Theater Week – Fog of War

September 12, 2017

 

Virtual avatar of “Michael” (Trevor Johnson) in Closer Than They Appear – Icarus Studios

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 18, 2017

 
OPENING:

The Cake – A baker finds it hard to reconcile her religious beliefs with a wedding cake order for two women about to be married. PlayMakers Rep begins their new season with a new comedy by Bekah Brunstetter. Directed by Jeffrey Meanza. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 1. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

California Suite – Forest Moon presents Neil Simon’s 1976 comedy anthology of four short plays, all set in the same room of a Los Angeles hotel. Directed by Lisa Binion. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 24. Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Closer Than They Appear – Incorporating virtual reality animated landscapes designed by Jared Mezzocchi, Christine Evans’ play tells the story of an Iraq War veteran undergoing PTSD therapy. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by Piedmont Performance Factory, in partnership with The Process Series. This week: Thursday and Friday previews 8:00, Saturday 8:00 (opening night), Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead – A group of teenagers must deal with drug use, sex, depression, suicide, abuse, and rabies, in Bert V. Royal’s unauthorized 2004 parody of Peanuts. Presented by NRACT. Directed by Pete Comperatore. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. NRACT, Leadmine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Escape to Freedom – Interactive experience about attempted escapes from antebellum slave life. Presented by MOJOAA. This week: Friday and Saturday 6:00, 7:30, 9:00. Continues through September 23. Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh.
mojoaa.org

* PlaySlam! 2017 – Twelve playwrights enter with two short plays each, at the end of the night one leaves with a cash prize, as determined by audience vote. One night: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 

ONGOING:
 
* Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives – A devised theater performance by local women artists, created and presented by Summer Sisters, inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March and other women-led political movements from the past and present. Directed by Rachel Klem and Carissa White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Crowns – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Regina Taylor’s 2002 musical play, which tells the story of six African-American women through the hats they wear to church. Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Directed by Terra Hodge. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

King Lear – An aging ruler makes a series of increasingly bad executive decisions, resulting in a hostile takeover. Honest Pint presents the Shakespeare tragedy in association with Sweet Tea Shakespeare. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Preshow 45 minutes before curtain. Continues through September 24. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* Of Wings and Feet – Acclaimed local company Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns for its 18th annual giant puppet theater pageant, which explores “the magic and mystery of the living land, sea, and sky in an epic spectacle of struggle and resistance for our times.” Final performances this weekend: September 16-17 at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St in Greensboro.
paperhand.org

* Yes to Nothing – World premiere of a play by Mara Thomas about four punk rockers navigating the 1980s music scene, and their lives 20 years later. Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Caitlin Wells. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. The Pinhook in Durham.
littlegreenpig.com
 

IMPROV:

* 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: Filmmaker and photographer D.L. Anderson. One night: Friday 10:00 (following Summer Sisters’ performance of Bad Mothers and Neglectful Wives). No advance tickets, door sales only. 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.

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Theater Week – La Grande Guerre

April 8, 2015


Scenes from Hotel Modern’s The Great War

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 13, 2015

OPENING:
* The Great War – Dutch theater group Hotel Modern (with an original score by Arthur Sauer) uses live-animation, miniature sets, tiny video cameras, and letters from World War I soldiers to portray the horrific landscape of war. Presented by Carolina Performing Arts. Two performances only: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 7:30. Memorial Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org

* Jersey Boys – Touring production of the 2004 jukebox musical about 60’s band Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. 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

Monumental – A new play by Steven Roten about two people who have lost loved ones to war. Directed by Steven Roten and Tamara A. Farias. Presented by Stillwater Theatre Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 12. Studio Theatre, Meredith College, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

* Premiere: A Showcase of Original Plays – Owl Tree Theater presents new short plays from their playwriting and directing students. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Page-Walker Center, Cary.
owltreetheater

Sunday in the Park with George – Burning Coal presents the 1984 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical about painter Georges Seurat and the mystery of artistic creation. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 3. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Teatro Hugo & Ines – Wordless stories performed by Peruvian puppeteers Hugo and Ines. This week only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 5:00 and 8:00, Sunday 4:00. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu

Trojan Barbie – A time-bending meditation on war, gender, and politics in Christine Evans’ reimagining of Euripides’ Trojan Women. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by StreetSigns Center in collaboration with UNC’s Performance Studies. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through April 19. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org

