Lots of shows open this week, with a pair from Raleigh Little Theatre’s Women in War series: “Downrange” from Triangle playwright/performer/producer Mike Wiley and “Grounded,” the award-winning drama from British playwright George Brant. The ArtsCenter offers up a bit of history with “Martin Luther King, An Interpretation,” which debuted early this year. Fantasy lovers may wish to indulge in “Finding Neverland” (DPAC) or “Matilda” (Memorial Auditorium), or relive the early nineties with “Ghost, the Musical” at NRACT.
So many great choices! What will you see?
Downrange: Voices from the Homefront (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – May 26 & 27, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Chapel Hill playwright Mike Wiley examines real-life stories of North Carolina families left behind by troops on deployment
Finding Neverland (ONE WEEK ONLY) – May 23 – 28, DPAC, Durham – The Bull City welcomes this Broadway touring production of the 2014 musical based on the 1998 play about the life of J. M. Barrie, author of the 1911 novel and 1904 play that began the legend of Peter Pan
Ghost, the Musical (OPENING) – May 26 – June 11, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – A recently deceased man desperately tries to protect his love from beyond the grave, in this musical adaptation of the 1990 film
Grounded (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – May 27 & 28, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – The Sonorous Road/Burning Coal collaboration of George Brant’s 2012 drama about a female fighter pilot coping with her reassignment to the drone corps gets a remount as part of RLT’s Women in War series
Martin Luther King, An Interpretation (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – May 27, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Playwright Ira Knight directs actor John Ivey in the world premiere of his one-person show that introduces audiences to the man behind “The Mountaintop” and “The Dream”
Matilda (ONE WEEK ONLY) – May 23 – 28, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – Roald Dahl’s imaginative little heroine takes the stage in this nationally touring production
The Seagull (CLOSING) – May 21 – 29, 5612 Cabe Ford Rd., Durham – Bartlett Theatre invites audiences to the homestead of the company’s artistic director, a country farmhouse that serves as the setting for Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s seminal 1896 drama
Straight White Men (CLOSING) – May 12 – 28, Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh – The final production in Sonorous Road’s original location comes from provocateur Young Jean Lee and centers around three brothers visiting their father in the Midwest over holiday and coming to terms with identity and privilege
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