Theater Week – Bull Dog

September 19, 2017

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 25, 2017

 
OPENING:

Playing with Fire – Theatre in the Park presents Barbara Field’s 1989 stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 8. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

Pride and Prejudice – University Theatre presents Jon Jory’s stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1813 comedy of manners. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 1. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

Silver Lining – Five women in a retirement home are threatened by a flood in a new comedy by Sandi Toksvig. Presented by Peony Productions. Director not listed. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com
 

ONGOING:
 
The Cake – A baker finds it hard to reconcile her religious beliefs with a wedding cake order for two women about to be married. PlayMakers Rep begins their new season with a new comedy by Bekah Brunstetter. Directed by Jeffrey Meanza. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30 (no Saturday performance). Continues through October 1. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* California Suite – Forest Moon presents Neil Simon’s 1976 comedy anthology of four short plays, all set in the same room of a Los Angeles hotel. Directed by Lisa Binion. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Closer Than They Appear – Incorporating virtual reality animated landscapes designed by Jared Mezzocchi, Christine Evans’ play tells the story of an Iraq War veteran undergoing PTSD therapy. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by Piedmont Performance Factory, in partnership with The Process Series. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead – A group of teenagers must deal with drug use, sex, depression, suicide, abuse, and rabies, in Bert V. Royal’s unauthorized 2004 parody of Peanuts. Presented by NRACT. Directed by Pete Comperatore. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. NRACT, Leadmine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Escape to Freedom – Interactive experience about attempted escapes from antebellum slave life. Presented by MOJOAA. This week: Friday and Saturday 6:00, 7:30, 9:00. Closes Saturday. Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh.
mojoaa.org

* King Lear – An aging ruler makes a series of increasingly bad executive decisions, resulting in a hostile takeover. Honest Pint presents the Shakespeare tragedy in association with Sweet Tea Shakespeare. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Preshow 45 minutes before curtain. Closes Sunday. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org
 

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 – Wharton Schooled

May 30, 2017

 

Edith Wharton, circa 1905.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 5, 2017

 

OPENING:

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: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 18. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Bridge – Staged reading of a new play by Alexandra Hubbell. Winner of the Chrysalis script competition presented in February by Cary Playwrights’ Forum. Director not listed. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Cary Arts Center.
caryplaywrightsforum.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. Opening: Monday June 5 at 7:00. Continues through June 17. Holly Springs Cultural Center.
findingpatienceplay.com

* Lost in Yonkers – One Song presents Neil Simon’s autobiographical family comedy. Directed by Thomas Cassidy and Eddie Woodhouse. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.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. Continues through June 11. 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: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 18. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

ONGOING:

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. Continues through June 11. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org
 
* The Seagull – Extended. A family of frustrated, attention-starved artists gather at a country estate. One of them has a gun and it’s a Chekhov play…what could possibly go wrong? Bartlett Theater presents a site-specific, ambulatory production of the 1896 play, adapted by Anya Reiss and directed by Jonathan Bohun Brady, performed outdoors at a historic country farmhouse near the Eno River. Advance ticket purchase required. Added performance this week: Saturday 6:30. Closes Saturday.
bartletttheater.org
 

IMPROV:

* One Night in Durham – In a made-up-on-the-spot performance, Transactors Improv presents a variety of unique characters interacting in unexpected ways during one surprising evening in the Bull City. As the title says, one night only: Saturday 8:15. 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 – We Build the Wall

May 2, 2017

 

Annie Ruth Graham, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, panel W48, line 12.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 8, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Leaving Eden – Workshop production of an original drama with regional music exploring the stories of people currently living in North Carolina Mill towns that boomed in the 20th century and closed down at the start of the 21st. Mike Wiley’s play is based on interviews with people in those towns. Co-produced by UNC’s Process Series, Playmakers Repertory Company, and the Department of Dramatic Art. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. A world-premiere full production is scheduled for PlayMakers’ 2017-18 season. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
processseries.unc.edu

* Mamma Mia! – Here we go again, again! In case you missed it in 2010 or in 2014, the touring production of the 1999 Abba exclamation point jukebox musical touches down in Durham for one weekend only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* On Ice – An ambulatory, interactive performance featuring four short plays performed in various locations on Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh, with a meal at Gonza included. Presented by Seed Art Share. One night only: Saturday 5:00, beginning at Gonza Tacos y Tequila, in the Aloft Hotel, 2100 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
seedraleigh.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
 

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: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 13. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Revival – A cultural and musical collage set in 1950s Appalachia, presented by Ward Theatre Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com
 

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.


