Time to update your calendar!
No less than five shows opening this weekend, with the Bare Theatre & Sonorous Road collaboration of local playwright Allan Maule’s “EverScape,” Theatre in the Park’s bloodthirsty “Dracula,” Justice Theater Project’s all-too-real American story in “Nickel and Dimed,” Burning Coal’s provocative “Skylight,” and NRACT with the rock opera-comedy-musical “The Toxic Avenger.”
Here’s what’s happening under the lights this week:
Childress in Mind (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Oct. 7, Manbites Dog Theatre, Durham – Black Ops Theatre hosts a centennial birthday celebration of the life and work of Alice Childress with photography, a wine reception, performances, and a panel discussion
Dracula (OPENING) – Oct. 6 – 16, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – Theatre in the Park re-animates its 2015 production of the Bram Stoker classic
EverScape (OPENING, pictured above) – Oct. 6 – 23, Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh – Bare Theatre and Sonorous Road Productions present the southern premiere by Raleigh playwright Allan Maule, after the gamer fantasy comedy-drama made waves at last year’s New York International Fringe Festival, where it even enjoyed an extended run
Mothers and Sons (CLOSING) – Sept 23 – Oct 9, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Terrence McNally’s 2013 drama finds a woman struggling to understand a changing world when she visits the former life partner of her late son, who now has a son with another man
Nickel and Dimed (OPENING) – Oct. 6 – 22, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh – Justice Theatre Project stages Joan Holden’s script, adapted from the book by Barbara Ehrenreich, about a woman struggling to make ends meet working in a hotel on minimum wage
Oklahoma! (CLOSING) – Sept. 30 – Oct. 9, Cary Arts Center, Cary – Cary Players high-steps onto the stage with the very first musical from Rogers & Hammerstein, a chestnut
Skylight (OPENING) – Oct. 6 – 23, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh – Burning Coal Artistic Director Jerome Davis takes a turn onstage in David Hare’s drama about a man who crashes back into the life of the younger woman he had an affair with after his wife left him
The Toxic Avenger (OPENING) – Oct. 7 – 23, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – This stage adaptation of the notorious cult film from Troma Entertainment tells the story of New Jersey’s first superhero with a driving rock score, a toxic love story, and an environmental twist
The Trump Card – Oct. 2 – Nov. 7, Manbites Dog Theatre, Durham – We all take a certain share of the responsibility or blame (depending how you look at it) for the phenomenon that is Donald J. Trump in this open source monologue by Mike Daisy, performed by Carl Martin
Photo above by John Foote
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