Theater Week – Female Trouble

September 5, 2017

 

Summer Sisters’ Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 11, 2017

 
OPENING:

Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives – A devised theater performance by local women artists, created and presented by Summer Sisters, inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March and other women-led political movements from the past and present. Directed by Rachel Klem and Carissa White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 16. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

King Lear – An aging ruler makes a series of increasingly bad executive decisions, resulting in a hostile takeover. Honest Pint presents the Shakespeare tragedy in association with Sweet Tea Shakespeare. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Preshow 45 minutes before curtain. Continues through September 24. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* Open Doors – Sonorous Road presents its second annual festival of 10-minute plays, featuring new works by nine local playwrights. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* Rock of Ages – Theatre Raleigh presents an outdoor version of the 2005 juke box musical featuring 80s glam rock standards. (Note: it’s not a stage version of The Band’s 1972 live album.) This week only: Thursday-Sunday 8:00. Booth Amphitheatre, Cary.
boothamphitheatre.com

* The Suicide Journals – A look at the world of teenage and young adult suicide. Written and directed by Veronique LaShell MacRae. Presented by V. Lash Productions. One Show: Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 

ONGOING:
 
Crowns – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Regina Taylor’s 2002 musical play, which tells the story of six African-American women through the hats they wear to church. Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Directed by Terra Hodge. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Extended through September 17. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

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.” This week: Friday-Sunday 7:00. Preshows begin at 6:20. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh. Continues September 16-17 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.
paperhand.org

* ShakesBEER – “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?” Bare Theatre presents a site-appropriate evening of scenes performed in local pubs featuring notable Shakespearean drinkers. Adapted by Chuck Keith, directed by Dustin Britt. This week: Tuesday 8:00, Fullsteam, Durham. Wednesday 8:00, Imurj, Raleigh, Monday September 11 Mystery Brewing, Hillsborough.
baretheatre.org

Yes to Nothing – World premiere of a play by Mara Thomas about four punk rockers navigating the 1980s music scene, and their lives 20 years later. Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Caitlin Wells. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Nightlight in Chapel Hill. Continues next week at The Pinhook in Durham through September 16.
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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Theater Week – War Stories

March 28, 2017

Aquila Theatre’s The Trojan War. Photograph: © 2014 Richard Termine.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 3, 2017

 

OPENING:

The Aeneid: A Play With Songs – Virgil’s epic poem is transformed into a story of modern-day refugees with songs by Duncan Sheik. Written by Oliver Kermeid and adapted to music theater by Sheik and director Kay Matschullat, the workshop production is a co-production of Duke Theater Studies and student group Hoof ‘n’ Horn. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 9. Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
hoofnhorn.org

* Bard Fiction – Staged reading of a Quentin Tarantino/Shakespeare mashup (apparently drawn from the now-offline PulpBard wikispaces page), presented by Tedious Brief Productions. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

* Ghashee w Mashee (The Dumbass) – An Arab American woman has to deal with the ignorance of her know-it-all husband in a touring production of the comedy by Najee Mondalek. Directed by Aziz Charabaty. Presented by Im Hussein & AJYAL Theatrical Group. One show only: Saturday 8:00. Fletcher Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

* The Grand Duke – A troupe of actors find themselves involved in political intrigue against a pompous, buffoonish ruler. Derrick Ivey directs and choreographs the Durham Savoyards’ production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1896 comic opera, with musical direction by Alan Riley Jones. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre, Durham.
durhamsavoyards.org

The Mousetrap – A group of strangers snowbound in a country house realize there is a murderer in their midst! Egad! Cary Players presents Agatha Christie’s unkillable 1952 stage mystery. Directed by Tim Wiest. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 9. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

The Real (House)Wives of Windsor – Spoof of the Shakespeare comedy retold as a reality t.v. show. Adapted and directed by Rachel Klem. Presented by University Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 9. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

Revival – A cultural and musical collage set in 1950s Appalachia, presented by Ward Theatre Company. This week: Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 7. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com

Seven: A Documentary Play – Seven playwrights tell the stories of seven courageous women around the world. Directed by Sean Wellington. Presented by Sotto Voce, a new Triangle theater company. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:30. Living Arts Collective, 410 W. Geer Street, Durham. Continues next week at Sonorous Road Theatre in Raleigh.
sottovocetheatre.com

