The holiday season is upon us! TONS of great shows open this week!
Almost, Maine (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Dec. 4 – 5, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – One Song Productions visits John Mariani’s ever-popular fictional town to explore nine stories of love and loss
Dashing Through the Snow (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Dec. 3 – 7, Cary Arts Center, Cary – The keeper of the Snowflake Inn in Tinsel, Texas must frantically prepare for the holidays amidst a challenging array of guests and employees in this southern holiday comedy from Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, presented by Cary Players
The Emotions of Normal People (OPENING, pictured above) – Dec. 3 – 19, Swain Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill – Little Green Pig’s devised “originalmovementtheatrewerk” looks at a family feeling the agony and ecstasy of life under the German Democratic Republic, with love affairs, betrayals, and sex with Stasi agents, inspired by the musik of German electronic pioneers, Kraftwerk
Green Porno (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Dec. 5, Carolina Theatre, Durham – Isabella Rossellini reveals the surprisingly kinky and confounding mating rituals of insects and marine life in this one-woman show, adapted from the celebrated Sundance Channel series of the same name, with day-glo costumes and paper puppets
Holiday in Rio (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Dec. 4, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Flee winter and traditional celebrations for warmth and adventure in Rio de Janeiro with Transactors Improv, set to the bossa nova musical stylings of local Brazilian quartet Onda
Nutcrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical (OPENING) – Dec. 4 – 20, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – Dan Goggin is back with the Little Sisters of Hoboken as they tape their first TV special for Cable Access
Once (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Dec. 1 – 6, Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – Broadway Series South presents the 2012 Tony Award-winning musical from Frames lead singer Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Peter and the Starcatcher – Nov. 18 – Dec. 12, Paul Green Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Playmakers Rep tells the story of The Boy Who Never Grew Up in this adult prequel to “Peter Pan,” adapted by Rick Elice from the Dave Barry/Ridley Pearson novel
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Nov. 27 – Dec. 30, Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – This stage adaptation of the beloved 1964 television special dashes and dances onto the stage in this Broadway Series South production
The Sound of Music (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Dec. 1 – 6, DPAC, Durham – A new touring production of the enduring 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical brings the hills alive in time for Christmas
The Tramp’s New World (OPENING) – Dec. 3 – 19, Manbites Dog Theater, Durham – Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character is the lone survivor of a “super-atomic blast” in Rob Jansen’s one-man show, adapted from James Agee’s never-produced screenplay written for Chaplin
The Wiz (OPENING) – Dec. 3 – 20, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh – The smash hit 1974 adaptation of the Wizard of Oz features a revitalized score with additional music and lyrics by Luther Vandross
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