Theater Week – White Is To Be Done?

May 9, 2017

 

Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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 – A Tale Told by an American Idiot

April 20, 2016

 
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Jan Matejko (1862). Stańczyk, National Museum in Warsaw

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 25, 2016

 

SPECIAL EVENT:
Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in Five Days – Round the clock readings of all the plays, featuring 38 theater companies from around the state, produced and co-presented by Burning Coal Theatre in association with the NC Museum of History, which is hosting a touring exhibit of a 1623 First Folio in May. Begins Saturday at noon with Henry VI Part 1, and climaxes with Two Noble Kinsmen [!!] Thursday April 28 at 3:00 a.m.
ncmuseumofhistory.org
 

OPENING:

* American Idiot – Peace Theatre’s “Raleigh premiere” production of the Green Day rock opera, last seen in these parts in a 2014 touring production at DPAC. (See below for a currently running Durham production.) Directed by Amy White. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kenan Hall, William Peace University, Raleigh.
peace.edu

* Cabaret – If you missed the 2012 production at Peace College or the 2013 production at PlayMakers, here’s a touring production of the most recent Broadway production. This week only: Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* #Comments Act 1: Mayo – Evening of sketch comedy, music, and mayo, presented by You Big Talker. One night: Saturday 7:00. Shadowbox Studio, 900 E. Club Blvd, Durham.
shadowboxstudio.org

* Cyrano – Company Carolina presents Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner’s small cast adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 comedy. No director listed. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. Closes Sunday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* The Odd Couple – Studio A presents the female version of Neil Simon’s venerable mismatched roommates comedy. Directed by Melissa Lozoff. This week only: Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:30 and 7:30. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* Welcome to Night Vale: Ghost Stories – Live performance of the spookily popular comic podcast about a small town with supernatural reality issues. One show: Wednesday 8:00, Meymandi Concert Hall, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

ONGOING:

* American Idiot – “Triangle Premiere” of the Green Day rock opera, presented by Duke’s student musical theater group Hoof’n’ Horn – opened last week. (See above.) No director listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu

* Charlotte’s Web – Stage adaptation of E.B. White’s 1952 children’s book about a hapless pig under threat of death and the literate and scarily intelligent spider who saves him. Directed by Nikki Dyke. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre Youth Series. This week: Wednesday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Saturday. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Elephant Man – Bernard Pomerance’s 1979 play tells the story of John Merrick. Directed by Ira David Wood III. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* “Master Harold”…and the Boys – Athol Fugard’s 1982 drama set in Apartheid-era South Africa. Directed by Jesse Gephart, presented by Mortall Coile Theatre Company. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* The Nether – In the near future, when the internet has become a totally immersive virtual reality, an investigator discovers a secret domain where beauty and horror walk hand in hand. Manbites Dog Theater presents Jennifer Haley’s disturbing 2012 thriller. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* The Piano Has Been Drinking: A Tom Waits Cabaret – Benefit fundraiser for Little Green Pig. This week: Friday 8:00, Arcana Bar, 331 W. Main – back entrance, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com
 
* Spoonface Steinberg – Stage version of Lee Hall’s 1997 radio drama about a 7-year-old autistic girl battling cancer, with a different actor for each performance. Presented by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoaltheatre.org

* Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – PlayMakers Rep presents the second area production in as many months of Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 musical thriller about a barber with a rapidly diminishing clientele and a baker with a rapidly increasing supply of free range meat pies. Directed by Jen Wineman. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife – NRACT presents Charles Busch’s 2000 comedy about upper class New Yorkers. Directed by Timothy E. Locklear. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* The Wizard of Oz – Stage version of the L. Frank Baum fantasy, based on the 1939 film version with songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Presented by Cary Players, directed by Jon Todd, music director Craig Johnson. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.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 – Catch the Wind

October 28, 2014

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Kwamea Wilkerson in Mirandy and Brother Wind, Curtis Brown Photography

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 3, 2014

OPENING:

Into the Woods – A revisionist take on classic fairy tales. PlayMakers presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical in rolling repertory with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Joseph Haj. This week: Sunday 7:30. Continues through December 6. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

