Theater Week – Every Time We Say Goodbye

May 8, 2018

Design: Natalie Nobles. MDT building mural: Michael Brown. Photo: Ed Hunt.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 14, 2018

 
OPENING:

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: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 3. (Note: this week and next week’s performances have already sold out; check with box office for wait list information.) RLT, Raleigh. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre.
raleighlittletheatre.org

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. Continues through May 27. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* Make / Believe – Culture Mill presents an immersive theatrical event in a secret, site-specific location, probing the value of artistic experiences within a society driven by commercial market forces. Directed by Tommy Noonan, with original text by John Justice and Tommy Noonan. This weekend only: Friday-Sunday 5:00. Advance registration required, starting location emailed upon registration. UPDATE: All registration is full. Check with Culture Mill for more info.
culturemill.org

* Trust the Bus – Culture Mill resumes its series of site-specific performances in secret locations. This weekend: Friday-Sunday 5:00, starting at Saxapahaw General Store, Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw. Advance registration required. UPDATE: All registration is full. Check with Culture Mill for more info.
culturemill.org

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. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 10. (Note: no performances the week of May 14-20.) Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

ONGOING:

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, Mystery Brewery, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough. Continues May 17-19 at Culture Mill in Saxapahaw.
littlegreenpig.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. Continues through May 20. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.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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Theater Week – Moor Life

February 20, 2018

 

The Moors – Image by Natalie Nobles

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 26, 2018

 
OPENING:

* Aliens, Immigrants and Other Evildoers – A sci-fi Latino noir solo performance by Jose Torres-Tama. Presented by UNC Latina/o Studies Program, the Teatro Latina/o Series and the Department of Dramatic Art. One performance: Wednesday 7:00. Historic PlayMakers Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
unc.edu

Assassins – Theatre in the Park presents Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical about individuals who attempted to kill US Presidents. Directed by David Henderson; music director Diane Pettaway. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 11. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Hairspray – The 2012 stage musical adaptation of John Waters’ 1988 film gets another Triangle production, this time by University Theatre. Directed by John McIlwee. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Stewart Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* Hamlet/St. Joan – Using just four actors, New York’s Bedlam Theatre stages George Bernard Shaw’s St. Joan and Shakespeare’s Hamlet in rotating repertory. Directed by Eric Tucker. Presented by Duke Performances. This week only. St. Joan: Wednesday 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Hamlet: Thursday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 2:00. von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
dukeperformances.duke.edu

* Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart – Mike Wiley presents his solo performance about the star baseball player who became a key figure in African American history. One night only: Saturday 7:30. Cultural Center, 300 West Ballentine Street, Holly Springs.
etix.com

* THE Man’s Guide To Writing Love Letters: Is SEX the only thing on a Man’s mind? – An original one-man play presented and performed by Ira Knight. One performance: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – PlayMakers’ Mobile Shakespeare presents a free six-actor 90-minute touring version of the Shakespeare comedy. This week: Wednesday 7:30 at TROSA in Durham, Thursday 4:30 at the Interfaith Council in Carrboro, Saturday 7:30 at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Continues at various venues through March 4.
playmakersrep.org

The Moors – Spinster sisters, living in a lonely manor house on the titular landscape, seek to take control of their narrative in Jen Silverman’s decidedly modern 2016 take on 19th century gothic romanticism. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James; presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through March 10. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

ONGOING:

* Bad Jews – After their grandfather’s funeral, three Jewish millennial cousins argue over who deserves to inherit a family heirloom. Big Wig Productions and the Jewish Center of Durham/Chapel Hill present Joshua Harmon’s 2012 comedy. Directed by Beth Brody. This week: Thursday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 2:00 and 7:00. Closes Sunday. The Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 West Cornwallis, Durham.
abigwigproduction.brownpapertickets.com

The Christians – The pastor of a megachurch experiences a revelation that challenges the core beliefs of his congregation. Preston Lane directs Lucas Hnath’s 2014 religious drama. Presented by PlayMakers Rep in rotating Repertory with Tartuffe. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00. Continues through March 10. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Gidion’s Knot – A fraught parent-teacher conference about a student’s suicide takes some surprising turns in Bartlett Theater’s production of Johnna Adams’ 2012 drama. Directed by Bryan Conger. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 4. Durham Arts Council, Durham.
bartletttheater.org

Little Shop of Horrors – Raleigh Little Theatre presents the perennial 1982 rock musical horror comedy, based on the 1960 movie. Directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Extended through March 4. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 
Tartuffe – A religious conman ingratiates himself with a family in Molière’s 1662 comedy, adapted by David Ball. Directed by Saheem Ali. Presented by PlayMakers Rep, in rotating repertory with The Christians. This week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 11. 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 – Dreamscape

November 29, 2016

 
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The Typographer’s Dream. Image: Natalie Nobles

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 5, 2016

 
OPENING:
 
