Theater Week – Wharton Schooled

May 30, 2017

 

Edith Wharton, circa 1905.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 5, 2017

 

OPENING:

Avenue Q – “The internet is for covfefe.” Raleigh Little Theatre presents the 2003 musical featuring puppets making bad life decisions as they struggle to get by in New York. Directed by Jesse R. Gephart. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 18. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Bridge – Staged reading of a new play by Alexandra Hubbell. Winner of the Chrysalis script competition presented in February by Cary Playwrights’ Forum. Director not listed. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Cary Arts Center.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

Finding Patience – An original play, written and directed by Angie Ottosen-Staheli, about a freed slave who has watched over the town of Holly Springs for the past 175 years. Presented by the town of Holly Springs. Opening: Monday June 5 at 7:00. Continues through June 17. Holly Springs Cultural Center.
findingpatienceplay.com

* Lost in Yonkers – One Song presents Neil Simon’s autobiographical family comedy. Directed by Thomas Cassidy and Eddie Woodhouse. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Smokey Joe’s Cafe – Theatre Raleigh presents the 1994 musical review showcasing the Leiber-Stoller songbook. Directed by Julia Murney, choreography by Abbey O’Brien. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 11. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

Tea with Edie & Fitz – In Adam Pasen’s 2013 play about their one and only meeting, Edith Wharton, the literary giant of the Gilded Age, invites Jazz Age novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald to tea. Things do not go well for him in what was later described as “one of the better known failed encounters in the American literary annals”. Directed by Mia Self. Presented as part of University Theatre’s TheatreFEST 2017. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 18. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

ONGOING:

Ghost the Musical – NRACT presents the 2011 musical adaptation of the 1990 romantic film fantasy (and yes, it includes the song “Unchained Melody”). Directed by Chasta Hamilton Calhoun, presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 11. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org
 
* The Seagull – Extended. A family of frustrated, attention-starved artists gather at a country estate. One of them has a gun and it’s a Chekhov play…what could possibly go wrong? Bartlett Theater presents a site-specific, ambulatory production of the 1896 play, adapted by Anya Reiss and directed by Jonathan Bohun Brady, performed outdoors at a historic country farmhouse near the Eno River. Advance ticket purchase required. Added performance this week: Saturday 6:30. Closes Saturday.
bartletttheater.org
 

IMPROV:

* One Night in Durham – In a made-up-on-the-spot performance, Transactors Improv presents a variety of unique characters interacting in unexpected ways during one surprising evening in the Bull City. As the title says, one night only: Saturday 8:15. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

* – 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.


Theater Week – Tourism

May 23, 2017

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 29, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Downrange: Voices from the Homefront – Chapel Hill playwright Mike Wiley dramatizes the effect of wartime deployment by telling the stories of real North Carolina military families. Directed by Deb Royals. Originally produced by Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre’s Women and War series, exploring the experiences of women at home and in combat during times of war. See also Grounded. This week only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00. Ends Saturday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Finding Neverland – Touring production of the 2014 musical (based on a 1998 play) about playwright J.M. Barrie and the writing of the play Peter Pan. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Ghost the Musical – NRACT presents the 2011 musical adaptation of the 1990 romantic film fantasy (and yes, it includes the song “Unchained Melody”). Directed by Chasta Hamilton Calhoun, presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 11. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Grounded – A fighter pilot reassigned to guiding military drones begins to question her mission in George Brant’s 2012 one-person drama. Directed by Jerome Davis. Originally produced by Sonorous Road Productions. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre’s Women and War series, exploring the experiences of women at home and in combat during times of war. See also Downrange: Voices from the Homefront. This week only: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Martin Luther King, An Interpretation – John Ivey returns in a one-man show about Martin Luther King, Jr., written and directed by Ira Knight, being performed once a month through June. This week: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* Matilda the Musical – Last seen around here last year in a touring production at DPAC, the 2010 musical, based on the book by Roald Dahl about a young girl who destroys mean people with her terrifying telekinetic powers, returns in another touring production hosted by Broadway Series South and NC Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
 

ONGOING:

* The Seagull – A family of frustrated, attention-starved artists gather at a country estate. One of them has a gun and it’s a Chekhov play…what could possibly go wrong? Bartlett Theater presents a site-specific, ambulatory production of the 1896 play, adapted by Anya Reiss and directed by Jonathan Bohun Brady, performed outdoors at a historic country farmhouse near the Eno River. Advance ticket purchase required. This week: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 6:30. Rain dates June 3-4.
bartletttheater.org
 

* – 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.


