Theater Week – Light and Shadow

February 5, 2019

 

ADA/AVA – Manual Cinema.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 11, 2019

 

OPENING:

* ADA/AVA – Two elderly sisters share a quiet life as lighthouse keepers. When one dies, the other embarks on a surreal quest to find her sister and herself. Chicago-based shadow puppetry company Manual Cinema begins its Duke Performances residency with two presentations of their 2013 work. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
• Related event: Duke Theater Studies chair and puppet artist Torry Bend sits down with members of Manual Cinema, along with Donovan Zimmerman (Co-founder and Director, Paperhand Puppet Intervention); and Lisa Sturz (Founder and Artistic Director, Red Herring Puppets) for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of puppetry. Free. Friday 12:00 noon, The Pinhook, 117 W Main Street, Durham.
dukeperformances.duke.edu

A Life in the Theatre – Theatre in the Park presents David Mamet’s 1977 play chronicling the relationship between two actors over the course of various productions. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 24. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

I Never Saw Another Butterfly – Judy Dove directs Celeste Raspanti’s stage adaptation of the book about drawings and poems created by Jewish children in the Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II. Presented by Forest Moon Theater. This week: This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 17. Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.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 Jules Odendahl-James. Presented by Justice Theater Project. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Continues through February 24. Umstead Park UCC, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org
 

ONGOING:

* Ashe in Johannesburg – “Athletes, especially black athletes, must use every resource at their command to right things that are wrong.” In 1973, African American tennis star Arthur Ashe travels to South Africa and confronts its apartheid policies. World premiere of a new play by Hannah Benitez, commissioned and produced by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal, Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
burningcoaltheatre.org

* The Herd – A woman arranges a family gathering for the 21st birthday of her severely disabled son, but things don’t go as planned. David Henderson directs Rory Kinnear’s 2013 dark comedy for Honest Pint Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* Jump – Two grieving strangers meet on a bridge discover the magic of hope. Charly Evon Simpson’s whimsical new play is presented by PlayMakers Rep as part of National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere. Directed by Whitney White. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* The Talk – In a divided America, an African American father has a difficult conversation with his son. Written and performed by Sonny Kelly. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by StreetSigns and Bulldog Ensemble Theater. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday at The Fruit, 305 South Dillard Street, Durham. (Continues February 14-17 at Historic PlayMakers Theatre, 122 East Cameron Avenue, UNC, Chapel Hill.)
piedmontperformancefactory.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 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 – 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 – Tonight the Light

September 23, 2015

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 28, 2015

 
OPENING:

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Touring production of the 2013 jukebox bio musical, featuring songs by King and Gerry Goffin, plus other songwriters of the period. This week: Wednesday 7:30, Thursday 2:00 and 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Continues through October 4. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Nesting and If My Feet Have Lost the Ground – Puppet theater artist Torry Bend returns to the Triangle for a free one-night performance and talk, presented by NC State’s Gregg Museum in conjunction with their current puppetry exhibition. Included are her solo performance Nesting, and excerpts from If My Feet Have Lost the Ground. One performance: Thursday 6:00. Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
ncsu.edu/gregg
 
ONGOING:

* Deathtrap – Ira Levin’s frequently produced 1978 mystery play about a playwright writing a mystery about a playwright writing a mystery, presented by Forest Moon Theater. Directed by Lisa Binion. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Disgraced – A Pakistani-American lawyer hosts a dinner party that forces him to confront issues of identity, religion, and politics. PlayMakers Rep presents Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize winning 2012 comedy drama. Directed by Shishir Kurup. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through October 4. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Dracula – Ira David Wood III adapts and directs the Bram Stoker story for Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

Isn’t It Romantic – Cary Players presents Wendy Wasserstein’s 1981 comedy about the plight of the single woman in New York. Directed by Kirsten Ehlert. This week: Friday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 4. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

  
IMPROV:

Reality Prov – Tranactors Improv improvs a reality show about improv. One night: Friday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Third Date – An evening of improv by the eponymous Third Date, with special guest Dana Marks. Once again, it’s about relationships. One night: Saturday 8:00. 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 – Flying Shoes

October 14, 2014

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 20, 2014

OPENING:
* Around the World in 80 Days – Applause! Cary Youth Theatre presents Mark Brown’s 2001 stage adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1873 novel. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.
townofcary.org

* A Chorus Line – NC Theatre presents a helicopter production of the 1975 Hamlisch/Kleban/Kirkwood/Dante musical. Directed by Mitzi Hamilton. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

If My Feet Have Lost the Ground – Torry Bend combines puppetry, video, and music for a dreamlike show about a woman on a journey of flight and revelation. Presented by StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through November 1. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde’s 1895 “trivial comedy for serious people”. Directed by Amy White. Presented by William Peace Theatre. This week only: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Leggett Theatre, WPU Campus, Raleigh.
peace.edu

Urinetown – Don’t be the bunny! Duke’s Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 2001 musical satire/Brechtian pastiche by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. Directed by James Hamilton. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 26. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
hoofnhorn.org

 

ONGOING:
Desire Under the Elms – A New England family experiences relationship issues in Eugene O’Neill’s 1924 tragedy, based on the legend of Phaedra. Directed by David Henderson. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 26. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Into the Breach – Five former schoolmates are sent to the Western Front in World War I where they end up restaging their school production of Henry V for wounded comrades. World premiere of Ian Bowater’s play, directed by Gregor McElvogue. Presented by ArtsCenter Stage. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* The Phantom of the Opera – Touring production of the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.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.


