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Hazel S. Edmond, Byron Jennings II, and Ira David Wood IV star in Theatre in the Park's world premiere of Adrienne Earle Pender's N

February 2017 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of February 2017. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

Euan Morton stars as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (photo by Joan Marcus)

HB2 Be Damned: Hedwig and the Angry Inch Will Raise Eyebrows at DPAC Jan. 31-Feb. 5

House Bill 2 be damned: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask and librettist and star John Cameron Mitchell’s gender-bending, 90-minute 1998 Off-Broadway, 2000 West End, and 2014 Broadway concert musical about the travails of a brassy transsexual East German-American punk-rock singer recovering from a gruesomely botched sex-change operation, will definitely raise… Read More ›

Rasool Jahan (left) and Shanelle Nicole Leonard star as Esther and Mayme (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Repertory Company Chronicles a Black Seamstress’ Quest for Love and Respect in New York in 1905

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present Intimate Apparel, Brooklyn, NY African-American playwright Lynn Nottage’s prize-winning 2004 Off-Broadway play about the life and loves of a middle-aged African-American seamstress named Esther Mills, who lives in New York City at the dawn of the 20th century, on Jan. 25-29 and Jan. 31-Feb. 5 and Feb. 7-12 in the… Read More ›

Carter Calvert (left) and Sally Struthers will star at NCT as charttopper Patsy Cline and her number-one fan, Louise Seger (photo by Jay Goldsmith for the 2012 Ogunquit Playhouse production)

Sally Struthers and Carter Calvert Will Star in Ted Swindley’s 1997 Off-Broadway Hit, Always… Patsy Cline, on Jan. 20-29 at NCT

Broadway and national and international tour veteran Carter Calvert (It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues) and fellow Broadway veteran Sally Struthers, who won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series in 1972 and 1979 for playing Gloria Bunker Stivic in Norman Lear’s groundbreaking CBS television sitcom… Read More ›

Nicole Villamil will star Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay's workshop production of De Profundis on Jan. 11-15

Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay Will Workshop De Profundis on Jan. 11-15 at PlayMakers Rep

On Jan. 11-15, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present a PRC2 workshop production of De Profundis, an original play co-conceived by director Brian Mertes and designer Jim Findlay and starring Nicole Villamil, in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina’s Center for Dramatic Art. De Profundis, which is Latin for “from the… Read More ›

Emily Ferranti and Garen Scribner star as wealthy heiress and art connoisseur Milo Davenport and aspiring artist Jerry Mulligan in the U.S. tour of An American in Paris, playing Jan. 3-8 at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

An American in Paris at DPAC Is a Delightful, Dance-Heavy Musical, "Inspired by" the Film

On Jan. 3-8, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present eight performances of the 2016-17 U.S. Tour of the multiple 2015 Tony Award®-winning musical An American in Paris as part of its current SunTrust Broadway Series. Inspired by the multiple Oscar®-winning 1951 MGM musical An American in Paris, directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Gene… Read More ›

Sara Esty and Garen Scribner star as French ballerina Lise Dassin and American painter Jerry Mulligan in the touring company of An American in Paris, which opens Jan. 3rd at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

January 2017 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of January 2017. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

Tatyana Lubov and Hayden Stanes star as Ella and Prince Topher (photo © Carol Rosegg)

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at DPAC Features a New Book, New Songs, and Beaucoup Magic

This weekend, Summit, NJ-based Work Light Productions’ Second National Tour of the award-winning 2013 Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will play the five enchanted evening and matinee performances on Dec. 30-Jan. 1 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham. Originally written as a television special… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park will present A Christmas Carol, starring Ira David Wood III as Scrooge, on Dec. 7-11 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and on Dec. 15-18 at DPAC

December 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of December 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

The mean, green killjoy Grinch poses with his faithful but much-abused dog Young Max (played during the 2010 national tour by Stefan Karl and Seth Bazacas) (photo by PaparazziByAppointment.com)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical Returns to DPAC on Nov.29-Dec. 4