*The Trojan War – Stories of men and women at war, adapted from Homer’s Iliad and scenes from other classical Greek drama and poetry. Presented by Aquila Theatre in collaboration with the Warrior Chorus, a national program that brings together men and women who served in the United States military and trains them to the highest level in the performing arts and humanities. One performance: Thursday 8:00. Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
live.arts.edu.ncsu
 

ONGOING:

* The Miraculous and the Mundane – Members of an African American family in Durham find their lives turned upside down when the father becomes ill. Joseph Megel directs a workshop production of the newest play by Durham writer Howard L. Craft. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater and StreetSigns. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 
* When She Had Wings – A young girl who dreams of being a pilot encounters a bird-like woman who may or may not be Amelia Earhart. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series presents Suzan Zeder’s 2015 play, directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through April 2. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Wolf – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents a dance-theater kids’ version of Little Red Riding Hood and other fairy tales. This week: Thursday and Friday 6:00, Saturday and Sunday 3:00 and 6:00. Continues through April 2. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.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 – T.P. Xmas

December 6, 2016

 
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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 12, 2016

 
OPENING:

A Christmas Carol – Theatre in the Park presents Ira David Wood III’s perennial Dickens extravaganza. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh. Continues next week at DPAC in Durham.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Little Women – Join the March family for a Civil War Christmas, in a stage adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel, presented by Women’s Theatre Festival. Director not listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 18. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

The Santaland Diaries – Stage adaptation of the David Sedaris NPR holiday staple, featuring Jesse Gephart as Crumpet, a disgruntled Santa elf working at Macy’s. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 18. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

A Trailer Park Christmas – Fruitcakes, tornadoes, and inbred Southerners – it’s the Beloved Holiday Classic™ that puts the “Oh, Christ!” back in Christmas. Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem’s Faulknerian yuletide epic returns for its ninth year. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 18. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com
 

ONGOING:

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

* 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: Thursday 8:00 Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw; Friday 8:00 Mystery Brewing Company Brewery (not the pub), 437 Dimmocks Mill Road, Hillsborough; Saturday 8:00 West End Wine Bar, 450 West Franklin Strett, Chapel Hill. Closes Saturday.
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

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-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. 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 11:00, 2:00, and 5:00; Sunday 11:00, 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.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, Sunday 2:00. 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 18. Burning Coal Theatre, 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 – Dario

October 18, 2016

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A theatre, a literature, an artistic expression that does not
speak for its own time has no relevance.
– Dario Fo
• • • • • • •

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 24, 2016

 
OPENING:

The Crucible – Playmakers Rep celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new staging of Arthur Miller’s 1953 political parable. Directed by Desdemona Chiang. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 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. Continues through October 30. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* Holes – Stage version of Louis Sachar’s 1998 young adult mystery/comedy novel, presented by Applause! Cary Youth Theatre. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Cary Arts Center.
townofcary.org

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: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through October 29. Kenan Auditorium, Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
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* Love Jones–The Musical – Stage adaptation of the 1997 movie. Two performances only: Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

 

ONGOING:

* Everscape – Four ordinary people escape from their ordinary lives by teaming up online to play a fantasy video game, but discover that reality and the virtual world are starting to blur together. North Carolina premiere of Allan Maule’s 2016 play, first presented this summer at the NYC Fringe Festival. Directed by Heather J. Strickland. Presented by Bare Theatre and Sonorous Road Productions. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
baretheatre.org

* Nickel and Dimed – Justice Theater Project presents Joan Holden’s 2002 play based on the book by Barbara Ehrenreich about getting by on minimum wage. Directed by Terra Hodge. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00. Closes Saturday. St. Francis of Assisi, Leesville Road, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* Skylight – A woman is visited by the older man she had an affair with years before who wants to renew their relationship. John Gulley directs David Hare’s 1995 play for Burning Coal Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoaltheatre.org

* The Toxic Avenger – NRACT presents the 2008 musical adaptation of the 1984 Troma film spoof of superheroes. Directed by Chasta Hamilton-Calhoun, music director Joanna Li. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org
  

IMPROV:

* It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, And – Fatmouth Improv presents an improvised and possibly spooky musical, with guest musician Glenn Mehrbach. One night: Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
brownpapertickets.com

* The Scary Show – Transactors presents its annual Halloween-themed show, with live music by Killer Filler. One night: Saturday 8:00. 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 – Call Me Up in Dreamland

