Theater Week – Homeplace

June 13, 2018

 

Manbites Dog Theater, June 2018. Photo: Ed Hunt

 

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                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.
 
 

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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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Theater Week – When There Are Clouds in the Sky

December 1, 2015

 

TrampBomb 2

The Tramp’s New World, Manbites Dog

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 7, 2015

 

OPENING:

Almost, Maine – Another visit to John Cariani’s popular fictional town (following Legacy Rep’s October production and Clayton Youth Theatre’s 2014 version), this time presented by One Song Productions. Directed by Anastasia LeDuc. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
1songproductions.org

Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual holiday musical staging of the fairy tale, adapted and composed by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 20. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Dashing Through the Snow – Family-friendly holiday comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, set in a Texas B&B. Directed by Matt Schedler, presented by Cary Players. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

The Emotions of Normal People – Love affairs, betrayal, sex, Stasi agents. Almost two years in the making, Little Green Pig’s “originalmovementtheaterwerk” deconstructs and reassembles the experiment-in-living that was the German Democratic Republic before the end of the Cold War brought it crashing down. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through December 19. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
littlegreenpig.businesscatalyst.com

* Green Porno – One-woman show by Isabella Rossellini about the odd and surprising mating rituals of insects and marine life. One performance: Saturday 8:00. Carolina Theatre, Durham.
carolinatheatre.org

Nuncrackers – Another holiday entry in Dan Goggin’s apparently inexhaustible Nunsense musical comedy franchise. Directed by Jon Todd, presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 20. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Once – 2012 Stage musical adaptation of the 2007 movie, presented by Broadway Series South. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

* The Sound of Music – Touring production of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Directed by Jack O’Brien. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

The Tramp’s New World – Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character is the lone survivor of a “super-atomic blast” in Rob Jansen’s one-man show, adapted from James Agee’s never-produced screenplay written for Chaplin. Directed by Joseph Megel, presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 19. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

The Wiz – Ease on down the road in this African American take on L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. Burning Coal presents the 1974 musical, directed by Randolph Curtis Rand. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 20. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

 
ONGOING:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – An annual presentation of Broadway Series South, this stage musical version of the Beloved Holiday Classic™ is based on the venerable 1964 Rankin/Bass animated TV Xmas special (which vastly expanded the mythology of Johnny Marks’ 1949 hit song for Gene Autry — itself based on a 1939 Christmas promotional coloring book created by Robert L. May for Montgomery Ward in Chicago). Get your tickets early — this one sells faster than the bargain table at Misfit Toys “R” Us. This week: Friday 6:30, Saturday 11:00/2:00/6:30, Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 30. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
 
Peter and the Starcatcher – A prequel to J. M. Barrie’s 1904 Peter Pan, this 2009 play by Peter Elice is based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Previously seen in a Broadway Series South touring production in Raleigh last March. Directed by Brendon Fox. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 12. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

IMPROV:

Holiday in Rio – Transactors has the cure for your Seasonal Affective Disorder — escaping winter with a hastily improvised getaway to Rio de Janeiro, set to the bossa nova musical stylings of local Brazilian quartet Onda. One show: Friday 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 – Strait Is the Gate

September 24, 2013

Narrowing
Image: Archipelago Theatre

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 30, 2013

OPENING:
Arcadia – Guests at an English country house in 1809 and in the present day grapple with ideas (determinism, chaos theory, population biology, the heat death of the universe) and with each other, in Tom Stoppard’s 1993 comedy. Presented by University Theatre. Directed by Allison Bergman. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 6. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

* Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag – Duke Theater Studies’ Theater Previews New Works Lab presents a work in progress by playwright Sibyl Kempson, inspired in part by Walker Evans’ and James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Free and open to the public. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

The Narrowing – People in four different time periods must deal with catastrophic events. A new multimedia performance piece by one-of-a-kind Triangle company Archipelago. Written by Ellen Hemphill and Nor Hall; directed by Ellen Hemphill. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 13. 539 MUZE Space, Foster Street, Durham.
archipelagotheatre.org

Nunsense! – A group of women espousing liberation theology find themselves in conflict with a patriarchal organization’s institutionalized misogyny. Just kidding: it’s the wacky misadventures of those lovable nuns at the Little Sisters of Hoboken as they stage a variety show fundraiser. Cary Players presents Dan Goggin’s 1985 comedy franchise. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 6. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

* The Three Sisters – Meredith Ensemble Theatre presents Chekhov’s 1901 play about a trio of siblings with thwarted travel plans. Directed by Catherine Rodgers. Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, Jones Hall, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

ONGOING:
* Art – Yasmina Reza’s 1994 comedy about three men whose divergent opinions on an expensive painting strain their friendship. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. Directed by Jesse R. Gephart. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Crucible – Arthur Miller’s 1953 drama presented by a teenage cast. Directed by Beth Brody. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* The Heretic – A scientist gets into hot water when her research casts doubt on climate change. Burning Coal presents Richard Bean’s 2011 comedy. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

The Mountaintop – Katori Hall’s 2009 play about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. takes place in his motel room the night before his assassination. Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges. Presented by Playmakers Rep in a co-production with Triad Stage. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through October 6. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

IMPROV:
Two nights of improv at Common Ground:
The Purple Jessups – An evening of “band-prov”: covers of hit songs, plus “behind the scenes” improv. One night: Friday 8:00.
Fatmouth Improv The Musical: Back to High School – An evening of high-school-themed improv. One night: Saturday 8:00.
Both at Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

AUDITIONS:
Cary Players holds auditions for A Christmas Story, Monday at Page Walker Arts Center, and Tuesday (October 1) at Cary Arts Center. Various times.
More info.

Theatre in the Park holds vocal auditions for its annual musical comedy version of A Christmas Carol. This weekend, various times, at Theatre in the Park in Raleigh.
More info.

* = Final 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.


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