Theater Week – Know My Name Until It Fade Away

February 7, 2017

gilpinempjonesCharles Gilpin in O’Neill’s The Emperor JonesNYPL Digital Collections

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 13, 2017

 

OPENING:

Agnes of God – Forest Moon presents John Pielmeier’s 1979 theological mystery, directed by Bob Baird. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Brigid, the Legend Begins -Encore production of Durham Regional Theatre’s 2014 production, a musical adaptation of an Irish folk tale, written and directed by Jennifer Justice. This week: Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00. Continues through February 18. E.K. Powe School Auditorium, Ninth Street, Durham. durhamregionaltheatre.com

N – In 1920, Eugene O’Neill’s drama The Emperor Jones brought instaneous fame to the playwright and the leading man, African American actor Charles S. Gilpin. O’Neill went on to become a major figure in 20th century theater, while Gilpin faded into obscurity. Theatre in the Park presents the world premiere of Adrienne Earle Pender’s history-based play exploring their relationship. Directed by Hope Alexander. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

The Night Alive – NRACT presents Conor McPherson’s 2013 drama about people in the margins who find an unlikely chance at redemption. Directed by Susannah Hough. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 25. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

One Man, Two Guvnors – Trying to make ends meet and desperate to fill his stomach, a servant secretly takes a job with two different employers. Richard Bean’s 2011 adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 1746 commedia Servant of Two Masters includes songs by Grant Olding, and transposes the commedia action to 1963 England, with the comic complications even more complex, and the servant just as hungry. Anybody have a sandwich? Raleigh Little Theatre’s production is directed by Rod Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Zucotti Park – Justice Theater Project presents Catherine Hurd and Vatrena King’s 2015 musical about the Occupy Movement. Directed by Jesse Pressler and Aya Wallace, Choreography by Aya Wallace, Music Direction by Ron Cornelous, Stage Direction by Kiara Dimitriadis. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh.
justicetheaterproject.org
 

ONGOING:

The God Game – A Republican U.S. Senator has a crisis of conscience (I know, but just go with it) when asked to compromise his beliefs in exchange for power. June Guralnick directs Suzanne Bradbeer’s 2014 drama for Sonorous Road Productions. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. Continues through February 19. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

* Intimate Apparel – PlayMakers Rep presents Lynn Nottage’s award-winning 2003 drama about an African-American seamstress who pursues her dreams in turn-of-the-century New York. Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Martin Luther King, An Interpretation – John Ivey returns in a one-man show about Martin Luther King, Jr., written and directed by Ira Knight, to be performed once a month through June. This week: Saturday 8:00. 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.

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Theater Week – House and Home

October 24, 2016

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Image: The Open House – Natalie Nobles

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 31, 2016

 
OPENING:

* Behind the Scenes – In 1870, Elizabeth Keckly visits the Burwell Academy for Young Ladies where she had been an enslaved servant and confronts its headmistress Anna Burwell. Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone’s site-specific play is presented by Azurean Arts. This weekend only: Saturday 2:00 and 5:00. (Possible added performances Sunday; check with producers for more info.) The Burwell School Historic Site, Hillsborough.
burwellschool.org

A Charlie Brown Christmas/Jingle Bell Jukebox – RLT is first out of the gate this fall with a double-feature of pre-Halloween Yuletide-themed shows. Directed by Linda O’Day Young for the RLT Youth Series. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 13. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Fun Home – Touring production of Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s 2013 hit musical adaptation of cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s 2006 “tragicomic” memoir, which tells her story of coming of age and coming out in a family with its own secrets. 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 Open House – A hilariously dysfunctional suburban family finds its reality slowly shifting towards something haunting and mysterious. Manbites Dog presents Will Eno’s subversive take on the classic American family drama. Directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 12. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Treatbag – “The curtain call is coming from INSIDE THE THEATER!!” Little Green Pig presents its 4th annual haunted theater fundraiser. One night only: Friday 9:00-11:00, Ponysaurus, 219 Hood Street, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Walk Two Moons – Durham Regional Theatre presents Tom Arvetis’ stage adaptation of Sharon Creech’s Newberry Medal-winning book. Directed by Jennifer Justice. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00. Continues through November 5. E.K. Powe School, 913 9th Street, Durham.
durhamregionaltheatre.com
 

ONGOING:

The Crucible – Playmakers Rep celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new staging of Arthur Miller’s disturbingly relevant 1953 political parable. Directed by Desdemona Chiang. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 6. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde – University Theatre presents Moisés Kaufman’s 1997 historical docudrama. Directed by Rachel Klem. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* Kiss Me, Kate – Samuel and Bella Spewack’s modern (circa 1948) meta retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, with songs by Cole Porter. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James. Presented by William Peace Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Kenan Auditorium, Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
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The Trump Card – Bully, billionaire, slumlord, super classy developer, world-class narcissist, Presidential candidate. Manbites Dog presents a staged reading adapted from the monologue by master storyteller Mike Daisey. Performed by Carl Martin, directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Sunday 7:30. Continues through November 7. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
  

