Theater Week – We Build the Wall

May 2, 2017

 

Annie Ruth Graham, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, panel W48, line 12.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 8, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Leaving Eden – Workshop production of an original drama with regional music exploring the stories of people currently living in North Carolina Mill towns that boomed in the 20th century and closed down at the start of the 21st. Mike Wiley’s play is based on interviews with people in those towns. Co-produced by UNC’s Process Series, Playmakers Repertory Company, and the Department of Dramatic Art. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. A world-premiere full production is scheduled for PlayMakers’ 2017-18 season. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
processseries.unc.edu

* Mamma Mia! – Here we go again, again! In case you missed it in 2010 or in 2014, the touring production of the 1999 Abba exclamation point jukebox musical touches down in Durham for one weekend only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* On Ice – An ambulatory, interactive performance featuring four short plays performed in various locations on Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh, with a meal at Gonza included. Presented by Seed Art Share. One night only: Saturday 5:00, beginning at Gonza Tacos y Tequila, in the Aloft Hotel, 2100 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
seedraleigh.org

A Piece of My Heart – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Shirley Lauro’s 1991 docudrama about the experiences of six women during the Vietnam War. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 21. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

Marjorie Prime – In the near future an elderly woman, her mind fading, finds companionship from an artificial intelligence modeled on her late husband, who helps her recall – and reimagine – their life together. Jeff Storer directs Jordan Harrison’s 2015 drama. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 13. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Revival – A cultural and musical collage set in 1950s Appalachia, presented by Ward Theatre Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com
 

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
 

* – 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 – 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 – Joy in the Evening

March 8, 2017

 

Crumbs from the Table of Joy – Melanie Matthews, Moriah Williams, Jade Arnold, Lakeisha Coffey, and Emily Rieder. Photo: Chris Wright

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 13, 2017

 

OPENING:

Anne of Green Gables – Forest Moon Theater presents Peter DeLaurier’s stage adaptation of the 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery about a plucky Canadian orphan. Directed by Tony Pender. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 19. Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

* Emotional Creature – An evening of girl’s stories told in monologues and dance, based on Eve Ensler’s 2010 book I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World. Presented by Katy Koop, with the help of Women’s Theatre Festival. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

Lite 2017 – An evening of eight short plays presented by Cary Playwrights Forum. This week: Thursday 7:00 Hope Community Church, Morrisville; Friday 6:30 Cary Senior Center, Saturday 3:00 and 7:00 Cary Arts Center. Continues with one final performance Thursday March 16 7:00 at Hope Community Church, Morrisville.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents a 45-minute version of the Shakespeare comedy adapted for kids (suggested 10 and up). This week: Thursday and Friday 6:00, Saturday and Sunday 3:00 and 6:00. Continues through March 19. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

13, the Musical – A teenage boy has to relocate from New York City to Indiana in the 2008 musical by Jason Robert Brown, Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Directed by Joel Rainey. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 26. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org
 

ONGOING:

* Crumbs from the Table of Joy – In search of a better life, an African-American family migrates from the American South to 1950s Brooklyn. Karen Dacons-Brock directs Lynn Nottage’s 1995 memory play. Presented by Bartlett Theater. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. PSI Theatre, DAC, Durham.
bartletttheater.org

* This Is Not a Novel – Leave it to Little Green Pig to take over a big hunk of a shopping center and present an immersive, ambulatory, choose-your-own-adventure installation created by a who’s-who of area artists. It’s a self-described “delirious playscape for adults” using the cult novels of David Markson as a jumping-off place. Guaranteed to be like nothing you’ve ever experienced. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Scrap Exchange, Lakewood Shopping Center, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Twelfth Night – Shakespeare’s gender-switching comedy involving shipwrecked twins, romantic misunderstandings, and what you will, set in a mid-20th century Mediterranean resort straight out of a Slim Aarons photo spread. Directed by Jerry Ruiz. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 19. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

SKETCH COMEDY:

Cast of Two Months In – Rishan Dhamija, Amy Hallett, Josh Rowsey, Shane Smith, Caitlin Wells, Marcus Zollicoffer

Two Months In – Comedy producing company Mettlesome presents an evening of timely sketches that take a look at our current political and social landscape, scripted by a bakers half-dozen of some of the Triangle’s funniest writers, and performed by six razor-sharp comic performers. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through March 18. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
thisismettlesome.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 – Holding Out My Only Candle

November 22, 2016

 
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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 28, 2016

 
OPENING:
 
* After Orlando – Readings of short plays written in response to the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando this year. Presented by PlayMakers Rep in partnership with Little Green Pig, Black Ops and the Kenan Theater Company as part of an international playwright-driven theatre action including performances in over 40 venues across the US and the UK. Free. One Night only: Monday 7:30. Kenan Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.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. Opens Tuesday November 22 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 2:00 and 5:00, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
 

IMPROV:
 
* Improv Percolator: Holiday Charity Event – Three local improv companies – Danny Canoe, Fatmouth Improv, and Third Date – perform to benefit Durham’s Threshold Clubhouse. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of warm clothing. One night: Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.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 – The Challenge

November 15, 2016

 
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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 21, 2016

 
OPENING:

* Bar Plays 2.0 – An evening of short plays by local playwrights, presented by Cary Playwrights Forum. This week only: Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00. Fortnight Brewing, 1006 SW Maynard Rd, Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

