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.


Theater Week – Looks Harmless

February 21, 2017

 

harrietttubman

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 27, 2017

 

OPENING:

* February 48 XIII – One Song Productions’ annual show featuring one act plays written, rehearsed, and performed in just 48 hours. One show only: Sunday 7:30. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* Chrysalis– Cary Playwrights Forum presents a staged reading of scenes from six full-length works by North Carolina playwrights, one of which will receive a full workshop production in June. This week only: Saturday 3:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Cary Arts Center, Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – An autistic boy uncovers startling secrets when he investigates a mysterious neighborhood event, in Simon Stephens’ 2012 adaptation of Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel. Touring production. 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

* Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad – The Carolina Theatre’s Arts Discovery Educational Series presents a musical play for young people about Tubman’s fight against slavery. Two performances only: Monday 9:50 and 11:20 a.m. Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre, Durham.
carolinatheatre.org

* King Lear – Eno River Players present Shakespeare’s tragedy about family, politics, and insanity. Directed by Leo Egger. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Durham Arts Council, Durham.
enoriverplayers.org

* Once Upon a Mattress – Meredith Theatre presents the 1959 musical comedy version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea”. This week only: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

* The Vagina Monologues – V-Day Raleigh presents Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking solo narratives, to benefit InterAct and V-Day. Two nights: Monday and Tuesday February 27 and 28 at 7:30. Sonorous Road Theater, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh
vdayraleigh.org
 

ONGOING:

* Agnes of God – Forest Moon presents John Pielmeier’s 1979 theological mystery, directed by Bob Baird. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
forestmoontheater.org

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: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 4. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised) – Cary Players present Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield’s 1987 comic mashup of the Bard’s works. Directed by Nancy Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. The Cary Theater, Cary.
thecarytheater.com

* N – In 1920, Eugene O’Neill’s drama The Emperor Jones brought instaneous fame to the playwright and the leading man, African American actor Charles S. Gilpin. O’Neill went on to become a major figure in 20th century theater, while Gilpin faded into obscurity. Theatre in the Park presents the world premiere of Adrienne Earle Pender’s history-based play exploring their relationship. Directed by Hope Alexander. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* The Night Alive – Honest Pint and NRACT present Conor McPherson’s 2013 drama about people in the margins who find an unlikely chance at redemption. Directed by Susannah Hough. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Noises Off – William Peace Theatre presents Michael Frayn’s 1982 sendup of British sex farces. Directed by Wade Newhouse. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
eventbrite.com

* One Man, Two Guvnors – Trying to make ends meet and desperate to fill his stomach, a servant secretly takes a job with two different employers. Richard Bean’s 2011 adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 1746 commedia Servant of Two Masters includes songs by Grant Olding, and transposes the commedia action to 1963 England, with the comic complications even more complex, and the servant just as hungry. Anybody have a sandwich? Raleigh Little Theatre’s production is directed by Rod Rich. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Zucotti Park – Justice Theater Project presents Catherine Hurd and Vatrena King’s 2015 musical about the Occupy Movement. Directed by Jesse Pressler and Aya Wallace, Choreography by Aya Wallace, Music Direction by Ron Cornelous, Stage Direction by Kiara Dimitriadis. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh.
justicetheaterproject.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 – Love, Fracturedly

February 14, 2017

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JoRose and Tamara Kissane in Bright Half Life – Photo: Alex Maness

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 20, 2017

 

OPENING:

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: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through March 4. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Commedia Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – In Nicole B. Adkins’s adaptation, a group of traveling commedia dell’arte players decide to perform the classic fairy tale. Presented by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. One show: Saturday 8:00. Cary Arts Center.
townofcary.org

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised) – Cary Players present Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield’s 1987 comic mashup of the Bard’s works. Directed by Nancy Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 26. The Cary Theater, Cary.
thecarytheater.com

Noises Off – William Peace Theatre presents Michael Frayn’s 1982 sendup of British sex farces. Directed by Wade Newhouse. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through February 26. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
eventbrite.com

* Saturday Night Fever – Touring production of the 1998 musical version of the 1977 movie, hosted by Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

