What a week onstage! Shakespeare lovers can take in the classic “Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the Raleigh Rose Garden AND watch as “Shagspeare” and The King’s Men dig into the infamous Gunpowder Plot in Bill Cain’s “Equivocation” – both are part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series.
“Pumpboys” (Theatre Raleigh) and “Newsies” (DPAC) will please the musical lovers, as will “Side by Side by Sondheim,” opening this week as part of NC State’s Theatrefest. Those with more unconventional tastes may go for “Jane Austen Drinks the Young Wine” or Little Green Pig’s adaptation of the Nick Cave novel, “And the Ass Saw the Angel.” NRACT and Actors Comedy Lab team up for “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”
Here’s what’s currently treading the boards across the Triangle:
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
Equivocation (OPENING) – 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
Jane Austen Drinks the Young Wine (ONE WEEK ONLY) – June 5 – 7, Cary Arts Center, Cary – Cary Playwrights’ Forum tricked twelve playwrights into adapting “Pride and Prejudice” without their knowledge – the results take the stage this weekend only
Love, Loss, and What I Wore (OPENING) – 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
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CLOSING) – 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
Newsies (ONE WEEK ONLY) – June 3 – 7, DPAC, Durham – Disney’s crowd-pleasing film-turned-Tony Award-winner is delivered direct to the Triangle, complete with dancing newsboys
Pumpboys and Dinettes (CLOSING) – 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 – May 28 – June 28, Thompson Hall, NCSU, Raleigh – University Theatre’s annual celebration features three 20th Century Broadway hits:
Born Yesterday – 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 (OPENING) – 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
© 2013 Vibration. All Rights Reserved.