January 2012 Theater Calendar

Jan. 3, 17; Feb. 21: “Imaginary Creatures” (Carolina Puppet Theatre at Holly Springs Cultural Center).

Jan. 6: “Long Time Gone: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Cover Band (benefit concert for John Silveira and his family) (Stars Theater and Arts Center in Fuquay-Varina).

Jan. 6: “Release the Bats: The Inglorious Return of the Uncle Typhus Uncommon Burlesque” (Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern fundraiser at Common Ground Theatre).

Jan. 6: “Ridin’ wit Joe Crack: The Awakening Has Begun” (Campaign4Change at Durham Performing Arts Center).

Jan. 7: Fundraiser (Free Association Theatre Ensemble at Spy Raleigh).

Jan. 7: “The Get Write: A Unique Poetry and Jazz Experience” (Jablaze Production & Best Kept Spoken at Spartacus Restaurant in Durham).

Jan. 7: “Green Eggs and Ham,” with Rob Kapilow (North Carolina Symphony in Meymandi Concert Hall).

Jan. 7: “Holiday Luau 2012: Annual Party for RLT Volunteers” (Raleigh Little Theatre).

Jan. 8: “Staged Reading of Plays by Local Playwrights” (Common Ground Theatre).

Jan. 10: Puppet Variety Show (Carolina Puppet Theatre at Stars Theater and Arts Center in Fuquay-Varina).

Jan. 11-15: “Hunting High or Glory Halleluiah!” (workshop of a new comedy by Eric Pfeffinger) (Deep Dish Theater Company).

Jan. 11-15: “No Child…,” written and performed by Nilaja Sun (PlayMakers Repertory Company’s PRC2 Series in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre).

Jan. 12: “Golden Gates and Moscow Nights” (Stars Theater and Arts Center in Fuquay-Varina).

Jan. 12-14: The Shakespeare Project: “ Macbeth, or The Scottish Play, or Something Wicked This Way Comes” (Free Association Theatre Ensemble at 267 Grande Heights Dr. in Cary).

Jan. 12-15, 19-22: “Mary’s Wedding” (Burning Coal Theatre Company in Burning Coal Theatre as part of Burning Coal’s “Wait Til You See This!” second-stage series). Review.

Jan. 12-15, 19-22, 26-29: “ Country Royalty: Jason Petty and Carolyn Martin’s Musical Tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline (Temple Theatre).

Jan. 13: Meredith Vieira Productions: “Life in a Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour),” with James Braly (The ArtsCenter).

Jan. 13: “The Professors, Season One, Episode Three” (Transactors Improv Company at Common Ground Theatre).

Jan. 13-14: Cornelia McDonald:A Call to the Village” (Stars Theater and Arts Center in Fuquay-Varina).

Jan. 14: A Midwinter Night’s Dream (Fatmouth Improv at Common Ground Theatre).

Jan. 17-18: “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” (Durham Performing Arts Center).

Jan. 19: “Adam Carolla Hates the Holidays” (Live Nation and The Carolina Theatre).

Jan. 19, 20, 22: Philip Glass:Les Enfants Terribles (Children of the Game): A Dance Opera” (North Carolina Opera in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater).

Jan. 20: Mike Wiley Productions: “Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart” (The ArtsCenter‘s School Show Series).

Jan. 20: Mike Wiley Productions: “Brown v. Board of Education: Over Fifty Years Later” (The ArtsCenter‘s School Show Series).

Jan. 20: Paula Poundstone (The Carolina Theatre).

"Painting the Town" runs Jan. 20th and 21st in Gerrard Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill
"Painting the Town" runs Jan. 20th and 21st in Gerrard Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill

Jan. 20-21: “Painting the Town: A Rock n’ Roll Life and Four Great American Cities,” written and performed by Django Haskins (Carolina Performing Arts and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Communication Studies’ Process Series in Historic Playmakers Theatre).

Jan. 20-21: “2012 Winter Festival of Short Plays” (staged reading) (Cary Playwrights’ Forum at the Cary Arts Center).

Jan. 20-21, 26-28: “Driving Miss Daisy” (Towne Players in Garner Historic Auditorium).

Jan. 20-22: “Duped” (Free Association Theatre Ensemble at 267 Grande Heights Dr. in Cary).

Jan. 20-22: “The Music of Billy Joel,” starring Michael Cavanaugh (North Carolina Symphony in Meymandi Concert Hall).

Jan. 20-22: “The Taming of the Shrew” (Popover Productions at Common Ground Theatre).

Jan. 20-22, 26-29; Feb. 2-5: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” (Raleigh Little Theatre and Actors Comedy Lab in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre).

Jan. 21: “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show” (The ArtsCenter).

Jan. 21: “Sacrificial Poets’ Poetry Slam” (The ArtsCenter).

Jan. 21: Bill Cosby (Durham Performing Arts Center).

Jan. 24: “The Monti — Theme: Fit” (The Monti at Motorco Music Hall in Durham).

Jan. 24-29: “Memphis” (Durham Performing Arts Center). Review.

Jan. 26-28; Feb. 2-4, 9-11: “Donald,” world premiere adapted and directed by Tony Perucci (Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern at Manbites Dog Theater).

Jan. 26-29; Feb. 2-5: “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Hoof ‘n’ Horn in Sheafer Lab Theater).

Jan. 26-30: “Diary of a Somebody” (UNC-Chapel Hill LAB! Theatre in Room 102 in the Center for Dramatic Art).

Jan. 27: “Clean Comedy Series: Etta May” (Holly Springs Cultural Center).

Jan. 27: “Roots to Rap: A Musical Conversation” (Pierce Freelon and The Beast at the N.C. Museum of History).

Jan. 27: “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” (Durham Performing Arts Center and The Carolina Theatre at The Carolina Theatre).

Jan. 27-31: “Broadway Melodies 2012” (Pauper Players in Hanes Art Center Auditorium).

Jan. 28: “Mark Twain Now,” written and performed by Paul Newell (Playwrights Roundtable at The ArtsCenter).

Jan. 28: “UNC Wordsmiths Grand Slam” (The ArtsCenter).

Voices in Concert will perform an excerpt from "Sojourner Truth and Her Children" on Jan. 28th
Voices in Concert will perform an excerpt from "Sojourner Truth and Her Children" on Jan. 28th

Jan. 28 (excerpt); March 2 (entire play): “Sojourner and Her Children” (Voices in Concert at N.C. Museum of History).

Jan. 28-29; Jan. 31-Feb. 5; Feb. 7-12, 14-19, 21-26; Feb. 28-March 4: “The Making of a King: ‘Henry IV’ & ‘Henry V” (PlayMakers Repertory Company in the Paul Green Theatre). Review.

Jan. 29: “Mama Juggs: The Award-Winning Breast Health Show” (Princess Dragon Productions at the Nubian Natural Hair Gallery in Durham, NC).

Jan. 31-Feb. 5: Green Day’s American Idiot” (Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium). Review.

NOTE: Hidden Voices will not be performing at The ArtsCenter on Jan. 27-29.


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Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).