March Madness is here, so you’ll either be yelling at your television and binge-watching college basketball, or avoiding the sports bar scene entirely and taking in some fresh air and even fresher entertainment.
If you’re doing the latter, you might want to check into these fine offerings…
The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (CLOSING) – Mar. 4 – 20, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – The Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical comedy from William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin in which six awkward mid-pubescents battle it out in a championship spelling contest
The Clothesline Muse (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Mar. 18, Cary Arts Center, Cary – This multi-discipline theater project featuring a cast of six and jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon as “The Muse” combines dance, percussive music, spoken word, interview text, video and interactive art
Grounded (ENCORE PERFORMANCES, ONE WEEK ONLY) – Mar. 18 – 20, Sonorous Road Productions, Raleigh – Sonorous Road remounts its 2015 production of George Brant’s one-woman show about an air force pilot relegated to the “chair force” after she becomes pregnant and begins flying drones in the Middle East
Jacuzzi (CLOSING) – Feb. 20 – Mar. 20, Ward Theatre Company, Durham – Ward Theatre makes its Triangle debut with a thriller from Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen in which a working class couple relax in a wealthy Colorado family’s luxury retreat – but something darker bubbles underneath
The Lion King (CLOSING) – Feb. 16 – Mar. 20, DPAC, Durham – Disney’s soaring score and grandiose puppetry turn DPAC into the savanna for a month-long touring production of the smash hit musical
March Madness! (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Mar. 19, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Transactors Improv take it to the hoop in this 45 minute evening of short improv all about competition, winners, losers, and all the things you love and/or hate about sports
Miss Nelson is Missing! – Mar. 11 – 27, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Studio, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Students find themselves desperate to reinstate the all too nice Miss Nelson after she disappears and is replaced by the terrible Miss Swamp in this family comedy musical based on the children’s books by Harry Allard
A Springtime Bottom Line: Moonlight Buds & Bloomers (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Mar. 19, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Hillsborough’s Bottom Line Burlesque & Comedy Troupe makes a stop at Common Ground Theatre for an evening of cabaret & Vaudeville-style song, dance and skits
Tempest Fantasy (CLOSING) – Mar. 3 – 20, Fletcher Opera Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – Paul Moravec’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2004 score meets Shakespeare’s magical island romance in this “dance meditation,” the company’s second entry into the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series
The Wolf (CLOSING) – Mar. 3 – 20, Kennedy Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – Theatre Raleigh remounts its popular 2015 theatre-dance piece about tweens who come together in the woods to overcome a common adversary
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