* The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Cary Players presents the 1982 Beloved Holiday Classic™ by Barbara Robinson, based on her 1971 book, about a family of misfit children who are cast in a church pageant. Directed by Debra Grannan and Dan Martschenko. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual holiday musical staging of the 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 18. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical – Touring version of the 1998 musical adaptation of the Beloved Holiday Classic™. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00/5:00/8:00, Sunday 2:00/5:00. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Ethelred the Unready – Little Green Pig presents a play with music about an underprepared Medieval British monarch. Written and performed by Dana Marks; directed by Jaybird O’Berski. Various locations. This week: Living Arts Collective, 410 W. Geer St. Durham – Thursday 7:00, Saturday 8:00. University Theatre, NC State Campus, Raleigh – Friday 8:00. Continues next week in Saxapahaw, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill, through December 10.
littlegreenpig.com

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical – As 2016 draws to a close, struggling members of the American underclass must cope with a bleak, dystopian future as their last vestiges of an economic safety net and health care are systematically destroyed by greed and craven political opportunism. Haha just kidding! It’s actually a “cat-fightin’, sun worshippin’, chair throwin’ good time” about funny poor people – “but with tinsel and Keg Nog”. NRACT presents David Nehls and Betsy Kelso’s holiday sequel to The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Directed by Judy Dove, music director Craig Johnson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 18. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* To Buy The Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray – A play detailing the life of Durham activist Pauli Murray. Presented by Hidden Voices. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Lyon Park Center, 1309 Halley Street, Durham.
paulimurraycenter.networkforgood.com

The Typographer’s Dream – During a career-oriented presentation three eccentric experts – a stenographer, a geographer, and a typographer – discourse on their chosen disciplines. But soon the line between the professional and the personal starts to blur. Black Ops Theatre and Manbites Dog Theater present Adam Bock’s 2002 comedy. Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through December 17. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Written On the Heart – Burning Coal Theatre presents David Edgar’s 2011 historical drama about the creation of the King James Bible. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 17. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoaltheatre.org

ONGOING:

The May Queen – A former high school beauty queen returns to town as a temp worker, in Molly Smith Metzler’s 2014 comedy. Directed by Vivienne Benesch; presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 11. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.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 and Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.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 – House and Home

October 24, 2016

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Image: The Open House – Natalie Nobles

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 31, 2016

 
OPENING:

* Behind the Scenes – In 1870, Elizabeth Keckly visits the Burwell Academy for Young Ladies where she had been an enslaved servant and confronts its headmistress Anna Burwell. Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone’s site-specific play is presented by Azurean Arts. This weekend only: Saturday 2:00 and 5:00. (Possible added performances Sunday; check with producers for more info.) The Burwell School Historic Site, Hillsborough.
burwellschool.org

A Charlie Brown Christmas/Jingle Bell Jukebox – RLT is first out of the gate this fall with a double-feature of pre-Halloween Yuletide-themed shows. Directed by Linda O’Day Young for the RLT Youth Series. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 13. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Fun Home – Touring production of Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s 2013 hit musical adaptation of cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s 2006 “tragicomic” memoir, which tells her story of coming of age and coming out in a family with its own secrets. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

The Open House – A hilariously dysfunctional suburban family finds its reality slowly shifting towards something haunting and mysterious. Manbites Dog presents Will Eno’s subversive take on the classic American family drama. Directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 12. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Treatbag – “The curtain call is coming from INSIDE THE THEATER!!” Little Green Pig presents its 4th annual haunted theater fundraiser. One night only: Friday 9:00-11:00, Ponysaurus, 219 Hood Street, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Walk Two Moons – Durham Regional Theatre presents Tom Arvetis’ stage adaptation of Sharon Creech’s Newberry Medal-winning book. Directed by Jennifer Justice. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00. Continues through November 5. E.K. Powe School, 913 9th Street, Durham.
durhamregionaltheatre.com
 

ONGOING:

The Crucible – Playmakers Rep celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new staging of Arthur Miller’s disturbingly relevant 1953 political parable. Directed by Desdemona Chiang. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 6. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde – University Theatre presents Moisés Kaufman’s 1997 historical docudrama. Directed by Rachel Klem. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* Kiss Me, Kate – Samuel and Bella Spewack’s modern (circa 1948) meta retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, with songs by Cole Porter. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James. Presented by William Peace Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Kenan Auditorium, Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
eventbrite.com

The Trump Card – Bully, billionaire, slumlord, super classy developer, world-class narcissist, Presidential candidate. Manbites Dog presents a staged reading adapted from the monologue by master storyteller Mike Daisey. Performed by Carl Martin, directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Sunday 7:30. Continues through November 7. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
  

IMPROV:

This weekend features three improv shows at Common Ground Theatre, Durham:
* Improv Percolator – Three improv teams in one night: Open Mind Students, Some Assembly, and Fatmouth Improv. One show: Friday 8:00.
* TAFFY: Improv for the Whole Family – Transactors presents a family friendly show. One show: Saturday 2:00.
* Third Date Improv – Improv show featuring a “bittersweet exploration of relationships”. One night: Saturday 8:00.
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.

 


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