Two new stage presences in Durham open this week – Ward Theatre opens its first Triangle production, “Jacuzzi,” and Eno River Players debut with Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”
Other notable openings this week include NC Central’s timely and relevant production of Katori Hall’s “Hurt Village,” and UNC hosts “Mary Domingo,” a play exploring gender roles in Latina/o culture.
Triangle Playwrights present a staged reading of “The First Woman President” at The ArtsCenter, based on the true details of Edith and Woodrow Wilson after he suffered a serious stroke.
Here’s your week onstage across the Triangle:
Crossing Delancey (CLOSING) – Feb. 12 – 21, Cary Downtown Theatre, Cary – Susan Sandler’s 1985 romantic comedy finds New York aspiring intellectual Izzy at odds with her matchmaking grandmother Bubbie, who wants Izzy to settle down with Sam the Pickle Man; presented by Cary Players
Feb 48 (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Feb. 21, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – One Song Productions hosts a one-act play festival in which students have only 48 hours to write, direct, produce and perform their plays
The First Woman President (ONE DAY ONLY) – Feb. 21, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Triangle Playwrights presents a staged reading of a new play by local author Keith Burridge, a one-woman show about Edith Wilson effectively running the US government after her husband Woodrow suffered a debilitating stroke
Hamlet (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Feb. 18 – 20, Mosaic Church of Durham, Durham – Durham’s newest company, Eno River Players, debuts with Shakespeare’s masterpiece
Hurt Village (OPENING) – Feb. 19 – 28, Farrison-Newton Bldg, NCCU, Durham – Katori Hall’s 2011 hip-hop drama centers around a 13 year-old rapper who experiences gentrification during the demolition of a Memphis housing project
Improv Percolator (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Feb. 18, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – This evening of spontaneous theatre features Wild Mind Improv’s Master Class, Main Squeeze – a 6-woman troupe that will use one-word suggestions to create fake Yelp! reviews, and Danny Canoe, a long-form improv group that swing from the silly to social commentary
Jacuzzi (OPENING) – Feb. 20 – Mar. 20, Ward Theatre Company, Durham – Ward Theatre makes its Triangle debut with a thriller from Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen in which a working class couple relax in a wealthy Colorado family’s luxury retreat – but something darker bubbles underneath
Kidzprov! (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Feb. 19, Moonlight Stage Co., Raleigh – Improv for kids by kids featuring all-female troupe Spitfire and middle-school group The Interstellars
Leading Ladies (CLOSING) – Feb. 11 – 21, Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NC State University, Raleigh – Two struggling Shakespearean actors dredging the Amish circuit in Pennsylvania take on their most challenging roles ever – attempting to pass themselves off as the nieces of a deceased heiress – in this farce from Ken Ludwig; part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series
The Lion King – Feb. 16 – March 20, DPAC, Durham – Disney’s soaring score and grandiose puppetry turn DPAC into the savanna for a month-long touring production of the smash hit musical
Love Letters – Bare Theatre explores A. R. Gurney’s eminently-relatable and humorous script, condensing five decades’ worth of handwritten notes and letters between Melissa and Andy into a compelling story of love and loss
Love Speaks (CLOSING) – Feb. 4 – 21, Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – Carolina Ballet opens the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh season with sonnets set to Vivaldi, Corelli, and Purcell, choreographed by Tony Award-winner Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Artistic Director Robert Weiss
Mary Domingo (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Feb. 19 – 20, Swain Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill – The Process Series in partnership with the Teatro Latina/o Series presents Anne Garcia Romero’s examination of a woman struggling to espouse gender equality while standing up to the man in her life
Moonlight Improv (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Feb. 20, Moonlight Stage Co., Raleigh – Moonlight hosts two improv shows: the first a family-friendly set including The Improvables performing “The Living Room” and The Estessentials; the second is a late show featuring the Estessentials and DSI Comedy’s Zach Ward, an adult improv class showcase, and “Everyday” people – in which Jeris Donovan and Zach Ward improvise characters based on audience suggestions
Sweeney Todd – Feb. 12 – Mar. 6, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street cuts more than just hair in the twisted 1979 hit musical from Hugh Wheeler and Steven Sondheim
Tuesdays with Morrie (CLOSING) – Feb. 5 – 21, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh – Justice Theatre Project presents Mitch Albom’s autobiographical story of his friend and mentor, Morrie Schwartz, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease
The Underpants (CLOSING) – Feb. 5 – 21, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – Comedian Steve Martin’s adaptation of the 1910 farce, “Die Hose,” is on display in Pullen Park, sending up bourgeois snobbery and conformity in this tale of fallen bloomers and ensuing scandal
Waiting for Godot (ONE WEEK ONLY, pictured above) – Feb. 16 – 21, Studio Theatre, Meredith College, Raleigh – Meredith Ensemble Theatre offers a rare opportunity to catch ladies in the leads of Samuel Beckett’s seminal 1953 existential masterwork
Above photo by Steven Roten
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