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April 2013 Theater Calendar


NOTE: This is Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for shows announced for the entire month of April. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and PRESENTER’S NAME to, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS to that address. (Our “snail mail” address is Triangle Theater Review, 1828 Honeysuckle Road #13, Raleigh, NC 27609-6220.)

April 2, 16: “The Saggy Baggy Elephant” (Carolina Puppet Theatre at the Holly Springs Cultural Center).

April 2-6: “50 Shades! The Musical” (Broadway Series South in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater). Preview. McDowell Review.

April 3-4: Engelbert Humperdinck’sHansel and Gretel” (N.C. Central University Department of Music, with the C.C. Spaulding Elementary School Glee Club, in B.N. Duke Auditorium in Durham).

April 3-7, 9-14, 16-21: “Cabaret,” starring Taylor Mac as The Emcee (PlayMakers Repertory Company in the Paul Green Theatre). Preview. Potter Review.


April 4: “An Evening with David Amram,” with special guests David Need and Joseph Donahue (The ArtsCenter).

April 4-6: “Derklöwnschpankeneffekt: Two Plays for Klöwn,” starring Jeffrey Detwiler, Carl Martin, and Jay O’Berski (Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern at Manbites Dog Theater). McDowell Review.

April 4-7: “Tigers Be Still” (Raleigh Little Theatre and Actors Comedy Lab in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre). Potter Review.

April 4-7, 11-14: “Lear” (Duke Theater Studies in Sheafer Lab Theater).

April 4-7, 11-14: “The Smell of the Kill” (Temple Theatre).

April 5: “Carolina’s Funniest Comic” (DSI Comedy Theater at The ArtsCenter).

April 5: “My Revolution Is to Talk,” performed by the UNC Sex-Ed Squad (UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Communication Studies in Swain Hall).

April 5-6: “Lewis Black and Friends Stand-Up Comedy Show” (Carolina Union Activities Board in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union Building at UNC-Chapel Hill).

April 5-6: Third Date (improv) (Common Ground Theatre).

April 5-7, 10-11, 13-14, 19-21: Dana Coen’sActivated Art at the Ackland: An Evening of One-Act Plays Inspired by Works in the Permanent Collection,” featuring short plays by Dana Coen, Howard L. Craft, Ian Finley, Marianne Gingher, and Wynton Wong (Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill).

April 5-7, 10-14, 17-21: “The Heidi Chronicles” (University Theatre at N.C. State in the Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre in Frank Thompson Hall).

April 5-7, 12-14: “Mornings at Seven” (Cary Players at the Cary Arts Center). Potter Review.

April 5-7, 12-14: “Shakespeare on the Quad” (Company Carolina on the Quad at UNC-Chapel Hill).

April 8: “Doctor Kaboom!” (The Carolina Theatre‘s GlaxoSmithKline Arts Discovery Series).

April 8: “The Spyglass Sevenreading of a new play by Michael Seebold (University Theatre at N.C. State in the Titmus Theatre in Frank Thompson Hall).

April 8-13: “Stop Kiss” (William Peace Theatre in Leggett Theater in Raleigh).

April 9-14: “Elektra,” adapted and directed by Chip Rodgers (Meredith Ensemble Theatre in the Studio Theatre of Jones Hall in Raleigh).

April 10: “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic: Apocalypse” (Broadway Series South and AC Entertainment in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium).

April 11-14: “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids” (Broadway Series South in the Carolina Room at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts).

April 11-14, 18-21: “Spring Awakening” (Hoof ‘n’ Horn in Duke University’s Reynolds Industries Theater).

April 11-14, 18-21, 25-28: “Ruined” (Burning Coal Theatre Company in Murphey School Auditorium). Potter Review.

April 11-15: “Venus” (The LAB! Theatre in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill).

April 12: “Spring for the Arts” (Stars Theater and Art Center in Fuquay-Varina).

April 12: “Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon” (The Carolina Theatre).

April 12: “Pan Afrikan Comedy Show,” starring Corey Holcomb, featuring Corwin ‘C Dawg’ Ogsley, and hosted by Rob Stapleton (Union Activities Board at N.C. State University at Dorton Arena in Raleigh).

April 12-13: Mozart’sLa clemenza di Tito” (UNC Opera in Hill Hall Auditorium at UNC-Chapel Hill).

April 12-13: “The Rite of Springa world premiere of a “ballet without dancers” performed by puppeteer Basil Twist and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s as part of “The Rite of Spring at 100” (Carolina Performing Arts in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall).

April 12-13, 19-20: “The Darker Face of the Earth” (Durham Family Theatre at TBA).

April 12-14: Storybook Theater: “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids” (Broadway Series South and Casa Mañana at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium).

April 12-14, 18-21, 25-28: “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Raleigh Little Theatre in its Cantey V. Sutton Theatre). Potter Review.

April 12-14, 18-21, 26-28: “To Kill a Mockingbird,” starring Ira David Wood III as Atticus Finch (Theatre in the Park). Potter Review.

April 12-14, 19-20: “Paregoria” (Owl Tree Theater for the People at Common Ground Theatre).

April 12-14, 19-20: “Rabbit Hole” (Neuse Little Theatre in “The Hut” in Smithfield).

April 12-14, 19-21: “The Misanthrope” (N.C. Central University Department of Theatre in University Theatre in the Farrison-Newton Communications Building in Durham).

April 12-15: “Hair” (Pauper Players at The ArtsCenter).

April 13: Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy, with special guest Reno Collier (Durham Performing Arts Center).

April 13: “Clean Comedy Series: Keith Alberstadt” (Holly Springs Cultural Center).

April 13: “Martha Speaks” (Johnston Community College Performing Arts Concert Series in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium).