Theater Week – Present Tense

September 20, 2016

 
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The condition of the theater is always an accurate measure of the cultural health of a nation. A play always exists in the present tense (if it is a valuable one), and its music — its special noise — is always contemporary. The most valuable function of the theater as an art form is to tell us who we are, and the health of the theater is determined by how much of that we want to know.

— Edward Albee

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 26, 2016

 
OPENING:

Love/Sick – University Theatre presents nine short comedic plays about romance by John Cariani. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 2. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

Mothers and Sons – Terence McNally’s 2013 drama about a woman who visits her late son’s male partner, now married to another man. Directed by Timothy E. Locklear, presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 9. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

* One Noble Journey – Special free performance of Mike Wiley’s one man show telling the true story of Henry “Box” Brown born into slavery in early 19th century Virginia, who sought to escape to freedom. One show: Thursday 7:30. Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
eventbrite.com

* Soul Heaven – After being granted three wishes, a homeless man finds himself attending a literally heavenly concert of great soul singers who have passed on. Presented by Quarantine Enterprise LLC. One performance: Saturday 7:00. Garner Performing Arts Center, Garner.

* Southern Baptist Sissies – Theatre in the Park presents Del Shores’ 2000 play about four gay baptist choir boys trying to come to terms with their sexual orientation. Director not listed. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com
 

ONGOING:

* Arsenic and Old Lace – A pair of female serial killers are threatened by their nephew, a murderous psychopath. Forest Moon presents Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 comedy. Directed by Jason Tyne-Zimmerman. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Renaissance Center, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Detroit ’67 – PlayMakers Rep presents Dominique Morisseau’s 2013 drama about a brother and sister trying to get by in Motown-era Detroit. Directed by Lisa Rothe. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through October 2. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Lungs – A young couple want to have a child but in a rapidly changing world that’s not an easy decision. Tony Lea directs Duncan MacMillan’s 2011 play for Sonorous Road. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney – Lucas Hnath’s play takes a dark and kaleidoscopic theme park ride into the mind of a 20th century visionary. Welcome to the craziest place on earth. Directed by Joseph Megel; presented by Manbites Dog Theater and StreetSigns. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through October 1. Manbites Dog, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

IMPROV:

The Wizard of Odds – Transactors presents an evening of improv about a therapist who helps characters find what’s missing in their lives. One performance: Friday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
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 – Stage Left

November 10, 2015

CherryOrchard

Dorothy Recasner Brown, John Rogers Harris, The Cherry Orchard – Deep Dish Theater

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 16, 2015

 
MILESTONE:

Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and only the five we know are lost at death, while the other ninety-five remain alive. – The Cherry Orchard

Paul Frellick’s Deep Dish Theater concludes an amazing 15-year run at its performance space in Chapel Hill’s University Mall this week, with the final performances of a thematically resonant The Cherry Orchard (ends Friday) in rep with Outside Mullingar (ends Saturday).
 
 
OPENING:

An Experiment with an Air Pump – Occupants of a London house in 1799 and in 1999 grapple with questions of medical ethics, scientific responsibility, gender roles, and a 200-year-old murder mystery in Shelagh Stephenson’s 1997 comic drama. Jules Odendahl-James directs the Duke Theater Studies production. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 22. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

* And So We Walked – Cherokee actor and writer DeLanna Studi explores the enduring impact of the Trail of Tears on contemporary communities, using research and interviews to retrace the forced journey of her ancestors from North Carolina to Oklahoma. Written and performed by DeLanna Studi, directed by Corey Madden. Presented by The Process Series in partnership with the Center for the Study of the American South, the Southern Oral History Program, and the American Indian Center. Free. Two performances: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
south.unc.edu

Anon(ymous) – A young refugee travels across America searching for his family in Naomi Iizuka’s 2006 reimagining of Homer’s Odyssey. Directed by Mia Self; presented by University Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 22. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

