Theater Week – Every Time We Say Goodbye

May 8, 2018

Design: Natalie Nobles. MDT building mural: Michael Brown. Photo: Ed Hunt.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 14, 2018

 
OPENING:

Blood Done Sign My Name – Set in Oxford, North Carolina, Mike Wiley’s play – adapted from the memoir by Timothy Tyson – tells the true story of a racially motivated 1970 murder and its aftermath. Directed by Joseph Megel; presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 3. (Note: this week and next week’s performances have already sold out; check with box office for wait list information.) RLT, Raleigh. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Dry Powder – Sonorous Road’s new rep company presents Sarah Burgess’s 2016 dark financial comedy set in a private equity firm. Directed by Mark Filiaci. Presented by Sonorous Road Repertory Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 27. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* Make / Believe – Culture Mill presents an immersive theatrical event in a secret, site-specific location, probing the value of artistic experiences within a society driven by commercial market forces. Directed by Tommy Noonan, with original text by John Justice and Tommy Noonan. This weekend only: Friday-Sunday 5:00. Advance registration required, starting location emailed upon registration. UPDATE: All registration is full. Check with Culture Mill for more info.
culturemill.org

* Trust the Bus – Culture Mill resumes its series of site-specific performances in secret locations. This weekend: Friday-Sunday 5:00, starting at Saxapahaw General Store, Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw. Advance registration required. UPDATE: All registration is full. Check with Culture Mill for more info.
culturemill.org

Wakey, Wakey – “We’re here to say goodbye.” For its final production, Manbites Dog presents Will Eno’s 2017 comic meditation on the sorrow and joy accumulated on life’s journey. Expect laughter. Expect tears. Expect celebration. Directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 10. (Note: no performances the week of May 14-20.) Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

ONGOING:

The Changeling – The Adaptation and Reenactment of the 17th-Century Jacobean Tragedy by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, As Performed by the Inhabitants of Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern Under the Direction of Jaybird O’Berski. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Mystery Brewery, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough. Continues May 17-19 at Culture Mill in Saxapahaw.
littlegreenpig.com

A Night with Janis Joplin – Touring production of a jukebox musical featuring songs by Joplin and the women artists – Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith – who inspired her. Presented by NC Theatre. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through May 20. Fletcher Theater, 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.

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Theater Week – House and Home

October 24, 2016

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Image: The Open House – Natalie Nobles

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 31, 2016

 
OPENING:

* Behind the Scenes – In 1870, Elizabeth Keckly visits the Burwell Academy for Young Ladies where she had been an enslaved servant and confronts its headmistress Anna Burwell. Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone’s site-specific play is presented by Azurean Arts. This weekend only: Saturday 2:00 and 5:00. (Possible added performances Sunday; check with producers for more info.) The Burwell School Historic Site, Hillsborough.
burwellschool.org

A Charlie Brown Christmas/Jingle Bell Jukebox – RLT is first out of the gate this fall with a double-feature of pre-Halloween Yuletide-themed shows. Directed by Linda O’Day Young for the RLT Youth Series. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 13. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Fun Home – Touring production of Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s 2013 hit musical adaptation of cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s 2006 “tragicomic” memoir, which tells her story of coming of age and coming out in a family with its own secrets. 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

The Open House – A hilariously dysfunctional suburban family finds its reality slowly shifting towards something haunting and mysterious. Manbites Dog presents Will Eno’s subversive take on the classic American family drama. Directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 12. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Treatbag – “The curtain call is coming from INSIDE THE THEATER!!” Little Green Pig presents its 4th annual haunted theater fundraiser. One night only: Friday 9:00-11:00, Ponysaurus, 219 Hood Street, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Walk Two Moons – Durham Regional Theatre presents Tom Arvetis’ stage adaptation of Sharon Creech’s Newberry Medal-winning book. Directed by Jennifer Justice. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00. Continues through November 5. E.K. Powe School, 913 9th Street, Durham.
durhamregionaltheatre.com
 

ONGOING:

The Crucible – Playmakers Rep celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new staging of Arthur Miller’s disturbingly relevant 1953 political parable. Directed by Desdemona Chiang. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 6. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde – University Theatre presents Moisés Kaufman’s 1997 historical docudrama. Directed by Rachel Klem. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* Kiss Me, Kate – Samuel and Bella Spewack’s modern (circa 1948) meta retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, with songs by Cole Porter. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James. Presented by William Peace Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Kenan Auditorium, Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
eventbrite.com

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 7:30. Continues through November 7. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
  

IMPROV:

This weekend features three improv shows at Common Ground Theatre, Durham:
* Improv Percolator – Three improv teams in one night: Open Mind Students, Some Assembly, and Fatmouth Improv. One show: Friday 8:00.
* TAFFY: Improv for the Whole Family – Transactors presents a family friendly show. One show: Saturday 2:00.
* Third Date Improv – Improv show featuring a “bittersweet exploration of relationships”. One night: Saturday 8:00.
cgtheatre.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.

