April 1: “Funny People for Love and Justice: A Benefit to Support the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families in Its Stand Against Amendment One,” starring members of FatMouth Improv, Mister Diplomat, Mixed Signals, Nothing I’m Proud Of, Temporary Tag, Transactors Improv Company, and Zen Fried Improv, plus stand-up comedians Jenny Chalikian, Adam Cohen, Tom Keller, and Brad Schnurr (The ArtsCenter).
April 1: “Creeds,” a world premiere by Richard Krawiec (PlayGround, a Theatre Cooperative at Common Ground Theatre). Review.
April 1: “Hungry” (Stillwater Theatre Company in the Studio Theatre in Jones Hall). Review.
April 1: Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Iolanthe” (Durham Savoyards, Ltd. at The Carolina Theatre).
April 1: “Treasure Island” (ACT! for Youth in the Edna Boykin Cultural Center in Wilson).
April 1: “Twelfth Night” (Temple Theatre’s Winter Youth Conservatory).April 4-8, 11-15, 18-22: “Noises Off” (PlayMakers Repertory Company in the Paul Green Theatre). Review.
April 5-7, 12-15: “Ragtime” (Duke University Departments of Theater Studies and Music, the Duke Dance Program, and the Duke Vice Provost for the Arts, in association with Hoof ‘n’ Horn and the Duke Chamber Players, in Reynolds Industries Theater).
April 5-8, 11-14: “Cape Disappointment” (Manbites Dog Theater). Review.
April 6-7: “Noche Bohemia con Sabor a mi!” (Bolero Pequeno Teatro Latino at Common Ground Theatre).
April 7: “Loretta Lynn: 50 Years of Music,” with special guest Kacey Musgraves (Durham Performing Arts Center).
April 9: “8,” staged reading of a new play written by Dustin Lance Black (PlayMakers Repertory Company and the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Dramatic Art in the Paul Green Theatre).
April 10: “Broadway Comes to Peace: Ray Walker in Concert” (William Peace Theatre in Leggett Theater).
April 10: Kevin James (Durham Performing Arts Center).
April 11: Daniel Tosh’s “Tour Twenty Twelve” (Durham Performing Arts Center).
April 12-15, 18-22: “Arabian Nights” (University Theatre at N.C. State in the Titmus Theatre).
April 12-15, 21-22, 26, 28; May 3, 5: “Jude the Obscure, Part One,” a new musical play by Ian Finley, Jerome Daivis, and Bruce Benedict (Burning Coal Theatre Company).
April 12-15: “Theatrical Translation as Creative Process: A Conference/Festival” (Carolina Performing Arts and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Communication Studies’ Process Series, The Mercurian, the UNC Department of Dramatic Art, and Duke University in Gerrard Hall and various locations)
April 12-16: “Julius Caesar” (UNC-Chapel Hill LAB! Theatre in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre).
April 13: Jeanne Robertson (Louisburg College’s Allen de Hart Concert Series in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium).
April 13: “Lewis Black: Running on Empty Tour” (Durham Performing Arts Center).
April 13: “My State of the Union with Lizz Winstead” (Cat’s Cradle).
April 13: “The Professors, Season One, Episode Five” (Transactors Improv Company at Common Ground Theatre).
April 13, 15: Giacomo Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” (Meredith Opera Theatre in Carswell Concert Hall).
April 13-15: “The Music Man” (staged reading with orchestra) (North Carolina Symphony in Meymandi Concert Hall).
April 13-15: Shakespeare on the Quad: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Company Carolina at Polk Place).
April 13-15, 19-22, 26-29: “The Crucible” (Raleigh Little Theatre in its Cantey V. Sutton Theatre).
April 13-15, 19-22, 27-29: “Leaving Iowa” (Theatre in the Park). Review.
April 13-15, 20-22: ““For Colored Girls and For Black Boys” (N.C. Central University Department of Theatre in University Theatre in the Farrison-Newton Communications Building).
April 13-15, 20-22: “Proof” (Exit Through Eden at Raleigh Ensemble Players’ home at 213 Fayetteville St.).
April 13-17: “Grease” (Pauper Players at The ArtsCenter).April 17-22: “Bring It On: The Musical” (Durham Performing Arts Center). Review.
April 18, 20: “Opera by African-American Composers” (UNC-Chapel Hill Opera in Hill Hall Auditorium).
April 18-21: “Bound for Broadway: BFA Showcase” (William Peace Theatre in Leggett Theater).
April 19-21, 27-29; May 4-5: “Jude the Obscure, Part Two,” a new musical play by Ian Finley, Jerome Daivis, and Bruce Benedict (Burning Coal Theatre Company).
April 19-21, 26-28; May 3-5: “What Every Girl Should Know,” world premiere by Monica Byrne (Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern at the Cordoba Center for the Arts at Golden Belt in Durham). Review.
April 19-23 “The Bacchae” (The LAB! Theatre in the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Dramatic Art).
April 20: “Henson Alternative Stuffed and Unstrung” (The Carolina Theatre).
April 20: “Anything But Slam” (Ebony Readers/Onyx Theatre at The ArtsCenter).
April 20: “The Monti GrandSLAM: Theme — Call of the Wild” (The ArtsCenter).
April 20-21, 26-28: “Father of the Bride” (Towne Players in Garner Historic Auditorium).
April 20-21, 26-29; May 3-5: “A Taste of Honey” (Ghost & Spice Productions at Common Ground Theatre).
April 20-22: Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars (Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars a the N.C. State Fairgrounds).
April 20-22, 24-29: “Steel Magnolias,” starring Beth Leavel as M’Lynn (North Carolina Theatre in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater). Review.
April 21: “8,” staged reading of a new play written by Dustin Lance Black (Raleigh Ensemble Players at Cary Academy’s Fine & Performing Arts Center).
April 21: “Fourth National Vocal Competition” (Long Leaf Opera at Christ Methodist Church in Southern Village in Chapel Hill).
April 21, May 22: “Duke Opera Workshop” (Duke University Department of Music in the Ernest W. Nelson Music Room).
April 21: “Max and Ruby: Bunny Party” (The Carolina Theatre).
April 25-29: “Penelope,” written and performed by Ellen McLaughlin (PlayMakers Repertory Company’s PRC2 Series in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre). Review.
April 26, 28: Farmer Jason (The ArtsCenter).
April 26-29; May 3-6, 10-13: “Little Shop of Horrors” (Temple Theatre).
April 27: “A Game of Threes” (Improvelations at 267 Grande Heights Dr. in Cary).
April 27: Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” (North Carolina Opera in Meymandi Concert Hall).
April 27: No Shame Theatre (The ArtsCenter).
April 27: “Unsinkable Women: Songs and Stories from the Titanic,” starring Deborah Jean Templin (Kirby Theater Performing Arts Series in Roxboro).
April 27-29; May 2-6, 9-13, 16-19: “Henceforward …” (Deep Dish Theater Company). Review.
April 27-29; May 4-6: “For Lucy” (ArtsCenter Stage).
April 27-29; May 4-6: “The Rainmaker” (Cary Players at the Cary Arts Center).
April 28: “Hotel California — A Salute to the Eagles” (Holly Springs Cultural Center).
April 29: Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” (North Carolina Opera in Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill).
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