Theater Week – What the Dickens!

December 12, 2017

“Dickens was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.”

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 18, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Black Nativity – Justice Theater Project’s annual presentation of the Langston Hughes play. Directed by Deb Royals, musical director Carolyn Colquitt. This week: Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00, Monday 7:00. Closes Monday. Stewart Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

A Christmas Carol – PlayMakers Rep presents Ray Dooley in a solo retelling of the Dickens story. Adapted by William Leach, directed by Michael Perlman. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through December 23. Kenan Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* A Christmas Carol – Theatre in the Park presents Ira David Wood III’s perennial Dickens extravaganza. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* Dicken’s A Christmas Carol – Touring production of Neil McGarry’s solo presentation of the Dickens story. One performance: Friday 7:00. Sharp Nine Gallery Jazz Club, 4608-L Industry Lane, Durham.
durhamjazzworkshop.org

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 24. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com
 

ONGOING:

* Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual holiday musical staging of the Charles Perrault 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. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Gift of the Magi – An immersive stage version of the O. Henry short story, adapted by Michelle Murray Wells and the company. Presented by Sonorous Road. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00/8:00/9:00, Sunday 2:00/3:00/4:00. Continues through December 23. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Show – Adaptation of the 1946 Frank Capra film staged as a 1940s live radio broadcast. Directed by Yvonne Anderson. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Peter Pan & Wendy – A new stage adaptation of the J.M. Barrie story, adapted by Lillian White and the Burning Coal Theatre Company. Directed by Lillian White. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday.
burningcoal.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 11:00/2:00/5:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

ShakesBEER – “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?” Bare Theatre returns with their site-appropriate evening of scenes featuring notable Shakespearean imbibers performed in local pubs. Adapted by Chuck Keith, directed by Dustin Britt. This week: Monday 8:00 at Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, Tuesday 8:00 at Imbibe in Chapel Hill, Wednesday 8:00 at Hibernian in Raleigh. Continues at various Triangle drinking establishments through December 22.
baretheatre.org

* A Trailer Park Christmas – A Durham holiday tradition, now in its 10th 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 Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem. Produced by Rachel Klem. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through December 16. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.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.

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Theater Week – Horse-Drawn Theater

October 13, 2015

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Rural Academy Theater. Photo: Nicola Krebill

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 19, 2015

 

OPENING:

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. Continues through November 1. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – In 1907 England, a man discovers a novel way to climb the social ladder. Touring version of the 2012 musical comedy (based on the same 1907 source novel as the 1949 Alec Guinness comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets). This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* HERstory Through His Eyes – Vocalists, actors, and spoken word artists perform Dasan Ahanu’s play about surviving physical and sexual abuse. Presented by Black Poetry Theatre. One show only: Sunday 6:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* The Hound of the Baskervilles – Applause! Cary Youth Theatre presents a stage adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle story. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Cary Arts Center.
townofcary.org

* One Shoot – A play without words based on the diary of a French veteran of the Afghanistan wars. Created and performed by Lasko. One show: Friday 8:00, Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw.
hawriverballroom.com

* Rural Academy Theater – Arriving in a horse-drawn wagon that doubles as a stage, Rural Academy Theater presents an evening of live music and song, shadow puppetry, and physical theater. Directed by Noah and Gabriel Harrell. This week, various locations: Tuesday 7:30, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Saxapahaw. Thursday 7:30, The Plaza, 140 West Franklin, Chapel Hill, presented by Ackland Art Museum. Saturday 7:00, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh (sold out, check with NCMA box office about availability). More about Rural Academy Theater.

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: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 1. Paul Green Theater, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

 
ONGOING:

* Belleville – Amy Herzog’s 2011 play about a young married couple living in Paris. Directed by Zachary Roberts. Presented by Sonorous Road Productions. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

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, Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through November 7. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* The Diaries of Adam and Eve – Phoenix Theatre Company presents David Birney’s adaptation of Mark Twain’s biblical satire. One show: Tuesday 8:00. Pittsboro Road House, Pittsboro.
reverbnation.com

A Lesson Before Dying – A teacher and a man on death row form an unlikely bond in Romulus Linney’s 2000 adaptation of the 1993 Ernest J. Gaines novel. Directed by Deb Royals, presented by Justice Theater Project. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 24. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.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: Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 8.
deepdishtheater.org

Reefer Madness – “Tell your children!” As a public service message, NRACT presents the 1998 Kevin Murphy/Dan Studney musical (based on the 1936 film), about the evils of 420, the Bad Seed, Mary Jane, pakalolo, viper’s weed, chronicles of Narnia, kiff, primo, grass, marihuana. If you’ve got ’em, roll ’em. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 25. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* The Rivals – Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic 1775 comedy of manners, presented by Raleigh Little Theatre and Actors Comedy Lab. Directed by Rod Rich. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.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 – Narc!

