Theater Week – Into the Great Wide Open

September 20, 2018

 

Thomas Moran, Chasm of the Colorado, 1873-1874.
Department of the Interior Museum, Washington, D.C.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 24, 2018

 

OPENING:

* Astral Cosmica: The Journey of Ophiochus – Community-based “fire theater” group Addled Muse presents the story of Ophiocus the Serpent Bearer, an earth dweller who aspires to live on the celestial plane and become one of the constellations. When his efforts are rejected, he doesn’t take it well, and chaos ensues. Expect “celestial cyberpunk themed narrative, an original synthrock musical score, acrobatics, fire and aerial acts, contortion, puppetry, and other surprises” from this Durham and Atlanta based company. One show only: Saturday 8:30, Durham Central Park.
addledmuse.com

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. (Delayed opening.) This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 30. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Crimes of the Heart – Forest Moon Theatre presents Beth Henley’s 1979 comic drama about three dysfunctional sisters reuniting at the family home in Mississippi. Directed by Randy Jordan. (Delayed opening.) This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheatre.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: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 30. 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. (Delayed opening.) This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through September 30. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

ONGOING:

* Are You Lonesome Tonight? – The world’s number one Elvis fan takes you on a final tour of his home/museum/shrine to the King. Solo show written and performed by Shelby Hahn. Directed by Jaybird O’Berski, presented by Little Green Pig. (Performances are standing room only and last about an hour, wear comfy shoes. Tickets are free but must be reserved.) This week: Thursday 8:00, Slim’s Downtown, 227 Wilmington St, Raleigh. Friday 8:00, Nightlite Bar, 405 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. Saturday 8:00, Parts & Labor at Motorco, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham. Closes Saturday.
littlegreenpig.com

* In the Heart of the Fire – In their 19th annual giant puppet performance for all ages, Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents tales of fire, of giants and trolls, of trickster creators, and how we came to be human. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00. Closes Sunday. Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
paperhand.org

* Once – Theatre Raleigh presents the 2011 musical based on the 2007 film about two Dublin musicians who meet by chance. Director not listed. (Note: AWC.) This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.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
 

READINGS:

* Risk – Honest Pint presents a free reading of Ralph Hardy’s play about the murder of three Muslim-Americans. One night: Friday 7:30. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Tracy Letts Staged Reading Series – Sonorous Road presents staged readings of three Tracy Letts plays over consecutive weekends. First up: the 2008 family drama August: Osage County. This week: 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 – WTF!

June 27, 2017

 

Women’s Theatre Festival

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 3, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Occupy the Stage – Women’s Theatre Festival launches its 2017 series with a 24-hour event in which plays written by women are performed as staged readings. Friday 8:00 p.m. – Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sonorous Road Theatre, Royal Bakery Building, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.com

Space Girl – Roller Derby! Planetarium-style light shows! Orchestral sounds of deep space! Mora V. Harris’s play tells the story of a 16-year-old lesbian alien from the planet Zlagdor struggling to fit in at high school. Presented by The Sisters Koop as the first show in the 2017 Women’s Theatre Festival. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 9. Sonorous Road Theatre, Royal Bakery Building, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.com
 

ONGOING:

* Struck – Theatre Raleigh presents Sandy Rustin’s 2016 comedy about a woman who suspects mystical forces are at work when she is struck by a bicyclist on the streets of New York. Director not listed. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.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 – Shadow Plays

May 30, 2016

 
theater shadow

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 6, 2016

 

OPENING:

The Hollow – University Theatre’s annual TheatreFest returns with a pair of summer plays in repertory. First up, an Agatha Christie mystery featuring a stately British home (check), a murder (check), and a house full of suspects (check). No director listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 26. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

ONGOING:

* Hughie – A small time hustler recounts his woes to a hotel night clerk in Eugene O’Neill’s 1942 one-act. Actors Brook North and David Klionsky will alternate the lead role during the run. Directed by Andy Hayworth, presented by South Stream Productions. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 7:30 and 9:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* The New Colossus – A family of frustrated, attention-starved artists flocks to the seashore. One of them has a gun…what could possibly go wrong? Little Green Pig presents Tamara Kissane’s darkly comic reboot of Chekhov’s The Seagull. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Two Gentlemen of Verona – Bare Theatre presents Shakespeare’s comedy about gender-crossed lovers. Free performances in outdoor public spaces around the Triangle. Directed by G. Todd Buker. This week: Friday 7:00, Saturday and Sunday 3:00. Parklet at Deco, 19 W Hargett St, Raleigh (through June 12). Continues (various locations) through June 30.
baretheatre.org

The Wedding Singer – NRACT presents the 2006 musical (based on a 1998 Adam Sandler comedy) about a 1980s aspiring rock singer who performs at weddings. Directed by Chasta Hamilton Calhoun. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 12. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org
 

IMPROV:

* Bull City Blues – Fifth episode and season finale of a new serial improv show based on tv police procedurals. Directed by Rachel Klem. Presented by Common Ground Theatre. One performance: Friday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com/events

* Third Date Improv – The eponymous group presents another evening of improv about relationships. Ellen Ciompi will open the show with a set of cabaret-style tunes. One show: Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com/events
 

STAGED READINGS:

* After the Fall – Staged reading of a new play by Marilynn Barner Anselmi. Saturday 7:30, Sunday 1:30. Cary Arts Center.
* Burt and Abbie – Staged reading of a new play by Libby Heily. Friday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Cary Arts Center.
Both Presented by Cary Playwrights Forum. More info

 

* – 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 – Bring the Heat

January 14, 2015

heat

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through January 19, 2015

OPENING:
Venus in Fur – An audition becomes a battlefield for dominance between a director and an actress in David Ives’ 2010 comedy about sex and power. Directed by Rod Rich. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre and Actors Comedy Lab. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 1. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 
 
ONGOING:
* The Caretaker – South Stream Productions presents Harold Pinter’s 1960 breakthrough play, directed by Jaybird O’Berski. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green – An African American man struggles to survive at various points in America’s history. World premiere of Howard L. Craft’s new play, featuring J. Alphonse Nicholson, directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by Streetsigns Center for Literature and Performance. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through January 24. Swain Hall Studio Six, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org

* Habitus – New Triangle performance company VECTOR explores intersecting arenas of anger, education, and identity in an interactive, installation/performance. Created by choreographer Leah Wilks and visual artist Jon Haas. This week: Thursday-Saturday at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
inthevector.com

* Sorrow’s End – Owl Tree Theater presents a new play by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Cary Arts Center.
owltreetheater

Wicked – Touring production of the revisionist Oz musical returns to DPAC for a three-week run. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Continues through January 25. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com
 
 
STAGED READINGS:
* A Cheating Nirvana – Anthony Garcia Copian’s play set in 1989 New York, about a middle-aged gay man, his life-long male companion, and the woman he plans to marry. Directed by Annie Taft. One performance: Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* Native – Deep Dish Theater presents a New Play Workshop staged reading of Ian Finley’s play about Richard Wright and Paul Green attempting to to create a stage adaptation of Wright’s novel Native Son. This week only: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.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

* – 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.

 


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