August 2, 2016

 
Humbaba

Humbaba, from Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s The Beautiful Beast

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 8, 2016

 
OPENING:

The Beautiful Beast – It’s the end of summer which means it’s time for Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s annual outdoor extravaganza. This year’s show takes a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales. This week: Friday-Sunday 7:00 (pre-show starts at 6:20). Continues through September 5 at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Tickets at the door only, no pre-sales. Note: Saturday shows at Forest Theatre usually sell out; get there early. (Continues at NC Museum of Art in Raleigh September 9-11, Carolina Theatre Greensboro September 17-18.)
paperhand.org

* Failure: A Love Story – Philip Dawkins’ lovely bittersweet comedy tells the story of three sisters who are lucky in love but very unlucky in living. Presented by One Song Productions. No director listed. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* Of Women and Wolves – Summer Sisters returns with a new devised theater work inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Women Who Run with the Wolves. Directed by Rachel Klem and Carissa White. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
brownpapertickets.com

The Roaring Girl – The scandalous Moll challenges gender roles in 1946 Chicago in this updating of Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker’s 17th century Jacobean comedy. Presented by little independent theatre, directed by Julya M Mirro. This week: Tuesday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through August 20. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
brownpaptertickets.com

Women’s Theatre Festival
Month long festival of plays written and directed by women, with women making up at least half the cast, and with women in many of the tech and design positions. More information at womenstheatrefestival.com. Opening this week, a double bill:
Men Always Leave – Abandonment issues make it difficult for an African American woman to maintain a relationship with her son’s father. A one-act play by Naima Ince.
The Traditionalist – A seemingly perfect couple are trapped in a dangerous cycle of violence and contrition, in a one-act play by Carol Torian.
This week: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 14. Unsteady Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh.
brownpapertickets.com
 

ONGOING:

* Henry VI: The War of the Roses – Performed outdoors (next to the Raleigh Rose Garden), this condensed version of the Shakespeare history plays focuses on the wars that led to the Tudor dynasty. Co-produced by Bare Theatre and Raleigh Little Theatre. Directed by Lucinda Gainey. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday and Sunday 5:00. Closes Sunday. Stephenson Amphitheatre, RLT, Raleigh.
baretheatre.org

* Steel Magnolias – Robert Harling’s sentimental 1987 comedy-drama about the women who frequent a small town Louisiana beauty parlour shows up every couple of years on Triangle stages. This time, it’s produced by Theatre Raleigh, and directed by person or persons unlisted. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
 
I Wish You a Boat – In 1899, a shipwreck strikes a boat full of immigrants heading to America. Devised work by Ward Theatre Company, directed by Wendy Ward. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 28. 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.

 


Theater Week – Emotional Rescue

December 10, 2015

  

The Emotions of Normal People, Little Green Pig

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 14, 2015

 

OPENING:

* The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Some badly behaved kids are cast in the eponymous Nativity play, and it turns out to be the best one ever. (Take that, pageants 12-19 of the York Mystery Plays!) Forest Moon Theater presents Barbara Robinson’s 1982 play based on the 1971 book. Directed by Heather Snow Daurity. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 7:30. Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

A Christmas Carol – Theatre in the Park presents Ira David Wood III’s perennial Dickens extravaganza. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 2:00. DECPA, Raleigh. Continues December 17-20 at DPAC, Durham.
theatreinthepark.com

Grounded – An F-16 pilot is reassigned to flying drones in the 2013 one-woman drama by George Brant. Presented by Sonorous Road Productions. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 9:00, Sunday 3:30. Continues through December 20. Sonorous Road Theatre, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

The Santaland Diaries – Stage adaptation of the David Sedaris NPR holiday staple, featuring Jesse Gephart as Crumpet, a disgruntled Santa elf working at Macy’s. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 20. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

A Trailer Park Christmas – Fruitcake, tornadoes, and inbred Southerners – it’s the Beloved Holiday Classic™ that puts the “Oh, Christ!” back in Christmas. Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem’s Faulknerian yuletide epic returns for its eighth year. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 20. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

 
ONGOING:

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: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 20. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

