This may be one of the most bizarre weeks in Triangle Theatre we’ve seen since the Theatre Guide began…
The Peanuts gang gets an early jump on Christmas in “A Charlie Brown Christmas/Jingle Bell Jukebox,” Broadway adapts Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, “Fun Home,” up-and-coming playwright Will Eno takes apart the American family play in “Open House,” and Little Green Pig opens up its fourth annual twisted terrorfest, “Treatbag.”
Oh, and there’s a Tamil Comedy Stage Drama, too. Check it out!
A Charlie Brown Christmas/Jingle Bell Juke Box (OPENING) – Oct. 28 – Nov. 13, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – RLT gets into the Christmas spirit early with a double feature, consisting of toe-tapping, rockin’ fifties fun at a soda shop and Eric Schaeffer’s stage adaptation of one of the most beloved TV specials of all time from Charles Schultz
Crazy Mohan’s Google Gadothgajan – A Tamil Comedy Stage Drama (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Oct. 28, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – Your guess is as good as ours – certainly sounds different, though! We couldn’t find any details about what this show is, but more info on Crazy Mohan can be found here
The Crucible – Oct. 19 – Nov. 6, Paul Green Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Playmakers Repertory celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new staging of the seminal Arthur Miller indictment of mass hysteria and witch hunts
Fall in Love with Third Date Improv (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Oct. 29, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Third Date wants to bring a little love into this election season with this improvised evening of autumnal romance
Fun Home (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Oct. 24 – 30, DPAC, Durham – Cartoonist/graphic artist Alison Bechdel received attention in 2006 for the graphic memoir of the same name that details her relationship with her father and the process of coming out, now on tour following its Tony Award-winning Broadway run in 2015
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (CLOSING) – Oct. 19 – 30, Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, NC State University, Raleigh – University Theatre stages Moises Kaufman’s 1997 look at the aggressive litigation and persecution of the renowned author by his lover’s father (NOTE: William Peace Theatre will present Kaufman’s “The Laramie Project” in November)
Improv Percolator (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Oct. 27, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Three groups – Open Mind Students, Some Assembly, and Fatmouth Improv – serve up some piping hot spontaneous theatre
Kiss Me, Kate (CLOSING) – Oct. 20 – 29, Kenan Auditorium, William Peace University, Raleigh – William Peace Theatre opens its season with the very first play to win Best Musical at the Tony Awards, inspired by Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” and featuring a classic score by Cole Porter
The Open House (OPENING) – Oct. 27 – Nov. 12, Manbites Dog Theatre, Durham – Emerging in the 2000s as one of the more distinctive voices in American theatre, playwright Will Eno seems determined here to upend the entire concept of the “family play” in this Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning script
TAFFY: Improv for the Whole Family! (ONE DAY ONLY) – Oct. 29, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Transactors Improv get a little spooky with this improvised show based on audience suggestions, where audience in costumes may become part of the action!
Treatbag (ONE NIGHT ONLY, pictured above) – Oct. 28, Ponysaurus Brewing, Durham – Do you dare to put your hand in the bag that is Little Green Pig’s fourth annual Halloween Hell/fundraiser?
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
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