IMPROV:

This weekend features three improv shows at Common Ground Theatre, Durham:
* Improv Percolator – Three improv teams in one night: Open Mind Students, Some Assembly, and Fatmouth Improv. One show: Friday 8:00.
* TAFFY: Improv for the Whole Family – Transactors presents a family friendly show. One show: Saturday 2:00.
* Third Date Improv – Improv show featuring a “bittersweet exploration of relationships”. One night: Saturday 8:00.
cgtheatre.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 – Celebrate

February 4, 2014

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Image: Little Green Pig

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 10, 2014

OPENING:
Brigid without a Story – In ancient Ireland, a poet competes to be the land’s best storyteller. An original musical fantasy, written and directed by Jennifer Justice. Presented by Durham Family Theatre. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 5:00. Continues through February 15. Trinity Methodist Church, Durham.
durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com

Celebration – A patriarch’s 60th birthday allows his family to get together and put the dys- back in -functional, in David Eldridge’s stage adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg’s darkly comic 1998 film Festen. Directed by Kevin Ewert. Presented by Little Green Pig. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through February 22. Shadowbox, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

* Defending the Caveman – We got some mansplainin’ to do. Touring production of Rob Becker’s 1991 one-man show, presented by the Carolina Theatre. Two shows only: Saturday 3:00 and 8:00.
carolinatheatre.org

The Maids – Jean Genet’s 1947 psychodrama, presented by Common Ground’s Small Series. Directed by Rachel Klem. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through February 15. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* Turtles – A homeless single mother struggles to hold onto her children, in a new play by John Greiner-Ferris. Presented by Meredith Ensemble Theatre. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

Wit – An English professor battling ovarian cancer, reflects on her life. Justice Theater Project presents Margaret Edson’s 1995 drama. Directed by Carnessa Ottelin. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 23. St. Francis Church, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

ONGOING:
* An Evening of Possibilities – Cary Players presents a variety of short plays by Mark Harvey Levine. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

* I Love My Hair When It’s Good: & Then Again When It Looks Defiant and Impressive – Two cousins grow up in a family of strong African American women. Created and directed by Chaunesti Webb. Presented by FORTY/AM. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

The Jesus Fund – A Manhattan seminary faces a hard choice when it receives an offer of help from a former student. A new play by Terry Milner, directed by Beth Gardiner. Presented by Burning Coal Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 16. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Private Lives – Noël Coward’s 1930 comedy of early 20th-century upper class manners. Directed by Sean Daniels. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

AUDITIONS:
Cary Players holds auditions for male version of The Odd Couple Wednesday 7:00, Cary Arts Center. More info

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 – Acts of War

November 5, 2013

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Achilles fighting Hector. Red-figure bowl (detail), circa 500-480 BC.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 11, 2013

OPENING:
* The Clean House – Infidelity, cleanliness, and a killing joke. Meredith Ensemble Theatre presents Sarah Ruhl’s 2004 comedy of odd manners. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Jones Auditorium, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

Many Moons – Four people grapple with love and find their lives intertwined in Alice Birch’s 2011 play. Directed by Gregor McElvogue. Presented by Common Wealth. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 16. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
fromcommonwealth.com

* Measure Back – A participatory theater experience about war and the choices it forces on us. Created by T. Ryder Smith & Christopher McElroen. Presented by Duke Performances and Manbites Dog Theater. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

The Mousetrap – It’s The Cabin in the Woods of Isolated-English Country-House-Full-of-Murder-Suspects-and-a-Detective Plays. Durham Family Theatre presents the 1952 Agatha Christie warhorse. Directed by Jennifer Justice. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through November 16. Trinity United Methodist Church, Durham.
durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com

ONGOING:
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! – A scheming first-grader uses Secret Santa as an instrument of revenge in Allison Gregory’s stage adaptation of the children’s book by Barbara Park. Directed by Linda O’Day Young. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 17. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Metamorphoses – Star-crossed lovers, a greedy king, a narcissist, and a very large pool of water are featured in Mary Zimmerman’s contemporary take on the classic Greek myths, presented by Playmakers Rep (in rotating rep with The Tempest). Co-directed by Joseph Haj and Dominique Serrand. This week: Tuesday/Friday/Sunday 7:30. Continues through December 8. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

A Queer Kiss – A growing romantic relationship causes conflict for two high school boys and their families, in a new play by Joel Drake Johnson. Directed by Paul Frellick. Presented by Deep Dish Theater. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 16. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

The Tempest – A magic island, a magician, and a monster. Playmakers Rep presents this season’s first of several takes on Shakespeare’s late-career fantasy (in rotating rep with Metamorphoses). Co-directed by Joseph Haj and Dominique Serrand. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 8. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

AUDITIONS:
Bare Theatre holds auditions for its remaining three shows of this season: Let Them Be Heard, Cymbeline, and Two Noble Kinsmen: Fire & Shadows. Saturday 1:00-5:00 Cameron Village Library – Raleigh. Sunday 2:00-6:00 Durham Public Library. More information.