The Emotions of Normal People – Love affairs, betrayal, sex, Stasi agents. Almost two years in the making, Little Green Pig’s “originalmovementtheaterwerk” deconstructs and reassembles the experiment-in-living that was the German Democratic Republic before the end of the Cold War brought it crashing down. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through December 19. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
littlegreenpig.businesscatalyst.com

Nuncrackers – Another holiday entry in Dan Goggin’s apparently inexhaustible Nunsense musical comedy franchise. Directed by Jon Todd, presented by NRACT. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 20. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org
 
* Peter and the Starcatcher – A prequel to J. M. Barrie’s 1904 Peter Pan, this 2009 play by Peter Elice is based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Previously seen in a Broadway Series South touring production in Raleigh last March. Directed by Brendon Fox. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – 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 11:00/2:00/6:30, Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 30. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

The Tramp’s New World – Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character is the lone survivor of a “super-atomic blast” in Rob Jansen’s one-man show, adapted from James Agee’s never-produced screenplay written for Chaplin. Directed by Joseph Megel, presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 7:30. Continues through December 19. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

The Wiz – Ease on down the road in this African American take on L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. Burning Coal presents the 1974 musical, directed by Randolph Curtis Rand. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 20. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.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

 

* – 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 – As Scary Night Descends Upon Us

October 27, 2015

 
 

Local 58-Weather Service – by Kris Straub, chainsawsuit.com

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 2, 2015

 

OPENING:

* Almost Maine – A new Durham company – Legacy Rep – presents John Cariani’s 2004 play, set in a fictional town in Maine (last visited in Clayton Youth Theatre’s 2014 production). Director not listed. This week only: Friday 6:00, Saturday 2:00 and 6:00. Closes Saturday. PSI Theatre, DAC, Durham.
constantcontact.com

* The Rocky Horror Picture Show – A showing of the 1975 film, plus interactive audience performance led by UNC Pauper Players. Costumes encouraged, prop bags provided (don’t bring your own). This week only: Friday midnight, Saturday 10:00 p.m. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* Treatbag 2015 – Little Green Pig’s annual evening of theatrical spookiness and transgression. One night only: Saturday 9:00. Ponysaurus, 219 Hood St., Durham.
littlegreenpig.org

 
ONGOING:

* Asylum – The story of an mid-1960s mental institution and its inhabitants. Concept and story by Kendall Rileigh and Nicki Miller, directed by Nicki Miller. Presented by Only Child Aerial Theatre and Burning Coal. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Brabo – In the late 19th century, an African American politician investigating business opportunities in Africa, confronts one of the most brutal and exploitative colonial regimes in modern history, the Congo Free State under Belgium King Leopold II. Written and directed by Susannah Ryan. Presented by the Performance Studies Program of UNC’s Department of Communication. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:00. Closes Friday. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
comm.unc.edu

The Cherry Orchard – Chekhov’s classic tale of a family desperately in need of a financial advisor. Directed by Paul Frellick. Presented by Deep Dish Theater. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 13. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* Duck Hunter Shoots Angel – Mitch Albom’s 2008 comedy about a pair of Alabama brothers who may have done something really, really unfortunate. Directed by Rachel Klem. Presented by University Theatre. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play – Survivors of a near-future civilization-ending apocalypse sit around a campfire recounting old episodes of The Simpsons — like you do. Jeff Storer directs Anne Washburn’s century-spanning epic of human perseverance and the power of theater. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 (only), Sunday 7:30. Continues through November 7. Manbites Dog, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Outside Mullingar – Two middle-aged people, living on adjacent Irish Farms, make hesitant steps towards a romantic relationship. Tony Lea directs John Patrick Shanley’s 2014 drama. Presented by Deep Dish Theater in rotating rep with The Cherry Orchard (resuming next week). This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through November 14. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* Seminar – PlayMakers Rep presents Theresa Rebeck’s 2011 dark comedy about a novelist (played by Ray Dooley) conducting a grueling 10-week seminar with four aspiring writers. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theater, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

 
IMPROV:

* Improv Percolator – Featuring three groups: Oreo Schwartz (long form!/relationships!); Wait, What? (long form!/possibly something other than relationships); and Fatmouth Improv (long AND short form!/ibid). One show: Thursday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* Third Date Improv – An improvised evening about — relationships! One night: Friday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
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* TAFFY – A family-friendly Halloween-themed show by Transactors, possibly including relationships. One show: Saturday 1:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
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* – 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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