It’s a week of university theatre, with several productions going on around the Triangle, some of which only running one week – grab your tickets while you can. Also of note is the Stephen King/John Mellencamp/T Bone Burnett collaboration “Ghosts of Darkland County” running at DPAC, and Shakespeare-meets-film-noir-radio-drama, “The Maltese Bodkin,” at NRACT (a benefit for three military support organizations).
Here’s what’s onstage this week…
Around the World in 80 Days – Nov. 7 – 23, Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU, Raleigh – Laura Eason’s adaptation of the Jules Verne classic takes the stage at NCSU in an adventure that spans the globe for a high stakes wager
Crooked (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Nov. 13 – 15, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Skydive Productions and Common Ground Theatre’s Small Series present, in conjunction with Ladies of Triangle Theatre, Catherine Trieschmann’s story of a 14-year-old in Mississippi who embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Nov. 14, DPAC, Durham – In a one-night stop of a national tour, this collaboration features a story by Stephen King and music by John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, starring Billy Burke and Gina Gershon, in which a brother witnesses a fight over a girl between his older brothers – ending in the deaths of all three – and its eery parallels to the younger’s own family years later
Into the Woods – Nov. 2 – Dec. 6 (in rep with A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Paul Green Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Stephen Sondheim’s smash hit musical of twisted fairy tales intertwined takes the stage at Playmakers Repertory Company
The Landing – Oct. 31 – Nov. 22, Deep Dish Theater, Chapel Hill – Deep Dish stages a regional premiere from the composer of Chicago and Cabaret that comprises of three mini-musicals with a Twilight Zone bent
Little Shop of Horrors (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Nov. 13 – 16, Kenan Theatre, Peace University, Raleigh – America’s favorite man-eating plant takes over at Peace University this week in Howard Ashelman’s 1950’s sci-fi musical comedy
The Maltese Bodkin (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Nov. 13 – 16, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – hiSTORYstage presents a comic mystery with a Shakespearean twist in which hard-boiled detective Birnam Wood must crack the case with a list of suspects including Richard III, Falstaff, Iago, and Mercutio; performed as a 1940’s radio drama and benefitting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Fisher House Foundation, and the USO
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Nov. 1 – Dec. 7 (in rep with Into the Woods), Paul Green Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – William Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece of meddlesome faeries and mixed-up lovers opens this weekend
Mirandy and Brother Wind (CLOSING) – Oct. 31 – Nov. 16, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre – RLT brings the popular children’s book to life in this musical set in 1906 South Carolina
The Perfect Detonator (OPENING) – Nov. 13 – 23, Sheafer Lab Theater, Duke University, Durham – Jody McAuliffe directs her adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s “The Secret Agent,” in which Unabomber Ted Kaczyniski reads Conrad’s novel, revealing parallels between an 1886 anarchist plot and Kaczynski’s own plot in America
Wait Until Dark (OPENING) – Nov. 14 – 22, Neuse Little Theatre, Smithfield – The curtain rises in Smithfield on Frederick Knott’s cat-and-mouse thriller, involving a blind woman who must outwit a group of ex-convicts over a doll stuffed with lost heroin
Wall of Water (ONE WEEK ONLY, pictured above) – Nov. 11 – 16, Studio Theatre in Jones Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh – Meredith College’s student theatre presents a farce of mistaken identity and a roommate from hell with new-age twists, about strong women and the men who love and sometimes sedate them
Women in the Pit (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Nov. 13 – 16, Black Box, NC Central University, Durham – NCCU’s theater department stages Joyce Sylvester’s drama challenging the authority of women in the church
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