A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 10, 2018
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.
* 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.
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.
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
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.
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.
* 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.
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.
* 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.
* – 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.