Theater Week – He Who Gets Schpanked

March 19, 2013


He Who Gets Slapped (1924); Music: Circus Contraption

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 25, 2013

OPENING:
* Academia Nuts – New Wake Forest company Forest Moon Theater presents Gregg Kreutz’ 1995 farce involving poetry professors, mistaken identity, and romance. Directed by Cathy Gouge. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Franklin Academy Middle School, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

* Anything Goes – If you’re going to see a 1934 Cole Porter musical, this touring production of the 2011 Broadway revival is the Tower of Pisa. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Derklöwnschpankeneffekt – Clowns, cannibalism, and some big ass hands are featured in two absurdist one-acts by Polish playwright Sławomir Mrożek: Out at Sea and Striptease (both 1961). Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Michael O’Foghludha. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through April 6. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* If My Feet Have Left the Ground – Flight is unnatural to the human body, which makes our relationship with it — complicated. The Process Series presents a work in process by puppeteer Torry Bend in collaboration with Raquel Salvatella De Prada, Jeanette Yew, and Sarah Krainin. Two shows only: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30. Historic Playmakers Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org/process-series/

* The State I’m In – Three short plays in a special fundraising showcase to benefit Cary Playwrights’ Forum. Presented by Owl Tree Theatre for the People and CPF. Two shows: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Cary Arts Center.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

Tigers Be Still – Kim Rosenstock’s quirky 2010 comedy about a woman dealing with depression, unemployment, and an escaped tiger. Produced by Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre. Directed by Rod Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 7. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

ONGOING:
* The Innocents – A shocking murder case makes a young lawyer question his life. New Triangle theater company Common Wealth debuts with a 2012 play by Daniel Karasik. Directed by Gregor McElvogue and Rachel Klem. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
fromcommonwealth.com

* The Last Five Years – Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy and girl split up. North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s 2005 two-person musical. Directed by Jay Dolan; music direction by Craig Johnson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Next to Normal – Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s 2008 musical about a suburban housewife battling schizophrenia, presented by Deep Dish Theater. Directed by Paul Frellick. If you missed the sold-out run in Chapel Hill, you can still catch the encore run in Cary. Three shows only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.
deepdishtheater.org

* Nocturne – The death of his sister shatters a man’s family. Mortall Coile Theatre and Burning Coal’s Second Stage Series present Adam Rapp’s 2001 drama. Directed by Dana Marks. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. The Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* The Pirates of Penzance – Did you know this was the only Gilbert and Sullivan opera to premiere in the United States rather than London? (Because the U.S. at that time offered no copyright protection to foreigners and they wanted to preempt pirated productions of Pirates.) Did you know that if current U.S. copyright laws had existed then, Pirates would likely have remained under copyright until 1981? For their 50th anniversary, The Durham Savoyards present the 1879 Broadway hit musical, now in the public domain. Directed by Derrick Ivey; Music Director: Alan Riley Jones. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Carolina Theatre, Durham.
durhamsavoyards.org

ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE:
* No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater and performance. One night only: Sunday 7:00 (sign-up to perform: 6:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* = Final 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 – The 78 Steps

October 15, 2012

The Paper Hat Game

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 22, 2012

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.

OPENING:
I Hate Hamlet – A young New York actor gets lessons (life and acting) from the ghost of John Barrymore in NRACT’s production of the 1991 Paul Rudnick comedy. Directed by Tanner Lagasca. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 4. NRACT, Raleigh.
nract.org

* On Deck – As if it weren’t hard enough already! Transactors presents an evening of conceptual improv, with different rules for different parts of the stage. Directed by Mike Beard. One show only: Friday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

The Paper Hat Game – A dreamlike journey into the soul of a city, using video, puppetry, and soundscapes. A revival of the 2011 production at Duke, created and directed by Torry Bend, with video design by Raquel Salvatella de Prada. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:15. Continues through November 3. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

The 39 Steps“Two theaters, both alike in programming/In fair Raleigh and Sanford where we lay our scenes…”. Temple Theatre opens the second of two local productions in as many weeks. (See also: Ongoing/RLT). Take a serviceable Hitchcock spy thriller from the 1930’s containing a multitude of locations and dozens of characters, then use just four actors and a lot of ingenuity to recreate it on stage. Result: a sometimes hilarious farce that’s going to have a jillion productions around the country at community theaters with good tech crews and fast on their feet actors. It’s doubtful this formula would work with Psycho, but can a stage version of North by Northwest be far behind? (Director unlisted.) This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 4. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
templeshows.com

ONGOING:

* Arsenic and Old Lace – Don’t go down in the cellar! Another theatrical warhorse, this time in the form of Joseph Kesselring’s 1941 comedy about maniacal serial killers. Towne Players of Garner and director Beth Honeycutt do the honors. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00. Closes Saturday. Garner Performing Arts Center.
garnerperformingartscenter

The 39 Steps – Patrick Barlow’s clever 2007 stage adaptation of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock thriller gives quite a workout to four actors playing dozens of characters. It’s the first of two local productions this month (see also: Opening/Temple Theatre). Though publicized as an adaptation of the original John Buchan novel, the script relies mostly on Charles Bennett and Ian Hay’s screenplay for the Hitchcock film. Haskell Fitz-Simons directs for Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 28. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* = Final 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.


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