A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 16, 2019
* Black Nativity – Justice Theater Project’s annual production of Langston Hughes’ retelling of the Christmas story. Directed by Dr. Asabi, music direction by Michael D. Williams, choreography by Kristi V. Johnson This week: Sunday 3:00 and 7:30, Monday 7:30, Tuesday (December 17) 7:30. Closes December 17. Stewart Theatre, 2610 Cates Avenue, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
– Special presentations of The Music from Black Nativity, Thursday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.
A Christmas Carol – Theatre in the Park presents its original musical comedy version of the Dickens story, now in its – I’m going to say 123rd? – season. Written and directed by Ira David Wood III. (Note: The role of Scrooge alternates between Ira David Wood III and Ira David Wood IV, check schedule.) This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 2:00. DECPA, 2 East South Street, Raleigh. (Continues next week at DPAC, Durham.)
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 and 8:00. Continues through December 22. TIP, 107 Pullen Rd, Raleigh.
A Trailer Park Christmas 2019 – A Triangle holiday tradition, now in its 12th year, this interactive, family-friendly entertainment follows the Dodson/Hussy family as they grapple with crazy neighbors, ghosts, fruitcakes, and a Yuletide tornado. Created by Rachel Klem and Jeffrey Moore. Produced by Rachel Klem. This week: Saturday and Sunday 3:00 and 7:30. Continues through December 22. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
Camelot – Burning Coal presents the 1960 Lerner and Lowe musical about King Arthur, based on T.H. White’s 1958 novel The Once and Future King. Directed by Jerome Davis. Musical director not credited. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 22. Burning Coal, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre presents its annual holiday show, now in it’s 36th season: an original musical adaptation of the fairy tale, adapted by Jim Eiler, with music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy, and directed by Mike McGee. Musical director not credited. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 22. RLT, 301 Pogue Street, Raleigh.
Fruitcakes – NRACT presents Julian Wiles’ holiday comedy about a zany small town filled with oddballs. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 22. NRACT,
* Ragtime – Flawed but powerful, this 1996 musical adaptation of E. L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel about an American family at the beginning of the 20th century is an ambitious examination of racism, class, immigration, and feminism as envisioned by an all-white writing team. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. Directed by Zi Alikhan; music director Mark Hartman. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CPA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – The mythos of Rudolph never made a lot of sense – what with the improbable physics of Santa’s gift delivery system or the cryptobiology of light-emitting Cervidaean snouts (yes, it involves cocaine) – but against all rational objections he’s become an improbably beloved Christmas icon we just have to live with. To its credit, this annual stage musical is adapted from the relatively charming 1964 Rankin-Bass animated TV special which added snow monsters, hot bearded prospectors, and extreme dental surgery to the story. Kids will likely be entranced or terrified and adults may want to bring edibles, so there’s that. This week: Friday 6:30, Saturday and Sunday 11:00, 2:00, and 5:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
* – 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 RDU on Stage. 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.