Let’s call it “Family Week.” Couples who are just starting (or pondering) families can relate to “Lungs,” an intimate piece questioning bringing children into a dangerous, uncertain world that opens this week at Sonorous Road in Raleigh. It’s also lights up on “True West,” Sam Shepard’s calling card about brotherly dysfunction in 1980’s California, which opens Thursday at Theatre in the Park.
Those of you who have young ones should try to catch Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s “Beautiful Beast,” which moves to Raleigh for one weekend before closing out in Greensboro next week. Also, Transactors Improv serves up a little family-friendly entertainment at The ArtsCenter Saturday night.
Here’s what’s playing near you:
The Beautiful Beast – Sept 9 – 11, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh – 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
Creature (CLOSING) – Aug 26 – Sept 11, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – Tiny Engine serves up Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed 2009 play that bridges the gap between medieval times with a story inspired by the real Margery Kempe, a proprietress of a brewery whose sudden vision of Jesus Christ raised questions of faith and heresy, and female sainthood
Lungs (OPENING) – 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
Maccountant – Sept 1 – 17, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern opens its eleventh season with a 1960’s era Mad Men take on Shakespeare’s infamous “Scottish Play,” in which the heath of Scotland is replaced with a Wichita accounting office
Memphis (EXTENDED) – Aug 19 – Sept 11, 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
Transactors Improv: For Families! (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Sept 10, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – “Choose your own adventure” is the theme for this short evening of family-friendly improv based on audience suggestions
True West (ONE WEEK ONLY, pictured above) – Sept 8 – 11, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – TIP kicks off a three-week trio of plays that navigate the USA with Sam Shepard’s tale of two estranged brothers, sons of an alcoholic wanderer, who clash over writing a film script
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