Theater Week – Female Trouble

September 5, 2017

 

Summer Sisters’ Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 11, 2017

 
OPENING:

Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives – A devised theater performance by local women artists, created and presented by Summer Sisters, inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March and other women-led political movements from the past and present. Directed by Rachel Klem and Carissa White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 16. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

King Lear – An aging ruler makes a series of increasingly bad executive decisions, resulting in a hostile takeover. Honest Pint presents the Shakespeare tragedy in association with Sweet Tea Shakespeare. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Preshow 45 minutes before curtain. Continues through September 24. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* Open Doors – Sonorous Road presents its second annual festival of 10-minute plays, featuring new works by nine local playwrights. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* Rock of Ages – Theatre Raleigh presents an outdoor version of the 2005 juke box musical featuring 80s glam rock standards. (Note: it’s not a stage version of The Band’s 1972 live album.) This week only: Thursday-Sunday 8:00. Booth Amphitheatre, Cary.
boothamphitheatre.com

* The Suicide Journals – A look at the world of teenage and young adult suicide. Written and directed by Veronique LaShell MacRae. Presented by V. Lash Productions. One Show: Sunday 3:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 

ONGOING:
 
Crowns – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Regina Taylor’s 2002 musical play, which tells the story of six African-American women through the hats they wear to church. Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Directed by Terra Hodge. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Extended through September 17. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Of Wings and Feet – Acclaimed local company Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns for its 18th annual giant puppet theater pageant, which explores “the magic and mystery of the living land, sea, and sky in an epic spectacle of struggle and resistance for our times.” This week: Friday-Sunday 7:00. Preshows begin at 6:20. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh. Continues September 16-17 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.
paperhand.org

* ShakesBEER – “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?” Bare Theatre presents a site-appropriate evening of scenes performed in local pubs featuring notable Shakespearean drinkers. Adapted by Chuck Keith, directed by Dustin Britt. This week: Tuesday 8:00, Fullsteam, Durham. Wednesday 8:00, Imurj, Raleigh, Monday September 11 Mystery Brewing, Hillsborough.
baretheatre.org

Yes to Nothing – World premiere of a play by Mara Thomas about four punk rockers navigating the 1980s music scene, and their lives 20 years later. Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Caitlin Wells. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Nightlight in Chapel Hill. Continues next week at The Pinhook in Durham through September 16.
littlegreenpig.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 – Cakes and Ale

August 29, 2017

 

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 4, 2017

 
OPENING:

ShakesBEER – “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?” Bare Theatre presents a site-appropriate evening of scenes performed in local pubs featuring notable Shakespearean drinkers. Adapted by Chuck Keith, directed by Dustin Britt. This week: Monday and Tuesday 8:00, Fullsteam, Durham. Wednesday 8:00, Imurj, Raleigh. Continues through September 11.
baretheatre.org

Yes to Nothing – World premiere of a play by Mara Thomas about four punk rockers navigating the 1980s music scene, and their lives 20 years later. Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Caitlin Wells. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Slim’s, 227 S Wilmington St, Raleigh. Continues in subsequent weeks at Nightlight in Chapel Hill and The Pinhook in Durham. Through September 16.
littlegreenpig.com
 

ONGOING:

* Conversations with Hitler – A new play by incarcerated playwright Steven R. Bond about the harsh realities of prison life. Directed by Julya M. Mirro. Presented by little independent theatre, an ARClitE company. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Sonorous Road Theatre, Royal Bakery Building, 3801 Hillsborough St Suite 113, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

Crowns – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Regina Taylor’s 2002 musical play, which tells the story of six African-American women through the hats they wear to church. Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Directed by Terra Hodge. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Extended through September 17. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Of Wings and Feet – Acclaimed local company Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns for its 18th annual giant puppet theater pageant, which explores “the magic and mystery of the living land, sea, and sky in an epic spectacle of struggle and resistance for our times.” This week: Friday and Saturday at 7:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00, and a special Labor Day show Monday 7:00. Preshows begin at 6:20; 2:20 for matinee. Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill (bring cushions/lawn chairs). Moves next weekend to the NC Museum of Art, Raleigh.
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 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 – Down By The River

July 26, 2017

 
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A Sight to Behold, Patrick Dougherty. 2015.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 31, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Antony and Cleopatra – Touring company Duomuži presents a two-person adaptation of the Shakespeare play. One night only: Wednesday 7:00. Imurj, 300 S McDowell St, Raleigh.
duomuzi.com

