Another packed week of Triangle theatre features the debut of a new Raleigh company, Sonorous Road Productions, with Amy Herzog’s “Belleville.” Two highly-respected film stars take the stage – Juliette Binoche in “Antigone” and Chazz Palminteri in “A Bronx Tale.” Other notable openings include “A Lesson Before Dying” from Justice Theater Project and “Reefer Madness” from NRACT.
Here’s your week onstage:
Antigone (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Oct. 9 & 10, Memorial Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill – Carolina Performing Arts hosts this contemporary production of Sophokles’ classic tragedy of one woman standing up to authority, featuring Juliette Binoche
Belleville (OPENING, pictured above) – Oct. 8 – 18, Sonorous Road Productions, Raleigh – Raleigh’s newest black box theatre and film studio debuts with Amy Herzog’s 2013 Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Play, in which an American couple in Paris finds their relationship tested
A Bronx Tale (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Oct. 8, Carolina Theatre, Durham – Actor Chazz Palminteri performs his biographical solo show that led to a hit Los Angeles run and film of the same name
A Lesson Before Dying (OPENING) – Oct. 9 – 24, Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh – The Justice Theater Project returns to the first script it produced, back in 2004 – Romulus Linney’s adaptation of the Earnest J. Gaines novel about a man on death row facing his execution and his lawyer’s attempts to save him
Masked (CLOSING) – Oct. 3 & 10, The Carrack, Durham – Evan Mitchell performs his solo “commedia dell’arte obsession” that intertwines the lives of three characters, part of the Process Series and first premiered at the Mama Escena Fest in Ecuador
No Shame Theatre (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Oct. 10, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Comedy sketches, dramatic monologues, songs, dance pieces, rants, dadaist constructions, magicians, juggling, puppets – anything goes at this monthly impromptu jam
Outside Mullingar (OPENING) – Oct. 9 – Nov. 14 (in rotating rep with The Cherry Orchard), Deep Dish Theater, Chapel Hill – John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award-nominated 2014 romantic comedy tells the story of two middle-aged Irish farmers who struggle to hold onto their lands and keep out of love
Reefer Madness (OPENING) – Oct. 9 – 25, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – This 1998 musical lovingly satirizes the 1936 film of the same name, a cautionary tale against the evils of jazz music, sex, and drugs
The Rivals – Oct. 2 – 18, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Actors Comedy Lab presents Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1774 comedy of manners full of duels, duplicity, and disguises
XXY (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Oct. 9, The Carrack, Durham – French physical theater group Compagnie Lasko premieres a new work that explores gender identity and “becoming” man or woman
Image above by Renee Fisher
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