Theater Week – Choices

August 8, 2017

 

Zona Gale, first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 14, 2017

 

OPENING:

Miss Lulu BettUPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances this production has been cancelled. Ticket holders can request a full refund, or roll their tickets into Women’s Theatre Festival’s upcoming Little Women ​Holiday Production. ​To obtain a refund or to exchange tickets, patrons should contact Brown Paper Tickets directly at 1-800-838-3006.

* Waiting for Godot – “He’s never early, he’s always late. First thing you learn is that you always gotta wait.” Eno River Players present a staged reading of Samuel Beckett’s 1953 classic, directed by Matthew Sampson. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 

ONGOING:

* 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. Closes Saturday. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.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. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.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 – Valentine Sees It All

February 16, 2016

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 22, 2016

 
OPENING:

 
* Feb 48 – One Song Productions’ annual marathon of one-act plays written, directed, and performed by high school students in a 48-hour period. One show: Sunday 7:30. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro. artscenterlive.org

* The First Woman President – Triangle Playwrights presents a staged reading of a new play by Keith Burridge about Edith Wilson. Directed by Annie Taft. One performance: Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro. artscenterlive.org

* Hamlet – Shakespeare’s family drama is the inaugural production by a new Durham company, Eno River Players. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:00, Saturday 1:00 and 7:00. Mosaic Church, Club Boulevard, Durham. enoriverplayers.org

Hurt Village – The demolition of a housing project impacts a young rapper and her family in Katori Hall’s 2011 drama. Directed by Dr. Stephanie “Asabi” Howard. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 28. University Theatre, Farrison-Newton Building, NCCU Campus, Durham. facebook.com

Jacuzzi – Ward Theatre Company presents the 2014 darkly comic thriller by The Debate Society – Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, and Oliver Butler. This week: Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30.  Continues through March 20. Ward Theatre, Pine Cone Drive, Durham. wardtheatrecompany.com

* Leading Ladies – University Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s 2004 farce in which itinerant Shakespearean actors in Pennsylvania pretend to be heirs to a fortune. Director not listed. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.

* Mary Domingo – Mary Peabody Mann, widow of 19th Century education reformer Horace Mann, hopes to carry on his work by translating a book by Domingo Sarmiento, an Argentine intellectual. A new play by Anne García Romero, presented by the Process Series in partnership with the Teatro Latina/o Series and the Program in Latina/o Studies. UPDATE: Dates changed to Friday and Saturday February 26 and 27, 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
unc.edu

* Waiting for Godot – Wait for it. Samuel Beckett’s 1953 classic, presented by Meredith Ensemble Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Sunday 7:30. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu
 

ONGOING:

* Crossing Delancey – Remember that Amy Irving/Peter Riegert romantic comedy from the late 80’s about a young single woman in Manhattan whose grandmother decides to play matchmaker? She works in a bookstore, he sells pickles? Yeah, that one. This is the play by Susan Sandler that it’s based on. Presented by Cary Players. Directed by Bruce Ackerman. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Downtown Theatre.
caryplayers.org

The Lion King – Touring production of Julie Taymor’s 1997 stage adaptation of the 1994 Disney movie. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Continues through March 20. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Love Letters – Bare Theatre presents A.R. Gurney’s 1989 epistolary romantic drama, directed by Rebecca Blum. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 28. Sonorous Road, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
baretheatre.org

Sweeney Todd – Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 musical thriller about a barber (David Henderson) with a rapidly diminishing clientele and a baker with a rapidly increasing supply of free range meat pies. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. Directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 28. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Tuesdays with Morrie – Justice Theater Project and director Andy Hayworth remount their 2011 production of Mitch Ablom and Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage version of Ablom’s memoir. John Honeycutt returns as Morrie, with Jerry Sipp as Mitch. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Leesville Road, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* The Underpants – “German” and “Farce” seem an unlikely pairing, but Steve Martin’s 2002 adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1910 comedy Die Hose begs to differ. Presented by Theatre in the Park; director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com
 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

* Black Magic – Pop-up performance, community mixer/fundraiser by Black Ops Theatre Company paying homage to black trailblazers in art and entertainment. One show: Saturday 8:00. The Carrack, Durham. thecarrack.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 – They Say It’s Your Birthday

October 31, 2011

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 7, 2011

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:
As You Like It – Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy, presented by Durham Family Theatre. Directed by Jenny Justice. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00. Continues through November 12. St. Joseph’s Performance Hall, Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com

The Birthday Party – Little Green Pig presents the 1958 Harold Pinter play, directed by Jody McAuliffe, about the inhabitants of a boarding house where things may not all be as they seem. LGP celebrates its sixth birthday with an onstage party following the Friday night fundraiser performance. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 12. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Endgame and Watt – Two Samuel Beckett plays performed by Dublin’s Gate Theatre as part of the Carolina Performing Arts Series. This week only. Watt, directed by Tom Creed: Wednesday 7:30, Friday 8:00. Endgame, directed by Alan Stanford: Thursday 7:30, Saturday 8:00. Historic Playmakers Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org

Merry Christmas, Strega Nona – Raleigh Lttle Theatre’s Youth Series presents a musical based on Tomie dePaola’s popular children’s book series about a helpful witch in a small Italian town. Directed by Linda O’Day Young. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 20. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Our Lady of 121st Street – Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 2002 dark comedy about the former students of a recently deceased teacher. Directed by Julya M Mirro. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through November 19. FATE, Harrison Pointe Shopping Center, Cary.
fate4.us

