A pair of offerings involve young theatre practitioners, with Burning Coal’s annual KidsWrite festival and Applause! Cary Youth Theatre’s “Phantom Tollbooth” on tap. “Pippin” spends the week in Durham, Temple’s “Hairspray” closes out, and “Hedwig” has been…ahem…extended.
Here’s what’s onstage across the Triangle:
Hairspray (CLOSING) – Apr. 30 – May 17, Temple Theater, Sanford – The Tony Award-winning adaptation of John Waters’ 1988 film concerns the aspirations of plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad as she dreams of dancing on a 1960’s television show, integrating it, and finding love
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (EXTENDED) – May 1 – 24, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – The Obie Award-winning Off-Broadway smash brings intimate rock cabaret to the story of a botched East-German sex change recipient and her colorful love life
KidsWrite (ONE WEEK ONLY) – May 15 – 17, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Raleigh – Burning Coal holds its 7th annual festival of original works written by young playwrights between grades 6 – 12
The Liar – May 1 – 23, Deep Dish Theater, Chapel Hill – David Ives’ adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s classic farce about a lying nobleman, his hopelessly honest servant, identical twin maids and a meddling father
The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle (ONE WEEKEND ONLY, pictured above) – Emmy-winning actor Ron Jones uses interactive and original video, stock footage, and some of the most memorable music from the past two generations to lead audiences through the ever-changing face of the African American experience in this one-man show
Oh, What a Lovely War! (OPENING) – May 15 – 24, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – This 1963 satrical musical from visionary director Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop features a madcap vaudeville of dancers, singers, musicians, pranksters, and entertainers in a variety of sketches and songs about the ironies of the Great War
The Phantom Tollbooth (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – May 15 – 17, Cary Arts Center, Cary – Applause! Youth Theatre presents Susan Nanus’ adaptation of Norton Juster’s 1961 book in which young Milo is transported to the Land of Wisdom and is caught up in a battle between words and numbers
Pippin (CLOSING) – May 12 – 17, DPAC, Durham – The 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival re-imagines the story of a young prince and his quest to find meaning in a high-flying acrobatic style while remaining in the style of original choreographer Bob Fosse
Transactors Improv: For Families! (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – May 16, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Audience suggestions based on summer sun, swimming pools, beaches and camping fuel this fully improvised show
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