Theater Week – Into the Great Wide Open

September 20, 2018

 

Thomas Moran, Chasm of the Colorado, 1873-1874.
Department of the Interior Museum, Washington, D.C.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 24, 2018

 

OPENING:

* Astral Cosmica: The Journey of Ophiochus – Community-based “fire theater” group Addled Muse presents the story of Ophiocus the Serpent Bearer, an earth dweller who aspires to live on the celestial plane and become one of the constellations. When his efforts are rejected, he doesn’t take it well, and chaos ensues. Expect “celestial cyberpunk themed narrative, an original synthrock musical score, acrobatics, fire and aerial acts, contortion, puppetry, and other surprises” from this Durham and Atlanta based company. One show only: Saturday 8:30, Durham Central Park.
addledmuse.com

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark – Lynn Nottage’s 2011 comedy satirizes Hollywood’s history of racial stereotypes through the eyes of an African American actress. Directed by Tina Morris-Anderson. Presented by NRACT. (Delayed opening.) This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 30. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Crimes of the Heart – Forest Moon Theatre presents Beth Henley’s 1979 comic drama about three dysfunctional sisters reuniting at the family home in Mississippi. Directed by Randy Jordan. (Delayed opening.) This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheatre.org

Men On Boats – In 1869, ten daring men led by adventurer John Wesley Powell embark on a possibly suicidal expedition down the Colorado River to explore the unknown depths of the Grand Canyon. Jaclyn Backhaus’ 2015 comic drama retells that story of performative masculinity from a new perspective as noted in the playwright’s casting instructions: “The characters in Men On Boats were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not.” DIrected by Rachel Klem. Presented by University Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 30. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood – Ken Ludwig’s comic take on the legendary outlaw is directed by Jessie Austrian and features original music by Jack Herrick of the Red Clay Ramblers. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. (Delayed opening.) This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through September 30. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

ONGOING:

* Are You Lonesome Tonight? – The world’s number one Elvis fan takes you on a final tour of his home/museum/shrine to the King. Solo show written and performed by Shelby Hahn. Directed by Jaybird O’Berski, presented by Little Green Pig. (Performances are standing room only and last about an hour, wear comfy shoes. Tickets are free but must be reserved.) This week: Thursday 8:00, Slim’s Downtown, 227 Wilmington St, Raleigh. Friday 8:00, Nightlite Bar, 405 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. Saturday 8:00, Parts & Labor at Motorco, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham. Closes Saturday.
littlegreenpig.com

* In the Heart of the Fire – In their 19th annual giant puppet performance for all ages, Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents tales of fire, of giants and trolls, of trickster creators, and how we came to be human. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00. Closes Sunday. Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
paperhand.org

* Once – Theatre Raleigh presents the 2011 musical based on the 2007 film about two Dublin musicians who meet by chance. Director not listed. (Note: AWC.) This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.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
 

READINGS:

* Risk – Honest Pint presents a free reading of Ralph Hardy’s play about the murder of three Muslim-Americans. One night: Friday 7:30. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Tracy Letts Staged Reading Series – Sonorous Road presents staged readings of three Tracy Letts plays over consecutive weekends. First up: the 2008 family drama August: Osage County. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Series continues through October 7. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.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.

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Theater Week – All My Profits

June 8, 2016

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 13, 2016

 

OPENING:

All My Sons – The karma chickens come home to roost for a war profiteer responsible for making defective airplane parts. Arthur Miller’s 1947 drama is directed by Michael Berry, and presented by Theatre Raleigh’s Hot Summer Nights series. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 19. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

Cloud 9 – Caryl Churchill’s 1979 gender and time-bending satire set in colonial Africa and 20th Century London. Directed by Paul Sapp; presented by Tiny Engine Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 25. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Émilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight – Story of the 18th century physicist, her relationship with Voltaire, and her remarkable life. Written by Lauren Gunderson (I and You). Directed by Sue Scarborough. Presented by Exit Through Eden. This week: Friday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 26. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

The Fringe Dwellers – Performance featuring elements of modern dance, cirque acrobatics, trapeze and improvisational movement. Presented by Cirque de Vol. Directed by Sarah Phoenix. This week: Sunday 5:00. Continues through June 25. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

The Glass Menagerie – Dreams will be shattered, candles will be blown out. Tennessee Williams’ breakthrough 1944 drama gets its second area production this season. Directed by Patrick Torres; presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 26. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Insomnia – Residents of a small southern town struggle with life issues and attempt to find acceptance. Written and presented by Koffee Dance Company; directed by Avis Hatcher-Puzzo. This week: Thursday 7:30. Continues through June 24. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

Ragtime – Unfortunately as timely as ever, the 1998 musical adaptation of E. L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel tells the story of three families in turn-of-the-century New York dealing with racial oppression and the struggles of new immigrants. Justice Theater Project presents the second local staging this season; directed by Jerry Sipp, music direction by Michael Santangelo. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 26. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

Shakespeare in Hollywood – As if by magic, Oberon and Puck show up in 1934 Los Angeles on the set of Warner Bros. prestige production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and hilarity ensues. Forest Moon Theater presents Ken Ludwig’s 2003 comedy. Directed by Bob Baird. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues though June 19. Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Something’s Afoot – University Theatre’s annual TheatreFest returns with a pair of summer plays in repertory. Opening this week: a 1972 murder mystery musical, parodying classic Agatha Christie stories. No director listed. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 26. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* Vincent – Peaceabilities Productions presents Leonard Nimoy’s 1981 solo show adaptation of letters between Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo. Featuring Wade Newhouse; directed by Sean Wellington. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00. Green Monkey, Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
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ONGOING:

The Hollow – University Theatre’s annual TheatreFest returns with a pair of summer plays in repertory. First up, an Agatha Christie mystery featuring a stately British home (check), a murder (check), and a house full of suspects (check). No director listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 26. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* Two Gentlemen of Verona – Bare Theatre presents Shakespeare’s comedy about gender-crossed lovers. Free performances in outdoor public spaces around the Triangle. Directed by G. Todd Buker. This week: Saturday and Sunday 3:00. Parklet at Deco, 19 W Hargett St, Raleigh (through June 12). Continues (various locations) through June 30.
baretheatre.org

* The Wedding Singer – NRACT presents the 2006 musical (based on a 1998 Adam Sandler comedy) about a 1980s aspiring rock singer who performs at weddings. Directed by Chasta Hamilton Calhoun. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.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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