Virtual avatar of “Michael” (Trevor Johnson) in Closer Than They Appear – Icarus Studios
A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 18, 2017
The Cake – A baker finds it hard to reconcile her religious beliefs with a wedding cake order for two women about to be married. PlayMakers Rep begins their new season with a new comedy by Bekah Brunstetter. Directed by Jeffrey Meanza. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 1. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
California Suite – Forest Moon presents Neil Simon’s 1976 comedy anthology of four short plays, all set in the same room of a Los Angeles hotel. Directed by Lisa Binion. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 24. Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St, Wake Forest.
Closer Than They Appear – Incorporating virtual reality animated landscapes designed by Jared Mezzocchi, Christine Evans’ play tells the story of an Iraq War veteran undergoing PTSD therapy. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by Piedmont Performance Factory, in partnership with The Process Series. This week: Thursday and Friday previews 8:00, Saturday 8:00 (opening night), Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead – A group of teenagers must deal with drug use, sex, depression, suicide, abuse, and rabies, in Bert V. Royal’s unauthorized 2004 parody of Peanuts. Presented by NRACT. Directed by Pete Comperatore. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. NRACT, Leadmine Road, Raleigh.
Escape to Freedom – Interactive experience about attempted escapes from antebellum slave life. Presented by MOJOAA. This week: Friday and Saturday 6:00, 7:30, 9:00. Continues through September 23. Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh.
* PlaySlam! 2017 – Twelve playwrights enter with two short plays each, at the end of the night one leaves with a cash prize, as determined by audience vote. One night: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
* Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives – A devised theater performance by local women artists, created and presented by Summer Sisters, inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March and other women-led political movements from the past and present. Directed by Rachel Klem and Carissa White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
* Crowns – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Regina Taylor’s 2002 musical play, which tells the story of six African-American women through the hats they wear to church. Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Directed by Terra Hodge. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
King Lear – An aging ruler makes a series of increasingly bad executive decisions, resulting in a hostile takeover. Honest Pint presents the Shakespeare tragedy in association with Sweet Tea Shakespeare. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Preshow 45 minutes before curtain. Continues through September 24. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
* Of Wings and Feet – Acclaimed local company Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns for its 18th annual giant puppet theater pageant, which explores “the magic and mystery of the living land, sea, and sky in an epic spectacle of struggle and resistance for our times.” Final performances this weekend: September 16-17 at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St in Greensboro.
* Yes to Nothing – World premiere of a play by Mara Thomas about four punk rockers navigating the 1980s music scene, and their lives 20 years later. Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Caitlin Wells. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. The Pinhook in Durham.
* 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 special secret-sharing guest: Filmmaker and photographer D.L. Anderson. One night: Friday 10:00 (following Summer Sisters’ performance of Bad Mothers and Neglectful Wives). No advance tickets, door sales only. Manbites Dog Theater, 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.