Theater Week – Gunsight Specific

May 16, 2017

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 22, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Oakwood Lives 2017: Immigrants! – Burning Coal’s annual site-specific presentation of short plays by local playwrights based on current residents of the eponymous Raleigh cemetery. This year’s theme refers to people who moved to Raleigh from elsewhere. This week only: Friday and Saturday 6:30, Sunday 2:00. Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

The Seagull – A family of frustrated, attention-starved artists gather at a country estate. One of them has a gun and it’s a Chekhov play…what could possibly go wrong? Bartlett Theater presents a site-specific, ambulatory production of the 1896 play, adapted by Anya Reiss and directed by Jonathan Bohun Brady, performed outdoors at a historic country farmhouse near the Eno River. Advance ticket purchase required. This week: Saturday and Sunday 6:30. Continues through May 29. Rain dates June 3 and 4.
bartletttheater.org
 

ONGOING:

* Hunchback – What is ugly? What is beautiful? This original musical entertainment addresses those aesthetic questions via a fictional Swedish pop band impersonating 19th century aristocrats impersonating 21st century hipsters. (Why yes, it’s a Little Green Pig production – how did you know?) Directed by Jaybird O’Berski with assistant director Tamara Kissane, and despite the venue, it’s probably not for children. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Walltown Children’s Theater, 1225 Berkeley Street, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

* Straight White Men – “If I woke up tomorrow and I was a straight white man, what would I do?” A family of four eponymous characters – a father and his three grown sons – get together for Christmas in theater provocateur Young Jean Lee’s darkly comic examination of race and privilege. Presented by Sonorous Road. Directed by Egla Birmingham Hassan. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00, Monday 8:00. Closes Monday. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

* A Piece of My Heart – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Shirley Lauro’s 1991 docudrama about the experiences of six women during the Vietnam War. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

IMPROV:

* Curious Accidents and Unintended Consequences – Six actors take the stage with absolutely no idea what is going to happen, in director J. Chachula’s theatrical experiment. Presented by Flying Machine Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Research Triangle High School, 3106 East NC 54, RTP.
theflyingmachine.net
 

ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE:

* Endless Shrimp BOGO Weekend Special – endless_shrimp presents video installations and live dance music in a free, Moog-adjacent event. Friday and Saturday opening at 7:00, music at 9:15. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manabitesdogtheater.org
 

* – 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.


Theater Week – White Is To Be Done?

May 9, 2017

 

Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 15, 2017

 

OPENING:

Chicago – Give ’em the (42-year-) old razzle dazzle! DPAC hosts another touring production of the 1975 Kander/Ebb/Fosse musical (and current long-running Broadway revival). This weekend only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Hunchback – What is ugly? What is beautiful? This original musical entertainment addresses those aesthetic questions via a fictional Swedish pop band impersonating 19th century aristocrats impersonating 21st century hipsters. (Why yes, it’s a Little Green Pig production – how did you know?) Directed by Jaybird O’Berski with assistant director Tamara Kissane, and despite the venue, it’s probably not for children. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through May 20. Walltown Children’s Theater, 1225 Berkeley Street, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Straight White Men – “If I woke up tomorrow and I was a straight white man, what would I do?” A family of four eponymous characters – a father and his three grown sons – get together for Christmas in theater provocateur Young Jean Lee’s darkly comic examination of race and privilege. Presented by Sonorous Road. Directed by Egla Birmingham Hassan. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 28. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com
 

ONGOING:

* Marjorie Prime – In the near future an elderly woman, her mind fading, finds companionship from an artificial intelligence modeled on her late husband, who helps her recall – and reimagine – their life together. Jeff Storer directs Jordan Harrison’s 2015 drama. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

A Piece of My Heart – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Shirley Lauro’s 1991 docudrama about the experiences of six women during the Vietnam War. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 21. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

IMPROV:

Curious Accidents and Unintended Consequences – Six actors take the stage with absolutely no idea what is going to happen, in director J. Chachula’s theatrical experiment. Presented by Flying Machine Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 20. Research Triangle High School, 3106 East NC 54, RTP.
theflyingmachine.net

* 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: Fullsteam founder and Chief Executive Optimist, Sean Lilly Wilson. One night: Friday 10:00 (following performance of Marjorie Prime). Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

* – 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.