Raleigh Little Theatre holds auditions for two upcoming shows Monday and Tuesday November 11 and 12: Caroline, or Change at the Sutton Theatre starting at 6:30, and The Divine Sister at the Gaddy-Godwin Theatre starting at 7:30 , at RLT, Raleigh. More information here and here.

* = Final 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 – Halloween Jesus

October 30, 2012

Jesus. Artist unknown.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 5, 2012

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.

OPENING:

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Some badly behaved kids are cast in the eponymous Nativity play, and it turns out to be the best one ever. Take that, Oberammergau! Thinking way outside the beautifully wrapped box, Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series gets the jump on other area companies by opening its Christmas show during Halloween week and closing it before Thanksgiving. Linda O’Day Young directs Barbara Robinson’s 1982 play, based on the 1971 book. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 18. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Between the Bells – High school kids encounter and overcome problems in a new play written and directed by Jennifer Justice. Presented by Durham Family Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 1:00. Continues through November 10. Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com

Godspell – The other 1971 Jesus musical, this one by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz. Presented by Peace Theatre, directed by Kenny Gannon, musical director: Julie Bradley. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through November 10. Leggett Theatre, Peace College Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.peace.edu

Jersey Boys – Yes, it’s a jukebox musical, but one with an actual (and true) plot: the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The touring production of the 2004 musical comes to town for a 3-week stay. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Continues through November 18. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Shining City – A Dublin therapist’s new patient has a disquieting story to tell in Conor McPherson’s 2004 ghost story. Jerome Davis directs for Burning Coal. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 18. The Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

ONGOING:
* I Hate Hamlet – A young New York actor gets lessons (life and acting) from the ghost of John Barrymore in NRACT’s production of the 1991 Paul Rudnick comedy. Directed by Tanner Lagasca. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Raleigh.
nract.org

Imaginary Invalid – “I told you I was sick!” PlayMakers presents Le malade imaginaire, the 1673 comedy by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (Molière), in a new adaptation by David Ball. Directed by Dominique Serrand. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 11. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

The Leader – Bare Theatre presents Eugene Ionesco’s 1953 absurdist one-act (which gives new meaning to the term “head of state”) plus several original short pieces. Directed by G. Todd Buker. This week: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 11. Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh.
brownpapertickets.com/event

* The Paper Hat Game – A dreamlike journey into the soul of a city, using video, puppetry, and soundscapes. A revival of the 2011 production at Duke, created and directed by Torry Bend, with video design by Raquel Salvatella de Prada. This week: Thursday 8:15, Friday 8:15 and 10:15, Saturday 3:15 and 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

She Stoops to Conquer – A rich upper-class woman pretends to be a lower-class maid in order to win the man of her dreams. Deep Dish presents Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 hit comedy, directed by Tony Lea. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 17. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* The 39 Steps – Temple Theatre presents the second of two local productions this month. (RLT closed their version last week.). Take a serviceable Hitchcock spy thriller from the 1930’s containing a multitude of locations and dozens of characters, then use just four actors and a lot of ingenuity to recreate it on stage. Result: a sometimes hilarious farce that’s going to have a bajillion productions around the country at community theaters with good tech crews and fast on their feet actors. It’s doubtful this formula would work with Psycho, but can a stage version of North by Northwest be far behind? (Director unlisted.) This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
templeshows.com

* = Final 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.


Theater Week – End of May

May 28, 2012

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 4, 2012

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.

OPENING:
Between the Bells – A play about high school and how to survive it. Written and directed by Jennifer Justice, presented by Durham Family Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through June 9. St. Joseph’s/Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com

H.I.S. Thoughts: A Tribute to Keenan Gorham – Black Poetry Theatre presents a dramatic reading based on the poetry of the late Keenan Gorham. One performance: Saturday 7:00. Common ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

KidsWrite Performance Festival – Burning Coal’s annual festival of plays written by students from the 6th to 12th grade. Directed by Jerome Davis and Adam Sullivan. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Burning Coal/The Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

Lettice and Lovage – Peter Shaffer’s 1987 comedy about an over imaginative British tour guide, presented in rotating rep as part of University Theatre’s 3-show summer TheatreFest (see also Fallen Angels). Directed by John McIlwee. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NC State Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

ONGOING:
Fallen Angels – University Theatre leads off its 3-show summer TheatreFest with Noël Coward’s 1925 comedy (see also Lettice and Lovage). Directed by Rachel Klem. This week: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 7:30. Continues in rotating rep through June 10. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

In on It – Two men struggle to create a play, in Daniel MacIvor’s meta-theatrical 2000 dram-com. Presented by Manbites Dog. Directed by Dana Marks. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:15. Continues through June 9. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

AUDITIONS:
Clayton Youth Theater will audition 7th to 12th grade-age actors for its July production of Hairspray. Friday 6:00, Saturday 10:00 a.m. Clayton Center, Clayton.
claytonyouththeater.com [Note: The CYT website has problems displaying in a Firefox browser; try Chrome or Explorer instead.]

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions.
For a more complete listing of area events,
we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.


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