Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Now everybody do the propaganda and sing along to the age of paranoia. The two musicals running this week only both looks at “moral” societies in free-fall, viewed from the fringes. Broadway celebrates 50 years of “Cabaret” and William Peace Theatre stages “American Idiot” in Raleigh for the very first time.
History buffs may want to take part in a huge undertaking at the NC Museum of History this weekend. All 38 plays attributed to William Shakespeare (yes, ALL) will be read in succession, 24 hours a day, by 38 companies from around The Old North State. (This will be followed up in next week’s edition by readings of all 154 sonnets)
Hits like “The Odd Couple” and “Cyrano” also grace local stages this week. There’s a lot to do and see, so go do and see it!
American Idiot (ONE WEEK ONLY, pictured above) – Apr. 21 – 24, Kenan Hall, William Peace University, Raleigh – William Peace Theatre concludes its season with the Raleigh premiere of Green Day’s Tony and Grammy Award-winning rock opera
Cabaret (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 19 – 24, DPAC, Durham – They’re always happy to see you at the Kit Kat Klub, now celebrating its 50 year anniversary in this touring Broadway production of the hit musical
Charlotte’s Web (CLOSING) – Apr. 8 – 23, Sutton Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – E. B. White’s classic children’s tale of a pig in trouble and a wise spider who saves him comes to life in this stage adaptation, complete with circus silks
Cyrano (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 22 – 24, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Company Carolina stages a small-cast modern adaptation of Edmund Rostand’s comic masterpiece of love by proxy
The Elephant Man (CLOSING) Apr. 8 – 24, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – John Merrick’s famously tragic struggle to be identified as more than his physical deformity is documented in this award-winning 1979 stage adaptation by Bernard Pomerance
“Master Harold” and the Boys – Apr. 14 – 24, Sonorous Road Productions, Raleigh – Mortall Coile presents Athol Fugard’s 1982 drama reflects on the institutionalized racism propagated by family members in apartheid-era South Africa
The Nether (CLOSING) – Apr. 7 – 23, Manbites Dog Theatre, Durham – The Manbites crew stages the regional premiere of Jennifer Haley’s 2013 sci-fi thriller in which virtual reality has become the standard and every private desire can be catered to
The Odd Couple (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 22 – 24, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Studio A presents the female version of Neil Simon’s popular 1965 comedy
The Piano Has Been Drinking: A Tom Waits Cabaret – Apr. 22, Arcana, Durham – Little Green Pig holds its second fundraiser for the upcoming season
The Shakespeare Marathon (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 23 – 28, North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh – Joining celebrations around the world to mark 400 years since the death of the most famous playwright in the English language, Burning Coal has teamed up with 37 other companies from around the state for round-the-clock continuous staged readings of all of Shakespeare’s plays, free of charge as part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series
Spoonface Steinberg (CLOSING) – Apr. 7 – 24, Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphy School, Raleigh – Originally penned by Billy Elliot playwright Lee Hall as a radio drama, this monologue about a young autistic girl dealing with a life-threatening illness will be presented each night by a different actor, accompanied by live opera singing originally made famous by Maria Callas
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (CLOSING) – 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
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (CLOSING) – Apr. 15 – 24, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – Charles Busch’s 2000 comedy follows an Upper West Side wife’s descent into mid-life crisis as it is invaded by a male childhood friend whose reappearance could threaten her marriage
The Wizard of Oz (CLOSING) – Apr. 15 – 24, Cary Arts Center, Cary – Cary Players takes a trip down the yellow brick road in this stage adaptation based on the 1939 classic film
Welcome to Night Vale (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Apr. 20, Meymandi Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh
Above photo by Ron Yorgason
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