Theater Week – Magic Time

July 30, 2019

 
PaperHand We Are Here

Image: PaperHand Puppet Intervention

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 5, 2019

 

OPENING:

* Enchanted Sleeping Beauty – Family-friendly musical adaptation of the fairy tale. Directed by Julya M. Mirro. Presented by ARClitE’s Spotlight Theatre. This week only: Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30. Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 West Ballentine Street, Holly Springs.
hollyspringsnc.us

*A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy of fairies and fools, presented by One Song Productions, a company run by high school students from Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Durham. Director not listed. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* Public Domain – Summer Sisters, a company of female Triangle theater artists, present a devised performance inspired by the social, legal and political rules surrounding Women’s bodies. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
brownpapertickets.com

We Are Here – Triangle cultural treasure Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns with its 20th annual giant puppet performance for all ages, presenting a vision of dreams, magic, and nature and the possibilities of imagination. Tickets at the door with suggested donation. This week: Friday-Sunday at 7:00 (live band preshow at 6:20). Continues through September 29. Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. (September 6-8 performances at NC Museum of Art, Raleigh. NCMA advance tickets available online.)
paperhand.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 – Eyes Wide Shut

July 23, 2019

 
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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 29, 2019

 

OPENING:

* Annie – During the Great Depression with millions unemployed, a young orphan girl struggles to survive, until an obscenely wealthy unmarried New York plutocrat takes her into his home, then everything is okay, and it’s Christmas. NC Theatre presents yet another area production of the 1976 musical. Directed by Eric Woodall. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

* ShakesQueer: A Staged Reading – “I am all the daughters of my father’s house/And all the brothers too.” Bare Theatre presents an evening exploring queer subtext in Shakespeare. Directed by Dustin Britt. One night only: Saturday 7:00. Imurj Cafe, 300 South McDowell Street, Raleigh.
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CONTINUING:

* Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill – In 1959 shortly before her death, Billie Holiday talks about her life while performing in a run-down Philadelphia bar. NRACT presents the 1986 biographical play by Lanie Robertson. Director not listed. Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.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.


Theater Week – March Air

March 5, 2019

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 11, 2019

 
OPENING:

* As You Like It – Escape to the Forest of Arden in Shakespeare’s crowd-pleasing comedy. Presented by Eno River Players, director not listed. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00. The Fruit, 305 South Dillard, Durham.
enoriverplayers.org

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds – A Jamaican boy discovers the wonders of the outside world. Adapted by Michael J. Bobbitt from Cedella Marley’s story, featuring songs by Bob Marley. Directed by Deb Royals-Mizerk; presented by Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through March 24, plus a sensory-friendly performance on Saturday March 31. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Constellations – Two people experience their relationship through a prism of parallel timelines in Nick Payne’s 2012 drama. Directed by Chris Woodworth. Presented by Bartlett Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 24. Stadium 10 Theater, Northgate Mall, Durham.
bartletttheater.com

* Duty – A play by Tim Stevens about the eight Garner men killed in the Vietnam War. Presented by Show N’ Tell Ministries. One show only: Friday 7:30. Performing Arts Center, 742 West Garner Road, Garner.
business.garnerchamber.com

LITE 2019 Presents a Festival of One-Act Plays – Eight short plays by seven playwrights. Co-sponsored by Cary Playwrights Forum under its Independent Producers Series. This week: Friday 6:30, Saturday 3:00. Senior Center, Bond Park, Cary. Continues through March 23 at various locations.
caryplaywrightsforum.org 
 

ONGOING:

Life of Galileo – In Bertolt Brecht’s historical drama, first performed in 1943, the 17th century scientist makes revolutionary astronomical discoveries that conflict with Roman Catholic doctrine, and the Church is not amused. Vivienne Benesch directs a reimagined adaptation by Joseph Discher. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00. Continues through March 17. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Timon of Athens – Bare Theatre presents a genderqueer, 1980s-set interpretation of Shakespeare’s late-career play (co-authored by Thomas Middleton), about a rich man too generous for his own good. Staged in two venues: The Wicked Witch nightclub (admission 18+ only) in an “uncut’ version, and at St. John’s MCC in “a slightly tamer version”. This week: Thursday and Saturday 8:00 at The Wicked Witch, 416 W. South Street Raleigh. Friday 7:00 at St. John’s MCC, 622 Maywood Avenue, Raleigh. Continues through March 16.
baretheatre.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.


