A pair of plays about women on the verge breaking down opens – “Chamber Music” in Durham and “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” in Carrboro – and “Trojan Barbie” closes out its run, as do most of this week’s listings.
Here’s what’s onstage across the Triangle:
4000 Miles (CLOSING) – Apr. 1 – 19, Paul Green Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Playmakers Repertory Company presents Amy Herzog’s Obie Award-winning humor-filled drama in which an elderly grandmother connects with her wayward grandson
The Burial at Thebes (CLOSING) – 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
Chamber Music (OPENING, pictured above) – Apr. 17 – 25, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Gertrude Stein, Joan of Arc, Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart and other famous women from history launch a preemptive strike on the men’s ward from the insane asylum where they are all interned in this 1962 absurdist comedy by Arthur Kopit
Death of a Salesman (CLOSING) – Apr. 10 – 18, Neuse Little Theatre, Smithfield – Arthur Miller’s 1949 classic received Pulitzer and Tony honors for capturing the seminal tragedy of Willy Loman and his middle-class family
God Spoke My Name: Maya Angelou (CLOSING) – Apr. 10 – 19, Farrison Newton Building, NCCU, Durham – Stephanie “Asabi” Howard’s time studying under the renowned NC poet at Wake Forest University informs this original tribute, co-writen with Samm-Art Williams
Monumental (CLOSING) – Apr. 10 – 19, Meredith College Studio Theatre, Raleigh – Stillwater Theatre Company Artistic Director Steven Roten explores themes of freedom and love of country in this original play about a Cuban-American woman who loses her brother in service of the U.S.
Sleeping Beauty (EXTENDED) – Apr. 3 – 18, Sutton Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – The classic fairy tale of a sleeping princess and her handsome prince returns to RLT with original music by the company’s longtime Artistic Director, Haskell Fitz-Simons
Sunday in the Park with George – Apr. 9 – May 3, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh – One of only three musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine masterwork begins with the creation of Georges Seurat’s most famous painting, and advances in time to his great grandson’s struggle to balance beauty and commerce as an artist himself
Trojan Barbie (CLOSING) – Apr. 9 – 19, Swain Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill – The Piedmont Performance Factory and The Process Series present Christine Evans’ adaptation of Euripides’ “Trojan Women,” in which the dreams of women play out before a context of war
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 17 – 20, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – UNC’s Pauper Players celebrate 25 years with a sassy, rollicking new musical from David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane based on the Pedro Almodovar film
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