Theater Week – Lonely Heart

April 17, 2018

Carson McCullers, 1947. Photographer unknown. 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 23, 2018

 

OPENING:

* Assassins – If you’re kicking yourself for missing last month’s Theatre in the Park production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical about individuals who attempted to kill US Presidents, here’s your second shot. William Peace University’s production is directed by Wade Newhouse, with musical direction by Matt Hodge. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Kenan Auditorium, Browne-McPherson Building, WPU Campus, Raleigh.
wputheatre.ticketleap.com

* Bright Star – Touring production of the 2014 Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical, set in post-WWII Asheville. Hosted by Broadway South and NC Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

* For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf – Justice Theater Project presents Ntozake Shange’s 1974 choreopoem play for a weekend of staged readings. Directed by Kyma Lassiter. This week only: Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Seby Jones Auditorium, St. Augustine University Campus, Raleigh.
justicetheaterproject.org

Hand to God – A puppet used in a Christian-ministry youth performance may be Satan. Theatre in the Park presents Robert Askin’s 2011 dark comedy. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 6. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Marie Antoinette – Meredith College Theater presents David Adjimi’s 2012 satirical history play about power, politics, and royalty. Directed by Catherine Rodgers. This week only: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Studio Theatre, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

The Member of the Wedding – For its inaugural production, new Triangle company Star Pocket Theatre presents Carson McCullers’ 1950 play (based on her novel) about adolescent tomboy Frankie trying to come to terms with family and self-identity. Directed by Brent Wilson. This week: Thursday-Sunday 8:00. Continues through April 29. VAE, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh.
brownpapertickets.com

* The Mountaintop – Radio performance company L.A. Theatre Works’ touring production of Katori Hall’s play about Martin Luther King’s final night. Presented by NC State Live. Director not listed. One night only: Tuesday 8:00. Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
live.arts.ncsu.edu

Peter and the Starcatcher – Based on a young adult novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Rick Elice’s 2009 play is a prequel of sorts to J.M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 6. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Proof – David Auburn’s frequently performed 2000 drama about a woman dealing with the legacy of her late father, a brilliant but disturbed mathematician. Presented by Forest Moon Theater. Directed by Bob Baird. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Continues through April 29. Wake Forest Community House, Holding Park, 133 W Owen Ave, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

ShakesBEER II: The Bard Strikes Back – “Hold my beer, I’m gonna do an alcohol-themed evening of Shakespeare.” Bare Theater’s site-appropriate presentation returns. Directed by Dustin Britt, with fight choreography by Heather J. Strickland, musical direction by Camille Watson, and additional words by Charles Keith. This week: Sunday 8:00, The Pinhook, Durham. Continues at various ABC licensed locations through May 3.
baretheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

* The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey – Citizens of a seaside New Jersey town – all portrayed by David Henderson – react to the disappearance of a missing teenager in Honest Pint Theatre production of James Lecesne’s 2015 solo drama. Directed by Susannah Hough. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

Adventure Road: A Story of Huck and Tom – Family-friendly play based on the Mark Twain Characters, presented by Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series. Director not listed. This week: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 29. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

Alice @ Wonderland – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Jonathan Yukich’s retelling of the Lewis Carroll story – with an Alice from the modern digital era. Directed by Chasta Hamilton. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Sensory-friendly performance on April 28. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4. Duke’s musical theater group Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 1975 Kander and Ebb musical. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 1:00 and 8:00. Sunday 1:00. Closes Sunday. von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu

* Harvey – Get to know your rabbit. University Theatre presents Mary Chase’s 1944 comedy, directed by Mia Self. Old chestnut or hardy perennial? You decide. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

King Charles III – Burning Coal presents Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play, set in the near future, in which Prince Charles ascends to the British throne, and blank verse political drama ensues. Directed by Karen O’Brien. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 29. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Leaving Eden – Mike Wiley’s new play – scored by singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett – follows decades of history in a small North Carolina town where the citizens who make up its economic backbone are also its most vulnerable. Vivienne Benesch directs PlayMakers’ world-premiere production. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.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 – Farewell Angelina

November 28, 2017

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 4, 2017

 

OPENING:

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Stage adaptation of the 1965 Christmas TV special. Presented by Theatre in the Park. No director listed. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 11:00/2:00/5:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 10. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* A Christmas Story – Everybody run, Ralphie’s got a gun. Cary Players presents the stage version of the 1983 movie based on stories by Jean Shepherd. No director listed. This week only: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 3:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

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: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 17. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour – Holiday-themed songs and drag performance, featuring contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Presented by Murray and Peter. One show only: Tuesday 8:00. Carolina Theatre, Durham.
carolinatheatre.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. Continues through December 17.
burningcoal.org

* Home for the Holidays! – In 1960’s North Carolina, a family faces being separated at Christmas, unless a miracle happens. Written and directed by Jane Underhill. Presented by The Prime Time Players. This week only: Wednesday 2:00 at the Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough; Thursday and Saturday 2:00 at Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.
orangecountync.gov

