The weather is finally right for outdoor theatre, and this week there are two opportunities to take in shows in the open air. Seed Art Share presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the Raleigh Rose Garden, and Burning Coal transports audiences back in time at historic Oakwood Cemetery.
Audiences looking for some deep-fried entertainment should find “Pumpboys and Dinettes” entertaining, and NC State’s annual Theatrefest kicks off with “Born Yesterday.”
Here’s the week in Triangle theatre:
And the Ass Saw the Angel – May 21 – Jun. 6, Manbites Dog Theater, Durham – Nick Cave’s cult Southern gothic novel, adapted by John Fidel Justice and Jaybird O’Berski, is a revenge tale of a mute outcast and his abusive parents in a valley of religious fanatics
Cyrano de Bergerac (ONE WEEK ONLY) – May 28 – 30, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – One Song Productions presents the Edmond Rostand classic about loving vicariously in which the titular soldier and poet woos Roxanne by proxy
The Dining Room (ONE WEEK ONLY) – May 28 – 31, Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex – Playwright A. R. Gurney sets a series of vignettes featuring a varying array of upper middle-class characters in the household dining room
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (OPENING, pictured above) – May 28 – June 7, Raleigh Rose Garden, Raleigh – Seed Art Share plays Shakespeare’s masterful comedy of misdirected lovers, faeries, and rude mechanicals under the stars and between the hedges at the beautiful Rose Garden, part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series
No Shame Theatre (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – May 30, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Comedy sketches, dramatic monologues, songs, dance pieces, rants, dadaist constructions, magicians, juggling, puppets – anything goes at this monthly impromptu jam
Oakwood Lives (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – May 29 – 31, Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh – Raleigh residents, doctors, community leaders, and activists from the past breathe new life in this collection of vignettes by local playwrights
Pumpboys and Dinettes (OPENING) – May 27 – June 7, Kennedy Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – A little stop out on North Carolina’s highway 57 known as the Double Cupp Diner is the venue for this countrified musical
Theatrefest (OPENING) – May 28 – June 28, Thompson Hall, NCSU, Raleigh – University Theatre’s annual celebration features three 20th Century Broadway hits:
Born Yesterday (OPENING) – May 28 – 31, June 3, 6, 10, 12, and 14 – Garson Kanin’s sparkling comedy concerns a corrupt rich junk dealer, a charming but unsuspecting showgirl, and the handsome reporter brought in to educate her – only to open her eyes to her boyfriend’s shady dealings
Side by Side by Sondheim – June 4, 5, 7, 13 and 17 – 21 – The Tony Award-winning musical revue from cherished composer Stephen Sondheim features favorite numbers from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Follies,” “Company,” and more
Wait Until Dark – June 11 – 14, 19 – 21, and 25 – 28 – Frederick Knott’s taut 1966 thriller plays out a deadly game of cat-and-mouse between dangerous criminals looking for lost drugs and an innocent blind housewife in Greenwich Village
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