Theater Week – Let Life Be Like Music


Langston Hughes, by Winold Reiss. National Portrait Gallery

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 19, 2016


* Black Nativity – Justice Theater Project’s annual presentation of the Langston Hughes play. Directed by Deb Royals, musical director Carolyn Colquitt, choreography by Chuck Davis and members of the African American Dance Ensemble. This week: Saturday and Sunday 4:00 and 8:00, Monday 7:00. Closes Monday. Stewart Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.

* Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy with a (Somewhat) Happy Ending – A new show by Wendy Weiner; directed by Anastasia LeDuc. Presented by One Song Productions. One show: Saturday 7:30. Community Church of Chapel Hill.


* 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 and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

* The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical – As 2016 draws to a close, struggling members of the American underclass must cope with a bleak, dystopian future as the last vestiges of an economic safety net and health care are systematically destroyed by greed and craven political opportunism. Haha just kidding! It’s actually a “cat-fightin’, sun worshippin’, chair throwin’ good time” about funny poor people – “but with tinsel and Keg Nog”. NRACT presents David Nehls and Betsy Kelso’s holiday sequel to The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Directed by Judy Dove, music director Craig Johnson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

* Little Women – Join the March family for a Civil War Christmas, in a stage adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel, presented by Women’s Theatre Festival. Director not listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – 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: Friday 6:30; Saturday and Sunday 11:00, 2:00, and 5:00. Continues through December 24. 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 – Fruitcakes, 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 ninth year. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

* The Typographer’s Dream – During a career-oriented presentation three eccentric experts – a stenographer, a geographer, and a typographer – discourse on their chosen disciplines. But soon the line between the professional and the personal starts to blur. Black Ops Theatre and Manbites Dog Theater present Adam Bock’s 2002 comedy. Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

* Written On the Heart – Burning Coal Theatre presents David Edgar’s 2011 historical drama about the creation of the King James Bible. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.


* Hush Hush – Mettlesome presents an evening of the worst kept secrets in Durham in which one special guest shares a secret they never thought they’d say out loud. This month’s guest: Emily Anderson, company member of The Delta Boys. One night: Friday 10:00 (following performance of The Typographer’s Dream). Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.


* No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater and performance. One night only: Saturday 8:00 (sign-up to perform: 7:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

* – 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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