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 – Pretty Bird

August 13, 2014

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Carolina Parakeets – John James Audubon

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 18, 2014

OPENING:
Crimes of the Heart – Theatre Raleigh presents Beth Henley’s venerable 1979 play about three sisters in a dysfunctional Southern family. No director listed. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 24. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

ONGOING:
* The Actor’s Double Bill – Christopher Durang’s The Actor’s Nightmare paired with Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound by GASP Theatre. No director listed. This Week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Studio Theatre at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh. 
GASP Theatre Facebook

The Painted Bird – Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 15th annual outdoor giant puppet production. This week: Friday – Sunday 7:00 (pre-show at 6:20). Continues through September 7, Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Moves to NC Museum of Art September 12-14.
paperhand.org

 

AUDITIONS:

MOJOAA Performing Arts Company holds season auditions this Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00, in Durham. Signup form. More info.

 

* – Concludes 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 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 – His Dudeness

February 7, 2012


Photo: Anthony Ross

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 13, 2012

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.

OPENING:
Big Lebowski: The Musical – “Careful, man, there’s a beverage here!” Staged musical version of the Coen brothers’ beloved stoner fable. Two shows: Saturday and Sunday 8:00. Motorco, Durham.
motorcomusic.com

Black Mama Monologues – Monologues, music, and dance about African American mothers. Conceived by Anton Hough and Kerri Mubaarak, and directed by Stephanie “Asabi” Howard. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 19. University Theater, NCCU, Durham.
nccu.edu

The Game – Good and Evil do battle in a chess game with metaphysical overtones. Black Poetry Theatre presents Dasan Ahanu’s play, co-directed by Ahanu and Joseph “Church da Poet” Churchwell. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

The Love Show – Transactors’ annual improv show about love, relationships and dating. One show only: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

The Miss Firecracker Contest – A Mississippi woman is determined to win the local beauty pageant in Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of Beth Henley’s 1984 comedy. Directed by Shawn Smith. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Molly Daughter – Musical about the women of 19th century coal-mining communities. Written and directed by Deb Royals, music by Alan Scott. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 26. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Leesville Road, Raleigh.
justicetheaterproject.org

Pterodactyls – Nicky Silver’s very dark 1993 farce about an imploding nuclear family. Presented by Free Association Theatre Ensemble. Directed by Leslie A. Pless. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through February 18. FATE, Harrison Pointe Shopping Center, Cary.
fate4.us

Solo Takes On 3: Story, Identity & Desire – A festival of one-person performances presented by UNC’s Department of Communication Studies: I Was the Voice of Democracy by Brian Herrera, Sketches of a Man by Kashif Powell; F to M to Octopus by Sam Peterson, No One Hurts You More Than S/Mother by Shannon Wong Lerner, and Stories are Lies (That We Tell to Get Other People to Like Us and Make Us Feel Better About Ourselves) by the Performance Collective. Presented in rotating repertory through February 14 (check for show dates and times). Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill, except for No One Hurts You… in Hill Hall.
uncnews.unc.edu

ONGOING:
And Then There Were None – A group of strangers are trapped on an island — with a killer! Agatha Christie’s 1944 play, presented by Cary Players. Directed by Tina Vance. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center, Cary.
caryplayers.org

Donald – Little Green Pig’s political “what if” about a former Secretary of Defense caught up in the system of rendition and torture he helped create. Based on the novel by Eric Martin and Stephen Elliott. Adapted and directed by Tony Perucci. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – 1994 musical revue about relationships by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, presented by North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. Directed by Rob Outterson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 19. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

The Making of a King: Henry IV/Henry V – Slacker Prince Hal becomes King, defeats the French, and wins a hot wife, in Playmakers’ rotating rep presentation of Henry IV (both parts) and Henry V. Co-directed by Joseph Haj and Mike Donahue. This week: Henry IV Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 4. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Man of La Mancha – Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion, and Mitch Leigh’s 1965 musical adaptation of Don Quixote, presented by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Tea Alagic. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 19. The Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Fiasco Theater residency at Duke University, with multiple free public events. Full listing of events.

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions.
For a more complete listing of area events,
we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.


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