There’s a lot happening onstage this week. Better get right into it!
Arsenic and Old Lace (CLOSING) – Sept 15 – 25, Wake Forest Renaissance Center, Wake Forest – Forest Moon Theater presents Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 dark comedy about a family of homicidal maniacs
The Cleanest Dirty Fun You Will EVER Have! (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Sept 24, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – The Bottom Line Burlesque & Comedy Troupe holds a fundraiser to benefit UNC CEED (UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders) in a bawdy evening of sassy, rowdy entertainment
Detroit ’67 – Sept 14 – Oct 2, Paul Green Theater, UNC-Chapel Hill – Playmakers Repertory takes audiences back to 1967 as two siblings struggle to make ends meet and steer clear of violence broiling over in this turbulent time
Finding Clara – Staged Reading (TWO NIGHTS ONLY) – Sept 23 & 24, Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh – Raleigh playwright June Guralnick’s new script intertwines the lives of two women: the fictional character of Mary Victoria Woolson (a Southern cotton mill worker) and Hollywood’s infamous “It” girl, silent screen actress Clara Bow against the explosive background of the infamous 1929 Loray Mill Strike in this free staged reading
Love/Sick (OPENING) – Sept 22 – Oct 2, Thompson Hall, NC State University, Raleigh – The darker cousin to “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani likewise features nine short stories, this time in an alternate suburban reality, in an “unromantic comedy” performed by University Theatre
Lungs (CLOSING) – Sept 9 – 25, Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh – Sonorous Road opens its sophomore season with Duncan Macmillan’s probing look at a modern couple struggling to decide whether having children in an uncertain, turbulent world is the right and ethical choice
Lysistrata (OPENING) – Sept 22 – Oct 2, Jones Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh – Meredith Ensemble Theatre presents Ranjit Bolt’s adaptation of Aristophanes’ classic that was recently adapted in Spike Lee’s “Chi-raq” in which women withhold sex to protest war; this version takes a Civil War bluegrass spin
Mothers and Sons (OPENING) – Sept 23 – Oct 9, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Terrence McNally’s 2013 drama finds a woman struggling to understand a changing world when she visits the former life partner of her late son, who now has a son with another man
A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney – In Manbites Dog’s season opener, Uncle Walt himself talks about his last days on earth and his dreams of utopia
Soul Heaven (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Sept 24, Garner Performing Arts Center, Garner – Quarantine Enterprise presents a musical in which a homeless man discovers a genie in a lamp and is given the opportunity to catch his favorite deceased music artists in “Soul Heaven”
Southern Baptist Sissies (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Sept 22 – 25, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – Del Shores’ 2000 play sees the clash between religion and sexuality as four gay choirboys and two old barflies struggle for love and acceptance
The Wizard of Odds (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Sept 23, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – The Wizard of Oz becomes therapist to the four characters of the beloved classic in this improvised performance based on audience suggestions from Transactors Improv
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