Theater Week – Paradise Lost

April 4, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 9, 2018

 
OPENING:

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey – Citizens of a seaside New Jersey town – all portrayed by David Henderson – react to the disappearance of a missing teenager in Honest Pint Theatre production of James Lecesne’s 2015 solo drama. Directed by Susannah Hough. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 21. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* The Color Purple – Touring production of the 2005 musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel. This week only: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* Escape to Freedom – MOJOAA’s immersive and interactive show returns, with actors guiding and thrwarting audiences as they try to escape antebellum slave life. Staged on the site of what was once the largest slave plantation in Wake County. Two nights only: Saturday and Sunday at 6:00, 7:30, and 9:00. Moredecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh. (Note: Performances usually fill, advance ticket purchase recommended; wear comfortable shoes as you will be moving through the park during the experience.)
mojoaa.org

* Into the Woods – Pauper Players, UNC’s student-run musical theater group, presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine fairytale musical. No director listed. This week: Friday-Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Leaving Eden – Mike Wiley’s new play – scored by singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett – follows decades of history in a small North Carolina town where the citizens who make up its economic backbone are also its most vulnerable. Vivienne Benesch directs PlayMakers’ world-premiere production. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 22. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Truth Against the World – A solo play about Frank Lloyd Wright, written and directed by Christine Toy Johnson. Presented by University Theatre. This week only: Monday and Tuesday April 2-3, 7:30. Kennedy-McIlwee Theater, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

ONGOING:

* Punch the Clock – Little Green Pig presents an Elvis Costello review. One night only: Friday 8:00. Mystery Brewery, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough.
littlegreenpig.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 – Beholder

February 28, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 5, 2018

 
OPENING:

* Art – A staged reading of Yasmina Reza’s 1994 satirical comedy about modern art and white male friendship. Directed by Dana Marks. Presented by Little Green Pig. One night only: Wednesday 8:00. Arcana, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents a shortened, child-friendly production of the Shakespeare comic fantasy. Director not listed. This week: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 18. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

The Phantom of the Opera – The thing that wouldn’t die! Touring production of the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. This week: Wednesday 7:30, Thursday 1:00 and 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Continues through March 11. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* Utopia Machine – Interactive multimedia performance about the attraction and danger of interacting with – and being manipulated by – a ubiquitous social machine. Devised by Daniel Dillaplane, presented by the UNC Department of Communication. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
comm.unc.edu
 

ONGOING:

Assassins – Theatre in the Park presents Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical about individuals who attempted to kill US Presidents. Directed by David Henderson; music director Diane Pettaway. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 11. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

The Christians – The pastor of a megachurch experiences a revelation that challenges the core beliefs of his congregation. Preston Lane directs Lucas Hnath’s 2014 religious drama. Presented by PlayMakers Rep in rotating Repertory with Tartuffe. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 10. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Gidion’s Knot – A fraught parent-teacher conference about a student’s suicide takes some surprising turns in Bartlett Theater’s production of Johnna Adams’ 2012 drama. Directed by Bryan Conger. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Durham Arts Council, Durham.
bartletttheater.org

* Little Shop of Horrors – Raleigh Little Theatre presents the perennial 1982 rock musical horror comedy, based on the 1960 movie. Directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 
* A Midsummer Night’s Dream – PlayMakers’ Mobile Shakespeare presents a free six-actor 90-minute touring version of the Shakespeare comedy. This week: Saturday 3:30 SouthWest Durham Regional Library, Sunday 2:00 CAM in Raleigh, Sunday 7:30 PlayMakers Studio UNC Campus. Closes Sunday.
playmakersrep.org

The Moors – Spinster sisters, living in a lonely manor house on the titular landscape, seek to take control of their narratives in Jen Silverman’s decidedly modern 2016 take on 19th century gothic romanticism. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James; presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 10. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Tartuffe – A religious conman ingratiates himself with a family in Molière’s 1662 comedy, adapted by David Ball. Directed by Saheem Ali. Presented by PlayMakers Rep, in rotating repertory with The Christians. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30. Continues through March 11. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.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.


Theater Week – Jack of Shadows

October 31, 2017

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 6, 2017

 

OPENING:

* House of the Fury – Sonorous Road presents an interactive and immersive experimental haunted house experience. Viewer discretion strongly advised. Final performances: Tuesday 8:00 to 11:30, admission at 10-minute intervals to 9:20. Sonorous Road Theatre, Royal Bakery Bldg, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh. (Update: all performances are sold out, no door sales available.)
sonorousroad.com

* Love Never Dies – Touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 2010 sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. This one takes place on Coney Island. 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

* The Puritans – For its annual Halloween presentation Treatbag, Little Green Pig presents an anti-morality hell house set in the I’m-sure-not-creepy-at-all village of New Falmouth. Expect “an eerie, at times horrifying, choose-your-own experience”. One night only: Tuesday 8:00 to 10:00. Mystery Brewery, 437 Dimmock’s Mill, Hillsborough.
littlegreenpig.com