April 9, 2013

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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 15, 2013

OPENING:

* Broadway Twisted – A night of gender-flipped Broadway show tunes to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the NC AIDS Action Network. Featuring Taylor Mac, Lisa Brescia, Ray Dooley, John Dreher, Julie Fishell, Mark Hartman, and other performers from Playmakers’ current production of Cabaret. One night: Monday 8:00. Local 506, Chapel Hill.
Broadway Twisted Facebook page

* Elektra – A modern take on the Greek tragedy, written and directed by Chip Rodgers. Workshop production presented by Meredith Ensemble Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Studio Theatre in Jones Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

* Hair – Don’t trust any tribal love-rock musical over 30. Pauper Players presents yet another production of the 1967 Rado/Ragni show. No director listed. This week: Friday-Monday 8:00. Closes Monday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

The Importance of Being Earnest – “You have filled my tea with lumps of sugar, and though I asked most distinctly for bread and butter, you have given me cake.” Raleigh Little Theatre presents Oscar Wilde’s classic 1895 comedy. Directed by John T. Hall. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 28. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

The Misanthrope – NCCU Department of Theatre presents the Molière comedy. Directed by Kamora Avent. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 21. Farrison-Newton Communications Building, University Theater, NCCU Campus, Durham.
nccu.edu

Paregoria – A man holds an angel hostage in the premiere of a new play by Jesse A. Lowe. Presented by Owl Tree Theatre for the People. No director listed. This week: Friday-Sunday 8:00. Continues through April 20. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Ruined – A group of women struggle to survive during a civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Burning Coal presents Lynn Nottage’s 2007 drama. Directed by Rebecca Holderness. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 28. Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

To Kill a Mockingbird – Theatre in the Park presents Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of the Harper Lee novel. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 28. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

ONGOING:
Cabaret – Playmakers presents the 1966 Kander-Ebb musical, featuring veteran performance artist Taylor Mac as the Emcee, in a production apparently using the 1993 London revival (and subsequent long-running New York production) as its template. Directed by Joseph Haj. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 21. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

The Heidi Chronicles – University Theatre presents Wendy Wasserstein’s 1988 play about a woman trying to balance the personal and professional parts of her life. Director not listed. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 21. Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

* Lear – “An inaccurate distortion of Shakespeare’s King Lear” (according to the playwright), which omits Lear and focuses on Goneril, Regan, Cordelia, Edgar, and Edmund. And Big Bird. Jody McAuliffe directs Young Jean Lee’s 2010 theatrical provocation. Presented by Duke Theater Studies. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater in the Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

* Morning’s at Seven – Paul Osborn’s 1939 comedy portraying two families in small town America. Directed by Tim Wiest. Presented by Cary Players. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

* The Smell of the Kill – Three women wonder if their husbands just might be expendable, in Temple Theatre’s production of Michele Lowe’s dark 2002 comedy. No director listed. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
templeshows.com

* Stop Kiss – Two women’s relationship is tested by sudden adversity in Diana Son’s 1998 drama. Presented by Peace Theatre. Directed by Kenny Gannon. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Leggett Theatre, Peace College Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.peace.edu

AUDITIONS:
Orange Community Players hold auditions for Cinderella Monday and Tuesday April 15 and 16, starting at 6:30 at the Exchange Club, Hillsborough. 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.


Theater Week – Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk

September 4, 2012

Little Green Pig’s Richie. Video: Nick Karner

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 10, 2012

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.

OPENING:
Brigadoon – Burning Coal presents Lerner and Lowe’s romantic musical comedy about two friends who encounter a magical Scottish village that (spoiler) only appears for one day every 100 years. Directed by Emily Ranii, music direction by Julie Oliver. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 23. Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

Frost/Nixon – Peter Morgan’s 2006 play about David Frost’s television interviews with Richard Nixon in 1977, presented by Justice Theater Project. Directed by Carnessa Ottelin. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 23. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

An Iliad – “Every time I sing this song, I hope it’s the last time.” Ray Dooley in a one-man performance of Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s 2010 modernized adaptation of Homer’s epic tale of war. Directed by Jesse Berger. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Kenan Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Next to Normal – Manic depression is the unlikely subject of Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 rock musical. Theatre in the Park presents the Triangle premiere, directed by Cody Cunningham, music direction by Nancy Whelan. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 23. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

Richie – A rampaging party girl and her entourage stagger from bar to bar with audience in tow, in Little Green Pig’s promenade theater adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard II, directed by Jay O’Berski. Starts at Fullsteam Brewery and ends up god knows where. Wear your walking shoes and be sure to pick a designated driver. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through September 22. Fullsteam Brewery and various places in downtown Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

ONGOING:
City of Frogs – Triangle cultural treasure Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents its 13th annual outdoor giant puppet pageant. This week: Friday through Sunday 7:00 (6:20 preshow). This is the final weekend at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. (Continues September 14-16 at NC Museum of Art, Raleigh.)
paperhand.org

Radio Golf – A mayoral candidate finds himself caught between the demands of power and the voices of conscience and history. Deep Dish presents August Wilson’s 2005 drama, directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday at 2:00. Continues through September 15. Deep Dish Theatre, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

The Rocky Horror Show – If you’re half the fan you think you are, you’ve already attended this production more than once. Raleigh Little Theatre presents the 1973 musical, directed by Haskell Fitz-Simons. Extended through this week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

SKETCH/IMPROV:
Sketch Cagematch – Weekly presentation of comic Darwinism in action: two sketch teams go head to head with 22 minutes of their best material. The team with the funniest survival strategy comes back next week, the unfunniest goes home in shame. This week, Dust in the Wind challenges last week’s winner. Saturday 9:00. Dirty South Theater, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro.
dsicomedytheater.com

AUDITIONS:
Durham Family Theatre holds auditions for November show, Between the Bells, Saturday 11:00 and Monday 6:30, Central Park School, Durham.
More info

Orange Community Players holds auditions for November production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Monday and Tuesday September 10 and 11 at 6:30. Hillsborough Exchange Club.
More info

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions.
For a more complete listing of area events,
we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.


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