An interesting pairing is available this week only. “Angry Fags” and “The Amazing Cunt and Lil’ Bitch” make for an intriguing, if dark, comparison – both deal with abuse of minority communities by serving up vigilante justice.
Fans of high-octane musicals will look forward to “Memphis,” opening at Raleigh Little Theatre, “Million Dollar Quartet” from Theatre Raleigh, and the touring production of “Newsies” at DPAC.
Here’s what’s treading the boards near you:
Angry Fags – Aug 21, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – Mortall Coile presents a staged reading of Topher Payne’s dark comedy about vigilante justice in a state that doesn’t recognize an attack on a gay man as a hate crime
The Beautiful Beast – Aug 5 – Sept 5, Forest Theatre, Chapel Hill – Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents its 17th annual summer extravaganza, this one a voyage of discovery of the creatures that inhabit our dreams, their beauty, and their magic
Fatmouth Improv: The 232 Day of the Year (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Aug 19, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Fatmouth honors one of the more forgotten days of the year, with opening act Team Trivial
Improv Percolator: The Tree House Show (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Aug 18, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Tribute performances by improv students of Anoo Tree Brod, featuring Wild Mind Improv, Wait, What?, and Danny Canoe
I Wish You a Boat – July 9 – August 28, Ward Theatre Company, Durham – Wendy Ward’s fledgling production company stages a Titanic-sized shipwreck in the intimate space the size of a living room in this sophomore effort
Memphis (OPENING) – Aug 19 – Sept 4, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – The Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical follows the rise of an African American club singer and the semi-biographical DJ who was the first to play soul music on white radio in the 1950’s
Million Dollar Quartet (OPENING) – Aug 17 – 28, Kennedy Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – Theatre Raleigh brings Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley back to life onstage in a recreation of the 1954 epic jam session at Sun Studios
Newsies (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Aug 16 – 21, DPAC, Durham – The Tony Award-winning Disney Broadway hit based on the popular film of the same name about a group of ragtag newsboys who stand up to The Man
No Shame Theatre (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Aug 20, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Comedy sketches, dramatic monologues, songs, dance pieces, rants, dadaist constructions, magicians, juggling, puppets – anything goes at this monthly impromptu jam
The Roaring Girl (CLOSING) – Aug 6 – 20, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh – Little Independent Theatre returns with a Jacobean comedy by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton, this version transporting the action to 1946 Chicago and exploring issues of gender roles and identity
Third Date Improv (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Aug 20, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – No script necessary when Third Date takes the stage, this time with special guest Karen Coffee, survivor of TV’s “Naked and Afraid”
WTF: The Women’s Theatre Festival – July 30 – Sept 3, Raleigh/Carrboro/Sanford/Burlington – The first annual Women’s Theatre Festival addresses some fundamental inequities in local theatre – that only 25% of plays produced in the region last year came from female playwrights, and only 31% had female directors; this festival features a multitude of new works written, directed, and produced by women in venues from Sanford to Burlington
The Amazing Cunt and Lil’ Bitch Take Raleigh (CLOSING) – Aug 12 – 20, The Green Monkey, Raleigh – From Triangle playwright Katy Koop comes a superhero dark comedy about justice, rape, revenge, and torture
Bruisers (CLOSING, pictured above) – Aug 18 & 19, Temple Theatre, Sanford – Four college friends reunite after years apart and struggle with holding on to the past as well as looking into an uncertain future
Decision Height (CLOSING) – Aug 12 – 21, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Meredith Dana Levy’s 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival award-winner shines a spotlight on the under-recognized women who served the U.S. Airforce in World War II
Music and the Mirror (OPENING) – Aug 20 – Sept 3, Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh – Dancers use their bodies and craft as an alternate form of storytelling
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