Carson McCullers, 1947. Photographer unknown.
A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 23, 2018
* Assassins – If you’re kicking yourself for missing last month’s Theatre in the Park production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical about individuals who attempted to kill US Presidents, here’s your second shot. William Peace University’s production is directed by Wade Newhouse, with musical direction by Matt Hodge. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Kenan Auditorium, Browne-McPherson Building, WPU Campus, Raleigh.
* Bright Star – Touring production of the 2014 Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical, set in post-WWII Asheville. Hosted by Broadway South and NC Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
* For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf – Justice Theater Project presents Ntozake Shange’s 1974 choreopoem play for a weekend of staged readings. Directed by Kyma Lassiter. This week only: Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Seby Jones Auditorium, St. Augustine University Campus, Raleigh.
Hand to God – A puppet used in a Christian-ministry youth performance may be Satan. Theatre in the Park presents Robert Askin’s 2011 dark comedy. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 6. TIP, Raleigh.
* Marie Antoinette – Meredith College Theater presents David Adjimi’s 2012 satirical history play about power, politics, and royalty. Directed by Catherine Rodgers. This week only: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Studio Theatre, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
The Member of the Wedding – For its inaugural production, new Triangle company Star Pocket Theatre presents Carson McCullers’ 1950 play (based on her novel) about adolescent tomboy Frankie trying to come to terms with family and self-identity. Directed by Brent Wilson. This week: Thursday-Sunday 8:00. Continues through April 29. VAE, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh.
* The Mountaintop – Radio performance company L.A. Theatre Works’ touring production of Katori Hall’s play about Martin Luther King’s final night. Presented by NC State Live. Director not listed. One night only: Tuesday 8:00. Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
Peter and the Starcatcher – Based on a young adult novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Rick Elice’s 2009 play is a prequel of sorts to J.M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 6. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
Proof – David Auburn’s frequently performed 2000 drama about a woman dealing with the legacy of her late father, a brilliant but disturbed mathematician. Presented by Forest Moon Theater. Directed by Bob Baird. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Continues through April 29. Wake Forest Community House, Holding Park, 133 W Owen Ave, Wake Forest.
ShakesBEER II: The Bard Strikes Back – “Hold my beer, I’m gonna do an alcohol-themed evening of Shakespeare.” Bare Theater’s site-appropriate presentation returns. Directed by Dustin Britt, with fight choreography by Heather J. Strickland, musical direction by Camille Watson, and additional words by Charles Keith. This week: Sunday 8:00, The Pinhook, Durham. Continues at various ABC licensed locations through May 3.
* The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey – Citizens of a seaside New Jersey town – all portrayed by David Henderson – react to the disappearance of a missing teenager in Honest Pint Theatre production of James Lecesne’s 2015 solo drama. Directed by Susannah Hough. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
Adventure Road: A Story of Huck and Tom – Family-friendly play based on the Mark Twain Characters, presented by Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series. Director not listed. This week: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 29. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
Alice @ Wonderland – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Jonathan Yukich’s retelling of the Lewis Carroll story – with an Alice from the modern digital era. Directed by Chasta Hamilton. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Sensory-friendly performance on April 28. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
* Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4. Duke’s musical theater group Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 1975 Kander and Ebb musical. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 1:00 and 8:00. Sunday 1:00. Closes Sunday. von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
* Harvey – Get to know your rabbit. University Theatre presents Mary Chase’s 1944 comedy, directed by Mia Self. Old chestnut or hardy perennial? You decide. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
King Charles III – Burning Coal presents Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play, set in the near future, in which Prince Charles ascends to the British throne, and blank verse political drama ensues. Directed by Karen O’Brien. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 29. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
* Leaving Eden – Mike Wiley’s new play – scored by singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett – follows decades of history in a small North Carolina town where the citizens who make up its economic backbone are also its most vulnerable. Vivienne Benesch directs PlayMakers’ world-premiere production. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
* – 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.