A listing of Triangle theater performances
through January 28, 2019
Ashe in Johannesburg – “Athletes, especially black athletes, must use every resource at their command to right things that are wrong.” In 1973, African American tennis star Arthur Ashe travels to South Africa and confronts its apartheid policies. World premiere of a new play by Hannah Benitez, commissioned and produced by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 10. Burning Coal, Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
The Herd – A woman arranges a family gathering for the 21st birthday of her severely disabled son, but things don’t go as planned. David Henderson directs Rory Kinnear’s 2013 dark comedy for Honest Pint Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 10. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
Jump – Two grieving strangers meet on a bridge discover the magic of hope. Charly Evon Simpson’s whimsical new play is presented by PlayMakers Rep as part of National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere. Directed by Whitney White. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 10. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
* Miss Saigon – DPAC presents a touring production of the 1989 musical, a loose adaptation of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly transposed to Vietnam during the closing days of the war. Village Voice critic Michael Feingold famously disliked the show when it opened on Broadway in 1991: “Every civilization gets the theater it deserves, and we get Miss Saigon, which means we can now say definitively that our civilization is over.” Celebrate the end of civilization this week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
* Songs for Drella: A Song Cycle About Andy Warhol – Little Green Pig presents Lou Reed and John Cale’s 1989 tribute to Andy Warhol, performed in its entirety. This week only: Saturday and Sunday 8:00. Living Arts Collective, 410 W Geer St, Durham.
Spring Awakening – Teenagers discover sexuality and things don’t go well. Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s 2006 musical based on the still shocking 1891 play by Frank Wedekind gets its third local production in the last three years, this time by Duke’s student musical theater group Hoof ‘n’ Horn. Directed by Tori Trimm; musical direction by Julia Nicholas. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 3. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
The Talk – In a divided America, an African American father has a difficult conversation with his son. Written and performed by Sonny Kelly. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by StreetSigns and Bulldog Ensemble Theater. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 10 at The Fruit, 305 South Dillard Street, Durham. (Continues February 14-17 at Historic PlayMakers Theatre, 122 East Cameron Avenue, UNC, Chapel Hill.)
* Measure for Measure – An unstable ruler, abuse of power, the stuggle for female agency: Raleigh Little Theatre presents Shakespeare’s rumination on virtue and sin. Directed by Rebecca Blum. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, 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 CVNC.org. 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.