* Labels – One-man show by Joe Sellman-Leava about mixed heritage and immigration in 1990s rural England. Presented by Carolina Performing Arts. This week only: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30. Historic Playmakers Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org

* Monty Python’s Spamalot – Touring production of the 2005 musical adapted from the very silly 1975 Monty Python film. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

* To Buy The Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray – A play detailing the life of Durham activist Pauli Murray. Presented by Hidden Voices. Free performance: Sunday 2:00. Stone Center, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. (Performs in Durham December 1-4.)
stonecenter.unc.edu
 

ONGOING:

* A Charlie Brown Christmas/Jingle Bell Jukebox – RLT is first out of the gate this fall with a double-feature of Yuletide-themed shows. Directed by Linda O’Day Young for the RLT Youth Series. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 1:00 and 5:00, Sunday 1:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* An Ideal Husband – Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedy about blackmail and political scandals, directed by John McIlwee and presented by University Theatre. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* The Laramie Project – Peace Theatre presents Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater’s 2000 docudrama about the murder of Matthew Shepard and its aftermath. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Leggett Theatre, Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
peace.edu
 
* Picasso at the Lapin Agile – NRACT presents Steve Martin’s 1993 historical comedy. Directed by Jonathan McCarter. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Richard III – A deranged, ruthless narcissist comes to power in Bare Theatre’s production of the Shakespeare play. Directed by Lucinda Gainey. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

* The Wild Duck – According to Tolstoy, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way (see also The Open House), and the Elwer family does its best to prove that in the 1884 tragedy by Henrik Ibsen. Duke Theater Studies’ Jody McAuliffe directs from David Eldridge’s 2005 translation. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
duketheaterstudies.edu
 

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
 

* – 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 – One-Eyed Jack

September 27, 2016

 
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You may be a one-eyed jack around here…but I’ve seen the other side of your face. — Marlon Brando, One-Eyed Jacks
 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 3, 2016

 
OPENING:

* The Hour of Feeling – In 1967, a Palestinian scholar in London finds his beliefs tested when war breaks out back home. Staged reading of a play by Mona Mansour, directed by Jerry Ruiz. Presented by Carolina Performing Arts in collaboration with PlayMakers Repertory Company. One night: Thursday 7:30. Historic PlayMakers Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org

* Lysistrata – Aristophanes’ comedy about women taking the job of peacemaking into their own hands is presented by Meredith Ensemble Theatre. No director listed. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday at Noon and 3:00. Studio Theater, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

Oklahoma! – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1943 cornbelter. Directed by Gina Winter, Music Director Heather Copley. Presented by Cary Players. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 9, Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

* PlaySlam 2016 – Thirteen playwrights enter with a short play, at the end of the night one leaves with a cash prize, as determined by audience vote. One night: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

The Trump Card – Bully, billionaire, slumlord, super classy developer, world-class narcissist, Presidential candidate. Manbites Dog presents a staged reading adapted from the monologue by master storyteller Mike Daisey. Performed by Carl Martin, directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Sunday and Monday 7:30. Continues through November 7. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* The Undertaking – New York-based investigative/documentary theater company The Civilians brings its newest work to Durham: a multifaceted look at our last great cultural taboo, death. Presented by Duke Performances. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu
 

ONGOING:

* Detroit ’67 – PlayMakers Rep presents Dominique Morisseau’s 2013 drama about a brother and sister trying to get by in Motown-era Detroit. Directed by Lisa Rothe. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Love/Sick – University Theatre presents nine short comedic plays about romance by John Cariani. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

Mothers and Sons – Terence McNally’s 2013 drama about a woman who visits her late son’s male partner, now married to another man. Directed by Timothy E. Locklear, presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 9. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney – Lucas Hnath’s play takes a dark and kaleidoscopic theme park ride into the mind of a 20th century visionary. Welcome to the craziest place on earth. Directed by Joseph Megel; presented by Manbites Dog Theater and StreetSigns. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

IMPROV:

* Hush Hush – Mettlesome presents an evening of the worst kept secrets in Durham in which one special guest shares a secret they never thought they’d say out loud. One night: Friday 10:00. 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.

 


Theater Week – Groovy Nights

July 5, 2016

groovy hippie
 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 11, 2016

 

ONGOING:

Hair – Like some acid burnout senior citizen hippie, the 1968 “tribal love-rock musical” returns to find a place to crash and reminisce about how wild the 60s were, man! Politically ground breaking for its time (the height of the Vietnam War), it’s usually presented now as more of a feel-good, audience-flattering nostalgia trip devoid of any present day political relevance, like some Civil War reenactment version of the 1960s. Catchy tunes, though. Theatre in the Park’s version, directed by Ira David Wood III, gets its chance to find the show’s heart of darkness starting this weekend. Performances: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 24. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.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: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 28. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com

The Light in the Piazza – A mother and daughter’s trip to Italy in the 1950s takes a surprising turn. Theatre Raleigh stages the 2003 musical adaptation of Elizabeth Spencer’s moving 1960 novel in the NC Museum of Art. Director not listed. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 8:00, Saturday/Sunday/Monday 8:00. Continues through July 14. NCMA, Raleigh. (Note: most performances already sold out. Check with box office for information.)
ncartmuseum.org

10 by 10 in the Triangle – An ensemble of ten actors perform ten ten-minute plays by ten different playwrights with ten different directors. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 24. 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.

 


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