* Uncle Sam Wants YOU! – Promising “sass, satire and sedition”, the latest dance-theater work from Killian Manning explores the intersections of politics and patriotism in turbulent times. Presented by No Forwarding Address as part of DIDA’s 2017-18 season. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Living Arts Collective, 410 West Geer Street, Durham.
eventbrite.com
 

ONGOING:

Life Sucks. – A group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged family members, and lifelong enemies gather at a house in the country to grapple with life’s thorniest questions – and with each other. Manbites Dog presents Aaron Posner’s 2015 modern reworking of Anton Chekhov’s bittersweet comedy Uncle Vanya. Directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 11. Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster Street, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

The Mystery of Love and Sex – Honest Pint presents Bathsheba Doran’s 2015 story of a mismatched couple dealing with identity and secrets. Directed by Dana Marks. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. NRACT, Leadmine Road, Raleigh. Continues through November 12.
honestpinttheatre.org

Perfect Arrangement – It’s 1950 and the Red Scare witch-hunt is widening its scope, so when two secretly-gay State Department employees are tasked with rooting out sexual deviants, complications ensue. Patrick Torres directs Topher Payne’s 2013 comedy for Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 12. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Sense and Sensibility – The Dashwood sisters navigate dances, dinner parties, and 18th-century British society on the path to true love. PlayMakers Rep presents the third stage version this month of Jane Austen’s 1811 novel (not counting University Theatre’s just-completed production of Pride and Prejudice). Taibi Magar directs Kate Hamill’s 2014 adaptation. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.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.


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.


Theater Week – We Build the Wall

May 2, 2017

 

Annie Ruth Graham, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, panel W48, line 12.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 8, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Leaving Eden – Workshop production of an original drama with regional music exploring the stories of people currently living in North Carolina Mill towns that boomed in the 20th century and closed down at the start of the 21st. Mike Wiley’s play is based on interviews with people in those towns. Co-produced by UNC’s Process Series, Playmakers Repertory Company, and the Department of Dramatic Art. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. A world-premiere full production is scheduled for PlayMakers’ 2017-18 season. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
processseries.unc.edu

* Mamma Mia! – Here we go again, again! In case you missed it in 2010 or in 2014, the touring production of the 1999 Abba exclamation point jukebox musical touches down in Durham for one weekend only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* On Ice – An ambulatory, interactive performance featuring four short plays performed in various locations on Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh, with a meal at Gonza included. Presented by Seed Art Share. One night only: Saturday 5:00, beginning at Gonza Tacos y Tequila, in the Aloft Hotel, 2100 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
seedraleigh.org

A Piece of My Heart – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Shirley Lauro’s 1991 docudrama about the experiences of six women during the Vietnam War. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 21. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

Marjorie Prime – In the near future an elderly woman, her mind fading, finds companionship from an artificial intelligence modeled on her late husband, who helps her recall – and reimagine – their life together. Jeff Storer directs Jordan Harrison’s 2015 drama. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 13. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Revival – A cultural and musical collage set in 1950s Appalachia, presented by Ward Theatre Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.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
 

* – 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 – Catch the Wind

October 28, 2014

mirandy 2
Kwamea Wilkerson in Mirandy and Brother Wind, Curtis Brown Photography

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 3, 2014

OPENING:

Into the Woods – A revisionist take on classic fairy tales. PlayMakers presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical in rolling repertory with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Joseph Haj. This week: Sunday 7:30. Continues through December 6. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

The Landing – Three stories of love and loss, with a touch of fantasy. Deep Dish Theater presents the 2013 John Kander/Greg Pierce musical. Directed by Paul Frellick; musical direction by Glenn Mehrbach. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 22. Common Ground, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mismatched lovers, a moonlit forest, and a mischievous fairy? Must be Shakespeare. In rolling repertory with Into the Woods? Must be PlayMakers Rep. Directed by Shana Cooper. This week: Saturday 7:30. Continues through December 7. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Mirandy and Brother Wind – Mirandy, a young girl from a small Southern community, is determined to catch Brother Wind in order to win a cakewalk contest. Raleigh Little Theatre Youth Series presents the 2011 Michael J. Bobbitt and John L. Cornelius musical adaptation of Patricia C. McKissack’s 1988 book. Directed by Linda O’Day Young. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 16. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Treatbag – Interactive haunted theater performance and fundraiser, presented by Little Green Pig. Bring a flashlight. One night: Halloween Night, 8:00 – 10:00. The very spooky Fruit Company art space, 305 S. Dillard, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

* Fourth Annual Halloween Shorts! – An evening of original short spooky plays by local playwrights, presented by Playwright’s Roundtable. One Night: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 
 
ONGOING:
* If My Feet Have Lost the Ground – Torry Bend combines puppetry, video, and music for a dreamlike show about a woman on a journey of flight and revelation. Presented by StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:15, Saturday 2:00 and 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 
 
AUDITIONS:
Tiny Engine holds auditions for its 2015 productions of Recall and Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Saturday noon to 5:00 by appointment. 1307 West Knox, Durham. 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.

 


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