This week provides your perfect antidote to the pervasive dreary weather of late!
Two Triangle companies offer views of early 1900’s Russia – Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” at Deep Dish and “Fiddler on the Roof” at NC State. Duke Performances has Julian Sands performing Pinter poetry, “Dracula” has been extended through the weekend, Raleigh Little Theatre opens “The Rivals,” and the Duke Energy Center has “The Screwtape Letters,” based on the masterful C. S. Lewis meditation on the nature of good and evil.
The Process Series has produced two new works – “Infinite Loop” about the rituals of a DJ, and “Masked,” a modern commedia dell’arte solo show. Those looking for a little improv fun should head to Moonlight Stage Company for their Kidzprov or Saturday Night shows, or to Common Ground for Fatmouth Improv.
Here’s the week onstage:
All in the Timing (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Oct. 2 – 4, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Company Carolina presents David Ives’ collection of witty one-acts
A Celebration of Harold Pinter (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Oct. 2, Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University, Durham – Duke Performances presents a collaboration between renowned actor Julian Sands and acclaimed playwright Harold Pinter, a solo performance of the author’s poetry directed by John Malkovich
The Cherry Orchard (OPENING, pictured above) – Oct. 2 – Nov. 7 (in rep with Outside Mullingar), Deep Dish Theatre, Chapel Hill – Anton Chekhov’s masterful “comedy” follows the decline of Russian aristocracy in the early 20th century as a family contemplates the sale of its estate and beautiful, but unprofitable, cherry orchard
Disgraced (CLOSING) – Sept. 16 – Oct. 4, Paul Green Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Playmakers Repertory presents Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer and Obie Award-winning 2012 play depicting a dinner party in which the hosts, a Pakistani-American couple, find themselves in a much deeper and more dangerous conversation about politics and religion
Dracula (EXTENDED) – Sept. 11 – Oct. 3, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – The world’s most famous vampire terrorizes the stage in Ira David Wood III’s adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic
Fatmouth Improv Gets Back to Work (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Oct. 3, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Love your job or hate it, Fatmouth Improv is ready to make you laugh about it
Fiddler on the Roof (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, Stewart Theatre, NC State University, Raleigh – The beloved Broadway musical from Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein follows the struggles of Tevye and his three oldest daughters, all of whom want to marry for love and move away from the traditions of their Jewish faith in 1905 Russia
Infinite Loop (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Oct. 2 – 3, Swain Studio, UNC, Chapel Hill – Part of the Process Series, this piece from graduate student Christopher Dahlie examines 80’s “retro nights” and the power of the DJ to evoke spirits and memories of the past in almost ritualistic tradition
Kidzprov! (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Oct. 9, Moonlight Stage Company, Raleigh – Teen improv act The Improvables and kid crew Emotional Sandwich give spontaneous performances, followed with a chance for audiences to join in
Masked (OPENING) – Oct. 3 & 10, The Carrack, Durham – Evan Mitchell performs his solo “commedia dell’arte obsession” that intertwines the lives of three characters, part of the Process Series and first premiered at the Mama Escena Fest in Ecuador
Isn’t It Romantic (CLOSING) – Sept. 18 – Oct. 4, Cary Cultural Center, Cary – Two New York Women take on the city, men, friends and family in this 1983 Wendy Wasserstein comedy from Cary Players
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CLOSING) – Sept. 29 – Oct. 4, Studio Theatre, Meredith College, Raleigh – Meredith Ensemble Theatre presents the Shakespeare classic
The Rivals (OPENING) – Oct. 2 – 18, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Actors Comedy Lab presents Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1774 comedy of manners full of duels, duplicity, and disguises
Saturday Night Moonlight Improv (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Oct. 3, Moonlight Stage Company, Raleigh – Moonlight’s own teen troupe The Estessentials and veteran Triangle ensemble Third Date present an evening of long form improvization
The Screwtape Letters (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Oct. 2 – 4, Fletcher Opera Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – A demon consults with his superior in the ways of corrupting and seducing humans in this stage adaptation of the C. S. Lewis novel
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