You can’t say nothing ever happens in the Triangle. With 15 productions and events taking place, this is an action-packed week on the theatre scene.
Fans of contemporary Broadway can check out the national touring production of “Something Rotten!” at DPAC, as well as “In the Heights” at The ArtsCenter. Shakespeare fans may want to take in “Something Rotten!,” “Romeo and Juliet – The Remix,” and/or Bare Theatre’s “No Vile Means: A Fundraiser in Five Acts.” And if you’re feeling particularly generous, consider getting to one of NRACT’s three “Miscast Caberet” performances this weekend.
Other openings of note include Howard L. Craft’s “Orange Light,” a documentary about the Imperial Foods fire in Hamlet, NC, “My Fair Lady” over at Playmakers Repertory, and Theatre in the Park’s “On Golden Pond,” which earned many awards in the late 70’s/early 80’s for stage and screen.
It’s all here:
The Aeneid: A Play with Songs (CLOSING) – Mar. 30 – Apr. 9, Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke University Durham – Virgil’s epic poem gets a hyper-contemporary re-invisioning with music by Duncan Sheik
Hookman (CLOSING) – Apr. 4 – 9, Studio Theatre, Meredith College, Raleigh – Lauren Yee’s “existential slasher comedy” finds Lexi homesick in her first year of college, trying to figure out what happened to her roommate in an bizarre accident
In the Heights (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 7 – 10, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – UNC’s Pauper Players take on Lin Manuel-Miranda’s hit (before “Hamilton”) that explores three generations of music in the primarily Dominican-American New York neighborhood of Washington Heights
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (OPENING) – Apr. 6 – 15, Sheafer Theater, Duke University, Durham – Duke’s Department of Theatre Studies presents a musical revue of the French equivalent of Bob Dylan
Merry Real (House)Wives of Windsor (CLOSING) – Mar. 30 – Apr. 9, Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NC State University, Raleigh – Reality TV meets Shakespeare’s comedy in which the trouble-attracting Sir John Falstaff attempts to con two women out of their money
Miscast 2017: Bizarre Broadway (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 7 – 9, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – NRACT’s annual fundraiser regularly places performers in roles they would never get cast in to sing their hearts out
The Mousetrap (CLOSING) – Mar. 31 – Apr. 9, Cary Arts Center, Cary – A group of strangers are trapped in a boarding house during a snow storm with a murderer in Agatha Christie’s ever-twisting classic mystery, presented by Cary Players
My Fair Lady (OPENING) – Apr. 5 – 29, Paul Green Theatre, UNC-Chapel Hill – Playmakers Rep stages what many consider to be the greatest musical of all time, the Lerner & Loewe adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, in which lowly flower girl Eliza Doolittle learns how to become a lady
No Vile Means: A Fundraiser in Five Acts (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Apr. 9, Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh – Bare Theatre’s first-ever fundraising event features a wide array of performances, including original sketches, monologues, improv performances by The Rude Mechanicals, and Shakespeare Karaoke – an audience participation event
On Golden Pond (OPENING) – Apr. 7 – 23, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – Earnest Thompson’s 1979 drama about a retired couple and the struggles husband Norman faces with his daughter won Tony and Drama Desk awards before taking home several Oscars in the 1981 film adaptation (also penned by Thompson)
Orange Light (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 6 – 10, Kenan Theatre, UNC-Chapel Hill – UNC’s Kenan Theatre Company and the Process Series present local playwright Howard L. Craft’s documentary piece about the 1991 Hamlet, NC chicken processing plant fire that killed 25 employees and injured 5
Revival – Apr. 2 – May 7, Ward Theatre Company, Durham – Ward Theatre stages a cultural and musical collage set in 1950’s Appalachia
Romeo and Juliet – The Remix (OPENING) – Apr. 7 – 15, NC Central University, Durham – NCCU University Theatre retells and reimagines Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of misguided love
Seven: A Documentary Play (CLOSING) – Mar. 31 – Apr. 6 in Durham and Raleigh; THIS WEEK IN DURHAM: Living Arts Collective – Newly on the scene, Sotto Voce Theatre presents stories from seven playwrights honoring courageous women from around the world
Something Rotten! (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Apr. 4 – 9, DPAC, Durham – The hit 2015 Broadway musical finds two brothers, a writing duo, furiously trying to compete with none other than the hugely successful William Shakespeare in 1595
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