* Company – The 1970 George Furth/Stephen Sondheim musical about Bobby “a commitment-phobic bachelor” and the dating, mating, and in-denial habits of mid-twentieth century New Yorkers. Presented by Company Carolina. Director not listed. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible – Touring magic show. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00; Saturday 11:00, 2:00, and 8:00; Sunday 1:00 and 6:30.
dpacnc.com

* A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas – Dramatization by Laurie Brooks about the “missing years” of the Little House on the Prairie family. Presented by Meredith Ensemble Theatre. No director listed. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00.
meredith.edu

* The Music Man – William Peace Theatre presents the 1957 Meredith Wilson musical. Directed by Bryan Pridgen. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Kenan Auditorium, Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
www.peace.edu

 
ONGOING:

* The Cherry Orchard – Chekhov’s classic tale of a family desperately in need of a financial advisor. Directed by Paul Frellick. Presented by Deep Dish Theater. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00. Closes Friday. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* The Glass Menagerie – A new Durham company, Bartlett Theater, presents a Tennessee Williams season, beginning with his breakthrough 1944 drama. Directed by Jonathan Bohun Brady. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. PSI Theatre, DAC, Durham.
bartletttheater.org

* Outside Mullingar – Two middle-aged people, living on adjacent Irish Farms, make hesitant steps towards a romantic relationship. Tony Lea directs John Patrick Shanley’s 2014 drama. Presented by Deep Dish Theater in rotating rep with The Cherry Orchard (resuming next week). This week: Wednesday 7:30, Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

Titus Andronicus – Things don’t end well in a political power struggle after an escalating series of bad decisions. Bare Theatre’s all-women cast and crew takes on Shakespeare’s most horrifying tragedy. Post-show panels on women in theater on November 7 and November 20. Directed by Heather J. Strickland. Presented by Bare Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through November 21. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
baretheatre.org

A Year with Frog and Toad – A kid-friendly musical about a pair of amphibian pals, based on the book by Arnold Lobel. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series. Directed by Sue Scarborough. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 22. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

 
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

  
* – 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 – Dark Purple

June 9, 2015

darkpurple

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 15, 2015

 
OPENING: 

The Color Purple – Justice Theater Project presents the 2004 musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel. Directed by Deb Royals, musical direction by Michael Santangelo. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 28. (Note: several performances already sold out.) Clare Hall, St Francis of Assisi, Leesville Road, Raleigh
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* The Magical In Between – A cabaret presented by JoRose and Black Ops, featuring Vivica C. Coxx, Stormie Daie, and Poetic Jaay. One night only: Friday 7:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Sea Wall – A man faces the loss of everything he has depended on, in the 2008 play by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime). Part of a festival of one-person plays presented by Burning Coal Second Stage in rotating repertory with Dark Vanilla Jungle and Rum & Vodka (both opening next week). Directed by Elizabeth London. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 28. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

Wait Until Dark – University Theatre’s annual Summerfest – three plays in rotating rep – continues with Frederick Knott’s 1966 thriller, directed by Mia Self. (See also Born Yesterday and Side by Side by Sondheim. Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 28. Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre
 

ONGOING:

* Born Yesterday – Garson Kanin’s 1946 comedy, part of University Theatre’s Summerfest, directed by Rachel Klem. This week: Wednesday and Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

Equivocation – “False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” In 1605, William Shakespeare is commissioned by the government to write a history play about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, but discovers some true stories may be too dangerous to tell. Theatre in the Park presents Bill Cain’s 2009 drama. Director not listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 21. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Love, Loss, and What I Wore – Nora and Delia Ephron’s 2008 play about women’s relationships, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Presented by NRACT and Actors Comedy Lab. Directed by Rob Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh. Closes Sunday.
nract.org

Side by Side by Sondheim – The 1976 musical revue of songs by Stephen Sondheim, part of University Theatre’s Summerfest. Directed by John McIlwee. This week: Saturday 7:30. Continues through June 21. Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

 
IMPROV:

* Improv Percolator – Featuring performances by three groups: Open Mind, Awkward Silence, and Some Assembly. One night: Thursday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* Transactors for Families – Family-friendly improv show. One performance: Saturday 1:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* Stop it, You’re Killing Me – Homicidal-themed show, performed by FatMouth Improv. One show: Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com
 

* – 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.

 


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