ONGOING:
Bell, Book, and Candle – John Van Druten’s 1950 witchcraft comedy, presented by North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, which helpfully warns: “contains elements of the occult, alcohol consumption, live animals and implied sexual situations.” Directed by Sally Kinka. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Dial M for Murder – Adapted from his original BBC television production, Frederick Knott’s 1952 stage thriller is a cautionary tale about rotary dial telephones (kids, ask your grandparents). Temple Theatre’s production is directed by Mark Filiaci. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
templeshows.com

Garden District – University Theatre presents a 1958 double-bill of one-act plays by Tennessee Williams: Something Unspoken and Suddenly Last Summer. Directed by John McIlwee. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/theatre

Living with the Tiger – Explosions! Power tools! Dance numbers! Tigers! America! Haymaker presents a devised performance about tiger ownership and the American psyche. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
gohaymaker.com

Much Ado about Nothing – In what looks to be a burgeoning new Shakespearian sub-genre, the Bard gets Steampunked again in Bare Theatre’s Victorian high-tech version of the romantic comedy. Directed by G. Todd Buker. This week: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 13. REP, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.
baretheatre.org

Nathan the Wise – German playwright Gottholt Lessing’s 1779 play about religious tolerance was banned from performance by the Church during his lifetime. Deep Dish presents Edward Kemp’s 2003 adaptation, directed by Tony Lea. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. (Sunday show sold out.) Continues through November 19. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

The Parchman Hour – In 1961, civil rights activists known as Freedom Riders launched a non-violent frontal assault on segregation in the deep South, and were met with incredible violence from local citizens, police forces, and state governments. So many were arrested in Mississippi that they filled local jails; the overflow was transferred to the state’s notorious penitentiary, known as Parchman Farm. While there, they kept their spirits up by staging their own “variety hour” of songs and comedy from their cells each evening. Written and directed by local theatrical treasure Mike Wiley, The Parchman Hour comes to Playmakers’ mainstage (following Wiley’s successful student production last year) to tell part of that remarkable story. Not to be missed. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 13. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

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


Weekend Theater – J-Horror

September 8, 2010


Hope you weren’t planning to sleep tonight…
Little Green Pig’s Redghost. Photo: Jay O’Berski

A listing of Triangle theater performances
for the weekend of September 8-12, 2010, and beyond

They’re back! Triangle theater kicks into high gear with seven shows opening this weekend — and things get even crazier in the next few weeks. For a rundown of what area theaters have in store, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page. Hang on, it’s going to be an exciting ride.

OPENING:
And the Winner Is – Supernatural comedy about a self-obsessed movie star, by the author of Tuesdays with Morrie. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through September 26. RLT Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Go Ask Alice – “A raindrop just splashed on my forehead and it was like a tear from heaven. Am I really alone? Is it possible that even God is crying for me?” Hilariously over the top anti-drug comedy, presented by NRACT (North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre). This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 26. Greystone Village Shopping Center, North Raleigh.
nract.org

Happy Days – “Words fail, there are times when even they fail.” Samuel Beckett play presented by PRC2, Playmakers’ second-stage series. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Kenan Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Nothing Pink – A play with music, based on Mark Hardy’s coming-out novel for teens, featuring original compositions and arrangements by Mark Hartman. Presented by UNC Communication Studies. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 19. Swain Hall Studio 6, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
comm.unc.edu

Our Town – Thornton Wilder’s modern classic, presented by The Justice Theater Project. This weekend: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 26. Clare Hall Performing Center, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

Redghost – Little Green Pig stages Tsuruya Nanboku’s classic Japanese ghost story, Yotsuya Kaidan. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 18. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

To Kill a Mockingbird – Stage version of the Harper Lee novel presented by Burning Coal. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 26. The Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

ONGOING:
Islands Unknown – NC Museum of Art hosts the absolute final encore performances of Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s annual outdoor summer show, “an epic odyssey that will take us to the depths of the imagination and the very ends of the earth… in 3-D!” Bring the kids, bring the adults, bring everybody. This weekend: Friday-Saturday 7:00, pre-show starts at 6:20 (Friday: Club Boheme, Saturday: Midtown Dickens). Closes Sunday. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh.
paperhand.org

Mi Vida Loca – Eric Overmeyer comedy about a family dealing with the father’s substance abuse issues. This weekend: Wednesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 18. Deep Dish Theater, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

Talking Things Over with Chekov – Two ex-lovers journey back to the New York theater scene in a play by John Ford Noonan, presented by FATE (Free Association Theatre Ensemble). This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Page-Walker Arts Center, Cary.
fate4.us

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


Godot/Caleb – A Conversation

October 19, 2009

CTHGodot

Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Waiting for Godot
being performed in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward in 2007.

Two tramps on a country road await the arrival of a man who may never come.

An American soldier in 1989 Germany tries to choose his future as the Cold War sputters to an end.

The waiting is the hardest part.

Duke Performances and Manbites Dog Theater host a conversation featuring artists from Classical Theatre of Harlem’s touring production of Waiting for Godot, and Manbites Dog Theater’s upcoming production of Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders. This one-time event is free and open to the public.

Time: Monday October 19 at 7:00.

Taking part will be:
— Chris McElroen, director of Waiting for Godot, and Executive Director of Classical Theatre of Harlem
— J Kyle Manzay, actor, playing Estragon in Waiting for Godot
— Howard Craft, playwright, Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders
— Joseph Megel, director, Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders

The conversation will be moderated by Jay O’ Berski, Duke Theater Studies professor and Durham actor/director.

No advance reservations — just show up by 7:00 at Manbites Dog.

Classical Theatre of Harlem’s touring production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot performs Friday-Sunday October 23-25, 2009 at Duke’s Reynolds Theater.
More info about Waiting for Godot

Manbites Dog Theater’s world premiere production of Howard Craft’s Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders runs October 29-November 14, 2009 at Manbites Dog, 703 Foster Street in Durham.
More info about Caleb Calypso


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