Darwin meets Kafka. Mars and Venus collide. Men become women and vice versa. Question the answers, but also question the questions.
It’s all happening onstage across the Triangle this week:
Etchings in Stone (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 1 – 3, North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh – The words and unspoken thoughts of visitors at the Vietnam Memorial come to life in this play by Ron Harris, a veteran of the war
In an Interrogative Mood (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Mar. 31 – Apr. 3, UNC, Chapel Hill – Padgett Powell’s inquisitive 2009 novel(?) has been adapted for the stage by the Performance Collective, presented by the UNC Department of Communications
Kafka’s Monkey (OPENING, pictured above) – Mar. 31 – Apr. 9, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – An ape who was captured in the wild and has since learned to assimilate into human society addresses a scientific conference about his journey and struggles in this Colin Teevan adaptation of Franz Kafka’s 1917 short story
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: LIVE! (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 1 – 2, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – The off-Broadway hit that made its U.S. debut in Raleigh in 2013 returns to begin its North American tour by blending adult humor, storytelling, and bits of advice from the John Gray bestselling book
MISCAST: Twisted Characters (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 1 – 2, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – NRACT’s annual fundraiser features cabaret-style performances by actors singing songs from roles they would never be cast in
PlaySlam! (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Apr. 2, The Cary Theatre, Cary – Cary Playwrights’s Forum hosts its own version of March Madness, in which original 3-minute plays compete head-to-head for audience votes
Songs for a New World (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 1 – 3, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Company Carolina presents the first musical from Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, a musical song cycle that transports audiences from a Spanish galleon in 1492 to a 57th story ledge above Madison Avenue in a collage of characters and history
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (OPENING) – Mar. 30 – Apr. 23, Paul Green Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Playmakers Repertory brings mayhem, melodrama, and “the worst pies in London” – that is, until a certain barber out for vengeance discovers a bloody secret ingredient
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