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 – True Love … Possibly?

July 8, 2014


 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 14, 2014

OPENING:
The Coarse Acting Show – “The South Hampton Institute of Theatre Players (from Roe-Upon-Toast, England)” presents an evening of four one-act plays, including Streuth and Henry the Tenth (Part Seven). Ira David Wood IV directs Michael Green’s affectionate 1978 tribute to bad theater. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 27. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* One’s Trash; Another’s Treasure – Touring show about a real estate agent with dreams of marrying the perfect man. “A journey of denial, fear, doubt, self-discovery, self-love, then true love … possibly?”. Written and directed by LA Horton; presented by LA Horton Productions. One show only: Saturday 7:30. Garner Performing Arts Center.
garnerperformingartscenter.com

Parade – Second recent local staging of Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown’s 1998 musical drama about the trial of Leo Frank (following Hoof ‘n’ Horn’s April production). Presented by Theatre Raleigh. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00. Saturday 2:00 and 8:00. Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 27. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

Solo – An evening of solo performances and monologues, presented by Owl Tree Theater for the People. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00. Additional performances July 25 and 26. The Green Monkey, Raleigh.
owltreetheater

Ten by Ten in the Triangle – Popular annual series of short plays returns featuring 10 plays by 10 playwrights with 10 directors and an ensemble of 10 actors. Oddly, performances are not at 10:00. Presented by ArtsCenter Stage. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 27. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.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

IMPROV:
Improv Percolator – New series featuring improv students from Open Mind Improv, Group Hug, and Third Date. Thursday 8:00.
Bravest Face Improv presents three groups: Diabolical FishBank, PlayDate!, and Danny Canoe. Saturday 8:00.
Both at Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* – 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 – InfraMen

January 22, 2014

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through January 27, 2014

PICK OF THE WEEK:
* Love’s Infrastucture – Durham indie pop band Bombadil teams with puppeteer Torry Bend in “a marriage of concert, puppet show, music video”. Presented by Duke Performances. This week only: Friday 8:15, Saturday 3:15 and 8:15, Sunday 3:15. PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, Durham.
dukeperformances.duke.edu

OPENING:
* Once – A Dublin street musician meets and falls in love with a young Czech girl. Touring musical based on the 2006 film, book by Enda Walsh, music by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. 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

Pinkalicious – It’s not easy being pink. Stage musical adaptation of the children’s book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. Presented by Broadway Series South and Storybook Theater Series. This week: Wednesday 10:30 a.m., Thursday 10:30 and 6:30, Friday 6:30, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through February 2. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Private Lives – Noël Coward’s 1930 comedy of early 20th-century upper class manners. Directed by Sean Daniels. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 9. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Solo Takes On: 4 – A festival of solo performances in rotating rep, including The Tramp’s New World by Rob Jansen, Pedazos del Alma by Brittany Chávez, and Flipping Cancer. by Marie Garlock. This weekend: Friday-Sunday (check webpage for schedule). Continues through February 1. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
unc.edu

3 x 3 – An evening of three one-acts: Bad Thing by Mark Cornell, In and Out by John Paul Middlesworth, and Heritage Speaking by Paul Newell. Presented by Playwrights Roundtable. One night only: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Duke’s student musical group presents the 2005 musical comedy. Directed by Andrew Jacobs. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 2. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
hoofnhorn.org

ONGOING:
The Divine Sister – Charles Busch’s 2010 comic mashup of every nun movie you’ve ever seen. Directed by Rod Rich. Presented by Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 2. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

I Love My Hair When It’s Good: & Then Again When It Looks Defiant and Impressive – Two cousins grow up in a family of strong African American women. Created and directed by Chaunesti Webb. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 1. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* The Pelican – In a time of war, a man has a crisis of conscience, in a new play written and directed by Jesse A. Lowe. Presented by Owl Tree Theatre for the People. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through January 25. The Green Monkey, Royal Mart, Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
owltreetheatreonfacebook

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.


“Mightily Pleased!” – S. Pepys

December 28, 2011


Barbara Van Beck (Ursula Dyan), engraving by Gaywood

Samuel Pepys, 17th Century Theater Critic
The Woman That Is to Be Seen with a Beard – Ursula Dyan – ★★★★☆
Macbeth by William Shakespeare [adapt. W. Davenant?] – ★★★☆☆

Monday December 21, 1668:

“…first went into Holborne, and there saw the woman that is to be seen with a beard. She is a little plain woman, a Dane: her name, Ursula Dyan; about forty years old; her voice like a little girl’s; with a beard as much as any man I ever saw, black almost, and grizly; they offered to shew my wife further satisfaction if she desired it, refusing it to men that desired it there, but there is no doubt but by her voice she is a woman; it begun to grow at about seven years old, and was shaved not above seven months ago, and is now so big as any man’s almost that ever I saw; I say, bushy and thick. It was a strange sight to me, I confess, and what pleased me mightily.

Thence to the Duke’s playhouse, and saw “Macbeth.” The King and Court there; and we sat just under them and my Lady Castlemayne, and close to the woman that comes into the pit, a kind of a loose gossip, that pretends to be like her, and is so, something. And my wife, by my troth, appeared, I think, as pretty as any of them; I never thought so much before; and so did Talbot and W. Hewer, as they said, I heard, to one another. The King and Duke of York minded me, and smiled upon me, at the handsome woman near me but it vexed me to see Moll Davis, in the box over the King’s and my Lady Castlemayne’s head, look down upon the King, and he up to her; and so did my Lady Castlemayne once, to see who it was; but when she saw her, she looked like fire; which troubled me.”

via The Diary of Samuel Pepys

 


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