Theater Week – News Flash

July 24, 2018

 

Photo: Monivette Cordeiro, Orlando Sentinel

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 30, 2018

 
OPENING:

Eclipsed – In 2003 Liberia, five women struggle to survive the ongoing civil war. Danai Gurira’s 2009 drama is directed by Michele Okoh. Presented by Women’s Theatre Festival as part of its 2018 “Women Are Heroes” season. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through August 5. The Fruit, 305 S. Dillard St., Durham.
womenstheatrefestival.com

* Newsies – A touring production of the 2011 Disney musical, based on the 1992 movie. Newsboys in turn of the century New York go on strike for living wages and everything turns out swell. In other late-stage capitalism news this week, media holding company Tronc laid off half the staff at the NY Daily News, with similar layoffs expected soon at its other newspaper holdings (looking at you, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune…). This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

These Shining Lives – Women employees in a 1920s watch factory discover that their jobs are putting them at risk of disease. Melanie Marnich’s 2008 drama is based on The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Directed by Jorie Slodki. Presented by Women’s Theatre Festival as part of its 2018 “Women Are Heroes” season. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 4:00. Continues through August 5. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
womenstheatrefestival.com
 

ONGOING:

* First Date – A couple meets for a blind date and things get complicated. NRACT presents the 2012 musical by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary, and Michael Weiner. Directed by Pete Comperatore; Music Director: Rebekah Holland. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* NC 10 by 10: A Festival of 10-Minute Plays – OdysseyStage Theatre and Cary Playwrights’ Forum team up to present an evening of ten short plays by ten North Carolina playwrights (modeled after The ArtsCenter’s series 10 by 10 in the Triangle which ended in 2016). This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Saturday. The Cary Theatre, 122 E. Chatham St, Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum.org
 

TEEN TRAINING THEATER:

* Cabaret – PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory presents the 1966 Kander and Ebb musical featuring teen actors. Directed by Tracy Bersley. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Into the Woods – RLT’s Teens on Stage presents the 1986 Sondheim/Lapine musical. Directed by Meredyth Pederson Cooper. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 5. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.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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Theater Week – Into the Woods

July 10, 2018

 

Goblin Market illustration by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1862.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 16, 2018

 
OPENING:

Big Fish – A young man tries to unravel the truth behind his father’s tall tales. Theatre Raleigh presents the 2013 musical, based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel and the 2003 film adaptation. Directed by Eric Woodall. This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 22. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

First Date – A couple meets for a blind date and things get complicated. NRACT presents the 2012 musical by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary, and Michael Weiner. Directed by Pete Comperatore; Music Director: Rebekah Holland. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through July 29. DECPA, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Goblin Market – Adapted from Christina Rossetti’s wonderfully strange 1862 poem, Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon’s 1985 musical adaptation tells the story of two sisters who encounter mortal peril when they venture into the realm of goblins. (Suggested age: 15 and up.) Directed by Ashley Popio; Musical Direction by Katherine Anderson; Choreography by Jennifer Palmer. Presented by Women’s Theatre Festival as part of its 2018 “Women Are Heroes” season, in partnership with The Carolina Ballet. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through July 22. Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.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 – Stage Left

June 26, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 2, 2018

 
I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU SAY GOODBYE:

* Manbites Dog Theater concludes it’s 31st and final season of producing theater this week, as it closes its Foster Street location, the company’s home for the last 20 years. Manbites will continue in a new incarnation as a support and granting organization for area theater companies and artists. Ob-la-di, ob-la-da. More about future plans here.
 

I SAY HELLO:

* OccupyCON 2018 – As part of this year’s events, Women’s Theatre Festival presents a 24-hour theatre conference, packed with staged readings, workshops, devised works, and kids’ programming. Featuring a workshop of The Illuminated Dresses – a devised theater piece by local playwright Debra Kaufman. One day only: Saturday 7:00 p.m. to Sunday 7:00 p.m., Renaissance Center, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest.
womenstheatrefestival.com

Parallel Lives – Women’s Theatre Festival presents Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy’s satirical 1989 sketch show, directed by Judy Long. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 8:00. Continues through July 7. Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.com
 

ONGOING:

* It Shoulda Been You – Theatre in the Park presents Barbara Anselmi and Brian Hargrove’s 2015 musical comedy about a wedding where wouldn’t you know it everything goes wrong. Director not listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.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 – Buy It Call It

June 6, 2018

 

Monét Noelle Marshall. Photo: Derrick Beasley

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through June 11, 2018

OPENING:

Buy My Body and Call It a Ticket – Monét Noelle Marshall’s groundbreaking “Buy It Call It” trilogy continues with another must-see immersive participatory theater installation exploring issues of art, capitalism, race and self-worth. This week: Friday and Saturday at 7:00 and 8:30, Sunday at 3:00 and 4:30. Continues through June 16. The Fruit, 305 South Dillard Street, Durham.
monetnoellemarshall.com

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) – A girl and her mother deal with loss, celebrity superheroes, and a talking apartment in Sheila Callaghan’s 2000 play. Directed by Kayla Kaufman. Presented by Women’s Theatre Festival as part of its 2018 “Women Are Heroes” season. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:30. Continues through June 24. Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.com/crumble

Don’t Dress for Diner – Plans for a weekend of infidelity go off the rails in this English-language adaptation of Marc Camoletti’s 1987 sex farce Pyjamas Pour Six. Directed by Patrick Torres. Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 24. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Just Another Lynching – Award-winning puppeteer Jeghetto presents a contemporary examination of a troubled chapter in America’s history, with a post-performance conversation on race relations in the local community. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Oliver! – Justice Theater Project presents the 1960 musical based on the Charles Dickens novel. Directed by Jerry Sipp, with music direction by Ronzel Bell. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Continues through June 24. Umstead Park UCC, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

