Theater Week – Lonely Heart

April 17, 2018

Carson McCullers, 1947. Photographer unknown. 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 23, 2018

 

OPENING:

* Assassins – If you’re kicking yourself for missing last month’s Theatre in the Park production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical about individuals who attempted to kill US Presidents, here’s your second shot. William Peace University’s production is directed by Wade Newhouse, with musical direction by Matt Hodge. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Kenan Auditorium, Browne-McPherson Building, WPU Campus, Raleigh.
wputheatre.ticketleap.com

* Bright Star – Touring production of the 2014 Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical, set in post-WWII Asheville. Hosted by Broadway South and NC Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

* For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf – Justice Theater Project presents Ntozake Shange’s 1974 choreopoem play for a weekend of staged readings. Directed by Kyma Lassiter. This week only: Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Seby Jones Auditorium, St. Augustine University Campus, Raleigh.
justicetheaterproject.org

Hand to God – A puppet used in a Christian-ministry youth performance may be Satan. Theatre in the Park presents Robert Askin’s 2011 dark comedy. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 6. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Marie Antoinette – Meredith College Theater presents David Adjimi’s 2012 satirical history play about power, politics, and royalty. Directed by Catherine Rodgers. This week only: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Studio Theatre, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

The Member of the Wedding – For its inaugural production, new Triangle company Star Pocket Theatre presents Carson McCullers’ 1950 play (based on her novel) about adolescent tomboy Frankie trying to come to terms with family and self-identity. Directed by Brent Wilson. This week: Thursday-Sunday 8:00. Continues through April 29. VAE, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh.
brownpapertickets.com

* The Mountaintop – Radio performance company L.A. Theatre Works’ touring production of Katori Hall’s play about Martin Luther King’s final night. Presented by NC State Live. Director not listed. One night only: Tuesday 8:00. Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
live.arts.ncsu.edu

Peter and the Starcatcher – Based on a young adult novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Rick Elice’s 2009 play is a prequel of sorts to J.M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 6. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Proof – David Auburn’s frequently performed 2000 drama about a woman dealing with the legacy of her late father, a brilliant but disturbed mathematician. Presented by Forest Moon Theater. Directed by Bob Baird. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Continues through April 29. Wake Forest Community House, Holding Park, 133 W Owen Ave, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

ShakesBEER II: The Bard Strikes Back – “Hold my beer, I’m gonna do an alcohol-themed evening of Shakespeare.” Bare Theater’s site-appropriate presentation returns. Directed by Dustin Britt, with fight choreography by Heather J. Strickland, musical direction by Camille Watson, and additional words by Charles Keith. This week: Sunday 8:00, The Pinhook, Durham. Continues at various ABC licensed locations through May 3.
baretheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

* The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey – Citizens of a seaside New Jersey town – all portrayed by David Henderson – react to the disappearance of a missing teenager in Honest Pint Theatre production of James Lecesne’s 2015 solo drama. Directed by Susannah Hough. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

Adventure Road: A Story of Huck and Tom – Family-friendly play based on the Mark Twain Characters, presented by Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series. Director not listed. This week: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 29. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

Alice @ Wonderland – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Jonathan Yukich’s retelling of the Lewis Carroll story – with an Alice from the modern digital era. Directed by Chasta Hamilton. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Sensory-friendly performance on April 28. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4. Duke’s musical theater group Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 1975 Kander and Ebb musical. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 1:00 and 8:00. Sunday 1:00. Closes Sunday. von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu

* Harvey – Get to know your rabbit. University Theatre presents Mary Chase’s 1944 comedy, directed by Mia Self. Old chestnut or hardy perennial? You decide. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

King Charles III – Burning Coal presents Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play, set in the near future, in which Prince Charles ascends to the British throne, and blank verse political drama ensues. Directed by Karen O’Brien. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 29. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Leaving Eden – Mike Wiley’s new play – scored by singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett – follows decades of history in a small North Carolina town where the citizens who make up its economic backbone are also its most vulnerable. Vivienne Benesch directs PlayMakers’ world-premiere production. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.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 – Valentine Sees It All

February 16, 2016

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 22, 2016

 
OPENING:

 
* Feb 48 – One Song Productions’ annual marathon of one-act plays written, directed, and performed by high school students in a 48-hour period. One show: Sunday 7:30. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro. artscenterlive.org

* The First Woman President – Triangle Playwrights presents a staged reading of a new play by Keith Burridge about Edith Wilson. Directed by Annie Taft. One performance: Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro. artscenterlive.org

* Hamlet – Shakespeare’s family drama is the inaugural production by a new Durham company, Eno River Players. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:00, Saturday 1:00 and 7:00. Mosaic Church, Club Boulevard, Durham. enoriverplayers.org

Hurt Village – The demolition of a housing project impacts a young rapper and her family in Katori Hall’s 2011 drama. Directed by Dr. Stephanie “Asabi” Howard. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 28. University Theatre, Farrison-Newton Building, NCCU Campus, Durham. facebook.com

Jacuzzi – Ward Theatre Company presents the 2014 darkly comic thriller by The Debate Society – Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, and Oliver Butler. This week: Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30.  Continues through March 20. Ward Theatre, Pine Cone Drive, Durham. wardtheatrecompany.com

* Leading Ladies – University Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s 2004 farce in which itinerant Shakespearean actors in Pennsylvania pretend to be heirs to a fortune. Director not listed. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.

