Theater Week – Declaration of the Rights of Woman

September 25, 2018

 

Portrait of Olympes de Gouges, Alexander Kucharsky.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 1, 2018

 

OPENING:

Curve of Departure – The night before a funeral, family members gather in a small hotel room to deal with the past and their uncertain futures. Bulldog Ensemble Theater, Durham’s newest company debuts with Rachel Bonds’ dark 2016 comedy. Directed by Thaddaeus Edwards. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 14. Durham Fruit & Produce Company, 305 S Dillard St, Durham.
bulldogdurham.org

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Cary Players stages the 1970 Rice-Webber musical. Directed by Nancy Rich, Musical Direction by Darylene Hecht. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 7. Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave, Cary.
caryplayers.org

The RevolutionistsLiberté, égalité, sororité! In 18th-century Paris during the Reign of Terror, feminist playwright Olympe de Gouges is visited by assassin Charlotte Corday, French queen Marie Antoinette, and anti-slavery Haitian radical Marianne Angelle who all want their say in the writer’s play-in-progress. Raleigh Little Theatre presents Lauren Gunderson’s 2017 historical comedy. Directed by Amy White. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 14. Gaddy-Godwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Sister Act – A club singer witnesses a murder and goes into hiding at a convent. Hijinks ensue. NCCU University Theatre presents the 2006 musical adaptation of the 1992 film. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. Continues through October 7. Farrison-Newton Bldg, 1707 Fayetteville St, NCCU Campus, Durham.
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ONGOING:

* By the Way, Meet Vera Stark – Lynn Nottage’s 2011 comedy satirizes Hollywood’s history of racial stereotypes through the eyes of an African American actress. Directed by Tina Morris-Anderson. Presented by NRACT. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Men On Boats – In 1869, ten daring men led by adventurer John Wesley Powell embark on a possibly suicidal expedition down the Colorado River to explore the unknown depths of the Grand Canyon. Jaclyn Backhaus’ 2015 comic drama retells that story of performative masculinity from a new perspective as noted in the playwright’s casting instructions: “The characters in Men On Boats were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not.” DIrected by Rachel Klem. 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

* Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood – Ken Ludwig’s comic take on the legendary outlaw is directed by Jessie Austrian and features original music by Jack Herrick of the Red Clay Ramblers. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

READINGS:

Tracy Letts Staged Reading Series – Sonorous Road presents staged readings of three Tracy Letts plays over consecutive weekends. Week two: Letts’ 2008 comedy Superior Donuts, about the owner of a decades old business in uptown Chicago trying to adjust to changing times. Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Series continues through October 7. Sonorous Road, 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 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 – Wharton Schooled

May 30, 2017

 

Edith Wharton, circa 1905.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 5, 2017

 

OPENING:

Avenue Q – “The internet is for covfefe.” Raleigh Little Theatre presents the 2003 musical featuring puppets making bad life decisions as they struggle to get by in New York. Directed by Jesse R. Gephart. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 18. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Bridge – Staged reading of a new play by Alexandra Hubbell. Winner of the Chrysalis script competition presented in February by Cary Playwrights’ Forum. Director not listed. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Cary Arts Center.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

Finding Patience – An original play, written and directed by Angie Ottosen-Staheli, about a freed slave who has watched over the town of Holly Springs for the past 175 years. Presented by the town of Holly Springs. Opening: Monday June 5 at 7:00. Continues through June 17. Holly Springs Cultural Center.
findingpatienceplay.com

* Lost in Yonkers – One Song presents Neil Simon’s autobiographical family comedy. Directed by Thomas Cassidy and Eddie Woodhouse. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Smokey Joe’s Cafe – Theatre Raleigh presents the 1994 musical review showcasing the Leiber-Stoller songbook. Directed by Julia Murney, choreography by Abbey O’Brien. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 11. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

Tea with Edie & Fitz – In Adam Pasen’s 2013 play about their one and only meeting, Edith Wharton, the literary giant of the Gilded Age, invites Jazz Age novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald to tea. Things do not go well for him in what was later described as “one of the better known failed encounters in the American literary annals”. Directed by Mia Self. Presented as part of University Theatre’s TheatreFEST 2017. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 18. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

ONGOING:

Ghost the Musical – NRACT presents the 2011 musical adaptation of the 1990 romantic film fantasy (and yes, it includes the song “Unchained Melody”). Directed by Chasta Hamilton Calhoun, presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 11. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org
 
