Theater Week – Blue

December 4, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 10, 2018

OPENING:

Buy My Art and Call It Holy – Monét Noelle Marshall presents the concluding installment of her “Buy It Call It” trilogy, a participatory, experiential series of events over 10 days at five different locations, examining and reimagining what we call art and what we consider holy. This week:
-Friday 7:00: Night of Invitation, an opening reception at 310 East Main Street, Durham.
– Saturday 3:00: Day of Celebration, movement and dance at Living Art Collective, 410 West Geer St, Durham.
– Sunday 3:00: Sunday Service, at W.G. Pearson Center, 600 E. Umstead St., Durham.
Continues through December 16.
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* A Charlie Brown Christmas – Theatre in the Park presents a stage version of the AARP-eligible 1965 TV special. Director not listed. (Opened November 30.) This week: Friday 7:30, Sensory-friendly performance Saturday 11:00, Saturday 2:00 and 5:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday.
theatreinthepark.com

A Christmas Carol – Theatre in the Park presents its original musical comedy version of the Dickens story, now in its – I’m going to say 85th? – season. Written and directed by Ira David Wood III. (Note: The role of Scrooge alternates between Ira David Wood III and Ira David Wood IV, check schedule.) This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh. Continues next week at DPAC in Durham.
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* Elf – Touring production of the 2010 musical comedy stage adaptation of the 2003 film. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

The Gift of the Magi – An immersive interactive version of the O. Henry short story, adapted by Michelle Murray Wells and the company. Presented by Sonorous Road. This week: Thursday-Sunday with walkthroughs beginning at 8:00/9:00/10:00. Continues through December 17. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com
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Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol – NRACT and Actors Comedy Lab present Tom Mula’s 1999 alternate viewpoint take on the Dickens story. Directed by Rod Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 16. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Lady Misrule – A father in mourning for his daughter ends up at the North Pole workshop of one S. Claus. Tiny Engine Theatre returns to the Triangle with an original “Christmas noir”, written and directed by Paul Sapp. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through December 16. Walltown Children’s Theatre, 1225 Berkeley St, Durham.
tinyenginetheatre.com

* Last Minute Wishes – Halle Cultural Arts Center presents a Christmas comedy by Ava and Darell Jenkins set at a department store (remember those?) on Christmas Eve. Followed by Karaoke Christmas, a Holiday Pops Presentation by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher. This week only: Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:00. The Halle, 237 N Salem St, Apex.
thehalle.org

* Love Life – Tony Award-winner and Duke Artist-in-Residence Victoria Clark directs a workshop production of the seldom-produced 1948 Kurt Weill/Alan Jay Lerner musical. One showing only (and it’s sold out, so call in any favors you have if you want a ticket): Friday 7:00. von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
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* Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play – OdysseyStage presents the radio version of the holiday movie as it was performed on Lux Radio Theatre in 1947. The program features a dozen actors, live sound effects, and 1940s music played by The Retros. Two performances only: Saturday 2:00 at The Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill; Sunday 3:00, The Artscenter, Carrboro.
odysseystage.org

* Tend To Your Own House – Black Poetry Theatre continues Flip the Script. a works-in-progress series where classic works are remixed into new pieces, integrating poetry/spoken word and music. For this iteration, the plays being sampled are all early 20th century, including works by George Bernard Shaw and Ferenc Molnar. Led by Dasan Ahanu, a group of selected community artists will work together to shape each piece of the production. Three readings of these reworked pieces will be presented followed by a talk-back, offering an opportunity for community feedback. The series will culminate with a full production built from those pieces blended into one world and one storyline. Created by Dasan Ahanu, Lee Chapman, KD Lambert, and Nakita Jay. One performance only: Thursday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
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ONGOING:

* The Best Time of Year – Mom’s away and the kids have to take charge of the Christmas Eve party. Moonlight Stage Company presents an original family-friendly holiday musical. Directed by Estes Tarver. Book, music, and lyrics by Carrie Marshall. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. 1304 Paddock Dr, Raleigh.
moonlightstageco.com

Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre presents its popular annual holiday musical adaptation of the fairy tale. Directed by Mike McGee. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 16. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – An annual presentation, 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 and Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
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* She Loves Me – In 1930s Budapest, two shop clerks share an intense dislike for each other, unaware that they are also romantic pen pals. PlayMakers Rep presents Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick’s 1963 musical adaptation of Hungarian playwright Miklós László’s 1937 comedy Parfumerie. Directed by Kirsten Sanderson. Music Director Mark Hartman. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

The Weir – Burning Coal Theatre revives its 2000 production of Conor McPherson’s 1997 Irish ghost story. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 16. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.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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Theater Week – Black Theater

March 13, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 19, 2018

 
THEATER FESTIVAL:

Bullcity Black Theater Festival – A two-week festival bringing together playwrights, directors, choreographers, dramaturgs, and actors from some of the Triangle’s premier Black theater groups, including Black Ops, Black Poetry Theatre, and MOJOAA. The festival will present staged readings of new plays the first week, as well as hosting free Community Conversations the second week, plus free theater workshops and a playwrighting masterclass with Howard L. Craft. Produced by Black Ops Theatre.
This Week:
• Thursday 7:30: 12.21.09 by NaTasha Thompson. A woman must decide who will have custody of her child during her tour in Afghanistan. Directed by Kyma Lassiter. Presented by Black Ops Theatre Company.
• Friday 7:30: Definition of a Hero by Dasan Ahanu. Examines the idea of a hero through rhyme, rhythm, music, and thought-provoking verse. Presented by Black Poetry Theatre
• Saturday 7:30: Raissanour by Monet Marshall. A one-act, one-woman play with 7 actors. A play within a play, a whodunit, and a performance piece rolled into one. Presented by MOJOAA Performing Arts.
• Saturday March 17 – Workshops:
• 11:00am – Playwriting Masterclass with Howard Craft (fee required)
• 1:00pm – The Playground: Acting workshop with Lakeisha Coffey
• 3:00pm – Soulprovisation: Movement workshop with Tristan Parks
Continues through March 24. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

