Theater Week – Endings and Beginnings

August 2, 2017

 

Sam Shepard, circa 1965.

“The most authentic endings are the ones which
are already revolving towards another beginning.”
– Sam Shepard

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 7, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Father of the Bride – One Song Productions presents the 1948 comedy by Caroline Francke, based on the novel by Edward Streeter. Directed by Chloe Roth and Julia Stamey. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* Motown the Musical – Touring production of the 2013 jukebox musical. 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

Of Wings and Feet – Acclaimed local company Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns for its 18th annual giant puppet theater pageant, which explores “the magic and mystery of the living land, sea, and sky in an epic spectacle of struggle and resistance for our times.” Presented Friday-Sunday at 7:00 (6:20 preshow) through September 4 at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill (bring cushions/lawn chairs).
paperhand.org

Sweet Tea and Baby Dreams – Cultural clashes and Darwinian power dynamics threaten to unleash chaos on a baby shower in a new comedy by Maribeth McCarthy. Co-directed by McCarthy and Hannah Marks. Presented as part of the North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 13. Studio Theatre, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.com

The Women – The Town of Cary presents Claire Booth Luce’s 1936 satirical comedy. Directed by Lyman Collins and Nancy Rich. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Cary Arts Center.
townofcary.org
 

ONGOING:

* Glorious! – Theatre in the Park presents Peter Quilter’s true-to-life 2005 play about Florence Foster Jenkins, whose performances in 1940s New York earned her the title of “worst singer in the world”. No director listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

Honour – A man abandons his marriage to be with a much younger woman, leaving his wife to reinvent herself. Director not listed. Ward Theatre Company presents the 1995 play by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through August 12. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.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 – True Rhinoceros

April 26, 2016

 

La Verità, Compagnia Finzi Pasca

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 2, 2016

 

SPECIAL EVENT:
* Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in Five Days – Round the clock free readings of all the plays, featuring 38 theater companies from around the state, produced and co-presented by Burning Coal Theatre in association with the NC Museum of History, which is hosting a touring exhibit of a 1623 First Folio in May. It began last Saturday at noon with Henry VI Part 1. If for some reason you can’t make it in person for the exciting 3:00 a.m. climax on Thursday (Two Noble Kinsmen!!) there’s an ongoing live video feed. Daniels Auditorium, NC Museum of History, Raleigh.
ncmuseumofhistory.org
 

OPENING:

* Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation – A new work from Bread & Puppet Theater, written and directed by Bread & Puppet founder Peter Schumann. One performance: Sunday 7:00. Free circus workshop Sunday 2:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* The Real Americans – PRC2 presents documentary storyteller Dan Hoyle’s solo show about his road trip in search of the real American heartland. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Kenan Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Still…Life – Justice Theater Project presents the 2008 play, subtitled An Exploration of a Killing State, North Carolina, about people affected by the death penalty. Written by Deb Royals and members of the Justice Theater Project; directed by Deb Royals. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* La Verità – Acrobats, clowns, musicians, jugglers, can-can dancers, and rhinoceroses – it’s Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s theatrical homage to surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. Written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca. Presented by Carolina Performing Arts. Two performances: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30. Memorial Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org

* Wake Up to Stay Alive – Solo show by Anita Woodley featuring 12 characters dealing with health disparities in African-American males. More info. One show: Saturday 2:00. Conference Center, Health Touch Conference Center, 3500 Westgate Drive, Durham.
healthtouchnc.com

* What a Blessing I Could Have Been – Gospel stage play, presented by Valentine Productions. One show: Saturday 6:00. Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
hayti.org

Wit – A scholar with a terminal illness finds solace in the works of John Donne. Theatre NC presents Margaret Edson’s 1995 play. Director not listed. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through May 8. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

 
IMPROV:

* City Life – Transactors improvises five episodes about surviving the urban experience. One show: Saturday 8:00. 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.

 


Theater Week – Tonight the Light

September 23, 2015

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 28, 2015

 
OPENING:

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Touring production of the 2013 jukebox bio musical, featuring songs by King and Gerry Goffin, plus other songwriters of the period. This week: Wednesday 7:30, Thursday 2:00 and 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Continues through October 4. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Nesting and If My Feet Have Lost the Ground – Puppet theater artist Torry Bend returns to the Triangle for a free one-night performance and talk, presented by NC State’s Gregg Museum in conjunction with their current puppetry exhibition. Included are her solo performance Nesting, and excerpts from If My Feet Have Lost the Ground. One performance: Thursday 6:00. Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/gregg
 
ONGOING:

* Deathtrap – Ira Levin’s frequently produced 1978 mystery play about a playwright writing a mystery about a playwright writing a mystery, presented by Forest Moon Theater. Directed by Lisa Binion. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Disgraced – A Pakistani-American lawyer hosts a dinner party that forces him to confront issues of identity, religion, and politics. PlayMakers Rep presents Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize winning 2012 comedy drama. Directed by Shishir Kurup. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through October 4. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Dracula – Ira David Wood III adapts and directs the Bram Stoker story for Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

Isn’t It Romantic – Cary Players presents Wendy Wasserstein’s 1981 comedy about the plight of the single woman in New York. Directed by Kirsten Ehlert. This week: Friday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 4. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

  
IMPROV:

Reality Prov – Tranactors Improv improvs a reality show about improv. One night: Friday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Third Date – An evening of improv by the eponymous Third Date, with special guest Dana Marks. Once again, it’s about relationships. One night: Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com
 

* – 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 – La Grande Guerre

April 8, 2015


Scenes from Hotel Modern’s The Great War

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 13, 2015

OPENING:
* The Great War – Dutch theater group Hotel Modern (with an original score by Arthur Sauer) uses live-animation, miniature sets, tiny video cameras, and letters from World War I soldiers to portray the horrific landscape of war. Presented by Carolina Performing Arts. Two performances only: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 7:30. Memorial Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org

* Jersey Boys – Touring production of the 2004 jukebox musical about 60’s band Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. 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

Monumental – A new play by Steven Roten about two people who have lost loved ones to war. Directed by Steven Roten and Tamara A. Farias. Presented by Stillwater Theatre Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 12. Studio Theatre, Meredith College, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

* Premiere: A Showcase of Original Plays – Owl Tree Theater presents new short plays from their playwriting and directing students. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Page-Walker Center, Cary.
owltreetheater

Sunday in the Park with George – Burning Coal presents the 1984 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical about painter Georges Seurat and the mystery of artistic creation. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 3. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Teatro Hugo & Ines – Wordless stories performed by Peruvian puppeteers Hugo and Ines. This week only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 5:00 and 8:00, Sunday 4:00. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu

Trojan Barbie – A time-bending meditation on war, gender, and politics in Christine Evans’ reimagining of Euripides’ Trojan Women. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by StreetSigns Center in collaboration with UNC’s Performance Studies. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through April 19. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org

ONGOING:

* The Burial at Thebes – Celebrating its 50th birthday, University Theatre (née Thompson Theatre) reprises its very first production, Sophocles’ Antigone in a new translation by Seamus Heaney. Director not listed. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

* Enron – Lucy Prebble’s savage 2009 satire mixes docudrama, absurdism, puppetry, masks, and comic spectacle to tell the story of the company that imploded in scandal and accounting fraud in 2001. And did we mention the velociraptors? Presented by Duke’s Department of Theater Studies, and directed by Talya Klein (whose October production of Failure: A Love Story at UNC ranks as one of the best plays of this season). This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu
 
4000 Miles – A grandmother and her 20-something grandson become unlikely roommates in Playmakers production of Amy Herzog’s 2011 drama. Directed by Desdemona Chiang. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 19. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Regrets Only – Paul Rudnick’s 2006 madcap farce, presented by Theatre in the Park. Directed by Ira David Wood IV. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Sleeping Beauty – Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series presents a musical version of the classic fairy tale. Directed by Judy M. Dove. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 
 
IMPROV:
* Last Words – Transactors Improv presents short and long form improv on a theme. One night: Saturday 8:00. 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.

 


Theater Week – InfraMen

January 22, 2014

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through January 27, 2014

PICK OF THE WEEK:
* Love’s Infrastucture – Durham indie pop band Bombadil teams with puppeteer Torry Bend in “a marriage of concert, puppet show, music video”. Presented by Duke Performances. This week only: Friday 8:15, Saturday 3:15 and 8:15, Sunday 3:15. PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, Durham.
dukeperformances.duke.edu

OPENING:
* Once – A Dublin street musician meets and falls in love with a young Czech girl. Touring musical based on the 2006 film, book by Enda Walsh, music by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. 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

Pinkalicious – It’s not easy being pink. Stage musical adaptation of the children’s book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. Presented by Broadway Series South and Storybook Theater Series. This week: Wednesday 10:30 a.m., Thursday 10:30 and 6:30, Friday 6:30, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through February 2. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Private Lives – Noël Coward’s 1930 comedy of early 20th-century upper class manners. Directed by Sean Daniels. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 9. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Solo Takes On: 4 – A festival of solo performances in rotating rep, including The Tramp’s New World by Rob Jansen, Pedazos del Alma by Brittany Chávez, and Flipping Cancer. by Marie Garlock. This weekend: Friday-Sunday (check webpage for schedule). Continues through February 1. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
unc.edu

