Many regional companies’ seasons may be officially over, but there’s still a ton of great theatre going on this week.
Justice Theater opens the musical adaptation of “The Color Purple” and Durham’s new Black Ops takes the stage with a night of cabaret. “Wait Until Dark” opens at NCSU, while Burning Coal opens the first in its summer series of one-act solo pieces. Common Ground features a trio of improv evenings, and Playmakers hosts a talk on its upcoming season and a series of big changes in the company.
Here’s what’s happening onstage across the Triangle:
The Color Purple (OPENING) – June 12 – 28, Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh – The Justice Theater Project presents the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s classic – get tickets soon because many shows are already sold out
Equivocation – June 5 – 21, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – Bill Cain’s 2009 script imagines that the Prime Minister of England commissions Shakespeare to write the true history of Guy Fawkes’ infamous gunpowder plot – which potentially reveals a cover-up that goes all the way to King James; part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series
Improv Percolator (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – June 11, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Students of Open Mind Improv as well as improv acts Awkward Silence and Some Assembly turn audience suggestions into improvised theatre
Love, Loss, and What I Wore (CLOSING) – June 5 – 14, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – NRACT and Actors Comedy Lab present Nora and Delia Ephron’s adaptation of the Ilene Beckerman best-seller, a collection of stories and reminiscences among women and the clothes they wore
The Magical In Between: A Wonderland Cabaret (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – June 12, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – JoRose and Black Ops, Durham’s New Black Theatre Company, present a night of cabaret and beauties
Playmakers 2015/16 Season Preview (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – June 11, Paul Green Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Outgoing Artistic Director Joseph Haj talks with WUNC’s Frank Stasio about the upcoming season at PRC and answers audience questions about organizational changes in this free discussion
Sea Wall (OPENING) – June 11 – 28, Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School, Raleigh – Burning Coal opens a Second Stage summer series with a trio of one-person one-acts, opening with this Simon Stephens play about a man facing uncertainty and loss
Stop It, You’re Killing Me! (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – June 13, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Fatmouth Improv stages a night of improvised “who done it?” filled with fun and murder
Theatrefest – May 28 – June 28, Thompson Hall, NCSU, Raleigh – University Theatre’s annual celebration features three 20th Century Broadway hits:
Born Yesterday (CLOSING) – 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 (OPENING, pictured above) – 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
TAFFY (Transactors for Families)(ONE DAY ONLY) – June 13, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Transactors Improv hosts a family-friendly matinee for all ages
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