* Beauty and the Beast – NC Theatre hosts a touring production of the Disney musical based on the 1991 film. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

* Sins of My Father – Gospel stage play dealing with issues of infidelity and faith, presented by Dream Cast Productions. This weekend only: Saturday 3:00 and 7:00. Garner Performing Arts Center.
eventbrite.com

Wants Upon a Time – Family-friendly Commedia dell’Arte-inspired site-specific work by Francesca Talenti, based on the story of Rapunzel, performed at artist Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork Sculpture A Sight to Behold. This week: Friday 6:30 and 7:00. Continues the last Friday of the month through August. Riverwalk, Hillsborough.
facebook.com
 

ONGOING:

* Dogfight – In 1963, the night before overseas deployment, three marines play a cruel joke on their dates, with unexpected results. NRACT presents the 2012 musical based on the 1991 film. Directed by Timothy E. Locklear. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Glorious! – Theatre in the Park presents Peter Quilter’s true-to-life 2005 play about Florence Foster Jenkins, whose performances in 1940s New York earned her the title of “worst singer in the world”. No director listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 6. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

Honour – A man abandons his marriage to be with a much younger woman, leaving his wife to reinvent herself. Director not listed. Ward Theatre Company presents the 1995 play by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through August 12. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com

* Lombardi – Theatre South presents Eric Simonson’s 2010 play about Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. 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
 

THEATER WORKSHOPS:

Summer Sisters hosts a month of free devised theater workshops for women/female-identified folks, leading up to their September show Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives. Workshops are held Sundays from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Final workshop: July 30 at Manbites Dog Theater, Durham. Space is limited; private message to RSVP to workshops, on Facebook at Summer Sisters Productions.
 

* – 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 – No Exit

April 4, 2017

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 10, 2017

 

OPENING:

* In the Heights – UNC Pauper Players presents the 1999 musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes which celebrates the people of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. This week: Friday-Monday 8:00. Closes Monday. Wynn Theater, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris – Duke Theater Studies presents Eric Blau and Mort Shuman’s 1968 musical revue of the songs of Jacques Brel. Directed by Jaybird O’Berski. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 16. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

My Fair Lady – Lerner and Lowe’s classic 1956 musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, in which a professor mansplains the importance of proper English to a working class woman. Directed by Tyne Rafaeli, music director Mark Hartman. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 29. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

On Golden Pond – Theatre in the Park presents Ernest Thompson’s 1979 play about an elderly couple spending the summer at their lake house, and their sometimes turbulent relationship with their daughter. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 23. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Orange Light – A new documentary play by Howard L. Craft tells the story of the disastrous 1991 fire at the Imperial Foods processing plant in Hamlet North Carolina which took 25 lives. Directed by Kathryn Hunter Williams. Presented by Kenan Theatre Company in conjunction with The Process Series. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00 and 8:00, Monday 5:30. Closes Monday. Kenan Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
celebratehumanities.unc.edu

Romeo and Juliet – the remix – NC Central’s Department of Theatre presents the Shakespeare tragedy. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Saturday 3:00. Continues through April 16. University Theatre, Farrison-Newton Communications Bldg., NCCU Campus, Durham.
Ticket info: 919-530-6242

The Royale – Burning Coal presents Marco Ramirez’ 2013 play about the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (loosely based on Jack Johnson). Directed by Avis Hatcher-Puzzo. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 23. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Something Rotten! – Two theater artist brothers in 16th century England invent the musical comedy. Touring production of John O’Farrell, Karey Kirkpatrick, and Wayne Kirkpatrick’s 2015 meta-musical comedy. 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
 

ONGOING:

* The Aeneid: A Play With Songs – Virgil’s epic poem is transformed into a story of modern-day refugees with songs by Duncan Sheik. Written by Oliver Kermeid and adapted to music theater by Sheik and director Kay Matschullat, the workshop production is a co-production of Duke Theater Studies and student group Hoof ‘n’ Horn. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
hoofnhorn.org

* The Mousetrap – A group of strangers snowbound in a country house realize there is a murderer in their midst! Egad! Cary Players presents Agatha Christie’s unkillable 1952 stage mystery. Directed by Tim Wiest. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

* The Real (House)Wives of Windsor – Spoof of the Shakespeare comedy retold as a reality t.v. show. Adapted and 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

Revival – A cultural and musical collage set in 1950s Appalachia, presented by Ward Theatre Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 7. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com