3 x 3 – An evening of three one-acts: Bad Thing by Mark Cornell, In and Out by John Paul Middlesworth, and Heritage Speaking by Paul Newell. Presented by Playwrights Roundtable. One night only: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Duke’s student musical group presents the 2005 musical comedy. Directed by Andrew Jacobs. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 2. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
hoofnhorn.org

ONGOING:
The Divine Sister – Charles Busch’s 2010 comic mashup of every nun movie you’ve ever seen. Directed by Rod Rich. Presented by Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 2. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

I Love My Hair When It’s Good: & Then Again When It Looks Defiant and Impressive – Two cousins grow up in a family of strong African American women. Created and directed by Chaunesti Webb. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 1. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* The Pelican – In a time of war, a man has a crisis of conscience, in a new play written and directed by Jesse A. Lowe. Presented by Owl Tree Theatre for the People. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through January 25. The Green Monkey, Royal Mart, Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
owltreetheatreonfacebook

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 – Sea Hunt

October 23, 2013

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 28, 2013

OPENING:
* The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer – In an apocalyptic future, an adventurer seeks a way to save humanity, in a solo mime/puppet adventure created and performed by Australian artist Tim Watts. Presented by NCSU Center Stage. This week only: Thursday 8:00, Friday 6:00 and 8:00, Saturday 5:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Titmus Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu

* En Mi Espejo, Veo Tu Cara – Using firsthand narrative and holographic video, Roxana Pérez-Méndez takes the audience on a guided tour of three centuries of colonialism in the Americas. A promenade performance, it begins at Morehead Planetarium before wending its way across campus to Swain Hall. Presented by The Process Series. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
processseries.unc.edu

A Queer Kiss – A growing romantic relationship causes conflict for two high school boys and their families, in a new play by Joel Drake Johnson. Directed by Paul Frellick. Presented by Deep Dish Theater. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 16. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

ONGOING:
* Barefoot in the Park – Neil Simon’s venerable 1963 comedy about a newlywed couple living in a walk-up apartment in New York. Directed by Beth Honeycutt. Presented by Towne Players of Garner. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00. Closes Saturday. GPAC, Garner.
towneplayers.org

Carrie: The Musical – The creators of the legendarily awful 1988 Broadway musical adaptation of the Stephen King novel made major changes for the 2012 revival, but apparently there’s still a prom and magic powers. Presented by NRACT. Directed by James Ilsley. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 3. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* The Drowsy Chaperone – A theater star must choose between her career and marriage. Duke’s Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 1998 parody of 1920’s musicals. Directed by Drew Klingner. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu

* Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart – It’s sex, drugs, and trance music – and an examination of media, global capitalism, and body objectification, in Caridad Svich’s 2004 take on the Greek tragedy. Produced and staged by Rajeev Rajendran, Emily Anderson, and Caitlin Wells. Presented by The Delta Boys Theater Company. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Nightlight Bar, Chapel Hill.
deltaboystheater.weebly.com

* Spring Awakening – Teenagers in 19th century Germany deal with their sexuality in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s 2006 musical version of the play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by C. Glen Matthews. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Whipping Man – A wounded Confederate soldier and two of his former slaves negotiate an uneasy truce in the 2006 Matthew Lopez drama. Directed by Mark Filiaci. Presented by ArtsCenter Stage. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead – It’s Shakespeare vs. zombies in John Heimbuch’s 2008 semi-historical comedy. Presented by hiSTORY Stage. No director listed. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal at the Murphey School, Raleigh.
historystage.org

AUDITIONS:
Orange Community Players holds auditions for its February production of Steel Magnolias, Tuesday and Wednesday 6:30, Exchange Club Building, Hillsborough. More info.

The ArtsCenter holds auditions for specialty performers (magicians, jugglers, other variety acts). Saturday 11:00 to 5:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

SPECIAL EVENTS:
I Love My Hair – Special Insider Event – The 2012 smash hit returns this January. Producer FORTY/AM hosts a FREE open house, featuring music, meet-the-cast, food from The Salt Box, and a limited advance sale of tickets. Saturday any time between 6:00 and 9:00. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
More info.

Costume Yard Sale – Just in time for your Halloween costume needs! Little Green Pig holds a yard sale fundraiser, featuring wigs, strange and beautiful clothes, shoes, props, and other odds and ends. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 539 MUZE, located at 539 Foster Street in Durham (next to The Farmer’s Market).

* = 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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