiot – Peace Theatre’s “Raleigh premiere” production of the Green Day rock opera, last seen in these parts in a 2014 touring production at DPAC. (See below for a currently running Durham production.) Directed by Amy White. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kenan Hall, William Peace University, Raleigh.

* Cabaret – If you missed the 2012 production at Peace College or the 2013 production at PlayMakers, here’s a touring production of the most recent Broadway production. This week only: Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.

* #Comments Act 1: Mayo – Evening of sketch comedy, music, and mayo, presented by You Big Talker. One night: Saturday 7:00. Shadowbox Studio, 900 E. Club Blvd, Durham.

* Cyrano – Company Carolina presents Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner’s small cast adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 comedy. No director listed. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. Closes Sunday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

* The Odd Couple – Studio A presents the female version of Neil Simon’s venerable mismatched roommates comedy. Directed by Melissa Lozoff. This week only: Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:30 and 7:30. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

* Welcome to Night Vale: Ghost Stories – Live performance of the spookily popular comic podcast about a small town with supernatural reality issues. One show: Wednesday 8:00, Meymandi Concert Hall, DECPA, Raleigh.


* American Idiot – “Triangle Premiere” of the Green Day rock opera, presented by Duke’s student musical theater group Hoof’n’ Horn – opened last week. (See above.) No director listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.

* Charlotte’s Web – Stage adaptation of E.B. White’s 1952 children’s book about a hapless pig under threat of death and the literate and scarily intelligent spider who saves him. Directed by Nikki Dyke. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre Youth Series. This week: Wednesday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Saturday. RLT, Raleigh.

* The Elephant Man – Bernard Pomerance’s 1979 play tells the story of John Merrick. Directed by Ira David Wood III. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.

* “Master Harold”…and the Boys – Athol Fugard’s 1982 drama set in Apartheid-era South Africa. Directed by Jesse Gephart, presented by Mortall Coile Theatre Company. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

* The Nether – In the near future, when the internet has become a totally immersive virtual reality, an investigator discovers a secret domain where beauty and horror walk hand in hand. Manbites Dog Theater presents Jennifer Haley’s disturbing 2012 thriller. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog, Durham.

* The Piano Has Been Drinking: A Tom Waits Cabaret – Benefit fundraiser for Little Green Pig. This week: Friday 8:00, Arcana Bar, 331 W. Main – back entrance, Durham.
* Spoonface Steinberg – Stage version of Lee Hall’s 1997 radio drama about a 7-year-old autistic girl battling cancer, with a different actor for each performance. Presented by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.

* Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – PlayMakers Rep presents the second area production in as many months of Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 musical thriller about a barber with a rapidly diminishing clientele and a baker with a rapidly increasing supply of free range meat pies. Directed by Jen Wineman. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

* The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife – NRACT presents Charles Busch’s 2000 comedy about upper class New Yorkers. Directed by Timothy E. Locklear. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

* The Wizard of Oz – Stage version of the L. Frank Baum fantasy, based on the 1939 film version with songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Presented by Cary Players, directed by Jon Todd, music director Craig Johnson. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.

* – 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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