Theater Week – What the Dickens!

December 12, 2017

“Dickens was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.”

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 18, 2017



* Black Nativity – Justice Theater Project’s annual presentation of the Langston Hughes play. Directed by Deb Royals, musical director Carolyn Colquitt. This week: Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00, Monday 7:00. Closes Monday. Stewart Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.

A Christmas Carol – PlayMakers Rep presents Ray Dooley in a solo retelling of the Dickens story. Adapted by William Leach, directed by Michael Perlman. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through December 23. Kenan Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

* A Christmas Carol – Theatre in the Park presents Ira David Wood III’s perennial Dickens extravaganza. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.

* Dicken’s A Christmas Carol – Touring production of Neil McGarry’s solo presentation of the Dickens story. One performance: Friday 7:00. Sharp Nine Gallery Jazz Club, 4608-L Industry Lane, Durham.

The Santaland Diaries – Stage adaptation of the David Sedaris NPR holiday staple, featuring Jesse Gephart as Crumpet, a disgruntled Santa elf working at Macy’s. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 24. TIP, Raleigh.


* Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual holiday musical staging of the Charles Perrault fairy tale, adapted and composed by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

Gift of the Magi – An immersive stage version of the O. Henry short story, adapted by Michelle Murray Wells and the company. Presented by Sonorous Road. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00/8:00/9:00, Sunday 2:00/3:00/4:00. Continues through December 23. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

* It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Show – Adaptation of the 1946 Frank Capra film staged as a 1940s live radio broadcast. Directed by Yvonne Anderson. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

* Peter Pan & Wendy – A new stage adaptation of the J.M. Barrie story, adapted by Lillian White and the Burning Coal Theatre Company. Directed by Lillian White. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – An annual presentation of Broadway Series South, this stage musical version of the Beloved Holiday Classic™ is based on the venerable 1964 Rankin/Bass animated TV Xmas special (which vastly expanded the mythology of Johnny Marks’ 1949 hit song for Gene Autry — itself based on a 1939 Christmas promotional coloring book created by Robert L. May for Montgomery Ward in Chicago). Get your tickets early — this one sells faster than the bargain table at Misfit Toys “R” Us. This week: Friday 6:30, Saturday and Sunday 11:00/2:00/5:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.

ShakesBEER – “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?” Bare Theatre returns with their site-appropriate evening of scenes featuring notable Shakespearean imbibers performed in local pubs. Adapted by Chuck Keith, directed by Dustin Britt. This week: Monday 8:00 at Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, Tuesday 8:00 at Imbibe in Chapel Hill, Wednesday 8:00 at Hibernian in Raleigh. Continues at various Triangle drinking establishments through December 22.

* A Trailer Park Christmas – A Durham holiday tradition, now in its 10th year, this interactive, family-friendly entertainment follows the Dodson/Hussy family as they grapple with crazy neighbors, ghosts, fruitcakes and a Yuletide tornado. Created by Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem. Produced by Rachel Klem. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through December 16. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

* – 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 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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