Theater Week – Present Tense


The condition of the theater is always an accurate measure of the cultural health of a nation. A play always exists in the present tense (if it is a valuable one), and its music — its special noise — is always contemporary. The most valuable function of the theater as an art form is to tell us who we are, and the health of the theater is determined by how much of that we want to know.

— Edward Albee


A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 26, 2016


Love/Sick – University Theatre presents nine short comedic plays about romance by John Cariani. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 2. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.

Mothers and Sons – Terence McNally’s 2013 drama about a woman who visits her late son’s male partner, now married to another man. Directed by Timothy E. Locklear, presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 9. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

* One Noble Journey – Special free performance of Mike Wiley’s one man show telling the true story of Henry “Box” Brown born into slavery in early 19th century Virginia, who sought to escape to freedom. One show: Thursday 7:30. Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.

* Soul Heaven – After being granted three wishes, a homeless man finds himself attending a literally heavenly concert of great soul singers who have passed on. Presented by Quarantine Enterprise LLC. One performance: Saturday 7:00. Garner Performing Arts Center, Garner.

* Southern Baptist Sissies – Theatre in the Park presents Del Shores’ 2000 play about four gay baptist choir boys trying to come to terms with their sexual orientation. Director not listed. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. TIP, Raleigh.


* Arsenic and Old Lace – A pair of female serial killers are threatened by their nephew, a murderous psychopath. Forest Moon presents Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 comedy. Directed by Jason Tyne-Zimmerman. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Renaissance Center, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest.

Detroit ’67 – PlayMakers Rep presents Dominique Morisseau’s 2013 drama about a brother and sister trying to get by in Motown-era Detroit. Directed by Lisa Rothe. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through October 2. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

* Lungs – A young couple want to have a child but in a rapidly changing world that’s not an easy decision. Tony Lea directs Duncan MacMillan’s 2011 play for Sonorous Road. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney – Lucas Hnath’s play takes a dark and kaleidoscopic theme park ride into the mind of a 20th century visionary. Welcome to the craziest place on earth. Directed by Joseph Megel; presented by Manbites Dog Theater and StreetSigns. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through October 1. Manbites Dog, Durham.


The Wizard of Odds – Transactors presents an evening of improv about a therapist who helps characters find what’s missing in their lives. One performance: Friday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, 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 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.



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