* Seven: A Documentary Play – Seven playwrights tell the stories of seven courageous women around the world. Directed by Sean Wellington. Presented by Sotto Voce, a new Triangle theater company. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30. Closes Thursday. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sottovocetheatre.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 – War Stories

March 28, 2017

Aquila Theatre’s The Trojan War. Photograph: © 2014 Richard Termine.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 3, 2017

 

OPENING:

The Aeneid: A Play With Songs – Virgil’s epic poem is transformed into a story of modern-day refugees with songs by Duncan Sheik. Written by Oliver Kermeid and adapted to music theater by Sheik and director Kay Matschullat, the workshop production is a co-production of Duke Theater Studies and student group Hoof ‘n’ Horn. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 9. Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
hoofnhorn.org

* Bard Fiction – Staged reading of a Quentin Tarantino/Shakespeare mashup (apparently drawn from the now-offline PulpBard wikispaces page), presented by Tedious Brief Productions. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

* Ghashee w Mashee (The Dumbass) – An Arab American woman has to deal with the ignorance of her know-it-all husband in a touring production of the comedy by Najee Mondalek. Directed by Aziz Charabaty. Presented by Im Hussein & AJYAL Theatrical Group. One show only: Saturday 8:00. Fletcher Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

* The Grand Duke – A troupe of actors find themselves involved in political intrigue against a pompous, buffoonish ruler. Derrick Ivey directs and choreographs the Durham Savoyards’ production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1896 comic opera, with musical direction by Alan Riley Jones. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre, Durham.
durhamsavoyards.org

The Mousetrap – A group of strangers snowbound in a country house realize there is a murderer in their midst! Egad! Cary Players presents Agatha Christie’s unkillable 1952 stage mystery. Directed by Tim Wiest. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 9. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

The Real (House)Wives of Windsor – Spoof of the Shakespeare comedy retold as a reality t.v. show. Adapted and directed by Rachel Klem. Presented by University Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 9. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

Revival – A cultural and musical collage set in 1950s Appalachia, presented by Ward Theatre Company. This week: Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 7. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com

Seven: A Documentary Play – Seven playwrights tell the stories of seven courageous women around the world. Directed by Sean Wellington. Presented by Sotto Voce, a new Triangle theater company. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:30. Living Arts Collective, 410 W. Geer Street, Durham. Continues next week at Sonorous Road Theatre in Raleigh.
sottovocetheatre.com

*The Trojan War – Stories of men and women at war, adapted from Homer’s Iliad and scenes from other classical Greek drama and poetry. Presented by Aquila Theatre in collaboration with the Warrior Chorus, a national program that brings together men and women who served in the United States military and trains them to the highest level in the performing arts and humanities. One performance: Thursday 8:00. Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
live.arts.edu.ncsu
 

ONGOING:

* The Miraculous and the Mundane – Members of an African American family in Durham find their lives turned upside down when the father becomes ill. Joseph Megel directs a workshop production of the newest play by Durham writer Howard L. Craft. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater and StreetSigns. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 
* When She Had Wings – A young girl who dreams of being a pilot encounters a bird-like woman who may or may not be Amelia Earhart. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series presents Suzan Zeder’s 2015 play, directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through April 2. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Wolf – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents a dance-theater kids’ version of Little Red Riding Hood and other fairy tales. This week: Thursday and Friday 6:00, Saturday and Sunday 3:00 and 6:00. Continues through April 2. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.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 – Joy in the Evening

March 8, 2017

 

Crumbs from the Table of Joy – Melanie Matthews, Moriah Williams, Jade Arnold, Lakeisha Coffey, and Emily Rieder. Photo: Chris Wright

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 13, 2017

 

OPENING:

Anne of Green Gables – Forest Moon Theater presents Peter DeLaurier’s stage adaptation of the 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery about a plucky Canadian orphan. Directed by Tony Pender. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 19. Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

* Emotional Creature – An evening of girl’s stories told in monologues and dance, based on Eve Ensler’s 2010 book I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World. Presented by Katy Koop, with the help of Women’s Theatre Festival. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

Lite 2017 – An evening of eight short plays presented by Cary Playwrights Forum. This week: Thursday 7:00 Hope Community Church, Morrisville; Friday 6:30 Cary Senior Center, Saturday 3:00 and 7:00 Cary Arts Center. Continues with one final performance Thursday March 16 7:00 at Hope Community Church, Morrisville.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents a 45-minute version of the Shakespeare comedy adapted for kids (suggested 10 and up). This week: Thursday and Friday 6:00, Saturday and Sunday 3:00 and 6:00. Continues through March 19. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