* School of Rock – Through unlikely circumstances, an unsuccessful rock musician takes over as the music teacher at an elite prep school. Rock ensues. Touring production of the 2015 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, based on the 2003 Richard Linklater/Mike White/Jack Black movie. 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
 

ONGOING:

Dot – A dysfunctional family with an aging mother reunites for the holidays in her West Philly neighborhood. PlayMakers Rep presents Colman Domingo’s 2016 comedy-drama. Directed by Nicole A. Watson. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 10. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Lake Placid – Set in upstate New York during the 1980 Winter Olympics, Little Green Pig’s improvised play with music presents a different story and a different guest star every night. Directed by Jaybird O’Berski; music by Louis Landry. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, “blue show” Saturday 10:00. Continues through December 9. Presented at a new performance space: The Fruit, 305 S. Dillard, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

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 and 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.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 – Dreamscape

November 29, 2016

 
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The Typographer’s Dream. Image: Natalie Nobles

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 5, 2016

 
OPENING:
 
* The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Cary Players presents the 1982 Beloved Holiday Classic™ by Barbara Robinson, based on her 1971 book, about a family of misfit children who are cast in a church pageant. Directed by Debra Grannan and Dan Martschenko. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

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

* Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical – Touring version of the 1998 musical adaptation of the Beloved Holiday Classic™. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00/5:00/8:00, Sunday 2:00/5:00. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

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: Living Arts Collective, 410 W. Geer St. Durham – Thursday 7:00, Saturday 8:00. University Theatre, NC State Campus, Raleigh – Friday 8:00. Continues next week in Saxapahaw, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill, through December 10.
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

* To Buy The Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray – A play detailing the life of Durham activist Pauli Murray. Presented by Hidden Voices. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Lyon Park Center, 1309 Halley Street, Durham.
paulimurraycenter.networkforgood.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. 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 17. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoaltheatre.org

ONGOING:

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-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 11. 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 and Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.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 – Enemy Territory

December 3, 2013

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Lakeisha Coffey and Derrick Ivey in The Best of Enemies. Photo: Alex Maness

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 9, 2013

OPENING:
The Best of Enemies – A true story of two people who became unlikely allies during Durham’s struggle over the integration of public schools. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through December 21. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual holiday production returns. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 21. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* A Christmas Story – Stage version of the 1983 movie based on stories by Jean Shepherd. Directed by Debra Grannan. Presented by Cary Players. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

* Go, Granny D! – A play with music based on the memoirs of 90-year-old activist Doris Haddock. Written and performed by Barbara Bates Smith with musician Jeff Sebens. Presented by Deep Dish Theater. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Deep Dish, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheatre.org

* How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Touring version of the 1994 musical, based on the story by Dr. Seuss. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 11:00/2:00/5:00/8:00, Sunday 1:00/6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* “It’s A Wonderful Life” Live from WVL Radio Theatre – A “live radio” adaptation of the 1946 Frank Capra film. No director listed. One show only: Saturday 8:00. Clayton Center.
theclaytoncenter.com

* Leaves – A family struggles to cope in the aftermath of a suicide attempt. One Song presents Lucy Caldwell’s 2006 play, directed by Victoria Brancazio. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

The Man Who Was Thursday – An undercover cop infiltrates a secret society of anarchists. Little Green Pig presents G.K. Chesterton’s 1908 metaphysical thriller, adapted by Neal Bell. Directed by Jay O’Berski. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 21. 539 Muze, Foster Street, Central Park, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Miracle on 34th Street – Stage adaptation of the 1947 film about a delusional department store Santa — or is he? Directed by Brian Lord. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 22. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

(Three Man) Tempest – The second of several interpretations of The Tempest this season (See Ongoing: Playmakers). This streamlined version is adapted and directed by Randolph Curtis Rand. Presented by Burning Coal Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 22. The Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* We Will Rock You – Touring Queen jukebox musical. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenter.raleigh.com
 
 
ONGOING:
Frosty the Snowman – Touring production presented by Broadway Series South’s Storybook Theater Series. This week: Wednesday 10:30, Friday 10:30 and 6:30, Friday 6:30, Saturday 11:00/2:00/5:00, Sunday 11:00, 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

* 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, Saturday 2:00. Closes Saturday. 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 (see Opening: Burning Coal) on Shakespeare’s late-career fantasy (in rotating rep with Metamorphoses). Co-directed by Joseph Haj and Dominique Serrand. This week: Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

COMEDY/VARIETY:
* Pop Goes Alicia LIVE – Comedy/variety show about pop-culture, feminism, and poetry. One night: Wednesday 7:00. The Pinhook, Durham.
thepinhook.com

AUDITIONS:
Durham Family Theatre holds auditions for the original musical Brigid without a Story, Saturday 12:00-2:00, Monday 6:00-8:30, Central Park School, Durham. More info.

Durham Savoyards holds auditions by appointment for The Sorcerer, Sunday 2:00-5:00 and Monday 6:30-9:30, DAC – Duke Rehearsal Room, Durham. 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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