Seventeen. That’s how many productions are onstage this week across the Triangle!
Manbites Dog dashes through a five decade romance between two women in “Bright Half Life;” NC Central explores a slave’s journey to freedom in song in “Underground;” and Playmakers Rep hosts a staged reading of “The Who and the What,” a look at the tension between a modern women and her conservatively religious family.
Laughs are plentiful in “Noises Off” at William Peace University, “Once Upon a Matress,” at Meredith College, and in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised)” in Cary.
There is so much to see – better get those tickets and start soon!
Agnes of God – Feb. 10 – 26, Feb. 10 – 19 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest – Forest Moon Theatre delves into the mystery of a dead newborn discovered in a convent and the novice nun who insists it was immaculate conception in John Pielmeier’s 1979 drama
Bright Half Life (OPENING) – Feb. 16 – March 4, Manbites Dog Theater, Durham – The on-again off-again romance between two women over five decades is told in rapid-fire non-chronological sequences in Tanya Barfield’s 2015 drama
Brigid, the Legend Begins (CLOSING) – Feb. 10 – 18, E. K. Poe School Auditorium, Durham – Durham Regional Theatre remounts Jenny Justice’s 2014 musical adaptation of an old Irish folk tale, in which a young storyteller is banished from a competition and must deliver a ring to a mythical silkie queen
Commedia Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (ONE DAY ONLY) – Feb. 18, Cary Arts Center, Cary – Children’s Theatre of Charlotte presents Nicole B. Adkins’ commedia dell’arte stage adaptation of the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tale
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised) (OPENING) – Feb. 17 – 26, The Cary Theatre, Cary – The ever-popular mashup by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield careens through The Bard’s canon with irreverence and hilarity, staged here by Cary Players
The God Game (CLOSING) – Feb. 3 – 19, Sonorous Road, Raleigh – Politics, family, and faith create a crisis of conviction for a Republican senator when confronted with the return of a long-absent family friend in Suzanne Bradbeer’s contemporary drama
N: A World Premiere – Feb. 10 – 26, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – Adrienne Earle Pender receives another world premiere from Theatre in the Park in this examination of the relationship between Eugene O’Neill and the star actor of O’Neill’s 1921 groundbreaking play, “The Emperor Jones”; Pender questions why the playwright became a stage legend while Charles Gilpin, an African American actor, faded into obscurity
The Night Alive – Feb. 10 – 25, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – Honest Pint Theatre Company returns with Conor McPherson’s award-winning 2013 drama about down-and-out fifty-something who rescues a prostitute from a beating, finds a connection with her, and appear to have brighter days ahead until her ex-boyfriend comes looking for her
Noises Off (OPENING, pictured above) – Feb. 16 – 26, Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh – It’s bottoms up and pants down in Michael Frayn’s wild 1982 farce concerning the affairs and failures of a struggling cast who can’t seem to get the play they’re working on right
Once Upon a Matress (OPENING) – Feb. 21 – 26, Meredith College, Raleigh – A pea wasn’t the only thing that kept that princess up all night on all those matresses in the fairy tale, it turns out in this 1959 musical comedy
One Man, Two Guvnors – Feb. 10 – 26, Sutton Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – A hapless servant finds himself in the employ of both a man and his lover who masquerades as her own dead brother to collect a fee from her small-time gangster father in 1963 England; adapted from “The Servant with Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni
Saturday Night Fever (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Feb. 14 – 19, Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh – Broadway Series South and NC Theatre bring back disco in a big way with the musical adaptation of the pop 1977 hit movie
The Secret Garden (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Feb. 15 – 19, Stewart Theatre, NC State University, Raleigh – Francis Hodgson Burnett’s seminal 1911 novel about a young girl and a magical garden is brought to life onstage in this musical adaptation
Soar! The Hero Pigeons of WWI – Jan. 7 – Mar. 4 (weekly on Saturdays), this week at the East Regional Library, Knightdale – Raleigh Little Theatre’s Storytellers to Go commemorate 100 years since the United States’ entrance into World War I with a family-friendly story of a unit trapped behind enemy lines who were saved by a wounded carrier pigeon
Underground (OPENING) – Feb. 17 – 26, Farrison-Newton Communications Building, NC Central University, Durham – NC Central presents the stage adaptation of Akil DuPont’s 2010 film in which a slave’s story is told in song
The Who and the What (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Feb. 16, Playmakers Repertory, UNC, Chapel Hill – Carolina Performing Arts and Playmakers Rep present a staged reading of Ayad Akhtar’s 2014 drama in which a Pakistani-American writer’s humanization of the prophet Muhammad ignites conflict among her conservative religious family
Zuccotti Park – Feb. 10 – 26, Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh – Two soldiers on leave from Afghanistan discover much more than they came looking for in the park that became synonymous with the Occupy movement of 2011 in the musical from Catherine Hurd and Vatrena King
Photo above by Josh Walker
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