ONGOING:

* The Burial at Thebes – Celebrating its 50th birthday, University Theatre (née Thompson Theatre) reprises its very first production, Sophocles’ Antigone in a new translation by Seamus Heaney. Director not listed. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

* Enron – Lucy Prebble’s savage 2009 satire mixes docudrama, absurdism, puppetry, masks, and comic spectacle to tell the story of the company that imploded in scandal and accounting fraud in 2001. And did we mention the velociraptors? Presented by Duke’s Department of Theater Studies, and directed by Talya Klein (whose October production of Failure: A Love Story at UNC ranks as one of the best plays of this season). This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu
 
4000 Miles – A grandmother and her 20-something grandson become unlikely roommates in Playmakers production of Amy Herzog’s 2011 drama. Directed by Desdemona Chiang. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 19. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Regrets Only – Paul Rudnick’s 2006 madcap farce, presented by Theatre in the Park. Directed by Ira David Wood IV. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Sleeping Beauty – Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series presents a musical version of the classic fairy tale. Directed by Judy M. Dove. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 
 
IMPROV:
* Last Words – Transactors Improv presents short and long form improv on a theme. One night: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 
* – 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 – Come On-a My House

April 11, 2011


Ellen Hemphill in Stealing Home. Photo: Jay O’Berski

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 18, 2011

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:
Jambalaya Soul Slam: Grand Slam Finals – The top 12 poets of the year compete for a spot on the 2011 Bull City Slam Team. Special guest: Taalam Acey. Hosted by Dasan Ahanu. Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

The Persistence of Smoke – A documentary opera by John Justice and George Lam, about the history of tobacco in Durham. Tobaccopera? (On a double-bill with Kathleen Bader’s Tentative Embrace.) This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Golden Belt Building 2-second floor, Durham.
gtlam.com/the-persistence-of-smoke/

Stealing Home (the architecture of intimacy) – The always surprising Archipelago Theatre returns with a solo vocal cabaret, featuring Ellen Hemphill, about that place where the heart is. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:15. Continues through April 23. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

you are dead. you are here. – Christine Evan’s ghost story for the digital age, incorporating video game and virtual reality technology with live performance, presented by UNC Performance Studies. This week only: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Swain Hall Studio 6. UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
comm.unc.edu

ONGOING:
Big River – A musical based on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, featuring The Red Clay Ramblers who return to the Playmakers stage in another Mark Twain-based musical, 29 years after Life on the Mississippi. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Matinees Saturday and Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 24. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Dancing at Lughnasa – Brian Friel’s 1990 memory play about a family facing change in 1936 Ireland, presented by University Theatre. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, matinees Saturday and Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theater, Thompson Hall, NC State Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre/

Devon Does Denmark – When a ragtag troupe of Elizabethan-era players gets booked for a command performance at the royal court of Elsinore, wackiness ensues. World premiere of a play by Ira David Wood III. Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Theatre in the Park, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

Dreamland, a Musical – Jazz-Age adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by Central Carolina Community College and Chatham Community Theatre. This week: Thursday and Sunday 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Sunday. Chatham Mills, Pittsboro.
cccc.edu

The Laramie Project – A theater company attempts to document the aftermath of the 1998 Matthew Shepard murder. Jeff Storer directs for Duke Theater Studies. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu

The Last Night of Ballyhoo – Alfred Uhry’s 1996 comedy-drama about a Jewish family in Atlanta in 1939. Haskell Fitz-Simons directs the Raleigh Little Theatre production. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 24. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

The Mercy Seat – A man seeks to turn a devastating tragedy to his personal advantage in Neil LaBute’s 2002 drama about not very nice people. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Raleigh Ensemble Players, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.
realtheatre.org

Shakin’ the Mess Outta’ Misery -NC Central’s Department of Theatre presents Shay Youngblood’s play about a girl raised by a group of supportive women after the death of her mother. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. University Theater, Farrison-Newton Building, NCCU Campus, Durham.
nccu.edu

The Shape of the Table – A totalitarian govenment on the brink of collapse tries to negotiate an exit strategy. Burning Coal presents the third play in David Edgar’s “Iron Curtain Trilogy”. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 24. The Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

AUDITIONS:
Manbites Dog Theater – Hosts general auditions Saturday April 30, with many Triangle theaters in attendance. All appointment slots are filled. Check the web page for information on walk-in and waiting list policies.
More information

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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