A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 17, 2018
* Black Nativity – Justice Theater Project’s annual presentation of the Langston Hughes play. Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell; Music Direction by Ray Watkins. This week at two locations:
— Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00, Umstead Park UCC, 8208 Brownleigh Dr, Raleigh.
— Sunday 3:00 and 7:30, Monday and Tuesday 7:30. Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh. Closes Tuesday December 18. (Note: Several performances already sold out.)
The Santaland Diaries – Stage adaptation of the David Sedaris NPR holiday staple, featuring Jesse Gephart as Crumpet, a disgruntled Santa elf working at Macy’s. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday December 23. TIP, Raleigh.
A Trailer Park Christmas – A Triangle holiday tradition, now in its 11th year, this interactive, family-friendly entertainment follows the Dodson/Hussy family as they grapple with crazy neighbors, ghosts, fruitcakes and a Yuletide tornado. Created by Rachel Klem and Jeffrey Moore. Produced by Rachel Klem. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 23. Kennedy- McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
* 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 (all events in Durham):
(NOTE: due to loss of power and heat in the main space, most of the events are being postponed until April, EXCEPT for the Sunday Service and Night of Gratitude this Sunday December 16.)
Tuesday, 7:00: Night of Meditation, 310 E. Main St (formerly Old Havana Sandwich Shop); Wednesday 7:00: Night of Visioning, 310 E. Main St; Thursday 7:00: Night of Mourning, 310 E. Main St; Friday 8:00: Night of Sensuality, The Durham Fruit, 305 S. Dillard St; Sunday 3:00: Sunday Service, W.G. Pearson Center, 600 E. Umstead St; Sunday 7:00: Night of Gratitude, The Durham Hotel, 315 E. Chapel Hill St. 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. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
* Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre presents its popular annual holiday musical adaptation of the fairy tale. Directed by Mike McGee. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
* 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-Monday with walkthroughs beginning at 8:00/9:00/10:00. Closes Monday 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 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. 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. Closes Saturday. Walltown Children’s Theatre, 1225 Berkeley St, 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. This week: Sunday 3:00, The Artscenter, Carrboro. (Rescheduled from December 9.)
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 11:00, 2:00, and 5:00, Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
* 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. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
* – 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.