Call it “college week” – with no less than four productions opening on campus stages. “The Music Man” at Peace University and “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas” at Meredith College both wrap up Sunday, and “An Experiment with an Air Pump” at Duke and “Anon(ymous)” at NC State continue into next week. Also, UNC has resident artist DeLanna Studi’s one-woman show about the Trail of Tears, “And So We Walked,” this weekend only.
Get out and see some theatre!
Anon(ymous) (OPENING) – Nov. 12 – 22, Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU, Raleigh – A young refugee separated from his mother must find his way to the United States in Naomi Iisuka’s modern retelling of Homer’s Odyssey
Company (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Nov. 12 – 15, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Company Carolina stages Stephen Sondheim’s seminal musical in which a commitment-phobic bachelor navigates dating and love in New York
An Experiment with an Air Pump (OPENING) – Nov. 12 – 22, Sheafer Lab Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, Durham – A 200 year-old skeleton found in the basement of a house raises questions about science and humanity in Shelagh Stephenson’s comic drama that takes place in 1799 and 1999
The Glass Menagerie (CLOSING) – Nov. 6 – 15, PSI Theater, Durham Arts Council, Durham – The Bull City’s newest company, Bartlett Theater, debuts its one-playwright-per-season model with Tennessee Williams’ seminal autobiographical work about a mid-century American family struggling with loneliness and alienation
A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Nov. 12 – 15, Studio Theatre, Jones Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh – This home-spun tale from youth playwright Laurie Brooks presents the “missing” years of Wilder’s family account in “Little House on the Praerie”
The Music Man (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Nov. 12 – 15, Browne-McPherson Hall, Peace University, Raleigh – Meredith Willson’s 1957 slice of Americana to life as the titular Harold Hill shakes up the lives of River City, Iowa with song and dance
No Shame Theatre (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Nov. 14, 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 (CLOSING) – 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
And So We Walked (TWO NIGHTS ONLY) – Nov. 13 – 14, Swain Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill – The Process Series presents Cherokee actor and writer DeLanna Studi’s solo performance about retracing the steps of her ancestors on the Trail of Tears
Titus Andronicus – Nov. 5 – 21, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Bare Theatre returns to Common Ground 10 years after its debut of Shakespeare’s bloodiest revenge tale – this time with an all-female cast and crew who set the play in a world without men
A Year With Frog and Toad – Nov. 6 – 22, Gaddy-Goodwin Studio Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – A perky frog and a worrywart toad go on adventures set to a jazzy score in this family musical
Above photo by Yorgason Photography
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