Happy Hump Day! Notable openings this week include “Johnny Johnson” at UNC and “Tar Heel Tales” at The Cary Theatre. Fairy tales abound in Cinderella, Into the Woods, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and there’s still time to catch several great shows closing out, too!
Here’s your look at what’s onstage…
A Century of Service: Rotary in Raleigh 1914 – 2014 (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Nov. 21 – 23, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh – 100 years of history come to life in former Piedmont Laureate Ian Finley’s original script about the Rotary and the leaders who shaped North Carolina’s capital city
Around the World in 80 Days (CLOSING) – 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
Cinderella (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Nov. 18 – 23, DPAC, Durham – Rogers & Hammerstein’s ever-popular take on the classic fairy tale takes the stage at DPAC this week for a limited run
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
Johnny Johnson (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Nov. 20 – 24, Kenan Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Kenan Theatre Company presents the World War I musical by Paul Green and Kurt Weill, adapted from Jaroslav Hašek’s satiric novel, The Good Soldier Švejk
The Landing (CLOSING) – 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
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
No Shame Theatre (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Nov. 22, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – 15 works you’ve never seen before put up right before your eyes in a monthly variety show that can include: comedy sketches, dramatic monologues, songs, dance pieces, rants, dadaist constructions, magicians, juggling, puppets and things that may not even exist yet
The Perfect Detonator (CLOSING) – 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
Return to Ray’s Diner (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Nov. 22, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Transactors’ Improv presents a follow-up to the successful long-form improvisation conceived by Steven Warnock
Student Showcase (ONE DAY ONLY) – Nov. 23, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Studio A Acting Company and Movie Makers drama class presents their semi-annual showcase
Tar Heel Tales (ONE WEEKEND ONLY, pictured above) – Nov. 21 – 22, The Cary Theater, Cary – Cary Playwrights’ Forum presents six original short plays written by North Carolina playwrights about stories from the Tar Heel state
Wait Until Dark (CLOSING) – Nov. 14 – 22, Neuse Little Theatre, Smithfield – Neuse Little Theatre presents 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
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