This week you can take in a rarely-performed Shakespeare script – or witness the discovery of a new one. You can revel with Gilbert and Sullivan or shed tears with a 2,500 year-old Greek play (with modern adaptation). You may wish to honor our Vietnam veterans with “Etchings in Stone” at the history musem. Or, you may want to peek into a dark future.
Looking for something brighter? “Regrets Only” and “The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee” may be what you’re looking for. It’s your week onstage in the Triangle:
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Mar. 26 – 29, Kenan Auditorium, William Peace University, Raleigh – William Peace Theatre presents the 2005 Tony Award-winning comedy musical in which audience join the contestants for a bee that is both scripted and improvised
The Burial at Thebes (OPENING) – Mar. 27 – Apr. 19, Kennedy McIlwee Studio Theatre at Thompson Hall, NC State University, Raleigh – University Theatre celebrates 50 years with a nod to the first play in Thompson Hall – Antigone – with Seamus Heaney’s adaptation of the Sophocles tragedy in which Oedipus’ daughter Antigone must choose to obey Creon and offend the gods or plunge her accursed family into further bloodshed
The Children’s Hour (CLOSING) – 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
Etchings in Stone (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Mar. 27 – 29, North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh – North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Inc. presents scenes from NC veteran and playwright Ron Harris that place viewers “inside” the Vietnam Memorial so they are privy to the words and unspoken thoughts of passing visitors
Measure for Measure – 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
The Mermaid (ONE DAY ONLY) – Mar. 29, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Playground presents a staged reading of a script from Asheville playwright David Brendan Hopes in which a previously unknown play by Shakespeare is discovered; part of the “Almost Ready” series
No Shame Theatre (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Mar. 28, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Comedy sketches, dramatic monologues, songs, dance pieces, rants, dadaist constructions, magicians, juggling, puppets – anything goes at this monthly impromptu jam
Paris 76 – 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
Recall (OPENING, pictured above) – Mar. 26 – Apr. 4, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Tiny Engine’s sophmore production explores a grim future in Eliza Clark’s gritty sci-fi noir
Regrets Only (OPENING) – Mar. 27 – Apr. 12, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – TIP stages a regional premiere of Paul Rudnick’s fizzy, quick-witted comedy about marriage, manners and Manhattan
Utopia, Limited (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Mar. 26 – 29, The Carolina Theatre, Durham – The Durham Savoyards’ annual Gilbert and Sullivan production may be seldom-performed, but is highly relevant in the age of corporate bailouts and executive leniency
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