Manbites Dog Theater, June 2018. Photo: Ed Hunt
Throw the doors wide on green-gold light
And acknowledge the silent service of walls …
… The door breaks open
Spring light! Now rush on past me.
Flood the rooms.
– Reynolds Price, “Spring Takes the Homeplace”. 1988.
A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 18, 2018
It Shoulda Been You – Theatre in the Park presents Barbara Anselmi and Brian Hargrove’s 2015 musical comedy about a wedding where wouldn’t you know it everything goes wrong. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 1. TIP, Raleigh.
Nunsense – Dan Goggin’s 1985 comedy (perhaps the only long-running Off-Broadway hit musical based on a line of greeting cards) tells the story of the surviving nuns of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who are staging a variety show to raise money for a burial fund. Presented as part of TheatreFest, University Theatre’s summer festival of three light entertainments in rotating rep. Directed by John C. McIlwee. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 24. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
Significant Other – Theatre Raleigh presents Joshua Harmon’s 2015 comedy about a gay man looking for Mr. Right. No director listed. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 24. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
* Buy My Body and Call It a Ticket – Monét Noelle Marshall’s groundbreaking “Buy It Call It” trilogy continues with another must-see immersive participatory theater installation exploring issues of art, capitalism, race and self-worth. This week: Friday and Saturday at 7:00 and 8:30. Closes Saturday. The Fruit, 305 South Dillard Street, Durham.
Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) – A girl and her mother deal with loss, celebrity superheroes, and a talking apartment in Sheila Callaghan’s 2000 play. Directed by Kayla Kaufman. Presented by Women’s Theatre Festival as part of its 2018 “Women Are Heroes” season. This week: Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 24. Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh.
Don’t Dress for Diner – Plans for a weekend of infidelity go off the rails in this English-language adaptation of Marc Camoletti’s 1987 sex farce Pyjamas Pour Six. Directed by Patrick Torres. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 24. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
Oliver! – Justice Theater Project presents the 1960 musical based on the Charles Dickens novel. Directed by Jerry Sipp, with music direction by Ronzel Bell. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Continues through June 24. Umstead Park UCC, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
* Spring Awakening – Teenagers discover sexuality and things don’t go well in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s 2006 musical based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by Timothy E. Locklear, with music director Craig Johnson and choreographer Aya Wallace. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
The 39 Steps – It’s the 1930s, and an ordinary Londoner gets mixed up with a spy plot, in a comic thriller featuring four actors playing over 20 roles. This 1995 stage adaptation relies mainly on the screenplay by Charles Bennett and Ian Hay for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film (loosely based on the 1915 John Buchan novel). Presented as part of TheatreFest, University Theatre’s summer festival of three light entertainments in rotating rep. Directed by Rachel Klem. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 24. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
* 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 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.