Theater Week – What’s Happening??!!

December 31, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through January 7, 2019

 
OPENING:

This Doesn’t End Well – World premiere of seven short plays, a mix of dramatic and comic works about misfortune, written and directed by Brook North. Presented by South Stream Productions. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes January 20. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.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 CVNC.org. 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 – History Has Its Eyes on You

November 5, 2018

 
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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 12, 2018

 

OPENING:

Bar Plays 4.0 – Cary Playwrights Forum presents an evening of seven short plays by local playwrights. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 8:00. Fortnight Brewing, 1006 SW Maynard Rd, Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

Dancing at Lughnasa – Five unmarried sisters in pre-war rural Ireland face an uncertain future. Duke Theater Studies presents Brian Friel’s 1990 drama. Directed by Ellen Hemphill. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 18. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

Hamilton – Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking 2015 musical biography of the ten-dollar Founding Father finally comes to the colonies in a touring production. Directed by Thomas Kail. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 7:00. Continues through December 2. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

The Memory of Water – Three sisters, brought together by their mother’s death, try to reconcile their differing memories of her. Forest Moon Theater presents Shelagh Stephenson’s 1996 comic drama, directed by Bob Baird. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 18. Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks St, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

The Rainmaker – University Theatre presents N. Richard Nash’s 1954 drama, set in a rural western town during the Depression, about a spinster and a confidence man. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 18. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

ONGOING:

The Flick – With masterfully deliberate pacing, playwright Annie Baker explores the relationships of three minimum-wage employees at an aging (and increasingly unviable) single-screen repertory movie theater, revealing as much in the silences as in the dialogue. Bartlett Theater presents the area premiere of Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2013 drama in a site-specific production at Northgate Stadium 10 Cinema. Directed by Jonathan Brady. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Stadium 10 Cinema, Northgate Mall, Durham.
bartletttheater.org

Next to Normal – NRACT presents Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s 2008 rock musical about a family dealing with the mother’s bipolar disorder. Director: Timothy E. Locklear, Music Director: Michael Santangelo. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.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 – Call Me Up in Dreamland

April 11, 2018

Nemo score stage musical

Sheet music for the 1908 stage musical version of Little Nemo. 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 16, 2018

OPENING:

* 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 only: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00.
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: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through April 28. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Blood at the Root – Dominique Morisseau’s 2016 drama, based on a true story, about racial strife in a Louisiana high school. Directed by Asabi, choreographed by Donna Bradby; presented by NCCU Department of Theatre. {Opened April 6.] This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday.
hiphopnc.com

Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4. Duke’s musical theater group Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 1975 Kander and Ebb musical. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 1:00 and 8:00. Sunday 1:00. Continues through April 22. von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu

* Dreaming: Little Nemo In Slumberland Revisited – Free presentation of an original faculty work-in-progress by Duke Theater Studies faculty member designer/puppeteer Professor Torry Bend and award-winning playwright Howard L. Craft, exploring the work of turn of the century comic strip artist Winsor McCay. Free admission. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

* Grandchild of PlaySlam! – A bunch of playwrights enter, one winning playwright – chosen by the audience – leaves with 100 bucks! Cary Playwrights Forum returns with their annual Darwinian evening of very short plays. One night only: Saturday 7:30. The Cary Theatre, 122 E Chatham St, Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

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: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues though April 22. 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. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Ruddigore – The Durham Savoyards present Gilbert and Sullivan’s supernatural-themed 1887 operetta. Directed and choreographed by Derrick Ivey, musical direction by Jackson Cooper. This week only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Carolina Theatre, Durham.
carolinatheatre.org

* Wet Hot American Summer: The Musical (Sort of) – If you have to ask, it’s probably not for you. The cult movie musical returns for a (final) encore. One night only: Saturday 8:00. Kings, 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh.
kingsraleigh.com

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. Continues through April 21. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.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-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 22. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

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 – Late Light

November 14, 2017

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 20, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Bar Plays 3.0 – Cary Playwrights’ Forum presents the latest installment of short plays set and performed in a bar, featuring seven new works written by area playwrights. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 8:00. Fortnight Brewing, 1006 SW Maynard Rd, Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

* Dawn’s Early Light – A new play in three parts about two lost souls traversing the American landscape, written collaboratively by Paul Newell and Mark Cornell. Directed by Paul Newell and Nancy Lane. Produced by the Cary Playwrights’ Forum’s Independent Producers Series, and Full Nelson. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. The Cary Theater, 122 E Chatham St, Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

* Gypsy – NC Theatre presents the 1959 Jule Stein/Stephen Sondheim.Arthur Laurents bio-musical of vaudeville star Gypsy Rose Lee and her stage mom. Director not listed. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

* The Wild Party – WPU Theatre Department presents a stage musical version of Joseph Moncure March’s scandalous 1928 book-length narrative poem about Hollywood debauchery. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Kenan Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
goactivecalendar.com

 

ONGOING:

* Beowulf, Lord of the Bros – Some 20-something bros find their parties constantly disrupted by an annoying neighbor and call on savior-of-parties and best bro Beo for help. University Theatre presents the world premiere of a new musical by Matt Deitchman and Jed Feder, “loosely” based on the early medieval epic poem. Directed by Kyle Dougan. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* Vinegar Tom – Power, sex, and witches. A small community targets its weakest members as “other”, then uses law and religion to persecute and destroy them. Duke Theater Studies presents Caryl Churchill’s 1976 drama, directed by Jules Odendahl-James. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

 
 

* – 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 – Fog of War

September 12, 2017

 

Virtual avatar of “Michael” (Trevor Johnson) in Closer Than They Appear – Icarus Studios

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 18, 2017

 
OPENING:

The Cake – A baker finds it hard to reconcile her religious beliefs with a wedding cake order for two women about to be married. PlayMakers Rep begins their new season with a new comedy by Bekah Brunstetter. Directed by Jeffrey Meanza. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 1. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

California Suite – Forest Moon presents Neil Simon’s 1976 comedy anthology of four short plays, all set in the same room of a Los Angeles hotel. Directed by Lisa Binion. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 24. Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Closer Than They Appear – Incorporating virtual reality animated landscapes designed by Jared Mezzocchi, Christine Evans’ play tells the story of an Iraq War veteran undergoing PTSD therapy. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by Piedmont Performance Factory, in partnership with The Process Series. This week: Thursday and Friday previews 8:00, Saturday 8:00 (opening night), Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead – A group of teenagers must deal with drug use, sex, depression, suicide, abuse, and rabies, in Bert V. Royal’s unauthorized 2004 parody of Peanuts. Presented by NRACT. Directed by Pete Comperatore. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. NRACT, Leadmine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Escape to Freedom – Interactive experience about attempted escapes from antebellum slave life. Presented by MOJOAA. This week: Friday and Saturday 6:00, 7:30, 9:00. Continues through September 23. Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh.
mojoaa.org

* PlaySlam! 2017 – Twelve playwrights enter with two short plays each, 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
 

ONGOING:
 
* Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives – A devised theater performance by local women artists, created and presented by Summer Sisters, inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March and other women-led political movements from the past and present. Directed by Rachel Klem and Carissa White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Crowns – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Regina Taylor’s 2002 musical play, which tells the story of six African-American women through the hats they wear to church. Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Directed by Terra Hodge. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

King Lear – An aging ruler makes a series of increasingly bad executive decisions, resulting in a hostile takeover. Honest Pint presents the Shakespeare tragedy in association with Sweet Tea Shakespeare. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Preshow 45 minutes before curtain. Continues through September 24. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* 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.” Final performances this weekend: September 16-17 at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St in Greensboro.
paperhand.org

* Yes to Nothing – World premiere of a play by Mara Thomas about four punk rockers navigating the 1980s music scene, and their lives 20 years later. Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Caitlin Wells. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. The Pinhook in Durham.
littlegreenpig.com
 

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. This month’s special secret-sharing guest: Filmmaker and photographer D.L. Anderson. One night: Friday 10:00 (following Summer Sisters’ performance of Bad Mothers and Neglectful Wives). No advance tickets, door sales only. 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 – Female Trouble

September 5, 2017

 

Summer Sisters’ Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 11, 2017

 
OPENING:

Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives – A devised theater performance by local women artists, created and presented by Summer Sisters, inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March and other women-led political movements from the past and present. Directed by Rachel Klem and Carissa White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 16. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

King Lear – An aging ruler makes a series of increasingly bad executive decisions, resulting in a hostile takeover. Honest Pint presents the Shakespeare tragedy in association with Sweet Tea Shakespeare. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Preshow 45 minutes before curtain. Continues through September 24. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* Open Doors – Sonorous Road presents its second annual festival of 10-minute plays, featuring new works by nine local playwrights. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* Rock of Ages – Theatre Raleigh presents an outdoor version of the 2005 juke box musical featuring 80s glam rock standards. (Note: it’s not a stage version of The Band’s 1972 live album.) This week only: Thursday-Sunday 8:00. Booth Amphitheatre, Cary.
boothamphitheatre.com

* The Suicide Journals – A look at the world of teenage and young adult suicide. Written and directed by Veronique LaShell MacRae. Presented by V. Lash Productions. One Show: Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 

ONGOING:
 
Crowns – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Regina Taylor’s 2002 musical play, which tells the story of six African-American women through the hats they wear to church. Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Directed by Terra Hodge. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Extended through September 17. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

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.” This week: Friday-Sunday 7:00. Preshows begin at 6:20. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh. Continues September 16-17 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.
paperhand.org

* ShakesBEER – “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?” Bare Theatre presents a site-appropriate evening of scenes performed in local pubs featuring notable Shakespearean drinkers. Adapted by Chuck Keith, directed by Dustin Britt. This week: Tuesday 8:00, Fullsteam, Durham. Wednesday 8:00, Imurj, Raleigh, Monday September 11 Mystery Brewing, Hillsborough.
baretheatre.org

Yes to Nothing – World premiere of a play by Mara Thomas about four punk rockers navigating the 1980s music scene, and their lives 20 years later. Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Caitlin Wells. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Nightlight in Chapel Hill. Continues next week at The Pinhook in Durham through September 16.
littlegreenpig.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 – 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.


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