Lots of openings this week across our region, and struggle is on tap. Justice Theater takes us back to the Occupy movement of 2011 with “Zuccotti Park,” a musical about the human side of economics. “N” at Theatre in the Park examines the disparity of fame between legendary playwright Eugene O’Neill and Charles Gilpin, star actor of the groundbreaking “The Emperor Jones.” Ira Knight’s one-man show about Martin Luther King, Jr. gets another evening at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
Forest Moon Theatre delivers “Agnes of God,” the play-turned-film that looks for balance between faith and the law, and Honest Pint serves up Conor McPherson’s “The Night Alive.”
Audiences looking for lighter fare may want to check out Durham Regional Theatre’s musical retelling of an old Irish tale, “Brigid, the Legend Begins.” And Raleigh Little Theatre serves up a comedy classic spun into a 1960’s era England in “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
You don’t want to miss out. Here’s what’s playing near you:
Agnes of God (OPENING) – Feb. 10 – 26, Feb. 10 – 19 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest – Forest Moon Theatre delves into the mystery of a dead newborn discovered in a convent and the novice nun who insists it was immaculate conception in John Pielmeier’s 1979 drama
Brigid, the Legend Begins (OPENING) – Feb. 10 – 18, E. K. Poe School Auditorium, Durham – Durham Regional Theatre remounts Jenny Justice’s 2014 musical adaptation of an old Irish folk tale, in which a young storyteller is banished from a competition and must deliver a ring to a mythical silkie queen
The God Game – Feb. 3 – 19, Sonorous Road, Raleigh – Politics, family, and faith create a crisis of conviction for a Republican senator when confronted with the return of a long-absent family friend in Suzanne Bradbeer’s contemporary drama
Intimate Apparel (CLOSING) – Jan. 25 – Feb. 12, Paul Green Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Lynn Nottage’s 2003 drama takes the Playmakers stage with the story of an in-demand black seamstress in 1905 New York who contemplates love, life, and dreams of her own business while sewing delicates for the elite white upper-class
Ira Knight Presents: Martin Luther King, An Interpretation (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Feb. 11, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Playwright Ira Knight directs actor John Ivey in the world premiere of his one-person show that introduces audiences to the man behind the Mountaintop and the Dream
N: A World Premiere (OPENING) – Feb. 10 – 26, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – Adrienne Earle Pender receives another world premiere from Theatre in the Park in this examination of the relationship between Eugene O’Neill and the star actor of O’Neill’s 1921 groundbreaking play, “The Emperor Jones”; Pender questions why the playwright became a stage legend while Charles Gilpin, an African American actor, faded into obscurity
The Night Alive (OPENING) – Feb. 10 – 25, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – Honest Pint Theatre Company returns with Conor McPherson’s award-winning 2013 drama about down-and-out fifty-something who rescues a prostitute from a beating, finds a connection with her, and appear to have brighter days ahead until her ex-boyfriend comes looking for her
One Man, Two Guvnors (OPENING) – Feb. 10 – 26, Sutton Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – A hapless servant finds himself in the employ of both a man and his lover who masquerades as her own dead brother to collect a fee from her small-time gangster father in 1963 England; adapted from “The Servant with Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni
Soar! The Hero Pigeons of WWI – Jan. 7 – Mar. 4 (weekly on Saturdays), this week at the Cameron Village Library, Raleigh – Raleigh Little Theatre’s Storytellers to Go commemorate 100 years since the United States’ entrance into World War I with a family-friendly story of a unit trapped behind enemy lines who were saved by a wounded carrier pigeon
Zuccotti Park (OPENING, pictured above) – Feb. 10 – 26, Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh – Two soldiers on leave from Afghanistan discover much more than they came looking for in the park that became synonymous with the Occupy movement of 2011 in the musical from Catherine Hurd and Vatrena King
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