Humbaba, from Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s The Beautiful Beast
A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 8, 2016
The Beautiful Beast – It’s the end of summer which means it’s time for Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s annual outdoor extravaganza. This year’s show takes a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales. This week: Friday-Sunday 7:00 (pre-show starts at 6:20). Continues through September 5 at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Tickets at the door only, no pre-sales. Note: Saturday shows at Forest Theatre usually sell out; get there early. (Continues at NC Museum of Art in Raleigh September 9-11, Carolina Theatre Greensboro September 17-18.)
* Failure: A Love Story – Philip Dawkins’ lovely bittersweet comedy tells the story of three sisters who are lucky in love but very unlucky in living. Presented by One Song Productions. No director listed. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
* Of Women and Wolves – Summer Sisters returns with a new devised theater work inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Women Who Run with the Wolves. Directed by Rachel Klem and Carissa White. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
The Roaring Girl – The scandalous Moll challenges gender roles in 1946 Chicago in this updating of Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker’s 17th century Jacobean comedy. Presented by little independent theatre, directed by Julya M Mirro. This week: Tuesday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through August 20. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
Women’s Theatre Festival
Month long festival of plays written and directed by women, with women making up at least half the cast, and with women in many of the tech and design positions. More information at womenstheatrefestival.com. Opening this week, a double bill:
• Men Always Leave – Abandonment issues make it difficult for an African American woman to maintain a relationship with her son’s father. A one-act play by Naima Ince.
• The Traditionalist – A seemingly perfect couple are trapped in a dangerous cycle of violence and contrition, in a one-act play by Carol Torian.
This week: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 14. Unsteady Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh.
* Henry VI: The War of the Roses – Performed outdoors (next to the Raleigh Rose Garden), this condensed version of the Shakespeare history plays focuses on the wars that led to the Tudor dynasty. Co-produced by Bare Theatre and Raleigh Little Theatre. Directed by Lucinda Gainey. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday and Sunday 5:00. Closes Sunday. Stephenson Amphitheatre, RLT, Raleigh.
* Steel Magnolias – Robert Harling’s sentimental 1987 comedy-drama about the women who frequent a small town Louisiana beauty parlour shows up every couple of years on Triangle stages. This time, it’s produced by Theatre Raleigh, and directed by person or persons unlisted. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
I Wish You a Boat – In 1899, a shipwreck strikes a boat full of immigrants heading to America. Devised work by Ward Theatre Company, directed by Wendy Ward. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 28. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive Suite 12, Durham.
* – Closes 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 updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. 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.