September 2012 Theater Calendar

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Sept. 1: “A Dopey Fairy Tale and Other Vaudevilles: An Evening of Chekhov Parodies and One Acts by Neil Simon and Michael Weller” (Duke Players Orientation Show in Brody Theater).

Sept. 1-2: “The Labor Day Weekend Trifecta!” (Zen Fried Improv at Common Ground Theatre).

Sept. 1-2: “Oh What a Night! II” (Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater).

Sept. 1-2, 5-9, 12-15: “Radio Golf” (Deep Dish Theater Company). Review.

Sept. 1-2, 6-9: “The Rocky Horror Show” (Raleigh Little Theatre in its Cantey V. Sutton Theatre). Review.

Sept. 3, 7-9: “City of Frogs” (Paperhand Puppet Intervention at the Forest Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill). Review.

Sept. 4, 18: “The Three Bears” (Carolina Puppet Theatre at the Holly Springs Cultural Center).

Sept. 5-9: “An Iliad,” starring Ray Dooley (PlayMakers Repertory Company’s PRC2 Series in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre). Review.

Sept. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22: “Richie: A Rolling Pub Crawl Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Richard II’” (Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern). Review.

Sept. 6-9, 13-16, 20-23: “Brigadoon” (Burning Coal Theatre Company in Murphey School Auditorium). Review.

Sept. 7-9, 13-16, 21-23: “Next to Normal” (Theatre in the Park). Review.

Sept. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23: “Frost/Nixon” (The Justice Theater Project in Clare Hall at the Catholic Community of Saint Francis of Assisi in Raleigh). Review.

Sept. 8: “Dennis Miller Live” (Durham Performing Arts Center).

Sept. 8: “Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band” (Cat’s Cradle).

Sept. 13-15, 20-23, 26-29: “The Brothers Size” (Manbites Dog Theater). Review.

Sept. 13-16, 20-23, 27-30: “Sweet Charity” (Temple Theatre).

Sept. 13-16, 21-22: “The Death of the Oldest Dog in the World,” written and directed by Jesse A. Lowe (Owl Tree Theater for the People at Common Ground Theatre).

Sept. 14: “The Monti Season Opener,” hosted by Jeff Polish, with storytellers Jill McCorkle, Daniel Wallace, Lisa Mecham, Carter Kersh (The Monti at The ArtsCenter).

Sept. 14-15: “Liebe Love Amour! A Live film About Love on the Silver Screen” (Anonymous Ensemble in Duke University’s Sheafer Lab Theater).

Sept. 14-16: “City of Frogs” (Paperhand Puppet Intervention at the N.C. Museum of Art).

Sept. 14-16, 20-23, 27-30: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” (Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre).

Sept. 14-16, 21-22: “Ordinary People” (Neuse Little Theatre at the American Legion Hut in Smithfield).

Sept. 14-16, 21-23, 28-30: “Little Shop of Horrors” (North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre).

Sept. 15: “Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration” (The ArtsCenter).

Sept. 15: The Capitol Steps (N.C. State University Center Stage in Stewart Theatre).

Sept. 15: “The Chuckle and Chortle Comedy Show!” (The ArtsCenter).

Sept. 15-16: “Nina Simone … What More Can I Say?: A New Play by Howard L. Craft, Starring Yolanda W. Rabun” (Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC-Chapel Hill).

Sept. 15-16: “Pitfalls and Promises: The Story of a Woman’s Life,” a new one-act musical by Al and Natalie Winters (Winterworks Productions and the Cary Playwrights’ Forum at the Cary Arts Center).

Sept. 16-20: National Theatre of Scotland:The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” (Carolina Performing Arts at Top of the Hill’s Back Bar).

Sept. 19: “Lecture from Hell: A Solo Performance/Reading by Jay O’Berski” (Duke Theater Studies in Brody Theater).

Sept. 19-23, 25-30; Oct. 2-7:”Red” (PlayMakers Repertory Company in the Paul Green Theatre).

Sept. 22: “Brian Regan: Live in Concert” (Durham Performing Arts Center and Live Nation Entertainment at DPAC).

Sept. 24: “The Monti StorySLAM — Theme: Celebrations” (The Monti at Motorco Music Hall).

Sept. 25-30: “Machinal” (Meredith Ensemble Theatre in the Studio Theatre in Jones Hall).

Sept. 26-30: “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (University Theatre at N.C. State in Stewart Theatre).

Sept. 27-30; Oct. 4-7: “Jailbait” (Burning Coal Theatre Company in the Murphey School Auditorium as part of Burning Coal’s “Wait ‘Til You See This Series”).

Sept. 27-Oct. 1: “Alice: A Devised Alice in Wonderland Project” (UNC-Chapel Hill LAB! Theatre at TBA).

Sept. 28: Joan Rivers (Durham Performing Arts Center).

Sept. 28: “Joe Rogan Live on Stage” (Raleigh Memorial Auditorium).

Sept. 28-29; Oct. 4-7, 11-13: “Harold and Maude” (Ghost & Spice Productions at Common Ground Theatre). Review.

Sept. 28-30: “Broadway Abridged” (Company Carolina at the Hanes Art Center).

Sept. 28-30; Oct. 4-6: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (Cary Players at the Cary Arts Center).

Sept. 28-30; Oct. 4-7: “44 Plays for 44 Presidents” (nationwide festival) (ArtsCenter Stage).

Sept. 29: “Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Plays ‘Thick As A Brick’” (Durham Performing Arts Center).

Sept. 29: No Shame Theatre (The ArtsCenter).

Sept. 30: “The Deep Magic of Joshua Lozoff” (Maggiano’s Little Italy in Durham).

EDITOR’S NOTE 1: The Sept. 21st performance of “Anderson Cooper’s 360 World View” at the Durham Performing Arts Center has been cancelled, and the Sept. 24the performance of “Margaret Cho: Mother Tour” at Cat’s Cradle has been postponed until Jan. 24, 2012. –R.W.M.


Robert W. McDowell is editor and publisher of Triangle Theater Review, a FREE weekly e-mail theatrical newsletter that provides more comprehensive, in-depth coverage of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill theater than all of the other news media combined. This calendar is reprinted with permission from Triangle Theater Review.

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By Robert W. McDowell

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] 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] 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).