Theater Week – White Is To Be Done?

May 9, 2017

 

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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 15, 2017

 

OPENING:

Chicago – Give ’em the (42-year-) old razzle dazzle! DPAC hosts another touring production of the 1975 Kander/Ebb/Fosse musical (and current long-running Broadway revival). This weekend only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Hunchback – What is ugly? What is beautiful? This original musical entertainment addresses those aesthetic questions via a fictional Swedish pop band impersonating 19th century aristocrats impersonating 21st century hipsters. (Why yes, it’s a Little Green Pig production – how did you know?) Directed by Jaybird O’Berski with assistant director Tamara Kissane, and despite the venue, it’s probably not for children. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through May 20. Walltown Children’s Theater, 1225 Berkeley Street, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Straight White Men – “If I woke up tomorrow and I was a straight white man, what would I do?” A family of four eponymous characters – a father and his three grown sons – get together for Christmas in theater provocateur Young Jean Lee’s darkly comic examination of race and privilege. Presented by Sonorous Road. Directed by Egla Birmingham Hassan. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 28. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com
 

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: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.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
 

IMPROV:

Curious Accidents and Unintended Consequences – Six actors take the stage with absolutely no idea what is going to happen, in director J. Chachula’s theatrical experiment. Presented by Flying Machine Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 20. Research Triangle High School, 3106 East NC 54, RTP.
theflyingmachine.net

* 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: Fullsteam founder and Chief Executive Optimist, Sean Lilly Wilson. One night: Friday 10:00 (following performance of Marjorie Prime). 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 – No Exit

April 4, 2017

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 10, 2017

 

OPENING:

* In the Heights – UNC Pauper Players presents the 1999 musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes which celebrates the people of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. This week: Friday-Monday 8:00. Closes Monday. Wynn Theater, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris – Duke Theater Studies presents Eric Blau and Mort Shuman’s 1968 musical revue of the songs of Jacques Brel. Directed by Jaybird O’Berski. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 16. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

My Fair Lady – Lerner and Lowe’s classic 1956 musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, in which a professor mansplains the importance of proper English to a working class woman. Directed by Tyne Rafaeli, music director Mark Hartman. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 29. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

On Golden Pond – Theatre in the Park presents Ernest Thompson’s 1979 play about an elderly couple spending the summer at their lake house, and their sometimes turbulent relationship with their daughter. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 23. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Orange Light – A new documentary play by Howard L. Craft tells the story of the disastrous 1991 fire at the Imperial Foods processing plant in Hamlet North Carolina which took 25 lives. Directed by Kathryn Hunter Williams. Presented by Kenan Theatre Company in conjunction with The Process Series. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00 and 8:00, Monday 5:30. Closes Monday. Kenan Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
celebratehumanities.unc.edu

Romeo and Juliet – the remix – NC Central’s Department of Theatre presents the Shakespeare tragedy. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Saturday 3:00. Continues through April 16. University Theatre, Farrison-Newton Communications Bldg., NCCU Campus, Durham.
Ticket info: 919-530-6242

The Royale – Burning Coal presents Marco Ramirez’ 2013 play about the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (loosely based on Jack Johnson). Directed by Avis Hatcher-Puzzo. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 23. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Something Rotten! – Two theater artist brothers in 16th century England invent the musical comedy. Touring production of John O’Farrell, Karey Kirkpatrick, and Wayne Kirkpatrick’s 2015 meta-musical comedy. 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
 

ONGOING:

* The Aeneid: A Play With Songs – Virgil’s epic poem is transformed into a story of modern-day refugees with songs by Duncan Sheik. Written by Oliver Kermeid and adapted to music theater by Sheik and director Kay Matschullat, the workshop production is a co-production of Duke Theater Studies and student group Hoof ‘n’ Horn. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
hoofnhorn.org

* The Mousetrap – A group of strangers snowbound in a country house realize there is a murderer in their midst! Egad! Cary Players presents Agatha Christie’s unkillable 1952 stage mystery. Directed by Tim Wiest. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

* The Real (House)Wives of Windsor – Spoof of the Shakespeare comedy retold as a reality t.v. show. Adapted and directed by Rachel Klem. Presented by University Theatre. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

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. Continues through May 7. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com

* Seven: A Documentary Play – Seven playwrights tell the stories of seven courageous women around the world. Directed by Sean Wellington. Presented by Sotto Voce, a new Triangle theater company. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30. Closes Thursday. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sottovocetheatre.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.


