Theater Week – Into the Great Wide Open

September 20, 2018

 

Thomas Moran, Chasm of the Colorado, 1873-1874.
Department of the Interior Museum, Washington, D.C.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 24, 2018

 

OPENING:

* Astral Cosmica: The Journey of Ophiochus – Community-based “fire theater” group Addled Muse presents the story of Ophiocus the Serpent Bearer, an earth dweller who aspires to live on the celestial plane and become one of the constellations. When his efforts are rejected, he doesn’t take it well, and chaos ensues. Expect “celestial cyberpunk themed narrative, an original synthrock musical score, acrobatics, fire and aerial acts, contortion, puppetry, and other surprises” from this Durham and Atlanta based company. One show only: Saturday 8:30, Durham Central Park.
addledmuse.com

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark – Lynn Nottage’s 2011 comedy satirizes Hollywood’s history of racial stereotypes through the eyes of an African American actress. Directed by Tina Morris-Anderson. Presented by NRACT. (Delayed opening.) This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 30. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Crimes of the Heart – Forest Moon Theatre presents Beth Henley’s 1979 comic drama about three dysfunctional sisters reuniting at the family home in Mississippi. Directed by Randy Jordan. (Delayed opening.) This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheatre.org

Men On Boats – In 1869, ten daring men led by adventurer John Wesley Powell embark on a possibly suicidal expedition down the Colorado River to explore the unknown depths of the Grand Canyon. Jaclyn Backhaus’ 2015 comic drama retells that story of performative masculinity from a new perspective as noted in the playwright’s casting instructions: “The characters in Men On Boats were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not.” DIrected by Rachel Klem. Presented by University Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 30. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood – Ken Ludwig’s comic take on the legendary outlaw is directed by Jessie Austrian and features original music by Jack Herrick of the Red Clay Ramblers. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. (Delayed opening.) This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through September 30. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

ONGOING:

* 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, Slim’s Downtown, 227 Wilmington St, Raleigh. Friday 8:00, Nightlite Bar, 405 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. Saturday 8:00, Parts & Labor at Motorco, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham. Closes Saturday.
littlegreenpig.com

* 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 and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00. Closes Sunday. Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
paperhand.org

* Once – Theatre Raleigh presents the 2011 musical based on the 2007 film about two Dublin musicians who meet by chance. Director not listed. (Note: AWC.) This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.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
 

READINGS:

* Risk – Honest Pint presents a free reading of Ralph Hardy’s play about the murder of three Muslim-Americans. One night: Friday 7:30. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Tracy Letts Staged Reading Series – Sonorous Road presents staged readings of three Tracy Letts plays over consecutive weekends. First up: the 2008 family drama August: Osage County. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Series continues through October 7. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.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 – Wilde at Heart

August 19, 2014

OscarWildetrial
 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 25, 2014

OPENING:
* Dolly Wilde’s Picture Show – Oscar Wilde’s “identical niece” takes on the 20th Century in a multimedia story presented by The Process Series. Directed by Rebecca Nesvet. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
processseries.wagonwheelarts.com

Hairspray – John Waters opines on the state of early 1960’s American racial relations in the stage musical version of one of his least depraved movies. Raleigh Little Theatre presents the third Triangle production since 2011 of this apparently much-beloved classic. Directed by L.D. Burris. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 7. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

ONGOING:
* Crimes of the Heart – Theatre Raleigh presents Beth Henley’s venerable 1979 play about three sisters in a dysfunctional Southern family. No director listed. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 24. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

The Painted Bird – Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 15th annual outdoor giant puppet production. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00 (pre-shows at 6:20). Continues through September 7, Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Moves to NC Museum of Art September 12-14.
paperhand.org

 

IMPROV:
* The Guy Show – Four guys standing around improving – two from Third Date plus two former members of Transactors – for a show exploring “what it means to be a man in the world today”. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

READINGS:
* A Night of New Plays – Reading of two new works by Anthony Copian-Garcia. One show: Friday 7:30. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

AUDITIONS:
Deep Dish Theater holds auditions for its November musical The Landing, Friday 6:00-10:00, Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill. More info/appointments: paulfrellick@deepdishtheater.org

University Theatre holds auditions for its fall production of You Can’t Take It with You, Wednesday and Thursday 7:00, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh. More info.

