The local theatre scene gets classical this week with “The Aeneid” opening at Duke and with “The Trojan War” at NC State. Shakespeare fans can get a taste of what the playwright would have sounded like in a Tarantino adaptation with “Bard Fiction,” and “The
Merry Real (House)Wives of Windsor” gives the Bard the reality TV treatment at NC State. Throw in a fairy tale tour in “The Wolf” at Theatre Raleigh, pepper in some Gilbert and Sullivan in the Durham Savoyards’ “The Grand Duke,” add a dash of Agatha Christie courtesy of Cary Players in “The Mousetrap,” and serve hot.
Audiences looking for something more contemporary may want to check out Howard Craft’s new play, “The Miraculous and Mundane” at Manbites Dog in Durham, or take in new theatre company, Sotto Voce, in their production of “Seven: A Documentary Play.”
Come and get it!
The Aeneid: A Play with Songs (OPENING) – Mar. 30 – Apr. 9, Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke University Durham – Virgil’s epic poem gets a hyper-contemporary re-invisioning with music by Duncan Sheik
Bard Fiction (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh – This independent staged reading explores what Shakespeare’s work would have looked and sounded like if it had been written by Quentin Tarantino
The Grand Duke (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Mar. 30 – Apr. 2, Carolina Theatre, Durham – The Durham Savoyards present the final collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan, in which a group of actors find themselves pitted against a miserly, hypochondriac ruler in a misinterpretation over the regulations of dueling
The Miraculous and the Mundane (CLOSING) – Mar. 23 – Apr. 1, Manbites Dog Theater, Durham – Durham Playwright Howard L. Craft serves up a story of an African American family in Durham whose ties to each other begin to fray when the patriarch becomes ill
The Mousetrap (OPENING) – Mar. 31 – Apr. 9, Cary Arts Center, Cary – A group of strangers are trapped in a boarding house during a snow storm with a murderer in Agatha Christie’s ever-twisting classic mystery, presented by Cary Players
Merry Real (House)Wives of Windsor – Mar. 30 – Apr. 9, Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NC State University, Raleigh – Reality TV meets Shakespeare’s comedy in which the trouble-attracting Sir John Falstaff attempts to con two women out of their money
Revival (OPENING) – Apr. 2 – May 7, Ward Theatre Company, Durham – Ward Theatre stages a cultural and musical collage set in 1950’s Appalachia
Seven: A Documentary Play (OPENING) – Mar. 31 – Apr. 6 in Durham and Raleigh; THIS WEEK IN DURHAM: Living Arts Collective – Newly on the scene, Sotto Voce Theatre presents stories from seven playwrights honoring courageous women from around the world
The Trojan War: Our Warrior Chorus (ONE NIGHT ONLY, pictured above) – Mar. 30, Stewart Theatre, NC State University – NC State Live welcomes Aquila Theatre and American combat veterans/actors of the Warrior Chorus set the epic events of The Trojan War against the backdrop of modern war
When She Had Wings (CLOSING) – Mar. 17 – Apr. 2, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – A young girl who yearns to fly discovers an elderly woman who looks and sounds like a bird (and might just be Amelia Earhart) in her makeshift backyard airplane in this fairy tale by Susan Zeder
The Wolf (CLOSING) – Mar. 23 – Apr. 2, Kennedy Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – Theatre Raleigh remounts its popular 2015 theatre-dance piece about tweens who come together in the woods to overcome a common adversary in a collage of fairy tales
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