Above: The cast of NRACT’s production of RENT, photo by Curtis Brown
Musical lovers can rejoice this week, with “Legally Blonde” and “RENT” opening (plus Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” continues). In Durham, Manbites Dog stages a regional premiere of “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls,” and “Chamber Music” closes out at Common Ground.
Here’s what’s onstage across the Triangle this week:
Chamber Music (CLOSING) – 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
Divas! (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Apr. 25, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Dress for the 1920’s or your very best cocktail attire for RLT’s annual fundraiser in which some of the recurring performers compete to be THE Diva of the Year
The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (OPENING) – Apr. 23 – May 9, Manbites Dog Theatre, Durham – Meg Miroshnik’s modern fairytale takes a darker turn when a young woman visits her mother’s homeland, Russia, which is now the land of Putin, the Politburo, and Pussy Riot
Legally Blonde, The Musical (OPENING) – Apr. 24 – May 3, Cary Arts Center, Cary – Cary Players goes blonde with the popular movie-turned-musical about a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law and must prove her worth
No Shame Theatre (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Apr. 25, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Comedy sketches, dramatic monologues, songs, dance pieces, rants, dadaist constructions, magicians, juggling, puppets – anything goes at this monthly impromptu jam
RENT (OPENING) – Apr. 24 – May 10, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – Jonathan Larson’s up-from-nothing smash hit musical, loosely based on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” finds young artists struggling with love, art, AIDS, and how to pay the rent
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
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