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May 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for May 2016. 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 RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS to that address. (Our “snail mail” address is Triangle Review, 1828 Honeysuckle Road #13, Raleigh, NC 27609-6220.)

May 1: Circus Workshop (Bread and Puppet Theater at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro).

May 1: Don’t Dress for Dinner (Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex). Vesper and Benrud Review.

May 1: Fairest Creatures: The Sonnets of William Shakespeare (Pequod Productions at Sonorous Road Productions in Raleigh, presented as part of the Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in 5 Days).

May 1: Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation (Bread and Puppet Theater at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro).

May 1: The Real Americans, written and performed by Dan Hoyle (PlayMakers Repertory Company in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill, presented as part of the PRC2 series). McDowell Preview. Langley Review. Potter Review.

May 1: Still … Life. An Exploration of a Killing State, North Carolina, written and directed by Deb Royals (The Justice Theater Project at the Umstead Park United Church of Christ in Raleigh).

May 1, 3-8: Wit, starring Kate Goehring as Vivan Bearing, Ph.D, and Daisy Eagan as Susie Monahan, RN, BSN (North Carolina Theatre in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh). McDowell Preview. McDowell Review. Potter Review.

May 1, 5-8, 12-15: Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming (Temple Theatre in Sanford). Keravuori and Galle Review.

May 2: Anjelah Johnson Presents: Bon Qui Qui in Concert with Group 1 Crew: Gold Plated Dreams Tour (Outback Concerts at The Carolina Theatre of Durham).

May 2: truTV Impractical Jokers Where’s Larry Tour, starring The Tenderloins (Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary).

May 3, 17: The Gingerbread Man (Carolina Puppet Theatre at Holly Springs Cultural Center in Holly Springs).

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May 3-8: 42nd Street (Durham Performing Arts Center’s SunTrust Broadway Series). McDowell Preview. Langley Review. Potter Review.

May 5: Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon (Theatre IV at The Carolina Theatre of Durham, presented as part of the BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Arts Discovery Series).

May 5-7: Esther (Spiritual Twist Productions at 1250 Aversboro Rd. in Garner).

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May 5-7, 13-15: The Addams Family (Harnett Regional Theatre in Stewart Theater in Dunn). Potter Review.

Raleigh Little Theatre will present Beertown, devised by Washington, DC-based dog & pony dc, on May 12-15 and 19-22 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (photo by Daniel R. Winters Photography)

Raleigh Little Theatre will present Beertown, devised by Washington, DC-based dog & pony dc, on May 6-8, 12-15, and 19-22 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (photo by Daniel R. Winters Photography)

May 6-8, 12-15, 19-22: Beertown (dog & pony dc in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre). Vesper and Benrud Review.

May 7: No Shame Theatre – Carrboro (No Shame Theatre at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro).

May 7: Scientist Turned Comedian: Tim Lee (The ArtsCenter in Carrboro).

May 7; June 17-18; Aug. 13, 20, and 27: Trust the Bus (Culture Mills at the Saxapahaw General Store in Saxapahaw).

May 10: Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Live!, starring Scott Aukerman, with guests Paul F. Tompkins & Lauren Lapkus and special opening act Neil Campbell (The Carolina Theatre of Durham).

May 11-15, 18-22: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, starring Lauren Kennedy (Theatre Raleigh’s Hot Summer Nights Series in the Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh). Keravuori and Galle Review. Potter Review.

May 12: Inversion V, poetry and performance art event, featuring Katy Mongeau, Laura A. Warman, et al. (The Shed in Durham, presented as part of Carrboro’s Savage Weekend festival).

May 12-14: Craig Robinson (Goodnights Comedy Club/The Grille at Goodnights in Raleigh).

May 13: Vivica C. Coxx Presents: Freak Show! (drag show) (The Pinhook in Durham).

May 13-14: Eighth Annual KidsWrite! New Play Festival, featuring works written by local 6th-12th grade students (Burning Coal Theatre Company in Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh).

May 13-15: Annie Jr. The Musical (Cheer Up! Productions at Sonorous Road Productions in Raleigh).

May 13-15: The Elves and the Shoemaker, a world premiere written and directed by Christina Cass Catton (Carolina Children’s Theatre at the Holly Springs Cultural Center in Holly Springs).

May 13-15: Lyle the Crocodile (Applause! Cary Youth Theatre at the Cary Arts Center).

May 13-15: The Trojan Women (North Carolina Theatre Conservatory’s Senior Acting Company at the NCT Studios at 3043 Barrow Dr. in Raleigh).

May 14: The Little Mermaid (Legacy Repertory Company at The Carolina Theatre of Durham).

