Theater Week – Looks Harmless



A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 27, 2017



* February 48 XIII – One Song Productions’ annual show featuring one act plays written, rehearsed, and performed in just 48 hours. One show only: Sunday 7:30. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

* Chrysalis– Cary Playwrights Forum presents a staged reading of scenes from six full-length works by North Carolina playwrights, one of which will receive a full workshop production in June. This week only: Saturday 3:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Cary Arts Center, Cary.

* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – An autistic boy uncovers startling secrets when he investigates a mysterious neighborhood event, in Simon Stephens’ 2012 adaptation of Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel. Touring production. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.

* Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad – The Carolina Theatre’s Arts Discovery Educational Series presents a musical play for young people about Tubman’s fight against slavery. Two performances only: Monday 9:50 and 11:20 a.m. Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre, Durham.

* King Lear – Eno River Players present Shakespeare’s tragedy about family, politics, and insanity. Directed by Leo Egger. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Durham Arts Council, Durham.

* Once Upon a Mattress – Meredith Theatre presents the 1959 musical comedy version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea”. This week only: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, Raleigh.

* The Vagina Monologues – V-Day Raleigh presents Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking solo narratives, to benefit InterAct and V-Day. Two nights: Monday and Tuesday February 27 and 28 at 7:30. Sonorous Road Theater, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh


* Agnes of God – Forest Moon presents John Pielmeier’s 1979 theological mystery, directed by Bob Baird. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

Bright Half Life – Erica and Vicky meet. Buy a mattress. Marry. Raise kids. Divorce. Meet again. And jump out of an airplane, not necessarily in that order. Tanya Barfield’s 2015 play uses a fractured timeline and instantaneous transitions to take a whirlwind journey through an on-again off-again romance that spans five decades. Jules Odendahl-James directs for Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 4. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

* The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised) – Cary Players present Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield’s 1987 comic mashup of the Bard’s works. Directed by Nancy Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. The Cary Theater, Cary.

* N – In 1920, Eugene O’Neill’s drama The Emperor Jones brought instaneous fame to the playwright and the leading man, African American actor Charles S. Gilpin. O’Neill went on to become a major figure in 20th century theater, while Gilpin faded into obscurity. Theatre in the Park presents the world premiere of Adrienne Earle Pender’s history-based play exploring their relationship. Directed by Hope Alexander. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.

* The Night Alive – Honest Pint and NRACT present Conor McPherson’s 2013 drama about people in the margins who find an unlikely chance at redemption. Directed by Susannah Hough. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

* Noises Off – William Peace Theatre presents Michael Frayn’s 1982 sendup of British sex farces. Directed by Wade Newhouse. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.

* One Man, Two Guvnors – Trying to make ends meet and desperate to fill his stomach, a servant secretly takes a job with two different employers. Richard Bean’s 2011 adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 1746 commedia Servant of Two Masters includes songs by Grant Olding, and transposes the commedia action to 1963 England, with the comic complications even more complex, and the servant just as hungry. Anybody have a sandwich? Raleigh Little Theatre’s production is directed by Rod Rich. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. RLT, Raleigh.

* Zucotti Park – Justice Theater Project presents Catherine Hurd and Vatrena King’s 2015 musical about the Occupy Movement. Directed by Jesse Pressler and Aya Wallace, Choreography by Aya Wallace, Music Direction by Ron Cornelous, Stage Direction by Kiara Dimitriadis. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh.

* – 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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