There’s still time to witness North Carolina’s historic celebration of William Shakespeare. Through about 6am on Thursday, April 28, the Shakespeare Marathon at the NC Museum of History will complete its staged readings of all 38 plays written by the master. Following that night, all 154 of his famous sonnets will be read at Sonorous Road Productions, completing all Shakespeare’s known works in one week in Raleigh! If you want to get a little extra Bard, Carolina Ballet brings its rendition of “Macbeth” to the DPAC for one weekend.
Also on tap this week are mind-bending circus antics inspired by Salvador Dali in “La Verita,” a one-man rant about “The Real Americans,” puppets and pageantry in “Public Access Center for the Obvious: The Situation,” an examination of the death penalty in North Carolina in “Still…Life,” and reflections on mortality in “Wit.”
You don’t want to miss out.
City Life (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Apr. 30, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Transactors Improv, the longest-running improvisational theater in the South, closes its season with five slice-of-life episodes – drawn from audience suggestions – about thriving and surviving in a major urban area
Fairest Creatures: The Sonnets of William Shakespeare (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 28, 29 & May 1, Sonorous Road Productions, Raleigh – Topping off the week’s celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare, local actors follow the marathon of all 38 plays (listed below) with readings of all 154 sonnets
La Verita (TWO NIGHTS ONLY) – Apr. 27 & 28, Memorial Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill – Carolina Performing Arts hosts Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s visual homage to surrealist master Salvador Dali, created by Cirque du Soleil’s creator of “Corteo,” Daniele Finzi Pasca; the show is a decadent Vaudeville channeling of Dalí’s vision as acrobats play instruments, sing, juggle, contort, clown and can-can amongst unfurling flowers, distorting shadows, ladders suspended in empty space, impossible balances, dismantled corpses, blindfolds, feathers and sequins
Macbeth (TWO NIGHTS ONLY) – Apr. 30 & May 1, DPAC, Durham – Carolina Ballet offers up a very different rendition of the classic tragedy, bringing Shakespeare’s tale of the notorious Scottish king to Durham
Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation (ONE NIGHT ONLY, pictured above) – May 1, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Vermont’s Bread & Puppet Theater returns for a single performance of a new work by the company’s founder, Peter Schumann, in a collage of song, dance, and giant puppets featuring dancing horses, an anti-extinction angel, proletariat broom dances, a 100 watt light bulb, a sailing ship of fools, and a swinging brass band: all for the purpose of urging the not yet up-riser-masses into existence
The Real Americans (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 27 – May 1, Kenan Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Playmakers Repertory hosts Dan Hoyle in his one-man show about traveling the heartland and digging into the angry populism that has come to the forefront of American politics in recent years
The Shakespeare Marathon (CLOSNG) – 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
Still…Life: An Exploration of a Killing State (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 28 – May 1, Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh – The Justice Theater Project reprises its 2008 original production, now with newly added musical elements, to explore the death penalty in North Carolina
Wit (OPENING) – Apr. 29 – May 8, Fletcher Opera Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – NC Theatre stages the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1999 hit from Margaret Edson about a renowned English professor who attempts to reason with her diagnosis of terminal ovarian cancer
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