Fans of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” can look forward to NRACT’s “Marriage of Bette & Boo,” a mordant comedy from the always-irreverent Christopher Durang, or Playmakers Rep’s “Three Sisters,” the Chekhov drama on which Durang drew some of his fodder. Duke’s Hoof ‘n’ Horn opens the rock musical “Next to Normal” this week as well.
Here’s what you can take in this week on Triangle stages:
An Evening With Jed Bernstein (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Jan. 25, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh – William Peace University welcomes Jed Bernstein, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer who currently serves as President of New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center; Mr. Bernstein will discuss his “Vision for the Arts in America” and hold Q&A after the presentation
The Marriage of Bette & Boo (OPENING, pictured above) – Jan. 22 – 31, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – Three decades of divorce, alcoholism, madness, and fatal illness make for twisted farce in Christopher Durang’s 1973 Obie Award-winning comedy
Matilda the Musical (CLOSING) – Jan. 19 – 24, DPAC, Durham – Roald Dahl’s imaginative little heroine takes the stage in this nationally touring production
Next to Normal (OPENING) – Jan. 21 – 31, Sheafer Lab Theater, Duke University, Durham – Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey rocked Broadway in 2008 with this musical about a woman with bipolar disorder coming apart at the seams; playing through the end of the month by Duke’s Hoof ‘n’ Horn
Small and Tired (CLOSING) – Jan. 8 – 23, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Commonwealth Endeavors presents Kit Brockman’s 2012 re-imagining of the Greek drama Orestes and the curse of the house of Atreus
Stick Fly – Jan. 15 – 31, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – When two brothers bring their significant others to family dinner at an affluent African-American home in Martha’s Vineyard, issues of race, privilege, and longstanding family tensions boil to the surface in this 2005 comedy-drama from Lydia R. Diamond
Three Sisters (OPENING) – Jan. 20 – Feb. 7, Paul Green Theatre, UNC-Chapel Hill – New Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch makes her debut on the Playmakers Stage with Libby Appel’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece in which the titular sisters languish in the countryside far from their childhood home in Moscow and dream fancifully of other lives
Veterans and Their Families (CLOSING) – Jan. 8 – 23, UNC, Chapel Hill – UNC presents a three-part series of new works by local playwrights that focus on war veterans and their loved ones
An Loc (CLOSING) – Jan. 17, 22, and 23, Swain Hall Studio Six, UNC, Chapel Hill – Elizabeth Lewis Corley delivers a reading of her screenplay, a fictional account of her father’s military service in the battle of An Loc late in the Vietnam War and its effect on families left in the wake
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Jan. 22, 117 S. West St., Raleigh – The Jedi and The Empire clash in this re-telling of Episode IV as Shakespeare would have written it; this is an informal staged reading
Above photo by Ashley Popio
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