* Mary Domingo – Mary Peabody Mann, widow of 19th Century education reformer Horace Mann, hopes to carry on his work by translating a book by Domingo Sarmiento, an Argentine intellectual. A new play by Anne García Romero, presented by the Process Series in partnership with the Teatro Latina/o Series and the Program in Latina/o Studies. UPDATE: Dates changed to Friday and Saturday February 26 and 27, 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
unc.edu

* Waiting for Godot – Wait for it. Samuel Beckett’s 1953 classic, presented by Meredith Ensemble Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Sunday 7:30. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu
 

ONGOING:

* Crossing Delancey – Remember that Amy Irving/Peter Riegert romantic comedy from the late 80’s about a young single woman in Manhattan whose grandmother decides to play matchmaker? She works in a bookstore, he sells pickles? Yeah, that one. This is the play by Susan Sandler that it’s based on. Presented by Cary Players. Directed by Bruce Ackerman. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Downtown Theatre.
caryplayers.org

The Lion King – Touring production of Julie Taymor’s 1997 stage adaptation of the 1994 Disney movie. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Continues through March 20. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Love Letters – Bare Theatre presents A.R. Gurney’s 1989 epistolary romantic drama, directed by Rebecca Blum. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 28. Sonorous Road, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
baretheatre.org

Sweeney Todd – Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 musical thriller about a barber (David Henderson) with a rapidly diminishing clientele and a baker with a rapidly increasing supply of free range meat pies. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. Directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 28. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Tuesdays with Morrie – Justice Theater Project and director Andy Hayworth remount their 2011 production of Mitch Ablom and Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage version of Ablom’s memoir. John Honeycutt returns as Morrie, with Jerry Sipp as Mitch. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Leesville Road, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* The Underpants – “German” and “Farce” seem an unlikely pairing, but Steve Martin’s 2002 adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1910 comedy Die Hose begs to differ. Presented by Theatre in the Park; director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com
 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

* Black Magic – Pop-up performance, community mixer/fundraiser by Black Ops Theatre Company paying homage to black trailblazers in art and entertainment. One show: Saturday 8:00. The Carrack, Durham. thecarrack.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 – Go Tell It

February 4, 2015

mountain

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 9, 2015

OPENING:
Black Pearl Sings – Frank Higgins’ play about an imprisoned African American woman whose musical heritage may gain her freedom. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 22. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments – Six monologues by African American playwrights about being a black man in 21st century America. Directed by Monet Marshall. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

The Mountaintop – Katori Hall’s 2009 drama focuses on Martin Luther King Jr. the night before his assassination. Directed by Jade Arnold. Presented by Justice Theater Project. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 22. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* The Piano Lesson – During the Depression, an antique piano becomes the flash point for a Pittsburgh family’s struggle with its legacy. Amy White directs August Wilson’s 1990 play. Presented by William Peace Theatre. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
peace.edu
 
 
ONGOING:
* Laughter on the 23rd Floor – NRACT presents Neil Simon’s 1993 comedy about writers on a 1950s television show. Directed by Jon Todd. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Romeo and Juliet – Burning Coal presents Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, directed by Emily Ranii. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 15. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Trouble in Mind – In the 1950s, a groundbreaking racially integrated Broadway play poses a difficult choice for an African American actress. PlayMakers Rep presents Alice Childress’ 1955 play, directed by Jade King Carroll. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 
 
PUPPETS/IMPROV:
Fairy Tale Puppet Theatre – Fatmouth Improv and PuppetHead Theatre in a family-friendly show of improvisation, puppetry, and fairy tales. This week: Sunday 3:00. (Next week: Benefit performance for Durham Crisis Response Center.) Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* The Love Show – Transactors annual evening of Valentines Day-inspired improv. One show: Saturday 8:00. 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 – Only Light

September 17, 2013

Luther King

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 23, 2013

OPENING:
The Mountaintop – Katori Hall’s 2009 play about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. takes place in his motel room the night before his assassination. Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges. Presented by Playmakers Rep in a co-production with Triad Stage. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 6. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

ONGOING:
Art – Yasmina Reza’s 1994 comedy about three men whose divergent opinions on an expensive painting strain their friendship. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. Directed by Jesse R. Gephart. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 29. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Chairs – Common Ground’s new “Small Series” presents Eugène Ionesco’s 1952 absurdist tragic farce about an elderly couple preparing for the arrival of some hypothetical guests. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.org

The Crucible – Arthur Miller’s 1953 drama presented by a teenage cast. Directed by Beth Brody. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 29. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

The Heretic – A scientist gets into hot water when her research casts doubt on climate change. Burning Coal presents Richard Bean’s 2011 comedy. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 29. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Dale Wasserman’s 1963 stage adaptation of the Ken Kesey novel, presented by Justice Theater Project. Directed by Jeremy Fiebig. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Clare Hall, St. Francis, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* Our Town – An all-Black cast performs Thornton Wilder’s 1938 masterwork: a meditation on community, love, death, and eternity. Directed by Jay O’Berski; musical direction by Justin Robinson. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Trotter Building (410 West Geer St.), Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

IMPROV:
* Transactors Improv: For Families – Family-friendly improv performance. One show: Saturday 6:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

OTHER EVENTS:
CenterFest – Durham’s annual downtown street festival of arts, crafts, performance, and food. Saturday 10:00-6:00, Sunday 11:00-5:00.
centerfest.durhamarts.org

* = 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.


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