13, the Musical – A teenage boy has to relocate from New York City to Indiana in the 2008 musical by Jason Robert Brown, Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Directed by Joel Rainey. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 26. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org
 

ONGOING:

* Crumbs from the Table of Joy – In search of a better life, an African-American family migrates from the American South to 1950s Brooklyn. Karen Dacons-Brock directs Lynn Nottage’s 1995 memory play. Presented by Bartlett Theater. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. PSI Theatre, DAC, Durham.
bartletttheater.org

* This Is Not a Novel – Leave it to Little Green Pig to take over a big hunk of a shopping center and present an immersive, ambulatory, choose-your-own-adventure installation created by a who’s-who of area artists. It’s a self-described “delirious playscape for adults” using the cult novels of David Markson as a jumping-off place. Guaranteed to be like nothing you’ve ever experienced. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Scrap Exchange, Lakewood Shopping Center, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Twelfth Night – Shakespeare’s gender-switching comedy involving shipwrecked twins, romantic misunderstandings, and what you will, set in a mid-20th century Mediterranean resort straight out of a Slim Aarons photo spread. Directed by Jerry Ruiz. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 19. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

SKETCH COMEDY:

Cast of Two Months In – Rishan Dhamija, Amy Hallett, Josh Rowsey, Shane Smith, Caitlin Wells, Marcus Zollicoffer

Two Months In – Comedy producing company Mettlesome presents an evening of timely sketches that take a look at our current political and social landscape, scripted by a bakers half-dozen of some of the Triangle’s funniest writers, and performed by six razor-sharp comic performers. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through March 18. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
thisismettlesome.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 – Into the Mystic

February 28, 2017

 
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Murar. Portrait of Prince Dara Shikoh. 1631.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 6, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Count – Play by Lynden Harris about six men on death row who divulge their personal inheritances of violence, racism, mental illness, poverty – and sometimes surprising love. Based on writings by and years of conversations with prisoners throughout the U.S. Presented by UNC’s Process Series and Hidden Voices. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
processseries.unc.edu

Crumbs from the Table of Joy – In search of a better life, an African-American family migrates from the American South to 1950s Brooklyn. Karen Dacons-Brock directs Lynn Nottage’s 1995 memory play. Presented by Bartlett Theater. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 12. PSI Theatre, DAC, Durham.
bartletttheater.org

* Dara – Carolina Performing Arts presents Pakistani theater company Ajoka’s production about the life of 17th century crown prince, poet, painter, and Sufi Dara Shikoh and his struggle for the harmonious coexistence of religions in India. Part of CPA’s season-long exploration of Muslim identity and cultures. One performance (free admission): Thursday 7:30. Memorial Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org

* Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary Confinement, A Play Through Letters – Touring production of a 2014 play by Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca and Julia Steele Allen, about the use of torture by solitary confinement in the criminal justice system. Directed by Noelle Ghoussaini. Presented by Criminal Justice Awareness and Action (CJAA), as part of its Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy Week. This week only: Thursday 7:00. Carolina Union Auditorium, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill, free admission. Also performs Saturday 5:00, The Pinhook, 117 W. Main Street, Durham, paid admission.
campusy.unc.edu
thepinhook.com

* Pump Boys & Dinettes – Touring production of the 1981 musical set in small town North Carolina, presented by the Town of Cary’s Music Mainstage Series. One show: Saturday 7:30. Cary Arts Center, Cary.
townofcary.org

* Seussical – A musical of Dr. Seuss stories. Two shows: Saturday 9:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

This Is Not a Novel – Leave it to Little Green Pig to take over a big hunk of a shopping center and present an immersive, ambulatory, choose-your-own-adventure installation created by a who’s who of area artists. It’s a self-described “delirious playscape for adults” using the cult novels of David Markson as a jumping-off place. Guaranteed to be like nothing you’ve ever experienced. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through March 11. Scrap Exchange, Lakewood Shopping Center, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Twelfth Night – Shakespeare’s gender-switching comedy involving shipwrecked twins, romantic misunderstandings, and what you will, set in a mid-20th century Mediterranean resort straight out of a Slim Aarons photo spread. Directed by Jerry Ruiz. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 19. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

ONGOING:

* 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: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* The Vagina Monologues – V-Day Raleigh presents Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking solo narratives, to benefit InterAct and V-Day. Final night: Tuesday February 28 at 7:30. Sonorous Road Theater, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh
vdayraleigh.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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