Theater Week – Homeplace

June 13, 2018

 

Manbites Dog Theater, June 2018. Photo: Ed Hunt

 

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                Throw the doors wide on green-gold light
                And acknowledge the silent service of walls …

                … The door breaks open
                At last.

                Spring light! Now rush on past me.
                Flood the rooms.

                      – Reynolds Price, “Spring Takes the Homeplace”. 1988.
 
 

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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 18, 2018

 
OPENING:

It Shoulda Been You – Theatre in the Park presents Barbara Anselmi and Brian Hargrove’s 2015 musical comedy about a wedding where wouldn’t you know it everything goes wrong. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 1. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

Nunsense – Dan Goggin’s 1985 comedy (perhaps the only long-running Off-Broadway hit musical based on a line of greeting cards) tells the story of the surviving nuns of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who are staging a variety show to raise money for a burial fund. Presented as part of TheatreFest, University Theatre’s summer festival of three light entertainments in rotating rep. Directed by John C. McIlwee. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 24. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

Significant Other – Theatre Raleigh presents Joshua Harmon’s 2015 comedy about a gay man looking for Mr. Right. No director listed. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 24. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com
 

ONGOING:

* Buy My Body and Call It a Ticket – Monét Noelle Marshall’s groundbreaking “Buy It Call It” trilogy continues with another must-see immersive participatory theater installation exploring issues of art, capitalism, race and self-worth. This week: Friday and Saturday at 7:00 and 8:30. Closes Saturday. The Fruit, 305 South Dillard Street, Durham.
monetnoellemarshall.com

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) – A girl and her mother deal with loss, celebrity superheroes, and a talking apartment in Sheila Callaghan’s 2000 play. Directed by Kayla Kaufman. Presented by Women’s Theatre Festival as part of its 2018 “Women Are Heroes” season. This week: Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 24. Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.com/crumble

Don’t Dress for Diner – Plans for a weekend of infidelity go off the rails in this English-language adaptation of Marc Camoletti’s 1987 sex farce Pyjamas Pour Six. Directed by Patrick Torres. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 24. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Oliver! – Justice Theater Project presents the 1960 musical based on the Charles Dickens novel. Directed by Jerry Sipp, with music direction by Ronzel Bell. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Continues through June 24. Umstead Park UCC, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* Spring Awakening – Teenagers discover sexuality and things don’t go well in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s 2006 musical based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by Timothy E. Locklear, with music director Craig Johnson and choreographer Aya Wallace. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

The 39 Steps – It’s the 1930s, and an ordinary Londoner gets mixed up with a spy plot, in a comic thriller featuring four actors playing over 20 roles. This 1995 stage adaptation relies mainly on the screenplay by Charles Bennett and Ian Hay for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film (loosely based on the 1915 John Buchan novel). Presented as part of TheatreFest, University Theatre’s summer festival of three light entertainments in rotating rep. Directed by Rachel Klem. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 24. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

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
 

* – 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 – Celebrate

May 30, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 4, 2018

SPECIAL EVENT:

A Manbites Dog Celebration – Manbites Dog Theater hosts a valedictory party celebrating 31 seasons of great theater and great audiences. Free event but registration is required. One night only: Friday June 1 from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. The Rickhouse, 609 Foster Street, Durham.
More information and registration here.
 

OPENING:

Deathtrap – Ira Levin’s 1978 plot-twist-filled who/what/why-done-it about an established playwright, known for his hugely successful stage mysteries, who may be dangerously envious of a younger writer. Presented as part of TheatreFest, University Theatre’s summer festival of three light entertainments in rotating rep. Directed by John C. McIlwee. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 10. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

The Dream of the Burning Boy – A high school teacher attempts to deal with the sudden death of one of his students in David West Read’s 2011 drama. Directed by Eliza McLamb and Naomi Nelson. Presented by OneSong Productions. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Spring Awakening – Teenagers discover sexuality and things don’t go well in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s 2006 musical based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by Timothy E. Locklear, with music director Craig Johnson and choreographer Aya Wallace. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 17. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org
 

ONGOING:

* Blood Done Sign My Name – Set in Oxford, North Carolina, Mike Wiley’s play – adapted from the memoir by Timothy Tyson – tells the true story of a racially motivated 1970 murder and its aftermath. Directed by Joseph Megel; presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Wakey, Wakey – “We’re here to say goodbye.” For its final production, Manbites Dog presents Will Eno’s 2017 comic meditation on the sorrow and joy accumulated on life’s journey. Expect laughter. Expect tears. Expect celebration. Directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 8:15, Friday 7:30, Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 10. 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 – Tragic Romance

June 7, 2017

 

Bust of Sophocles, Pushkin Museum.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 12, 2017

 

OPENING:

Fool for Love – New Triangle theater group McQueen & Company presents Sam Shepard’s 1983 drama about star-crossed lovers reuniting in a desert motel room. Directed by Andy Hayworth. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 25. Research Triangle High School, 3106 NC-54, Durham.
mcqueenandcompany.com

Full Gallop – John C. McIlwee directs Lynda Clark in Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton’s 1996 one-woman show about New York fashion magazine editor Diana Vreeland. Presented as part of University Theatre’s TheatreFEST 2017. This week: Friday 7:00 (includes pre-show gala), Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 24. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

The Greeks – Burning Coal Second Stage and CAM/Raleigh premiere Ian Finley and Alex Tobey’s new adaptation of three Sophocles tragedies – Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. Directed by Alex Tobey. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00. Continues through June 25. CAM, 409 West Martin Street, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* The King and I – Touring production of the recent revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. 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.
dpacnc.com

Porgy and Bess – Justice Theater Project presents the 1935 musical by George and Ira Gerswin and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, with a 2011 book adaptation by Suzan-Lori Parks. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 25. Umstead Park Church, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org
 

ONGOING:

Avenue Q – “The internet is for covfefe.” Raleigh Little Theatre presents the 2003 musical featuring puppets making bad life decisions as they struggle to get by in New York. Directed by Jesse R. Gephart. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Extended through June 25. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Finding Patience – An original play, written and directed by Angie Ottosen-Staheli, about a freed slave who has watched over the town of Holly Springs for the past 175 years. Presented by the town of Holly Springs. Wednesday-Thursday and Monday at 7:00. Continues through June 17. Holly Springs Cultural Center.
findingpatienceplay.com

* Ghost the Musical – NRACT presents the 2011 musical adaptation of the 1990 romantic film fantasy (and yes, it includes the song “Unchained Melody”). Directed by Chasta Hamilton Calhoun, presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Smokey Joe’s Cafe – Theatre Raleigh presents the 1994 musical review showcasing the Leiber-Stoller songbook. Directed by Julia Murney, choreography by Abbey O’Brien. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

Tea with Edie & Fitz – In Adam Pasen’s 2013 play about their one and only meeting, Edith Wharton, the literary giant of the Gilded Age, invites Jazz Age novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald to tea. Things do not go well for him in what was later described as “one of the better known failed encounters in the American literary annals”. Directed by Mia Self. Presented as part of University Theatre’s TheatreFEST 2017. This week: Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday 7:30. Continues through June 18. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

* – 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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