Theater Week – Lunar Goddess

October 24, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 29, 2018

 

OPENING:

Next to Normal – NRACT presents Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s 2008 rock musical about a family dealing with the mother’s bipolar disorder. Director: Timothy E. Locklear, Music Director: Michael Santangelo. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 11. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* The Rocky Horror Show – Richard O’Brien’s 1973 trans musical parody of classic horror movie tropes does the time warp again. Directed and choreographed by Abbey O’Brien. Presented by Theatre Raleigh and Cary’s Booth Amphitheater. Two nights only: Friday and Saturday 7:30 (note: due to weather, Friday performance switched to Sunday 7:30). Booth Amphiteater, Cary.
theatreraleigh.com

* [title of show] – Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell’s 2004 musical is about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. Directed by Maria Zurita Ontiveros. Presented by Duke Players. This week only: Friday-Sunday 7:00. Closes Sunday. Branson Theater, Brody Building, Duke East Campus, Durham.
theatrestudies.duke.edu
 

ONGOING:

* A Doll’s House, Remodelled – Jameeka Holloway-Burrell directs a modern-day reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 drama about a woman taking back agency for her life. Written by Holloway-Burrell and Aurelia Belfield. Presented by The Justice Theater Project. See preview article here. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Closes Sunday. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Three children find themselves transported to the land of Narnia, in Joseph Robinette’s stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ 1950 Christian allegorical fantasy novel. Directed by Patrick Torres. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Extended through November 4 (with a special sensory-friendly performance on November 3). Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Skeleton Crew – A group of auto workers face the prospect of plant closure and unemployment at the beginning of The Great Recession in Dominique Morisseau’s 2016 drama, part of her 3-play cycle set in Detroit. Valerie Curtis Newton directs for PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Strange City of Edgar Allan Poe – Sonorous Road Theatre presents an immersive and ambulatory Halloween event, based on the stories and poems of the 19th-century author. Co-written and co-directed by Michelle Murray Wells and Christian O’Neal. This week: Thursday-Sunday beginning at 8:00 (staggered entry times). Continues through October 31. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* Stuff Happens – David Hare’s 2004 history play explores the leadup to the Iraq war through the words of its architects. Presented by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Lillian White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoaltheatre.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 – City Lights

October 17, 2018

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 22, 2018

 

OPENING:

In the Blood – A woman raising five children battles to escape from poverty, in Suzan-Lori Parks‘ modern-day reenvisioning of The Scarlet Letter. Presented by University Theatre. Directed by Lormarev Jones. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* In the Heights – NC Theatre presents Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’s 2005 musical about the Hispanic-American community in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Director not listed. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Three children find themselves transported to the land of Narnia, in Joseph Robinette’s stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ 1950 Christian allegorical fantasy novel. Directed by Patrick Torres. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through October 28 (with a special sensory-friendly performance on November 3). Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Strange City of Edgar Allan Poe – Sonorous Road Theatre presents an immersive and ambulatory Halloween event, based on the stories and poems of the 19th-century author. Co-written and co-directed by Michelle Murray Wells and Christian O’Neal. This week: Friday-Sunday beginning at 8:00 (staggered entry times). Continues through October 31. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com
 

ONGOING:

A Doll’s House, Remodelled – Jameeka Holloway-Burrell directs a modern-day reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 drama about a woman taking back agency for her life. Written by Holloway-Burrell and Aurelia Belfield. Presented by The Justice Theater Project. See preview article here. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Continues through October 28. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* It Is Done – Three strangers riding out a storm at a bar in the middle of nowhere discover things may not be what they seem. Ira David Wood III directs Alex Goldberg’s eerie 2011 thriller. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday . TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

Skeleton Crew – A group of auto workers face the prospect of plant closure and unemployment at the beginning of The Great Recession in Dominique Morisseau’s 2016 drama, part of her 3-play cycle set in Detroit. Valerie Curtis Newton directs for PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 28. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Stuff Happens – David Hare’s 2004 history play explores the leadup to the Iraq war through the words of its architects. Presented by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Lillian White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 28. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoaltheatre.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 – Heartbreak Hotel

September 4, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 10, 2018

 

OPENING:

Are You Lonesome Tonight? – The world’s number one Elvis fan takes you on a final tour of his home/museum/shrine to the King. Solo show written and performed by Shelby Hahn. Directed by Jaybird O’Berski, presented by Little Green Pig. (Performances are standing room only and last about an hour, wear comfy shoes. Tickets are free but must be reserved.) This week: Thursday 8:00, Alley 26, 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham; Friday 8:00, The Myers House, 1520 Hight Ln, Hillsborough; Saturday 8:00, outside the Franklin Street Post Office, 179 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill. Continues through September 26 at various locations.
littlegreenpig.com

Once – Theatre Raleigh presents the 2011 musical based on the 2007 film about two Dublin musicians who meet by chance. Director not listed. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 16. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

Open Doors – Sonorous Road presents its third annual festival of short plays, featuring 10 works by North Carolina playwrights. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 26. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com
 

ONGOING:

In the Heart of the Fire – In their 19th annual giant puppet performance for all ages, Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents tales of fire, of giants and trolls, of trickster creators, and how we came to be human. This week: Friday-Sunday 7:00. Preshows at 6:20. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh. Continues September 14-23 at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
paperhand.org

* Sister Act – Nun run: A club singer witnesses a murder and goes into hiding at a convent. Hijinks ensue. Raleigh Little Theatre presents the 2006 musical adaptation of the 1992 film. Directed by Nancy Rich. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. (Performances sold out. Check for availability.) Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.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 – Down by the Riverdale

May 16, 2018

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 21, 2018

 
OPENING:

Daddy Long Legs – Theatre Raleigh presents the 2009 two-character stage musical adaptation of Jean Webster’s 1912 novel about a young orphan and her mysterious benefactor. Directed by Megan McGinnis. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 27. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

ONGOING:

Blood Done Sign My Name – Set in Oxford, North Carolina, Mike Wiley’s play – adapted from the memoir by Timothy Tyson – tells the true story of a racially motivated 1970 murder and its aftermath. Directed by Joseph Megel; presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Extended through June 3. (Note: many performances have already sold out; check with box office for wait list information.) RLT, Raleigh. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Changeling – The Adaptation and Reenactment of the 17th-Century Jacobean Tragedy by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, As Performed by the Inhabitants of Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern Under the Direction of Jaybird O’Berski. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Culture Mill, 1616 Jordan Dr, Saxapahaw.
littlegreenpig.com

Dry Powder – Sonorous Road’s new rep company presents Sarah Burgess’s 2016 dark financial comedy set in a private equity firm. Directed by Mark Filiaci. Presented by Sonorous Road Repertory Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00, Monday 8:00. Continues through May 27. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* A Night with Janis Joplin – Touring production of a jukebox musical featuring songs by Joplin and the women artists – Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith – who inspired her. Presented by NC Theatre. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Wakey, Wakey – “We’re here to say goodbye.” For its final production, Manbites Dog presents Will Eno’s 2017 comic meditation on the sorrow and joy accumulated on life’s journey. Expect laughter. Expect tears. Expect celebration. Directed by Jeff Storer. No performances the week of May 14-20; resumes Wednesday May 23. Continues through June 10. 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 – 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.


Theater Week – Call Me Up in Dreamland

April 11, 2018

Nemo score stage musical

Sheet music for the 1908 stage musical version of Little Nemo. 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 16, 2018

OPENING:

* 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 only: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00.
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: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through April 28. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Blood at the Root – Dominique Morisseau’s 2016 drama, based on a true story, about racial strife in a Louisiana high school. Directed by Asabi, choreographed by Donna Bradby; presented by NCCU Department of Theatre. {Opened April 6.] This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday.
hiphopnc.com

Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4. Duke’s musical theater group Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 1975 Kander and Ebb musical. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 1:00 and 8:00. Sunday 1:00. Continues through April 22. von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu

* Dreaming: Little Nemo In Slumberland Revisited – Free presentation of an original faculty work-in-progress by Duke Theater Studies faculty member designer/puppeteer Professor Torry Bend and award-winning playwright Howard L. Craft, exploring the work of turn of the century comic strip artist Winsor McCay. Free admission. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

* Grandchild of PlaySlam! – A bunch of playwrights enter, one winning playwright – chosen by the audience – leaves with 100 bucks! Cary Playwrights Forum returns with their annual Darwinian evening of very short plays. One night only: Saturday 7:30. The Cary Theatre, 122 E Chatham St, Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

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: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues though April 22. 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. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Ruddigore – The Durham Savoyards present Gilbert and Sullivan’s supernatural-themed 1887 operetta. Directed and choreographed by Derrick Ivey, musical direction by Jackson Cooper. This week only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Carolina Theatre, Durham.
carolinatheatre.org

* Wet Hot American Summer: The Musical (Sort of) – If you have to ask, it’s probably not for you. The cult movie musical returns for a (final) encore. One night only: Saturday 8:00. Kings, 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh.
kingsraleigh.com

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. Continues through April 21. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.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-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 22. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.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 – Paradise Lost

April 4, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 9, 2018

 
OPENING:

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: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 21. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* The Color Purple – Touring production of the 2005 musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel. This week only: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* Escape to Freedom – MOJOAA’s immersive and interactive show returns, with actors guiding and thrwarting audiences as they try to escape antebellum slave life. Staged on the site of what was once the largest slave plantation in Wake County. Two nights only: Saturday and Sunday at 6:00, 7:30, and 9:00. Moredecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh. (Note: Performances usually fill, advance ticket purchase recommended; wear comfortable shoes as you will be moving through the park during the experience.)
mojoaa.org

* Into the Woods – Pauper Players, UNC’s student-run musical theater group, presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine fairytale musical. No director listed. This week: Friday-Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.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: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 22. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Truth Against the World – A solo play about Frank Lloyd Wright, written and directed by Christine Toy Johnson. Presented by University Theatre. This week only: Monday and Tuesday April 2-3, 7:30. Kennedy-McIlwee Theater, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

ONGOING:

* Punch the Clock – Little Green Pig presents an Elvis Costello review. One night only: Friday 8:00. Mystery Brewery, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough.
littlegreenpig.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.


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