OPENING:

Beanstalk! The Musical – Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series presents a musical version of the fairy tale. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through April 1. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Murder Ballad – New company Two Way Street Theatre presents the 2012 musical by Juliana Nash and Julia Jordan about an ill-fated love affair. Directed by Greta Marie Zandstra, music directed by Joanna Li. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Mystery Brewing Company, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough.
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No Exit – L’enfer, c’est les autres. Pequod Productions presents Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 existentialist drama. Directed by Kurt Benrud. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Continues through March 25. Page-Walker Arts Center, Cary.
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* The Wizard of Oz – Touring production based on the 1939 film. Hosted by Broadway Series South and NC Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
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ONGOING:

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – NRACT presents the 1978 musical revue celebrating the amazing Fats Waller and other performers and songwriters of the 1920s and 1930s Harlem Renaissance. Two alternating casts, so plan to see it twice. Directed by Liz Grimes Droessler. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 25. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Framing the Shot – “Nothing validates your life more than someone trying to kill you.” Two women deal with photography, friendship, and possibly fatal self-validation in a comedy thriller by Allan Maule. Directed by Ira David Wood IV; presented by Sonorous Road. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 25. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St (Royal Bakery building), Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com
 
* A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents a shortened, child-friendly production of Shakespeare’s comic fantasy. Director not listed. This week: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com
 

SPECIAL EVENT:

* Blood, Soil, and the Stage: Meet the Playwrights – North Carolina playwright Mike Wiley has two world-premiere plays opening in the Triangle this spring: Leaving Eden beginning April 7 at PlayMakers Rep, and Blood Done Sign My Name starting May 11 at Raleigh Little Theatre. In this free public event hosted by the two companies, actors will perform scenes from each show, followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by PRC’s Vivienne Benesch and RLT’s Charles Phaneuf, and also including musician Laurelyn Dossett and author Tim Tyson. One night only: Wednesday 7:30. Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
 

* – 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 – Horse-Drawn Theater

October 13, 2015

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Rural Academy Theater. Photo: Nicola Krebill

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 19, 2015

 

OPENING:

Asylum – The story of an mid-1960s mental institution and its inhabitants. Concept and story by Kendall Rileigh and Nicki Miller, directed by Nicki Miller. Presented by Only Child Aerial Theatre and Burning Coal. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 1. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – In 1907 England, a man discovers a novel way to climb the social ladder. Touring version of the 2012 musical comedy (based on the same 1907 source novel as the 1949 Alec Guinness comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets). 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

* HERstory Through His Eyes – Vocalists, actors, and spoken word artists perform Dasan Ahanu’s play about surviving physical and sexual abuse. Presented by Black Poetry Theatre. One show only: Sunday 6:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* The Hound of the Baskervilles – Applause! Cary Youth Theatre presents a stage adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle story. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Cary Arts Center.
townofcary.org

* One Shoot – A play without words based on the diary of a French veteran of the Afghanistan wars. Created and performed by Lasko. One show: Friday 8:00, Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw.
hawriverballroom.com

* Rural Academy Theater – Arriving in a horse-drawn wagon that doubles as a stage, Rural Academy Theater presents an evening of live music and song, shadow puppetry, and physical theater. Directed by Noah and Gabriel Harrell. This week, various locations: Tuesday 7:30, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Saxapahaw. Thursday 7:30, The Plaza, 140 West Franklin, Chapel Hill, presented by Ackland Art Museum. Saturday 7:00, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh (sold out, check with NCMA box office about availability). More about Rural Academy Theater.

Seminar – PlayMakers Rep presents Theresa Rebeck’s 2011 dark comedy about a novelist (played by Ray Dooley) conducting a grueling 10-week seminar with four aspiring writers. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 1. Paul Green Theater, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

 
ONGOING:

* Belleville – Amy Herzog’s 2011 play about a young married couple living in Paris. Directed by Zachary Roberts. Presented by Sonorous Road Productions. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

The Cherry Orchard – Chekhov’s classic tale of a family desperately in need of a financial advisor. Directed by Paul Frellick. Presented by Deep Dish Theater. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through November 7. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* The Diaries of Adam and Eve – Phoenix Theatre Company presents David Birney’s adaptation of Mark Twain’s biblical satire. One show: Tuesday 8:00. Pittsboro Road House, Pittsboro.
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A Lesson Before Dying – A teacher and a man on death row form an unlikely bond in Romulus Linney’s 2000 adaptation of the 1993 Ernest J. Gaines novel. Directed by Deb Royals, presented by Justice Theater Project. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 24. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

Outside Mullingar – Two middle-aged people, living on adjacent Irish Farms, make hesitant steps towards a romantic relationship. Tony Lea directs John Patrick Shanley’s 2014 drama. Presented by Deep Dish Theater in rotating rep with The Cherry Orchard (resuming next week). This week: Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 8.
deepdishtheater.org

Reefer Madness – “Tell your children!” As a public service message, NRACT presents the 1998 Kevin Murphy/Dan Studney musical (based on the 1936 film), about the evils of 420, the Bad Seed, Mary Jane, pakalolo, viper’s weed, chronicles of Narnia, kiff, primo, grass, marihuana. If you’ve got ’em, roll ’em. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 25. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* The Rivals – Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic 1775 comedy of manners, presented by Raleigh Little Theatre and Actors Comedy Lab. Directed by Rod Rich. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
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* – 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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