* – 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 – Sunset

November 19, 2013

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Sunset over Durham Athletic Park, November 2013. Photo: Ed Hunt

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 25, 2013

OPENING:
* Hannah Elias – An African American “enchantress” uses her skills to help others. Staged reading of a new play by Nathan Ross Freeman. Directed by Trevor Johnson. Presented by Almost Ready: A Series of Plays by NC Writers. One Show: Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

ONGOING:
* Drood – Peace Theatre presents the 1985 musical based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Saturday. Leggett Theater, William Peace College, Raleigh.
theatre.peace.edu

* Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! – A scheming first-grader uses Secret Santa as an instrument of revenge in Allison Gregory’s stage adaptation of the children’s book by Barbara Park. Directed by Linda O’Day Young. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Saturday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Kindertransport – Diane Samuels’ 1993 play about a refugee Jewish child sent from Germany to England in 1938 as part of the Kindertransport rescue efforts. Directed by Brian Yandle. Presented by Big Wig Productions in Burning Coal’s Second Stage Series. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal/Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

Metamorphoses – Star-crossed lovers, a greedy king, a narcissist, and a very large pool of water are featured in Mary Zimmerman’s contemporary take on the classic Greek myths, presented by Playmakers Rep (in rotating rep with The Tempest). Co-directed by Joseph Haj and Dominique Serrand. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30. Continues through December 7. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

The Tempest – A magic island, a magician, and a monster. Playmakers Rep presents this season’s first of several takes on Shakespeare’s late-career fantasy (in rotating rep with Metamorphoses). Co-directed by Joseph Haj and Dominique Serrand. This week: Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through December 8. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Uncle Vanya – Frustrated romance, gun violence, and an unexpected estate sale disrupt the inhabitants of a country home, in Anton Chekhov’s 1899 play. Directed by Jeff Storer. Presented by Duke Theater Studies. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

IMPROV:
Two shows this weekend at Common Ground in Durham:
The Explorers – Transactors’ ongoing improv serial about strange places with strange customs. One show: Friday 8:00.
Big Fat Secrets! – What’s the theme of Fatmouth Improv’s show? It’s a secret. One show: Saturday 8:00.
cgtheatre.com

VARIETY:
The ArtsCenter Variety Night – An evening of magicians, musicians, comedy, and more. One show: Sunday 7:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* = Final 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 – Normal

February 26, 2013

NormalTheater

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 4, 2013

OPENING:
* Into the Woods – Sondheim musical re-imagines classic fairy tales. Presented by United Church of Chapel Hill. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30. UCCH.
unitedchurch.org

* Lee and Lee – A Chinese cook (“Li”) and a Jewish cook (née “Leibowitz”) meet in a cooking class. Free staged reading of Adam Sobsey’s new play in progress. One show: Monday 7:30. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* The Matchmaker – Thornton Wilder’s 1954 comedy, presented by Clayton Youth Theater. Directed by Nikki Dyke. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Clayton Center, Clayton.
claytonyouththeater.com

Next to Normal – Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s 2008 musical about a suburban housewife battling schizophrenia, presented by Deep Dish Theater. Directed by Paul Frellick. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 17 at Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill, then continues March 22-24 at the Cary Arts Center.
deepdishtheater.org

* Old Dry Frye – The death of Preacherman Frye generates comic complications for his neighbors. Adapted by Larry & Vivian Snipes, from the book by Paul Brett Johnson. Presented by Applause! Cary Youth Theatre. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00.
townofcary.org

Snow White, the Queen’s Fair Daughter – The Brothers Grimm story adapted by Max Bush. Directed by Linda O’Day Young. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through March 10. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Spring Forward! – Short plays and scenes, presented by Cary Playwrights’ Forum presents a staged reading of short plays by Triangle playwrights. One week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Cary Arts Center.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

ONGOING:

Clybourne Park – Bruce Norris’ 2010 comedy, presented by PlayMakers (in rotating rep with A Raisin in the Sun) follows Lorraine Hansberry’s Younger family from Raisin fifty years later. Directed by Tracy Young. This week: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
www.playmakersrep.org

The New Electric Ballroom – Trapped by memories of a star-crossed night long ago, three sisters look for salvation from an unlikely source, in Enda Walsh’s 2005 comic drama. Directed by Jeff Storer. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through March 9. Manbites Dog, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry’s classic 1959 drama about the Younger family and their hopes for a better future. Presented by PlayMakers. Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges. (Performed in rotating rep with Clybourne Park.) This week: Wednesday 7:30, Saturday 2:00. Closes Saturday. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
www.playmakersrep.org

IMPROV:
* Addicts Anonymous – Long form improv performance by Transactors. One night: Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* Meet the Purple Jessups – The Purple Jessups present an evening of BandProv – performing live music and creating improvised scenes as the characters of the band. One night: Friday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

AUDITIONS:
Raleigh Little Theatre holds auditions for actors 13 and up for The Brementown Musicians. Monday and Tuesday March 4 and 5 at 7:00. RLT, Raleigh. More info.

* = Final 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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