* The Secret Garden – University Theatre presents Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman’s 1991 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel. Directed by John McIlwee. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* The Who and the What – A Pakistani-American writer comes into conflict with her family over their conservative views. Staged reading of the play by Ayad Akhtar, presented by Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and PlayMakers Repertory Company. One night: Thursday 7:30. Historic PlayMakers Building, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
mideast.unc.edu
 

ONGOING:

Agnes of God – Forest Moon presents John Pielmeier’s 1979 theological mystery, directed by Bob Baird. This week: Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest. (Transfers to Sonorous Road Theatre in Raleigh February 23-26.)
forestmoontheater.org

* Brigid, the Legend Begins -Encore production of Durham Regional Theatre’s 2014 production, a musical adaptation of an Irish folk tale, written and directed by Jennifer Justice. This week: Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00. Closes Saturdary. E.K. Powe School Auditorium, Ninth Street, Durham. durhamregionaltheatre.com

* The God Game – A Republican U.S. Senator has a crisis of conscience (I know, but just go with it) when asked to compromise his beliefs in exchange for power. June Guralnick directs Suzanne Bradbeer’s 2014 drama for Sonorous Road Productions. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

N – In 1920, Eugene O’Neill’s drama The Emperor Jones brought instaneous fame to the playwright and the leading man, African American actor Charles S. Gilpin. O’Neill went on to become a major figure in 20th century theater, while Gilpin faded into obscurity. Theatre in the Park presents the world premiere of Adrienne Earle Pender’s history-based play exploring their relationship. Directed by Hope Alexander. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

The Night Alive – Honest Pint and NRACT present Conor McPherson’s 2013 drama about people in the margins who find an unlikely chance at redemption. Directed by Susannah Hough. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 25. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

One Man, Two Guvnors – Trying to make ends meet and desperate to fill his stomach, a servant secretly takes a job with two different employers. Richard Bean’s 2011 adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 1746 commedia Servant of Two Masters includes songs by Grant Olding, and transposes the commedia action to 1963 England, with the comic complications even more complex, and the servant just as hungry. Anybody have a sandwich? Raleigh Little Theatre’s production is directed by Rod Rich. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Zucotti Park – Justice Theater Project presents Catherine Hurd and Vatrena King’s 2015 musical about the Occupy Movement. Directed by Jesse Pressler and Aya Wallace, Choreography by Aya Wallace, Music Direction by Ron Cornelous, Stage Direction by Kiara Dimitriadis. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 26. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh.
justicetheaterproject.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 – Pioneers

November 1, 2016

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Leroy Frasier, John Lewis Brandon, Ralph Frasier on the steps of South Building, registering as UNC’s first African-American undergraduates, September 1955.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 7, 2016

 
OPENING:

* The Black Pioneers Project – Over the past year, Southern Oral History Program interns interviewed members of the “Black Pioneers” — the earliest African American students who attended UNC between 1952 and 1972. Those stories are retold through performance, and detail the struggle to overcome institutional and societal racism. Presented by The Process Series in partnership with the Southern Oral History Project. Directed by Joseph Megel. Two performances: Friday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, 150 South Road, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
processseries.unc.edu

* Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Musical version of the Washington Irving tale for kids, presented by the Carolina Theatre’s Arts Discovery Educational Series. One day only: Tuesday 9:50 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Carolina Theatre, Durham.
carolinatheatre.org

Picasso at the Lapin Agile – NRACT presents Steve Martin’s 1993 historical comedy. Directed by Jonathan McCarter. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 20. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Richard III – A deranged, ruthless narcissist comes to power in Bare Theatre’s production of the Shakespeare play. Directed by Lucinda Gainey. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 20. Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

Two Turtle Doves – A high school coach for a girl’s basketball team comes under fire for his abusive tactics. Mark Cornell’s play is directed by Shelby Hahn for Common Ground Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through November 12. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com
 

ONGOING:

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

* 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, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

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. Continues through November 12. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* 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: Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30, and Sunday and Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* 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. Closes Saturday. E.K. Powe School, 913 9th Street, Durham.
durhamregionaltheatre.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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