 


Critical Mass: Middletown

October 6, 2011


“I’m writing a book about being an audience member.”
The Freelancer (Chris Burner) has a thing or two to say about the play.
Photo: Alan Dehmer

For those of you who follow such things, reviews for Manbites Dog’s Middletown have come out. You can access them via the links below. (Note: a few mild spoilers.)

• “Darkly comic.” – News & Observer

• “4 stars.” – Independent

• “Excellent theatre.” – CVNC.org

• “Compelling.” – The Chronicle

What did you think? Please post a comment.

Performances continue this week Thursday-Saturday at 8:15 and Sunday at 3:15, and next week Wednesday-Saturday. More info.


“Sleep tight, pretty Middletown.”

September 29, 2011

Expectant mother Mary Swanson (Madeleine Lambert), in a scene from Middletown by Will Eno, running September 29-October 15 at Manbites Dog.


“It’s probably just words.”

September 27, 2011

Mary Swanson and John Dodge (Madeleine Lambert and Thaddaeus Edwards) meet in the town square, in a scene from Middletown by Will Eno, running September 29-October 15 at Manbites Dog.


Theater Week – September Songs

September 27, 2011

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 3, 2011

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:
Come Fly Away – A touring production of Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra jukebox musical. 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

Middletown – “This is what life is like, here, right now.” Will Eno’s new play about birth, death, and what comes between. Directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through October 15. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Molly Sweeney – Three interlocked monologues tell the story of a blind woman and the two men who hope to restore her sight. The Delta Boys present the 1994 Brian Friel play, directed by Kathryn Milliken LeTrent. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 9. The Murphey School, Raleigh.
mollysweeney.weebly.com

Once Upon a Mattress – 1959 musical adaptation of “The Princess and the Pea”, presented by Cary Players. Directed by Nancy Rich. Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 8. Cary Arts Center, Cary.
caryplayers.org

The Philadelphia Story – University Theatre presents Philip Barry’s 72-year-old romantic comedy about rich white people. Directed by John C. McIlwee. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00.
ncsu.edu/arts/theatre

The Professors – If you’re missing City of Medicine, Transactors’ improvised serial comedy-drama which concluded a multi-year run last season, then check out the first episode of their new improvised series set at “Private University of North Carolina State” a possibly fictional Triangle-area institution of possibly higher learning. Friday 8:00. Future episodes in November, January, March, April, and May. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming – Orange Community Players present a bluegrass/gospel musical set at the end of World War II. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 9. Various sites, check website for information.
ocpnc.com

The Tempest – “Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve/And, like this insubstantial pageant faded/Leave not a rack behind.” Meredith Ensemble Theatre presents an outdoor “green” production of the Shakespeare play. Directed by Steven Roten. This week only: Wednesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday 6:00, Sunday 3:00. McIver Amphitheater, Meredith College, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

ONGOING:
Experiment 1: Taboo Conversations – Remaining performances have been cancelled. The Distillery, West Morgan Street, Raleigh.
distillerycollective.com

Guys and Dolls – Temple Theatre stages the 1950 musical based on stories by Damon Runyon. Directed by Peggy Taphorn. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
templeshows.com

In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) – Sarah Ruhl’s comedy about an electrifying 19th century medical breakthrough in the treatment of “female hysteria”. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 9. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë’s tale of an orphan turned governess, adapted for the stage by Polly Teale. Directed by Kenny Gannon. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Leggett Theater, Peace College Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.peace.edu

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions.
For a more complete listing of area events,
we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.


Don’t Blink

December 8, 2010


“Don’t be nervous. Just act natural.”
Derrick Ivey as the photographer.

Photos by Alan Dehmer of Manbites Dog’s current show, Oh, the Humanity and other exclamations, are now up on our website. After the cut, a few more not on the website. (Click photos to embiggen.)

More pictures behind the cut…


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