Theater Week – We Build the Wall

May 2, 2017

 

Annie Ruth Graham, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, panel W48, line 12.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 8, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Leaving Eden – Workshop production of an original drama with regional music exploring the stories of people currently living in North Carolina Mill towns that boomed in the 20th century and closed down at the start of the 21st. Mike Wiley’s play is based on interviews with people in those towns. Co-produced by UNC’s Process Series, Playmakers Repertory Company, and the Department of Dramatic Art. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. A world-premiere full production is scheduled for PlayMakers’ 2017-18 season. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
processseries.unc.edu

* Mamma Mia! – Here we go again, again! In case you missed it in 2010 or in 2014, the touring production of the 1999 Abba exclamation point jukebox musical touches down in Durham for one weekend only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* On Ice – An ambulatory, interactive performance featuring four short plays performed in various locations on Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh, with a meal at Gonza included. Presented by Seed Art Share. One night only: Saturday 5:00, beginning at Gonza Tacos y Tequila, in the Aloft Hotel, 2100 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
seedraleigh.org

A Piece of My Heart – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Shirley Lauro’s 1991 docudrama about the experiences of six women during the Vietnam War. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 21. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

Marjorie Prime – In the near future an elderly woman, her mind fading, finds companionship from an artificial intelligence modeled on her late husband, who helps her recall – and reimagine – their life together. Jeff Storer directs Jordan Harrison’s 2015 drama. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 13. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Revival – A cultural and musical collage set in 1950s Appalachia, presented by Ward Theatre Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com
 

ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE:

* 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.
artscenterlive.org
 

* – 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.


Theater Week – Speak, Memory

April 25, 2017

 

Installation by Sonya Leigh Drum for Marjorie Prime.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 1, 2017

 

OPENING:

Marjorie Prime – In the near future an elderly woman, her mind fading, finds companionship from an artificial intelligence modeled on her late husband, who helps her recall – and reimagine – their life together. Jeff Storer directs Jordan Harrison’s 2015 drama. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through May 13. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Mr. Joy – When the owner of a Harlem shoe repair shop – a Chinese immigrant – is the victim of an attack, his customers realize what an impact he has had on all their lives. Vivienne Benesch directs Tangela Large in Daniel Beaty’s 2015 solo show. Presented by PRC2. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Kenan Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

ONGOING:

* James and the Giant Peach – A boy and his giant peach go on an adventure with some giant insect friends. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series presents Richard R. George’s stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1961 fantasy novel. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Love, Loss, and What I Wore – NRACT and Actors Comedy Lab bring back their 2015 production of Nora and Delia Ephron’s 2008 play about women’s relationships, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Directed by Rob Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Martin Luther King, An Interpretation – John Ivey returns in a one-man show about Martin Luther King, Jr., written and directed by Ira Knight, to be performed once a month through June. This week: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* My Fair Lady – Lerner and Lowe’s classic 1956 musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, in which a professor mansplains the importance of proper English to a working class woman. Directed by Tyne Rafaeli, music director Mark Hartman. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Revival – A cultural and musical collage set in 1950s Appalachia, presented by Ward Theatre Company. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 7. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com
 

* – 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.


Theater Week – Peachy

April 18, 2017

 

Eat a Peach. 1972. W. David Powell.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 24, 2017

 

OPENING:

James and the Giant Peach – A boy and his giant peach go on an adventure with some giant insect friends. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series presents Richard R. George’s stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1961 fantasy novel. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through April 30. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Love, Loss, and What I Wore – NRACT and Actors Comedy Lab bring back their 2015 production of Nora and Delia Ephron’s 2008 play about women’s relationships, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Directed by Rob Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh. Closes Sunday.
nract.org
 

ONGOING:

My Fair Lady – Lerner and Lowe’s classic 1956 musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, in which a professor mansplains the importance of proper English to a working class woman. Directed by Tyne Rafaeli, music director Mark Hartman. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 29. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* On Golden Pond – Theatre in the Park presents Ernest Thompson’s 1979 play about an elderly couple spending the summer at their lake house, and their sometimes turbulent relationship with their daughter. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

Revival – A cultural and musical collage set in 1950s Appalachia, presented by Ward Theatre Company. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 7. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com

* The Royale – Burning Coal presents Marco Ramirez’ 2013 play about the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (loosely based on Jack Johnson). Directed by Avis Hatcher-Puzzo. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org
 

ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE:

* 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.
artscenterlive.org
 

* – 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.


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