This week there’s No Shame and plenty of Underpants.
Theatre in the Park opens Steve Martin’s farce about knickers, “The Underpants,” and Carrboro’s anything-goes monthly jam joins Transactors Improv at The ArtsCenter. Common Ground opens David Ives sexy power play, “Venus in Fur,” and Justice Theater Project opens “Tuesdays with Morrie.”
Also, the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series kicks off with Carolina Ballet’s “Love Speaks,” physically embodying the master playwright’s timeless sonnets and the famous scene from Romeo & Juliet. Bard lovers will also dig Filter theatre’s fast-paced “Twelfth Night” at Duke.
Here’s what’s treading the boards near you:
Blue Sky – Jan. 28 – Feb. 14, Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), Raleigh – Burning Coal presents the US premiere of Clare Bayley’s humorous but troubling play about justice, journalism, and what the government does in the middle of the night
Eclipse (OPENING) – Feb. 5 – 13, Moonlight Stage Company, Raleigh – Valentine’s-themed sketch comedy and original one-acts highlight the evening for Moonlight’s two-week run
The Love Show (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Feb. 6, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Transactors Improv looks for love in spontaneous places in this two-act evening of heart-make and heartbreak
Love Speaks (OPENING) – 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
No Shame Theatre (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Feb. 6, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Comedy sketches, dramatic monologues, songs, dance pieces, rants, dadaist constructions, magicians, juggling, puppets – anything goes at this monthly impromptu jam
Three Sisters (CLOSING) – 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
Tuesdays with Morrie (OPENING) – 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
Twelfth Night (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Feb. 5 – 6, Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke University, Durham – Duke Performances hosts London’s Filter Theatre in a fast, bold cut of the Shakespeare classic comedy
The Underpants (OPENING, pictured above) – 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
Venus in Fur (OPENING) – Feb. 4 – 14, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – David Ives’ erotic comedy about the dynamics of power concerns a director who’s left with one actress who seems utterly wrong for the role
Above photo: Diana Cameron McQueen and Sandi Sullivan, photo by Stephen J. Larson
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