The 39 Steps – It’s the 1930s, and an ordinary Londoner gets mixed up with a spy plot, in a comic thriller featuring four actors playing over 20 roles. This 1995 stage adaptation relies mainly on the screenplay by Charles Bennett and Ian Hay for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film (loosely based on the 1915 John Buchan novel). Presented as part of TheatreFest, University Theatre’s summer festival of three light entertainments in rotating rep. Directed by Rachel Klem. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 24. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Theatre, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

ONGOING:

* Deathtrap – Ira Levin’s 1978 plot-twist-filled who/what/why-done-it about an established playwright, known for his hugely successful stage mysteries, who may be dangerously envious of a younger writer. Presented as part of TheatreFest, University Theatre’s summer festival of three light entertainments in rotating rep. Directed by John C. McIlwee. This week: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 7:30; Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

Spring Awakening – Teenagers discover sexuality and things don’t go well in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s 2006 musical based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by Timothy E. Locklear, with music director Craig Johnson and choreographer Aya Wallace. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 17. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Wakey, Wakey – “We’re here to say goodbye.” Manbites Dog concludes its final season with 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: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.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 – Early Stages

September 26, 2017

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 2, 2017

 
OPENING:

Guys and Dolls – 1950 musical adaptation of Damon Runyon stories about lowlife New York criminals with hearts of gold, with songs by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. Presented by Cary Players. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 8. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

Miss Lulu Bett – The Women’s Theatre Festival presents a staged reading of Zona Gale’s groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a woman who must make a difficult choice. Suggested donation of $5, benefits Walltown Children’s Theatre. This week: Sunday 3:00, Walltown Children’s Theatre, 1225 Berkeley St, Durham. (Also, next Wednesday at Imurj in Raleigh.)
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Romeo and Juliet – Two crazy kids on that bumpy road to love. Bare Theatre presents the Shakespeare tragedy outdoors in a series of matinee-only performances. Directed by Lucinda Danner Gainey. This week: Friday and Saturday 2:00. Continues through October 22. Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
baretheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

* The Cake – A baker finds it hard to reconcile her religious beliefs with a wedding cake order for two women about to be married. PlayMakers Rep begins their new season with a new comedy by Bekah Brunstetter. Directed by Jeffrey Meanza. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Closer Than They Appear – Incorporating virtual reality animated landscapes designed by Jared Mezzocchi, Christine Evans’ play tells the story of an Iraq War veteran undergoing PTSD therapy. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by Piedmont Performance Factory, in partnership with The Process Series. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org

* Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead – A group of teenagers must deal with drug use, sex, depression, suicide, abuse, and rabies, in Bert V. Royal’s unauthorized 2004 parody of Peanuts. Presented by NRACT. Directed by Pete Comperatore. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Leadmine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Playing with Fire – Theatre in the Park presents Barbara Field’s 1989 stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Director not listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 8. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Pride and Prejudice – University Theatre presents Jon Jory’s stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1813 comedy of manners. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

* Silver Lining – Five women in a retirement home are threatened by a flood in a new comedy by Sandi Toksvig. Presented by Peony Productions. Directed by Pam McClure. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.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. Presented monthly through September. Final Performances this week: Friday 6:30 and 7:00. Riverwalk, Hillsborough.
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* – 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 – Me and My Baby View the Eclipse

August 15, 2017

 

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 21, 2017

 
SPECIAL PERFORMANCES:

* Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017 – A short astronomical performance event. Director not listed. One performance only: Monday August 21, rain or shine. Times vary. Location: 70-mile wide path of totality from Oregon through South Carolina. Some very important things to know. No advance reservations, plan accordingly.
eclipse2017.nasa.gov
 

OPENING:

* The Secret Garden – Theatre Raleigh presents the 1989 Marsha Norman/Lucy Simon musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel about a plucky English orphan. Director not listed. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:00, Friday 8:00, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 8:00. Fletcher Opera Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
 

ONGOING:

Miss Lulu BettUPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances this production has been cancelled. Ticket holders can request a full refund, or roll their tickets into Women’s Theatre Festival’s upcoming Little Women ​Holiday Production. ​To obtain a refund or to exchange tickets, patrons should contact Brown Paper Tickets directly at 1-800-838-3006.

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.” Presented Friday-Sunday at 7:00 (6:20 preshow) through September 4 at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill (bring cushions/lawn chairs).
paperhand.org

* Way Down the Hole – “I think all songs should have weather in them. Names of towns and streets, and they should have a couple of sailors. I think those are just song prerequisites.” Little Green Pig’s monthly Tom Waits cabaret concludes. This week: Friday 8:00. Arcana, Durham.
littlegreenpig.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 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 – Choices

August 8, 2017

 

Zona Gale, first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 14, 2017

 

OPENING:

Miss Lulu BettUPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances this production has been cancelled. Ticket holders can request a full refund, or roll their tickets into Women’s Theatre Festival’s upcoming Little Women ​Holiday Production. ​To obtain a refund or to exchange tickets, patrons should contact Brown Paper Tickets directly at 1-800-838-3006.

* Waiting for Godot – “He’s never early, he’s always late. First thing you learn is that you always gotta wait.” Eno River Players present a staged reading of Samuel Beckett’s 1953 classic, directed by Matthew Sampson. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 

ONGOING:

* 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. Closes Saturday. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com

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.” Presented Friday-Sunday at 7:00 (6:20 preshow) through September 4 at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill (bring cushions/lawn chairs).
paperhand.org

* Sweet Tea and Baby Dreams – Cultural clashes and Darwinian power dynamics threaten to unleash chaos on a baby shower in a new comedy by Maribeth McCarthy. Co-directed by McCarthy and Hannah Marks. Presented as part of the North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.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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