The Landing – Three stories of love and loss, with a touch of fantasy. Deep Dish Theater presents the 2013 John Kander/Greg Pierce musical. Directed by Paul Frellick; musical direction by Glenn Mehrbach. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 22. Common Ground, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mismatched lovers, a moonlit forest, and a mischievous fairy? Must be Shakespeare. In rolling repertory with Into the Woods? Must be PlayMakers Rep. Directed by Shana Cooper. This week: Saturday 7:30. Continues through December 7. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Mirandy and Brother Wind – Mirandy, a young girl from a small Southern community, is determined to catch Brother Wind in order to win a cakewalk contest. Raleigh Little Theatre Youth Series presents the 2011 Michael J. Bobbitt and John L. Cornelius musical adaptation of Patricia C. McKissack’s 1988 book. Directed by Linda O’Day Young. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 16. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Treatbag – Interactive haunted theater performance and fundraiser, presented by Little Green Pig. Bring a flashlight. One night: Halloween Night, 8:00 – 10:00. The very spooky Fruit Company art space, 305 S. Dillard, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

* Fourth Annual Halloween Shorts! – An evening of original short spooky plays by local playwrights, presented by Playwright’s Roundtable. One Night: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 
 
ONGOING:
* If My Feet Have Lost the Ground – Torry Bend combines puppetry, video, and music for a dreamlike show about a woman on a journey of flight and revelation. Presented by StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:15, Saturday 2:00 and 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 
 
AUDITIONS:
Tiny Engine holds auditions for its 2015 productions of Recall and Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Saturday noon to 5:00 by appointment. 1307 West Knox, Durham. More info.

* – 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 – Maybe This Time

April 2, 2013

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 8, 2013

OPENING:
Cabaret – Playmakers presents the 1966 Kander-Ebb musical, featuring veteran performance artist Taylor Mac as the Emcee, in a production apparently using the 1993 London revival (and subsequent long-running New York production) as its template. Directed by Joseph Haj. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through April 21. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* 50 Shades! The Musical – Touring musical parody of the racy romance novel, hosted by Broadway Series South. This week only: Tuesday-Wednesday 7:30, Thursday-Saturday 6:30 and 9:30. Fletcher Theater, DEC, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

The Heidi Chronicles – University Theatre presents Wendy Wasserstein’s 1988 play about a woman trying to balance the personal and professional parts of her life. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 21. Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

Lear – “An inaccurate distortion of Shakespeare’s King Lear”, which omits Lear and focuses on Goneril, Regan, Cordelia, Edgar, and Edmund. And Big Bird. Jody McAuliffe directs Young Jean Lee’s 2010 theatrical provocation. Presented by Duke Theater Studies. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 14. Sheafer Theater in the Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

Morning’s at Seven – Paul Osborn’s 1939 comedy portraying two families in small town America. Directed by Tim Wiest. Presented by Cary Players. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 14. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

Stop Kiss – Two women’s relationship is tested by sudden adversity in Diana Son’s 1998 drama. Presented by Peace Theatre. Directed by Kenny Gannon. Opens: Monday April 8 7:30. Continues through April 13. Leggett theatre, Peace College Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.peace.edu

ONGOING:
* Derklöwnschpankeneffekt – Clowns, cannibalism, and some big ass hands are featured in two absurdist one-acts by Polish playwright Sławomir Mrożek: Out at Sea and Striptease (both 1961). Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Michael O’Foghludha. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

The Smell of the Kill – Three women wonder if their husbands just might be expendable, in Temple Theatre’s production of Michele Lowe’s 2002 dark comedy. No director listed. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through April 14. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
templeshows.com

* Tigers Be Still – Kim Rosenstock’s quirky 2010 comedy about a woman dealing with depression, unemployment, and an escaped tiger. Produced by Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre. Directed by Rod Rich. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

IMPROV:
* Third Date – New improv company with a rotating cast for each show. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.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. 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 – Size Only

July 31, 2012


Size Only (M Series). Photo: Ed Hunt

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 6, 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:
Chicago – Give ’em the 37-year-old razzle dazzle! It’s a touring production of the 1975 Kander/Ebb/Fosse musical (and current long-running Broadway revival). 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

ONGOING:
Hairspray – John Waters opines on the state of racial relations in early 1960’s America as Clayton Youth Theatre presents the wholesome and uplifting stage musical version of one of his least depraved movies. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. The Clayton Center, Clayton.
claytonyouththeater.com

Race – Another white male voice heard from. David Mamet opines on the current state of American racial relations, in this satire set in a multi-racial law firm. Presented by Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy and Theatre Raleigh. Neither director nor cast listed on the website, but presumably there are some talented folks involved. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theater, PEC, Raleigh.
hotsummernightsatthekennedy.org

AUDITIONS:
Cary Players holds auditions for its September production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Wednesday 7:00 Cary Arts Center, or Thursday 7:00 Page-Walker Arts Center in Cary. More info.