Fantastical creatures from New York City-based Big League Productions, Inc.’s critically acclaimed national tour of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical, based on the beloved 1957 children’s book written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss (nee Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-91), will once again delight children of all ages when the 1994 Minneapolis, 1998… Read More ›

Bob Nocek Presents LLC brought comedian Paula Poundstone to Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall on Thursday, Dec. 1st

On Dec. 1st, Paula Poundstone Will Tickle Triangle Funny-Bones with Her Offbeat Humor

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week, Bob Nocek Presents LLC is bringing whimsical comedian, actress, and author Paula Poundstone back to the Triangle for another highly anticipated one-night stand — at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1st — this time in Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC…. Read More ›

Andrea Syglowski as tackles the title role of former May Queen Jennifer Nash (photo by Jon Gardiner)

In The May Queen at PlayMakers Rep, Playwright Molly Smith Metzler Speaks with a Singularly Funny, Very Human Voice

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of The May Queen, an original comedy by award-winning playwright Molly Smith Metzler, on Nov. 22, 23, 26, and 27 and Nov. 29-Dec. 4 and Dec. 6-11 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Originally commissioned… Read More ›

Monty Python's Spamalot at NCT stars Jeff McCarthy (center) as King Arthur and Ta'Rea Campbell as The Lady of the Lake (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Monty Python’s Spamalot at NCT Will Savagely Satirize King Arthur and His Knights

The North Carolina Theatre will stage a zany new production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, the madcap British comedy troupe’s irreverent retelling of the heroic medieval tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, on Nov. 15-20 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh…. Read More ›

November 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of November 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

Ashley Popio founded the Women's Theatre Festival (photo by Liza Marie Photography)

What the Women’s Theatre Festival Did for Us

The North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival was formed to “create, produce, and promote extraordinary theatre by women.” Behind its design were 179 women from all over the Triangle area: writers, actors, producers, directors, designers, and technicians — all fighting for gender equality in the performing arts. I have been speaking with the creators, collaborators, and… Read More ›

Robert Petkoff and Kate Shindle star as Bruce and Alison Bechdel (photo by Joan Marcus)

2015 Best Musical Tony® Winner Fun Home Is Drawn from Life: Cartoonist and Graphic Novelist Alison Bechdel’s Life

2015 Best Musical Tony Award® winner Fun Home, which opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Durham Performing Arts Center and runs through Sunday, is Drawn from Life: Beech Creek, PA-born lesbian cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s life growing up in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, with a father who was a third-generation mortician, taught high-school… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Jeffrey Blair Cornell (center) stars as Deputy Governor and Salem Witch Trials chief judge Thomas Danforth (photo by Jon Gardiner)

The Crucible at PlayMakers Rep Is Arthur Miller’s Cautionary Tale About the Salem Witch Trials’ Rush to Judgment

For the second production of its 2016-17 mainstage season, PlayMakers Repertory Company is staging a modern-dress theater-in-the-round production of The Crucible a timely topical drama by American dramatist, screenwriter, and essayist Arthur Miller (1915-2005), on Oct. 19-23, and 25-30 and Nov. 1-4 and 6 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina… Read More ›

Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour will rock the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Rent Music Supervisor Tim Weil Looks Back on Two Decades with the Iconic 1996 Rock Opera

EDITOR’S NOTE: Part 1 of our preview of Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour, published on Tuesday, Oct. 11th, is a general introduction to the show: http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2016/10/tony-award-and-pulitzer-prize-winning-rock-opera-rent-will-rock-durham-on-oct-11-16/. Part 2, published below, is a wide-ranging interview with the show’s long-time musical supervisor, Tim Weil, who has worked on this rock opera from the very beginning. — RWM “I’m… Read More ›

Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour will rock the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Tony Award®- and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Rock Opera Rent Will Rock Durham on Oct. 11-16

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our two-part preview of Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour starts below. Part 1 is a general introduction to the show. Part 2, which we will publish tomorrow, is a wide-ranging interview with the show’s long-time musical supervisor, Tim Weil, who has worked on this rock opera from the very beginning. — RWM The Rent:… Read More ›