May 14: Natural Wonder: Stevie Wonder Tribute Band (Garner Performing Arts Center).

May 14: WWE Live (WWE VIP Experience at PNC Arena in Raleigh).

May 14: Samraat: The Journey Within, a benefit for Pookar (OORJA Productions in Stewart Theatre in N.C. State University’s Talley Student Union in Raleigh).

May 15: Barons of Broadway (North Carolina Master Chorale Concert in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh).

May 18: Carolina Puppet Theatre (Carolina Puppet Theatre at Wake Forest Renaissance Centre in Wake Forest).

May 19: The Body Politic, a new transgender-themed opera by University of North Carolina School of the Arts alumni Leo Hurley and Charles Osborne (Hurley & Osborne in the auditorium on the third floor of the N.C. Legislative Building in Raleigh).

May 18: Dan & Phil: The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire (Durham Performing Arts Center).

May 19-21: Kids of Bristol (Spiritual Twist Productions at 1250 Aversboro Rd. in Garner).

May 19-22: Anne of Green Gables (Sonorous Road Productions in Raleigh). Vesper and Benrud Review.

May 19-22, 26-28; June 2-4: The New Colossus, a new play by Tamara Kissane, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull (Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, presented as part of MDT’s “Other Voices” series). Langley Review.

May 20: Bull City Blues, a serial improv show directed by Rachel Klem (Common Ground Theatre in Durham).

May 20: Chanakya, a historical Hindi play starring Manoj Josh (Live Spectrum Entertainment, Inc. in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium).

May 20: Comedy with Tom Simmons and Will Jacobs (Town of Cary at The Cary Theater in Cary).

May 20: Impression China: All-Star Music, Dance, and Opera, with a special performance by Delta Rae (Carolina China Council in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh).

May 20: Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang & Jerry Buting: A Conversation on Justice (Durham Performing Arts Center). McDowell Preview. Vesper and Benrud Review.

May 20-21: The Rat Pack, 100 Years of Frank! (North Carolina Symphony in Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh).

May 20-22: Oakwood Lives 2016: Home Again! (Burning Coal Theatre Company in Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh).

May 21: Russell Peters’ 2016 Almost Famous World Tour (Outback Concerts at Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary). Vesper and Benrud Review.

May 21: Help, We Gotta Pee!, a benefit for the Human Rights Campaign, with an opening act of cabaret singer Ellen Ciompi and pianist Glenn Mehrbach (FatMouth Improv at Common Ground Theatre in Durham).

May 21: Not-So-Open Mic Night (fundraiser) (The Justice Theater Project at Citrix Systems, Inc. campus in downtown Raleigh).

May 21: Transactors Improv: For Families! (Transactors Improv Company at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro).

May 21: The Chuckle and Chortle Comedy Show, hosted by Michelle Maclay and featuring Joe Perrow, Jeremy Alder, Zach Yonk, and Eric Megert (The ArtsCenter in Carrboro).

May 22: RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons: 2016 Extravaganza Tour (Durham Performing Arts Center). Britt Review.

May 24-29: If/Then (Durham Performing Arts Center’s SunTrust Broadway Series). McDowell Preview. Langley Review. Potter Review.

May 25: Church & State, a staged reading of a new play written by Jason Odell Williams, directed by Jerome Davis, and starring Alan Campbell as U.S. Senator Charlie Whitmore (Burning Coal Theatre Company in Murphey School Auditorium in Raleigh).

May 25, 31; June 3-5: New Works: Burt and Abbie (May 25th and 31st and June 3rd and 5th live workshop of a new play by Libby Heily) and After the Fall (June 4th and 5th staged reading of a new play by Marilynn Barner Anselmi) (Cary Playwrights’ Forum at the Cary Arts Center). Vesper and Benrud Review.

May 26-28: Stop Kiss (One Song Productions at Common Ground Theatre in Durham).

May 27-29; June 2-5: Hughie (South Stream Productions at Sonorous Road Productions in Raleigh). Keravuori and Galle Review. Vesper and Benrud Review.

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May 27-29; June 2-5, 9-12: The Wedding Singer: The Musical (North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre). Britt Review. Potter Review.

May 28-30: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Bare Theatre in the courtyard of the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, presented as part of the Shakespeare: First Folio exhibition). Keravuori and Galle Review.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert W. McDowell has written articles for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, CVNC, and Triangle Arts and Entertainment, all based in Raleigh. He edits and publishes two FREE weekly e-mail newsletters. Triangle Review provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of local performing-arts events. (Start your FREE subscription by e-mailing robertm748@aol.com and typing SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) McDowell also maintains a FREE list of movie sneak previews. (To subscribe, e-mail robertm748@aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.)

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