What a fantastic week in Triangle theatre!
Having just closed “Straight White Men” on Sunday, Sonorous Road Productions literally picked up their floorboards and equipment and moved directly into their new home at the Royal Center, across from Meredith College on Hillsborough St. They re-open in the new space this weekend with a gala kickoff, ribbon cutting ceremony, and a remount of Bare Theatre’s popular production of Raleigh playwright Allan Maule’s “EverScape.”
Also in Raleigh, NC State’s University Theatre kicks of its annual TheatreFest with “Tea with Edie and Fitz.” Raleigh Little Theatre brings the adult-themed puppet crowdpleaser, “Avenue Q” to life.
Elsewhere around the Triangle, One Song puts up Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” in Carrboro, and in Durham Transactors Improv do a Durm-themed evening, while Bartlett Theatre’s “The Seagull” takes one last flight at a historic Eno River farmhouse.
Here’s the week onstage:
Avenue Q (OPENING, pictured above) – June 2 – 18, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – The Off-Broadway turned Broadway Tony Award-winner mixes lovable Henson-like puppets with raunchy humor and naughty songs to show us how much more difficult life is than on Sesame Street
The Bridge (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – June 2 – 4, Cary Arts Center, Cary – Cary Playwrights’ Forum hosts a staged reading of a play-in-development by Alexandra Hubbell
EverScape (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – June 3 & 4, Sonorous Road Theatre (Now at the Royal Center across from Meredith College), Raleigh – Bare Theatre and Sonorous Road Productions remount Allan Maule’s gamer fantasy comedy-drama after making waves at the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival and several regional critics’ “Best of” picks in 2016
Ghost, the Musical – 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
Lost in Yonkers (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – June 2 – 4, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – One Song Productions stages Neil Simon’s 1991 Pulitzer Prize-winning script (which originally premiered in Winston-Salem!), in which two boys are forced to stay with their strict grandmother, her mentally unstable sister, and brother on the run from gangsters when their father goes cross-country looking for work
One Night In Durham (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – June 3, Manbites Dog Theater, Durham – Transactors Improv takes on a spontaneous set, based on audience suggestions, to create short and longer form pieces in and about The Bull City
The Seagull (EXTENDED) – May 21 – June 3, 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
TheatreFest 2017 (OPENING) – June 1 – 25, Thompson Hall, NCSU, Raleigh – University Theatre’s annual trio this year focuses on style in the 20th century:
Tea with Edie and Fitz (OPENING) – June 1 – 18, Kennedy McIlwee Studio Theatre, NCSU, Raleigh – In the regional premiere of Adam Pasen’s new work, a meeting between literary juggernauts Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald imagines what the two discussed over tea – when they left, they never spoke with each other again
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