Theater Week – News Flash

July 24, 2018

 

Photo: Monivette Cordeiro, Orlando Sentinel

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 30, 2018

 
OPENING:

Eclipsed – In 2003 Liberia, five women struggle to survive the ongoing civil war. Danai Gurira’s 2009 drama is directed by Michele Okoh. Presented by Women’s Theatre Festival as part of its 2018 “Women Are Heroes” season. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through August 5. The Fruit, 305 S. Dillard St., Durham.
womenstheatrefestival.com

* Newsies – A touring production of the 2011 Disney musical, based on the 1992 movie. Newsboys in turn of the century New York go on strike for living wages and everything turns out swell. In other late-stage capitalism news this week, media holding company Tronc laid off half the staff at the NY Daily News, with similar layoffs expected soon at its other newspaper holdings (looking at you, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune…). This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

These Shining Lives – Women employees in a 1920s watch factory discover that their jobs are putting them at risk of disease. Melanie Marnich’s 2008 drama is based on The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Directed by Jorie Slodki. Presented by Women’s Theatre Festival as part of its 2018 “Women Are Heroes” season. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 4:00. Continues through August 5. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
womenstheatrefestival.com
 

ONGOING:

* First Date – A couple meets for a blind date and things get complicated. NRACT presents the 2012 musical by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary, and Michael Weiner. Directed by Pete Comperatore; Music Director: Rebekah Holland. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* NC 10 by 10: A Festival of 10-Minute Plays – OdysseyStage Theatre and Cary Playwrights’ Forum team up to present an evening of ten short plays by ten North Carolina playwrights (modeled after The ArtsCenter’s series 10 by 10 in the Triangle which ended in 2016). This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Saturday. The Cary Theatre, 122 E. Chatham St, Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum.org
 

TEEN TRAINING THEATER:

* Cabaret – PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory presents the 1966 Kander and Ebb musical featuring teen actors. Directed by Tracy Bersley. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Into the Woods – RLT’s Teens on Stage presents the 1986 Sondheim/Lapine musical. Directed by Meredyth Pederson Cooper. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 5. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.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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Theater Week – Courage

July 18, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 23, 2018

 
OPENING:

* Deadly Sinners – Original works inspired by the cardinal sins are written, rehearsed, and performed all within 24 hours. Pay what you can fundraiser for Little Green Pig’s Zero Dollar Ticket Campaign. One night: Saturday 7:00. Mystery Brewing Public House, 230 South Nash Street Hillsborough.
littlegreenpig.com

NC 10 by 10: A Festival of 10-Minute Plays – OdysseyStage Theatre and Cary Playwrights’ Forum team up to present an evening of ten short plays by ten North Carolina playwrights (modeled after The ArtsCenter’s series 10 by 10 in the Triangle which ended in 2016). This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro. Continues next week at The Cary Theatre.
caryplaywrightsforum.org
 

TEEN TRAINING THEATER:

Cabaret – PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory presents the 1966 Kander and Ebb musical featuring teen actors. Directed by Tracy Bersley. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through July 29. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Into the Woods – RLT’s Teens on Stage presents the 1986 Sondheim/Lapine musical. Directed by Meredyth Pederson Cooper. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 5. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

* Big Fish – A young man tries to unravel the truth behind his father’s tall tales. Theatre Raleigh presents the 2013 musical, based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel and the 2003 film adaptation. Directed by Eric Woodall. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

First Date – A couple meets for a blind date and things get complicated. NRACT presents the 2012 musical by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary, and Michael Weiner. Directed by Pete Comperatore; Music Director: Rebekah Holland. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 29. DECPA, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Goblin Market – Adapted from Christina Rossetti’s wonderfully strange 1862 poem, Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon’s 1985 musical adaptation tells the story of two sisters who encounter mortal peril when they venture into the realm of goblins. (Suggested age: 15 and up.) Directed by Ashley Popio; Musical Direction by Katherine Anderson; Choreography by Jennifer Palmer. Presented by Women’s Theatre Festival as part of its 2018 “Women Are Heroes” season, in partnership with The Carolina Ballet. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.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 – Into the Woods

July 10, 2018

 

Goblin Market illustration by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1862.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 16, 2018

 
OPENING:

Big Fish – A young man tries to unravel the truth behind his father’s tall tales. Theatre Raleigh presents the 2013 musical, based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel and the 2003 film adaptation. Directed by Eric Woodall. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 22. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

First Date – A couple meets for a blind date and things get complicated. NRACT presents the 2012 musical by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary, and Michael Weiner. Directed by Pete Comperatore; Music Director: Rebekah Holland. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 29. DECPA, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Goblin Market – Adapted from Christina Rossetti’s wonderfully strange 1862 poem, Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon’s 1985 musical adaptation tells the story of two sisters who encounter mortal peril when they venture into the realm of goblins. (Suggested age: 15 and up.) Directed by Ashley Popio; Musical Direction by Katherine Anderson; Choreography by Jennifer Palmer. Presented by Women’s Theatre Festival as part of its 2018 “Women Are Heroes” season, in partnership with The Carolina Ballet. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through July 22. Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.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 – Be Careless Out There

July 3, 2018

 

“Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.”
– Friedrich Schiller, Die Jungfrau von Orleans.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 9, 2018

 
ONGOING:

* Parallel Lives – Women’s Theatre Festival presents Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy’s satirical 1989 sketch show, directed by Judy Long. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00. Closes Saturday. Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.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 – Stage Left

June 26, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 2, 2018

 
I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU SAY GOODBYE:

* Manbites Dog Theater concludes it’s 31st and final season of producing theater this week, as it closes its Foster Street location, the company’s home for the last 20 years. Manbites will continue in a new incarnation as a support and granting organization for area theater companies and artists. Ob-la-di, ob-la-da. More about future plans here.
 

I SAY HELLO:

* OccupyCON 2018 – As part of this year’s events, Women’s Theatre Festival presents a 24-hour theatre conference, packed with staged readings, workshops, devised works, and kids’ programming. Featuring a workshop of The Illuminated Dresses – a devised theater piece by local playwright Debra Kaufman. One day only: Saturday 7:00 p.m. to Sunday 7:00 p.m., Renaissance Center, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest.
womenstheatrefestival.com

Parallel Lives – Women’s Theatre Festival presents Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy’s satirical 1989 sketch show, directed by Judy Long. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 8:00. Continues through July 7. Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.com
 

ONGOING:

* 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: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.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 – Cool It

June 19, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 25, 2018

 
OPENING:
 
* 5P1N0K10 – Puppeteer Jeghetto presents a reboot/upgrade of his Afrofuturistic Hip Hopera, about an android in a post-apocalyptic future who wants to be a real B-Boy. Co-written by Pierce Freelon, with an original score by Hip Hop producer Hir-O. One night only: Friday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 

ONGOING:

* 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: Thursday and Sunday 7:30. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.com/crumble

* 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. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

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: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 1. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* 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: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* 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: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Closes Sunday. Umstead Park UCC, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* 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. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

* 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: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

* – 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 – Homeplace

June 13, 2018

 

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
                At last.

                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

 
OPENING:

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.
theatreinthepark.com

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.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

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.
theatreraleigh.com
 

ONGOING:

* 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.
monetnoellemarshall.com

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.
womenstheatrefestival.com/crumble

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.
raleighlittletheatre.org

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.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* 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.
nract.org

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.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

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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