Torry Bend is still looking for talented puppeteers or actor/dancers with interest in puppeteering, for a fall remount and potential 2013 tour of her show, The Paper Hat Game. Performers must be able to travel. For more information, or to schedule an audition, contact her at torrybend at gmail.com or by phone: 510-414-2944.

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 – Life is Beautiful!

February 14, 2012


Derrick Ivey and Sidney Edwards in Cabaret

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 20, 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:
Cabaret – Join Sally and the gang at the Kit Kat Club in Peace College’s production of Kander and Ebb’s 1966 musical. Directed by Kenny Gannon. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through February 25. Leggett Theater, Peace College, Raleigh.
theatre.peace.edu

Circle Mirror Transformation – Raleigh Ensemble Players presents Annie Baker’s 2009 comedy about a group of strangers in an adult creative drama class. Directed by C. Glen Matthews. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 7:00. Continues through March 5. REP, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.
realtheatre.org

Desert Stories – Staged readings of two one-act plays about Moses by Michael Halperin: Freud at Sinai and Poor Timing, presented by OdysseyStage. Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Repeats on Sunday February 26. Levin Jewish Community Center, Durham.
odysseystage.org

Les Misérables – National touring production of the 1985 musical, hosted by NC Theatre and Broadway Series South. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

Measure for Measure – Fiasco Theater finishes a two-week residency at Duke with two workshop readings of its next Shakespeare production. Presented by Duke Performances and the Department of Theater Studies. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00.
• Open rehearsal: Tuesday 6:00.
Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University West Campus.
dukeperformances.duke.edu

The Odd Couple – 1965 comedy by Neil Simon. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 4. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
templeshows.com

One Night of Absolute Dismay – An evening of one-act plays, presented by Bare Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 26. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
baretheatre.org

The Sound of Music – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1959 musical, presented by Meredith Ensemble Theatre. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, Raleigh.
brownpapertickets.com

ONGOING:
Black Mama Monologues – Monologues, music, and dance about African American mothers. Conceived by Anton Hough and Kerri Mubaarak, and directed by Stephanie “Asabi” Howard. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. University Theater, NCCU, Durham.
nccu.edu

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – 1994 musical revue about relationships by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, presented by North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. Directed by Rob Outterson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

The Making of a King: Henry IV/Henry V – Slacker Prince Hal becomes King, defeats the French, and wins a hot wife, in Playmakers’ rotating rep presentation of Henry IV (both parts) and Henry V. Co-directed by Joseph Haj and Mike Donahue. This week: Henry IV Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00; Henry V Tuesday and Thursday 7:30, Saturday 2:00. Continues through March 4. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Man of La Mancha – Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion, and Mitch Leigh’s 1965 musical adaptation of Don Quixote, presented by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Tea Alagic. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. The Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

The Miss Firecracker Contest – A Mississippi woman is determined to win the local beauty pageant in Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of Beth Henley’s 1984 comedy. Directed by Shawn Smith. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Molly Daughter – Musical about the women of 19th century coal-mining communities. Written and directed by Deb Royals, music by Alan Scott. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 26. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Leesville Road, Raleigh.
justicetheaterproject.org

Pterodactyls – Nicky Silver’s very dark 1993 farce about an imploding nuclear family. Presented by Free Association Theatre Ensemble. Directed by Leslie A. Pless. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. FATE, Harrison Pointe Shopping Center, Cary.
fate4.us

Solo Takes On 3: Story, Identity & Desire – A festival of one-person performances presented in rotating repertory by UNC’s Department of Communication Studies. Final presentation: No One Hurts You More Than S/Mother by Shannon Wong Lerner, Tuesday 5:00. Hill Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
uncnews.unc.edu

COMEDY FESTIVAL:
NC Comedy Arts Festival: Improv Week – Over 70 improv acts from around the country. Tuesday-Saturday various times. The ArtsCenter and the DSI Comedy Theater, Carrboro.
nccomedyarts.com

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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