This is a big week in theatre, with hits like “Enron,” “Death of a Salesman,” “Jersey Boys,” and “Sunday in the Park with George” on display. Stillwater, the company-in-residence at Meredith College, unveils Steven Roten’s new work, “Monumental,” and “Sleeping Beauty” and “Regrets Only” close out.
Here’s the week onstage across the Triangle:
4000 Miles – 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 – 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
Death of a Salesman (OPENING) – 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
Enron (CLOSING) – Apr. 2 – 12, Sheafer Lab Theater, Duke University, Durham – Lucy Prebble’s 2009 play blends documentary-style realism, savage comedy, and magical absurdism in this scathing look at one of the biggest names in the American financial crisis
Jersey Boys (CLOSING) – Apr. 7 – 12, DPAC, Durham – The hit musical biopic about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons showcases some of the biggest pop hits from the 60s and 70s
Last Words (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Apr. 11, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Transactors Improv asks the audience what they think or hope their obituaries will contain and creates spontaneous theatre out of it
Monumental (OPENING, pictured above) – 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.
Regrets Only (CLOSING) – Mar. 27 – Apr. 12, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – TIP stages a regional premiere of Paul Rudnick’s fizzy, quick-witted comedy about marriage, manners and Manhattan
Sleeping Beauty (CLOSING) – Apr. 3 – 12, 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 (OPENING) – 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 (OPENING) – 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
You’re Still the Boss of Us (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Apr. 11, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Fatmouth Improv submits to the will of the people in this improvised show
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