Theater Week – Dreamscape

November 29, 2016

 
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The Typographer’s Dream. Image: Natalie Nobles

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 5, 2016

 
OPENING:
 
* The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Cary Players presents the 1982 Beloved Holiday Classic™ by Barbara Robinson, based on her 1971 book, about a family of misfit children who are cast in a church pageant. Directed by Debra Grannan and Dan Martschenko. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual holiday musical staging of the fairy tale, adapted and composed by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 18. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical – Touring version of the 1998 musical adaptation of the Beloved Holiday Classic™. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00/5:00/8:00, Sunday 2:00/5:00. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Ethelred the Unready – Little Green Pig presents a play with music about an underprepared Medieval British monarch. Written and performed by Dana Marks; directed by Jaybird O’Berski. Various locations. This week: Living Arts Collective, 410 W. Geer St. Durham – Thursday 7:00, Saturday 8:00. University Theatre, NC State Campus, Raleigh – Friday 8:00. Continues next week in Saxapahaw, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill, through December 10.
littlegreenpig.com

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical – As 2016 draws to a close, struggling members of the American underclass must cope with a bleak, dystopian future as their last vestiges of an economic safety net and health care are systematically destroyed by greed and craven political opportunism. Haha just kidding! It’s actually a “cat-fightin’, sun worshippin’, chair throwin’ good time” about funny poor people – “but with tinsel and Keg Nog”. NRACT presents David Nehls and Betsy Kelso’s holiday sequel to The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Directed by Judy Dove, music director Craig Johnson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 18. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* To Buy The Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray – A play detailing the life of Durham activist Pauli Murray. Presented by Hidden Voices. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Lyon Park Center, 1309 Halley Street, Durham.
paulimurraycenter.networkforgood.com

The Typographer’s Dream – During a career-oriented presentation three eccentric experts – a stenographer, a geographer, and a typographer – discourse on their chosen disciplines. But soon the line between the professional and the personal starts to blur. Black Ops Theatre and Manbites Dog Theater present Adam Bock’s 2002 comedy. Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through December 17. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Written On the Heart – Burning Coal Theatre presents David Edgar’s 2011 historical drama about the creation of the King James Bible. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 17. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoaltheatre.org

ONGOING:

The May Queen – A former high school beauty queen returns to town as a temp worker, in Molly Smith Metzler’s 2014 comedy. Directed by Vivienne Benesch; presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 11. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – An annual presentation of Broadway Series South, 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.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.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.

 


Theater Week – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Dying

August 30, 2016

 

Maccountant – Little Green Pig

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 5, 2016

 
WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL
A first-time month-long festival of plays written and directed by women, with women making up at least half the cast, and with women in many of the tech and design positions. Final week. More information at womenstheatrefestival.com.

Continuing in the WTF this week:

* Music and the Mirror – A musical revue of dance and storytelling, by Sarah Griner Duncan. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00. Closes Saturday. Sonourous Road, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
brownpapertickets.com
 

OPENING:

Maccountant – “What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?” Office politics get literally cutthroat in a Wichita accounting office circa 1963. Expect Jaybird O’Berski’s adaptation of Macbeth to be full of sound and fury – as well as chainsaws, hammers, and assorted potentially lethal office supplies. Presented by Little Green Pig. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through September 17. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com
 

ONGOING:
 
The Beautiful Beast – It’s the end of summer which means it’s time for Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s annual outdoor extravaganza. This year’s show takes a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales. This week: Friday-Monday 7:00 (pre-show starts at 6:20). Continues through September 5 at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Tickets at the door only, no pre-sales. Note: Saturday shows at Forest Theatre usually sell out; get there early. (Continues at NC Museum of Art in Raleigh September 9-11, Carolina Theatre Greensboro September 17-18.)
paperhand.org

Creature – In 1401, a woman has visions of Jesus and Satan, and decides to become a saint. Laurel Ullman directs Heidi Schreck’s 2009 play. Co-produced by Tiny Engine Theatre and NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 11. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
tinyenginetheatre.com
 
Memphis – A white DJ promoting African American music falls in love with a black singer in 1950s Memphis. Raleigh Little Theatre presents David Bryan and Joe DiPietro’s 2008 musical. Directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Extended through September 11. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.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 – The Shipment Is Delivered

September 1, 2015

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The Shipment – Image: Black Ops, LGP

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 7, 2015

OPENING:

The Shipment -Young Jean Lee’s scathingly funny show about racial roles – both onstage and off, presented by new company Black Ops Theatre in partnership with Little Green Pig. Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell and Jaybird O’Berski. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through September 19. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
blackopstheatre.com
 

ONGOING:

* Annapurna – A reclusive writer is visited by his ex-wife for the first time in 20 years. Sharr White’s 2011 drama is staged by Honest Pint Theatre Company and NRACT, and directed by Dana Marks. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

A Drop in the Bucket: The Big Dreams of Tiny Things – Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents their latest annual family-friendly outdoor giant puppet extravaganza. This week: Friday-Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00. Pre-show each night featuring local musicians). Closes Sunday, Forest Theater, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill; continues September 11-13, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh.
paperhand.org

Monty Python’s Spamalot – Raleigh Little Theate presents Eric Idle and John Du Prez’ 2005 musical adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 20. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Moving Pieces: 2 – An ambulatory, interactive monthly performance set and performed in various locations in Raleigh’s Mordecai neighborhood. Presented by Seed Art Share. Final showings are this week: Friday 6:00 and 8:00. Starts at the Trinity House, 549 N. Blount St., Raleigh.
seedraleigh.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
 

* – 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 – Visionary

May 19, 2015

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Emily Anderson in And the Ass Saw the Angel. Photo: Alex Maness

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 25, 2015

 
OPENING:
And the Ass Saw the Angel – A mute outcast in an isolated religious community sees visions both angelic and otherwise. Little Green Pig presents John Fidel Justice and Jaybird O’Berski’s original adaptation of Nick Cave’s lyrical Southern gothic novel. Directed by Dana Marks. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through June 6. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

* Reaping What You Sow – “A selfless wife makes the ultimate sacrifice for her husband’s love.” Written and Directed by Sheila Johnson. One show: Saturday 7:00. Selby Jones Theater, St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh.
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ONGOING:
* Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Jesse R. Gephart directs John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s 1998 gender-transgressive musical. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Liar – Love is complicated. Deep Dish Theater presents David Ives’ adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 1644 farce. Directed by Paul Frellick. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle – The African-American experience as seen through a range of characters, written, co-directed, and performed by Ron Jones. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* Oh, What a Lovely War! – ArtsCenter Stage presents Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop’s 1963 anti-war musical. Directed by Hope Alexander. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday.
artscenterlive.org
 
 
* – 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 – The Last Two Times I Saw Paris

March 17, 2015

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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 23, 2015

OPENING:
Measure for Measure – A stern, moralistic judge gets his comeuppance when he messes with the wrong nun. Director Beverly Schieman transposes Shakespeare’s dark comedy to 1920’s Paris. Presented by Bare Theatre in Chapel Hill’s historic Varsity Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through April 4.
baretheatre.org

Paris 76 – An ensemble of intriguingly disreputable cabaret performers offer an evening of music, laughter, and existential desire set in a fever dream of 1920s Paris. Directed by Jaybird O’Berski. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through April 4. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 
 
ONGOING:
Journey’s End – In the trenches in 1918, British Infantry officers await a German attack. Deep Dish Theater presents R. C. Sherriff’s 1928 drama. Directed by Karen O’Brien. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

Redbird – It’s a feast of local playwrights, with five world premiere one-acts about North Carolina by Howard L. Craft, Jane Holding, Marianne Gingher and Debby Seabrooke, Michael Smith, and Dana Cohen. Directed by Tamara Kissane, Greg Hohn, Tom Marriott, Dana Cohen and Chaunesti Webb. Commissioned and produced by ArtsCenter Stage. (Presented in two rotating series, check link for schedule of plays.) This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

The Velveteen Rabbit – “Don’t be the bunny!” The eponymous character ignores the cautionary advice from Urinetown, and yearns to be a real rabbit. Hope it works out. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series presents a stage adaptation by James Still of Margery Williams’ 1922 children’s book. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 
 
IMPROV:
Common Ground presents an all-improv weekend:

  * Improv Percolator – Three area improv companies, including guest company Danny Canoe. One night only: Thursday 8:00.

  * Ray’s Diner – Transactors presents the third installment of a long-form serialized show about the staff and customers of a small southern diner. One night only: Friday 8:00.

  * Third Date Improv – One more night of improv, this time with veteran company Third Date. Special guests: a capella group Seven Deadly Bibs. One night only: Saturday 8:00.
All at Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com
 
 
* – 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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