Theater Week – Eppur Si Muove

February 26, 2019

 

Io and Europa, two of the Galilean moons, over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, taken during the Cassini spacecraft’s flyby in December 2000. -NASA/JPL/Kevin M. Gill

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 4, 2019

 
OPENING:

Life of Galileo – In Bertolt Brecht’s historical drama, first performed in 1943, the 17th century scientist makes revolutionary astronomical discoveries that conflict with Roman Catholic doctrine, and the Church is not amused. Vivienne Benesch directs a reimagined adaptation by Joseph Discher. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 17. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Timon of Athens – Bare Theatre presents a genderqueer, 1980s-set interpretation of Shakespeare’s late-career play (co-authored by Thomas Middleton), about a rich man too generous for his own good. Staged in two venues: The Wicked Witch nightclub (admission 18+ only) in an “uncut’ version, and at St. John’s MCC in “a slightly tamer version”. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00 at The Wicked Witch, 416 W. South Street Raleigh. Thursday 8:00 at St. John’s MCC, 622 Maywood Avenue, Raleigh. Continues through March 16.
baretheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

* Junie B. Jones: The Musical – Junie has to deal with major changes her first day of First Grade. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series presents Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich’s stage musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s popular children’s books. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 1:00 (Sensory Friendly Performance), Saturday 5:00, Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. (Note: most remaining performances are sold out; check with the venue for updates on availability.) Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Wolves – Sarah DeLappe’s 2016 debut play follows nine teenage girls on a high school soccer team during their pre-game warmups over a season. Directed by Michelle Murray Wells, with movement direction by Heather J. Strickland. Presented by Sonorous Road Repertory. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroadrep.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.


Theater Week – Equus!

January 8, 2019

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through January 14, 2019

 
OPENING:

* Bewilderness – A group of mismatched characters converge upon Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond. Written and directed by Zack Fine. Presented by PRC2. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Kenan Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Death of a Salesman – One Song presents Arthur Miller’s 1949 drama. Directed by Gus Clemens and Jessie Gleason. One weekend only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* Fiddler on the Roof – Touring production of the 1964 musical, based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem. 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

Measure for Measure – An unstable ruler, abuse of power, the stuggle for female agency: Raleigh Little Theatre presents Shakespeare’s rumination on virtue and sin. Directed by Rebecca Blum. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through January 27. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

This Doesn’t End Well – World premiere of seven short plays, a mix of dramatic and comic works about misfortune, written and directed by Brook North. Presented by South Stream Productions. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes January 20. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.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
 

* – 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.


Theater Week – No No No

October 3, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 8, 2018

 

OPENING:

* An Enemy of the People – Two brothers find themselves on opposite sides in a political battle over a town’s contaminated water supply. Carolina Performing Arts presents Berlin theater company Schaubühne’s production of the shockingly timely 1882 Ibsen drama. Directed by Thomas Ostermeier. Adapted by Florian Borchmeyer. Performed in German with English subtitles. Two performances: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Memorial Auditorium. UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts

It Is Done – Three strangers riding out a storm at a bar in the middle of nowhere discover things may not be what they seem. Ira David Wood III directs Alex Goldberg’s eerie 2011 thriller. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 21. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Macbeth – PlayMakers Mobile presents a free 70-minute five actor touring version of the Shakespeare tragedy. This week: Friday 7:00 at Chapel Hill Public Library – 100 Library Dr; Saturday 2:00 PlayMakers Studio 101 at CDA and Saturday 5:00 at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus; Sunday 2:00 at LAUNCH, 321 W. Rosemary, Chapel Hill. Final weekend.
playmakersrep.org
 

