Theater Week – There Will Be Fruitcake

December 5, 2017

Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem. A Trailer Park Christmas

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 11, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Decision Height – Meredith Dayna Levy’s historical drama tells the story of nine women military aviators in World War II. Directed by Melanie McCoy and Camille Witt. Presented by One Song Productions. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

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.
sonorousroad.com

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. Continues through December 17. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Meemaw’s Holiday Holler – In a side story taking place in the TPCU (Trailer Park Christmas Universe), Meemaw and Loraine host a one-time-only “open mic night” for the residents of Whispering Pines to see who walks back to their trailer with the holiday trophy. (Adult content likely.) Presented by Rachel Klem. One night only: Saturday 7:30. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Millennium Boy – Staged reading of a new play by Ian Bowater and Ulli Lommel about a teenager radicalized by White supremacists. Free, door donations go to Black Ops Theatre Company. One show: Monday 7:00. The Bar, 711 Rigsbee Ave, Durham.
artistsoapbox.org

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: Tuesday 8:00 at Zog’s Art Bar & Pool Hall in Chapel Hill, Wednesday 8:00, Imurj, Raleigh. Continues at various Triangle drinking establishments through December 22.
baretheatre.org

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 and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 16. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Wet Hot American Summer: The Musical (sort of) – Welcome to Camp Firewood circa 1981 in this unauthorized musical takeoff on the 2001 cult comedy. This week only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 11:00. Nightlight Bar, 409 W. Rosemary, Chapel Hill.
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ONGOING:

* A Charlie Brown Christmas – Stage adaptation of the 1965 Christmas TV special. Presented by Theatre in the Park. No director listed. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 11:00/2:00/5:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

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: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 17. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Dot – A dysfunctional family with an aging mother reunites for the holidays in her West Philly neighborhood. PlayMakers Rep presents Colman Domingo’s 2016 comedy-drama. Directed by Nicole A. Watson. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Lake Placid – Set in upstate New York during the 1980 Winter Olympics, Little Green Pig’s improvised play with music presents a different story and a different guest star every night. Directed by Jaybird O’Berski; music by Louis Landry. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Presented at a new performance space: The Fruit, 305 S. Dillard, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

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. Continues through December 17.
burningcoal.org 

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 11:00/2:00/5:00, Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.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.

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Theater Week – Near Side of the Moon

October 10, 2017

 

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Image: Rkinch

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 16, 2017

 

OPENING:

Darkside – Burning Coal stages Tom Stoppard’s 2013 radio drama incorporating music from Pink Floyd’s 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon, and tricky questions of moral philosophy. Directed by Pálína Jónsdóttir. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 29. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

Grace for President – Grace, surprised to find there has never been a female U.S. President, decides to run for president of her third-grade class. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series presents Joan Cushing’s adaptation of Kelly S. DiPucchio’s children’s book. Directed by Judy M. Dove. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Check website for schedule of special events before and after performances. Continues through October 22. NC Museum of History, 5 East Edenton St, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Sonorous Road presents the 1968 Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Directed by Michelle Murray Wells; musical director Shelley Snapp. This week: Friday 7:00, Saturday and Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 22. Sonorous Road Theatre, Royal Bakery Building, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* Native – In 1941, UNC professor and playwright Paul Green and African American novelist Richard Wright, collaborating on a Broadway-bound stage adaptation of Wright’s Native Son, find themselves at an impasse over how to tell the story. EbzB Productions presents Ian Finley’s play. One performance: Friday 7:30. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St Mary’s Rd, Hillsborough.
stmatthewshillsborough.org

A Soldier’s Play – On a southern army base in 1944, a black officer’s investigation of a murder leads to shocking answers. Justice Theater Project presents Charles Fuller’s 1981 drama. Directed by Avis Hatcher-Puzzo. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 29. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old/Trial by Jury – Gilbert and Sullivan’s rarely seen first collaboration was an 1871 Christmas entertainment about actors ineptly taking the place of the Gods of Mt. Olympus; most of Sullivan’s score has since been lost. The Durham Savoyards have commissioned a new score from Alan Riley Jones to supplement what remains of the original music. Presented on a double bill with G&S’s second collaboration in 1875, Trial by Jury. Directed by Derrick Ivey. Musical directors: Alan Riley Jones and Jackson Cooper. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill.
durhamsavoyards.org

* The Trigger – Women’s Theatre Festival’s script reading club presents a reading of Carmen Aguirre’s play, a personal story about the aftermath of a sexual assault. One night: Monday 6:00. Imurj, 300 S. McDowell St., Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.org
 

ONGOING:

* The Fox on the Fairway – Ken Ludwig’s 2010 farce, set in a private country club, returns for another run in the triangle, this time produced by the Halle Cultural Arts Center. No director listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Halle Arts Center, Apex.
thehalle.org

Romeo and Juliet – Two crazy kids on that bumpy road to love. Bare Theatre presents the Shakespeare tragedy outdoors in a series of matinee-only performances. Directed by Lucinda Danner Gainey. This week: Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 22. Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
baretheatre.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.


Theater Week – On the Line

March 16, 2016

 
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The Clothesline Muse

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 21, 2016

 
OPENING:

* The Clothesline Muse – A devised theatrical production about washerwoman culture and its legacy over generations in the African American community, created by Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Nnenna Freelon, and Maya Freelon Asante. One performance: Friday 7:30. Cary Arts Center. (Note: Listed as sold out; check with box office for more information.)
townofcary.org

* Grounded – An F-16 pilot (Michelle Murray Wells) is reassigned to flying drones in the 2013 one-woman drama by George Brant. Encore presentation of Sonorous Road’s December production. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Sonorous Road Theatre, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* A Springtime Bottom Line: Moonlight Buds & Bloomers – Vaudeville cabaret by The Bottom Line Burlesque & Comedy Troupe from Hillsborough. One night only: Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

 
ONGOING:

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

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

Miss Nelson Is Missing! – An absent teacher results in the meanest substitute ever. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series presents Joan Cushing’s 2001 stage adaptation of the children’s books by Harry Allard. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh. Continues through March 27.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – The third local production in the last two years of the 2005 musical comedy, this time presented by NRACT. Directed by Yvonne Anderson, music direction by Craig Johnson. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* The Wolf – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Festivities Series presents the world premiere of a dance theater work based on three familiar fairy tales. Creators not listed. This week: Friday 6:00, Saturday and Sunday 12:00/3:00/6:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

 
IMPROV:

* March Madness! – Transactors Improv presents a family-friendly sports-themed show. One performance: Saturday 6:00. 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.

 


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