* The Seagull – Extended. A family of frustrated, attention-starved artists gather at a country estate. One of them has a gun and it’s a Chekhov play…what could possibly go wrong? Bartlett Theater presents a site-specific, ambulatory production of the 1896 play, adapted by Anya Reiss and directed by Jonathan Bohun Brady, performed outdoors at a historic country farmhouse near the Eno River. Advance ticket purchase required. Added performance this week: Saturday 6:30. Closes Saturday.
bartletttheater.org
 

IMPROV:

* One Night in Durham – In a made-up-on-the-spot performance, Transactors Improv presents a variety of unique characters interacting in unexpected ways during one surprising evening in the Bull City. As the title says, one night only: Saturday 8:15. 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 – Love, Fracturedly

February 14, 2017

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JoRose and Tamara Kissane in Bright Half Life – Photo: Alex Maness

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 20, 2017

 

OPENING:

Bright Half Life – Erica and Vicky meet. Buy a mattress. Marry. Raise kids. Divorce. Meet again. And jump out of an airplane, not necessarily in that order. Tanya Barfield’s 2015 play uses a fractured timeline and instantaneous transitions to take a whirlwind journey through an on-again off-again romance that spans five decades. Jules Odendahl-James directs for Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through March 4. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Commedia Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – In Nicole B. Adkins’s adaptation, a group of traveling commedia dell’arte players decide to perform the classic fairy tale. Presented by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. One show: Saturday 8:00. Cary Arts Center.
townofcary.org

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised) – Cary Players present Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield’s 1987 comic mashup of the Bard’s works. Directed by Nancy Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 26. The Cary Theater, Cary.
thecarytheater.com

Noises Off – William Peace Theatre presents Michael Frayn’s 1982 sendup of British sex farces. Directed by Wade Newhouse. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through February 26. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
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* Saturday Night Fever – Touring production of the 1998 musical version of the 1977 movie, hosted by Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

* The Secret Garden – University Theatre presents Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman’s 1991 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel. Directed by John McIlwee. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* The Who and the What – A Pakistani-American writer comes into conflict with her family over their conservative views. Staged reading of the play by Ayad Akhtar, presented by Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and PlayMakers Repertory Company. One night: Thursday 7:30. Historic PlayMakers Building, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
mideast.unc.edu
 

ONGOING:

Agnes of God – Forest Moon presents John Pielmeier’s 1979 theological mystery, directed by Bob Baird. This week: Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest. (Transfers to Sonorous Road Theatre in Raleigh February 23-26.)
forestmoontheater.org

* Brigid, the Legend Begins -Encore production of Durham Regional Theatre’s 2014 production, a musical adaptation of an Irish folk tale, written and directed by Jennifer Justice. This week: Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00. Closes Saturdary. E.K. Powe School Auditorium, Ninth Street, Durham. durhamregionaltheatre.com

* The God Game – A Republican U.S. Senator has a crisis of conscience (I know, but just go with it) when asked to compromise his beliefs in exchange for power. June Guralnick directs Suzanne Bradbeer’s 2014 drama for Sonorous Road Productions. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

N – In 1920, Eugene O’Neill’s drama The Emperor Jones brought instaneous fame to the playwright and the leading man, African American actor Charles S. Gilpin. O’Neill went on to become a major figure in 20th century theater, while Gilpin faded into obscurity. Theatre in the Park presents the world premiere of Adrienne Earle Pender’s history-based play exploring their relationship. Directed by Hope Alexander. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

The Night Alive – Honest Pint and NRACT present Conor McPherson’s 2013 drama about people in the margins who find an unlikely chance at redemption. Directed by Susannah Hough. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 25. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

One Man, Two Guvnors – Trying to make ends meet and desperate to fill his stomach, a servant secretly takes a job with two different employers. Richard Bean’s 2011 adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 1746 commedia Servant of Two Masters includes songs by Grant Olding, and transposes the commedia action to 1963 England, with the comic complications even more complex, and the servant just as hungry. Anybody have a sandwich? Raleigh Little Theatre’s production is directed by Rod Rich. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Zucotti Park – Justice Theater Project presents Catherine Hurd and Vatrena King’s 2015 musical about the Occupy Movement. Directed by Jesse Pressler and Aya Wallace, Choreography by Aya Wallace, Music Direction by Ron Cornelous, Stage Direction by Kiara Dimitriadis. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh.
justicetheaterproject.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.

 


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