On tap this week: World War I or post-World War II, one man stands up against the establishment, three women get stuck in an elevator. Shakespeare gives us an epic love story in disguise, while another love triangle spans 50 years. A college friendship experiences the struggles of the civil rights movement, and today’s youth try their hand at improv.
It’s your week onstage across the Triangle:
An Enemy of the People (OPENING) – Feb. 25 – Mar. 15, Paul Green Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Playmakers Repertory opens Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic take on one man’s stand against corruption
As You Like It (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Feb. 26 – Mar. 2, Kenan Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Kenan Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s epic cross-dressing, multiple-romance comedy
Elevator + Contractions – Feb. 19 – Mar. 7, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Common Wealth Endeavors presents a double bill: in New Zealand playwright Jess Sayer’s “Elevator,” three women with three secrets are trapped in a broken elevator; the UK’s Mike Bartlett serves up the dark comedy “Contractions,” in which an office relationship navigates the grey area between romance and breach of contract
Family Friendly Improv (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Feb. 28, Moonlight Stage Company, Raleigh – Adult troupe The Lunartics and and teen troupe The Improvables share a night of improv for all audiences
Homegirls (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Feb. 27 – 28, North Carolina Central University, Durham – A friendship is tested among five college women – four black and one white – during the civil rights movement
Journey’s End (OPENING, pictured above) – Feb. 27 – Mar. 21, Deep Dish Theatre, Chapel Hill – R.C. Sheriff’s own experiences in World War I are reflected in this story of a group of young soldiers hunkered down in the trenches awaiting a rumored German assault
Kidprov! (ONE NIGHT ONLY) Feb. 27, Moonlight Stage Company, Raleigh – Adult troupe The Lunatics and children’s troupe Emotional Sandwich take the stage for one evening
Much Ado About Nothing (CLOSING) – Feb. 13 – Mar. 1, Sutton Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Artistic Director Patrick Torres makes his RLT debut with one of Shakespeare’s very best comedies, transporting the epic battle of the sexes between Benedict and Beatrice to the post-WWII era; part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series
The Pride (CLOSING) – Feb. 20 – Mar. 1, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – Mortall Coile stages Alexi Kaye Campbell’s debut play, which examines the intertwined relationships of two men and a woman alternately between 1958 and 2008
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