Will this be a weekend to purge your soul…or smudge it?
A pair of productions offer the opportunity to take in 1920’s France – “Measure for Measure” (part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series) is equal parts comedy and tragedy, and Manbites Dog’s “Paris 76” boasts a bevy of disreputable cabaret performers. You can support Burning Coal at their musical gala and silent auction, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day late with Mark O’Rowe’s “Terminus” at The ArtsCenter, where the Redbird One-Act Play Festival closes out this weekend.
Here’s your week onstage:
The Children’s Hour – Mar. 13 – 29, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – In this adult play by Lillian Hellman, a malicious rumor from a student at a school for girls creates scandal for the two women who run the school
A Gala in Two Acts (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Mar. 21, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh – Burning Coal hosts a fundraising gala featuring “magnificent morsels and intimate vignettes from the world of musical theatre”
Improv Percolator (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Mar. 19, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Longform improv is on tap from three local groups – Danny Canoe, Bonecracker, and Improv Evolution
Journey’s End (CLOSING) – 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
Measure for Measure (OPENING, pictured above) – Mar. 19 – Apr. 4, The Varsity Theatre, Chapel Hill – The third installment in the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series is one of the famous playwright’s so-called “problem plays,” a story about self-restriction and moral ambiguity that veers back and forth between outright comedy and dark tragedy
Paris 76 (OPENING) – Mar. 19 – Apr. 4, Manbites Dog Theater, Durham – A Vamp, a Clairvoyant, an Emcee, a Mute, a Gender Artist, a Magician, and a Woman with a Dangerous Past deliver an evening of music, comedy, and existential desire, cabaret-style
Ray’s Diner (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Transactors’ Improv serves up Ray’s Diner, a longform spontaneous theater piece conceived by Steven Warnock that takes place in the titular diner and encounters various truckers and travellers
Redbird: One Act Play Festival (CLOSING) – Mar. 13 – 22, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – The ArtsCenter presents five plays by North Carolina playwrights Jane Holding, Marianne Gingher, Debby Seabrook, Michael Smith, Dana Coen, and Howard Lemuel Craft
Terminus (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Mar. 20 – 22, West End Theater, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Company Carolina presents Mark O’Rowe’s gripping thriller that moves through the underworld of Dublin
Third Date Improv (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Mar. 22, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Third Date presents a one-hour improvised show based on audience suggestions that is fresh as the first day of Spring, with special guests a Capella group Seven Deadly Bibs
The Velveteen Rabbit (CLOSING) – Mar. 6 – 22, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Margery Williams’ beloved children’s classic about a toy rabbit that wants to become real comes to life onstage in this James Still adaptation
Photo by Douglas Lally featuring Rebecca Blum
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