ONGOING:

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 8:00, Sunday 2:00. (No performance this Saturday.) 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. Closes Sunday. 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: Thursday-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. Closes Sunday. Farrison-Newton Bldg, 1707 Fayetteville St, NCCU Campus, Durham.
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READINGS:

* Tracy Letts Staged Reading Series – Sonorous Road presents staged readings of three Tracy Letts plays over consecutive weekends. The final script is Killer Joe, a comic noir about criminal lowlifes at a Dallas trailer park. Lett’s lurid 1993 drama satirizes (or – lets be real – maybe just exploits) extreme misogyny and violence, so trigger warnings galore. Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. 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.


Theater Week – Lonely Heart

April 17, 2018

Carson McCullers, 1947. Photographer unknown. 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 23, 2018

 

OPENING:

* Assassins – If you’re kicking yourself for missing last month’s Theatre in the Park production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical about individuals who attempted to kill US Presidents, here’s your second shot. William Peace University’s production is directed by Wade Newhouse, with musical direction by Matt Hodge. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Kenan Auditorium, Browne-McPherson Building, WPU Campus, Raleigh.
wputheatre.ticketleap.com

* Bright Star – Touring production of the 2014 Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical, set in post-WWII Asheville. Hosted by Broadway South and NC Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

* For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf – Justice Theater Project presents Ntozake Shange’s 1974 choreopoem play for a weekend of staged readings. Directed by Kyma Lassiter. This week only: Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 3:00. Seby Jones Auditorium, St. Augustine University Campus, Raleigh.
justicetheaterproject.org

Hand to God – A puppet used in a Christian-ministry youth performance may be Satan. Theatre in the Park presents Robert Askin’s 2011 dark comedy. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 6. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Marie Antoinette – Meredith College Theater presents David Adjimi’s 2012 satirical history play about power, politics, and royalty. Directed by Catherine Rodgers. This week only: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Studio Theatre, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

The Member of the Wedding – For its inaugural production, new Triangle company Star Pocket Theatre presents Carson McCullers’ 1950 play (based on her novel) about adolescent tomboy Frankie trying to come to terms with family and self-identity. Directed by Brent Wilson. This week: Thursday-Sunday 8:00. Continues through April 29. VAE, 309 West Martin Street, Raleigh.
brownpapertickets.com

* The Mountaintop – Radio performance company L.A. Theatre Works’ touring production of Katori Hall’s play about Martin Luther King’s final night. Presented by NC State Live. Director not listed. One night only: Tuesday 8:00. Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
live.arts.ncsu.edu

Peter and the Starcatcher – Based on a young adult novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Rick Elice’s 2009 play is a prequel of sorts to J.M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 6. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Proof – David Auburn’s frequently performed 2000 drama about a woman dealing with the legacy of her late father, a brilliant but disturbed mathematician. Presented by Forest Moon Theater. Directed by Bob Baird. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Continues through April 29. Wake Forest Community House, Holding Park, 133 W Owen Ave, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

ShakesBEER II: The Bard Strikes Back – “Hold my beer, I’m gonna do an alcohol-themed evening of Shakespeare.” Bare Theater’s site-appropriate presentation returns. Directed by Dustin Britt, with fight choreography by Heather J. Strickland, musical direction by Camille Watson, and additional words by Charles Keith. This week: Sunday 8:00, The Pinhook, Durham. Continues at various ABC licensed locations through May 3.
baretheatre.org
 

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. Closes Saturday. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

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: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 29. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
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: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Sensory-friendly performance on April 28. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4. Duke’s musical theater group Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 1975 Kander and Ebb musical. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 1:00 and 8:00. Sunday 1:00. Closes Sunday. von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu

* 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: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. 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. Continues through April 29. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.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-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.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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