April 13: “Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway” (Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center at Louisburg College in Louisburg).

April 14: “Brit Floyd: P-U-L-S-E 2013 — The Pink Floyd Ultimate Light & Sound Experience” (Durham Performing Arts Center).

April 14: “Yosl Rakover Speaks to G-d,” adapted and performed by David Mandelbaum (in Yiddish, with English subtitles) (Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at UNC-Chapel Hill).

April 15: “Broadway Twisted: An Evening of Gender-Swapped Showtunes,” starring Taylor Mac and Lisa Brescia and hosted by Jeffrey Meanza and directed by Nathaniel P. Claridad (a $10-per-person benefit performance for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the N.C. AIDS Action Network (PlayMakers Repertory Company, Manbites Dog Theater, and Wagon Wheel Arts at Local 506 in Chapel Hill).

April 15-17: Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars (Durham County Memorial Stadium).

April 18: “Math Maniac” (The Carolina Theatre‘s GlaxoSmithKline Arts Discovery Series).

April 18: “An Evening with Alton Brown: The Science of Cooking” (N.C. Science Festival at the Durham Performing Arts Center).

April 18-20: “The Buddy Holly Concertstarring Baxter Clement (Temple Theatre).

April 18-21: Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars (North Carolina State Fairgrounds).

April 18-23: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Site-Specific Adventurea LAB!oratory production (The LAB! Theatre at Coker Auditorium at UNC-Chapel Hill).

April 19: Chris Tucker (Durham Performing Arts Center).

April 19: “The Monti StorySLAM GrandSLAM: Nuclear Family” (The Monti at The ArtsCenter).

April 19, 21: “Comedy Tonight!” (Duke Opera Workshop in the Nelson Music Room).

April 19-20, 25-27: “Our Town” (Towne Players in the Garner Performing Arts Center). McDowell Review.

April 19-21: “Jada’s Journal” (Duke University’s Karamu Theatre Company in 209 East Duke).

April 20: Hinton Battle’sLove Lies,” starring Brian McKnight and Angie Stone (Hello Entertainment, 420 West Entertainment LLC, Hinton Battle, and WestVision Productions at the Durham Performing Arts Center).

April 20: “Mutual of Omaha’s ‘Wild Kingdom’ with Peter Gros” (Clayton Center Auditorium & Conference Center).

April 20: “Generations” (Transactors Improv, with the Chapel Hill Players, at The ArtsCenter).

April 20: “The Chuckle and Chortle Comedy Show!hosted by Michelle Maclay and starring Ryan Brown, Alex Fanning, John Boni, and Julia McClung (The ArtsCenter).

April 21: “Almost Ready: ‘Harbor Hope’ by Debra Kaufman” (staged reading) (The ArtsCenter and Playground: A Theatre Cooperative).

April 22: “The 1780’s: A 90-Minute Excerpt of Taylor Mac’s ’24-Hour Concert of the History of Popular Music’” (PlayMakers Repertory Company at Top of the Hill’s Back Bar in Chapel Hill).

April 22-23: “The Elektra Project,” a work-in-progress performed by Haymaker performance collective (UNC Process Series in Swain Hall).

April 23: “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee (Durham Performing Arts Center).

April 24: “Sarah Silverman Live!” (Durham Performing Arts Center).

April 24: “Sacrificial Poets Grand Slam Finals” (The ArtsCenter).

April 24-28: “Spring Training,written and performed by Universes (PlayMakers Repertory Company and Carolina Performing Arts as part of PlayMakers‘ PRC2 Series in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre). Preview. Potter Review.

April 24-28; May 1-5: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh in the Kennedy Theater). Preview. Potter Review.

April 25: “Jillian Michaels’ ‘Maximize Your Life’ Tour” (Broadway Series South in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium).

April 26: “Barry Manilow: Manilow on Broadway” (PNC Arena).

April 26: “Return of the Purple Jessups” (Bravest Face at Common Ground Theatre).

April 26-27: “It’s a Backwards World — So Who is Lamron?” (an inclusive theater initiative) (Holly Springs Civitan Club/Together on Center Stage at the Holly Springs Cultural Center).

April 26-28; May 1-5, 8-12, 15-18: “The Cripple of Inishmaan” (Deep Dish Theater Company). McDowell Review.

April 26-28; May 3-5, 10-12: “The Elves and the Shoemaker” (North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre).

April 27: “The Big Reveal!” (Paperhand Puppet Intervention at Paperhand Studio Theater in Saxapahaw).

April 27: Celtic Woman (Durham Performing Arts Center).

April 27: “Diamonds are for April” (Bravest Face Improv at Common Ground Theatre).

April 27: “Burning Coal Wine-and-Cheese Gala for the Art of Morag Charlton,” with art sales benefitting the Theatre of Company of Kenya in Nairobi (Burning Coal Theatre Company).

April 27: “Sound of Music Sing-A-Long” (Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary).

April 27: “Unnatural Acts,” new short works by playwrights Paul Baerman, Mark Cornell, Steve Gallagher, Debra Kaufman, John Paul Middlesworth, and Annie Taft (Playwrights Roundtable at The ArtsCenter).

April 28: Play Readings (Playground: A Theatre Cooperative at Common Ground Theatre).

April 28: No Shame Theatre — Carrboro (The ArtsCenter).

April 29: “Choosy Suzy’s Bully Prevention Show” (The Carolina Theatre‘s GlaxoSmithKline Arts Discovery Series).

April 30: “The Monti — Theme Siblings,” hosted by Jeff Polish and featuring storytellers Lori Hensley, Page Crawford, and Phoebe Judge (The Monti at Motorco Music Hall in Durham).

April 30-May 5: “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (Durham Performing Arts Center). Preview. Potter Review.


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