Theater Week – D’oh!

October 20, 2015

Mr. Burns – video by Alex Maness

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 26, 2015



* Backseat Therapy – Exploration of the life of a taxi driver. Written and presented by Ira Knight. Free. This week only: Friday 8:00, Saturday and Sunday 4:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

Brabo – In the late 19th century, an African American politician investigating business opportunities in Africa, confronts one of the most brutal and exploitative colonial regimes in modern history, the Congo Free State under Belgium King Leopold II. Written and directed by Susannah Ryan. Presented by the Performance Studies Program of UNC’s Department of Communication. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:00. Continues through October 30. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

* Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Touring production of the 1993 musical based on the 1991 film. This week only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.

* I Swanee! – It’s Hee Haw meets the Muppet Show, as a bunch of Triangle actors, musicians, singers, and dancers stage a benefit for the Durham Crisis Response Center. Hosted by Vivica C. Coxx. One show: Thursday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

* Into the Woods – NC Theatre presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical theater deconstruction of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play – Survivors of a near-future civilization-ending apocalypse sit around a campfire recounting old episodes of The Simpsons — like you do. Jeff Storer directs Anne Washburn’s century-spanning epic of human perseverance and the power of theater. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 7. Manbites Dog, Durham.

* Postcards Past, Present, Future – A dance/theater performance by Killian Manning/NoForwardingAddress using text, props, movement, and music to sort through the mail, forwarded and otherwise. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

* Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom – Jennifer Haley’s creepy story about teenagers in a suburban subdivision playing a creepy video game about teenagers in a suburban subdivision. Directed by Amy White. Presented by Peace Theatre Company. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:30 and 7:30, Sunday 2:30. Leggett Theatre, William Peace College Campus, Raleigh.


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.

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: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 7. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.

* 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: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00. Closes Saturday. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh.

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: Wednesday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00. Continues through November 8. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.

* 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. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

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: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through November 1. Paul Green Theater, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.


* The Spooky Show – Transactors Improv riffs on various scary genres – horror, sci-fi, suspense, Republican presidential debates. Live music improvised by Killer Filler. One show: Friday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.


* Strange Beauty Film Festival – Durham’s most unique film fest returns with a weekend of short movies from around the globe that explore the shadowy realms between terrifying normality and sublime fever dreams. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00. Shadowbox Studios, 900 E Club Blvd # 2200-D, Durham.

* – 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 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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