Local theatre may be attempting to engage and heal this week, with a particular focus on under-served minorities in the community.
Most shows are closing out this week before the Thanksgiving holiday, but there’s still opportunities to catch “Labels” at UNC, which focuses on the immigrant experience; “The Laramie Project” at William Peace, which covers hate crime murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard; and “To Buy the Sun,” a celebration of the black, queer, feminist attorney, poet, activist, educator Pauli Murray.
Here’s what’s playing around the Triangle:
A Charlie Brown Christmas/Jingle Bell Juke Box (EXTENDED) – Nov. 18 – Nov. 20, 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
An Ideal Husband (CLOSING) – Nov. 10 – 20, Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NC State University, Raleigh – Two men are tested by a female accquaintance in Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedy, presented by University Theatre
Labels (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Nov. 16 & 17, Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill – Carolina Performing Arts hosts Joe Sellman-Leava’s one-man show, a blend of stand-up comedy, storytelling, and poetry that delves into immigration
The Laramie Project (CLOSING) – Nov. 10 – 20, Legget Theatre, Main Building, William Peace University, Raleigh – Just weeks before Matthew Shepard would have celebrated his 40th birthday, William Peace Theatre commemorates the struggle for LGBTQI rights over the past two decades with the real-life drama
Monty Python’s Spamalot (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Nov. 15 – 20, Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – North Carolina Theatre say “ni” and debate the flight speed of swallows in Monty Python’s “lovingly ripped-off” self-adaptation of the classic 1975 comedy
Picasso at the Lapin Agile (CLOSING) – Nov. 4 – 20, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, and a host of colorful characters meet in a 1904 Parisian café in Steve Martin’s first comedy for stage
Richard III (CLOSING) – Nov. 4 – 20, Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh – Bare Theatre concludes its post-apocalyptic War of the Roses saga with this stand-alone take on the rise and fall of one of Shakespeare’s most notorious characters
To Buy the Sun (ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY) – Nov. 20, Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Chapel Hill – A celebration and remembrance of the life of civil rights activist “Pauli” Murray, the first black woman ordained by the Episcopal Church and a leading figure in
The Wild Duck (CLOSING) – Nov. 11 – 20, Sheafer Lab Theatre, Duke University, Durham – Duke undergraduates take on David Eldridge’s 2005 version of Henrik Ibsen’s 1884 drama in which an idealistic son seeks to expose his father’s duplicity
– Photo by Josh Walker
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