The Fun Home cast includes (from left) Lennon Nate Hammond as John, Pierson Salvador as Christian, Karen Eilbacher as Joan, Abby Corrigan as Middle Alison, Kate Shindle as Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, Susan Moniz as Helen, Alessandra Baldacchino as Small Alison, and Robert Hager as Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby Jeremy (photo by Joan Marcus)

October 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for October 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… Read More ›

Myles Bullock and Rachel Christopher star as Lank and Chelle Poindexter (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 Is Set During a Watershed Year in Her Hometown

1967 was the year that changed everything for the City of Detroit and the fictional African-American family depicted in Detroit ’67, University of Michigan educated dramatist and actress Dominique Morisseau’s prize-winning play about a watershed year in her hometown, which is the inaugural mainstage production in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2016-17 season. The University of North… Read More ›

J. Harrison Ghee (center) repeats his crowd-pleasing performance as Lola in the 2016 encore presentation of Kinky Boots at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

An Encore Presentation of Kinky Boots Will Strut Its Stuff at DPAC Sept. 13-18

The Durham Performing Arts Center is bringing the high-octane First National Tour of the Tony Award®-winning hit 2013 Broadway musical Kinky Boots back to the Bull City for eight rousing repeat performances on Sept. 13-18 in DPAC‘s 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham, NC. Fayetteville, NC native J. Harrison… Read More ›

September 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for September 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… Read More ›

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen stars in PRC's world premiere of Draw the Circle (photo by HuthPhoto)

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s Solo, Draw the Circle, Chronicles His Female-to-Male Transition

PlayMakers Repertory Company will kick off its 2016-17 season on Aug. 24-28 with the world premiere of Draw the Circle, an autobiographical one-man show about his female-to-male transition written and performed by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen and directed by Chay Yew. There will be a freewheeling talkback with the artists and selected subject-matter experts, following each… Read More ›

Joey Barreiro stars as newsboy-turned-strike leader Jack Kelly in Newsies (Disney© photo by Deen van Meer)

Stop the Presses (Again)! Disney’s Newsies Will Return to DPAC for Eight Shows on Aug. 16-21

On June 2-7, 2015, the high-octane First National Tour of Disney’s sensational 2012 Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, Newsies, roared into the Durham Performing Arts Center, hitting on all cylinders, thanks to the dynamic direction of two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies and the 1994 Revival of Grease) and the combustible choreography of 2012 Tony winner… Read More ›

The 2016 Women's Theatre Festival and "sister shows" will run from July 30th to Aug. 28th in venues all across the Triangle and also in Burlington and Sanford

August 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for August 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… Read More ›

Nicolas Dromard and Kara Lindsay star as Bert and Mary (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s Mary Poppins Stars Broadway’s Kara Lindsay and Nicolas Dromard as Mary and Bert

On July 26-31, the North Carolina Theatre will conclude its 2015-16 season of locally produced revivals of Broadway shows with a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious production of Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, directed by Benson, NC-born New York City director Eric Woodall and choreographed by Ryan Kasprzak. The show, which will be performed in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium,… Read More ›

PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory Presents Violet

The kids have done it again! Onstage now at PlayMakers Repertory Company, as part of and the culmination to its “Summer Youth Conservatory,” a high school cast stars in the Broadway musical Violet. With music by Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, this fun musical stars young Ainsley Seiger… Read More ›

Ainsley Seiger stars as Violet and Presyce Baez (left) and Wilson Plonk star as Flick and Monty in the PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory production of Violet (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Teen Phenom Ainsley Seiger Tackles the Title Role in the PlayMakers SYC Production of Violet

The PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory (SYC) will tackle Violet, with a cast of high school actors under the direction of Matthew Steffens, on July 20-24 and 29-31 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. This 1997 Off-Broadway and 2014 Broadway musical features… Read More ›

Cantey Performance Award winners included Michael McKenna, Tosin Olufolabi, Jesse R. Gephart (center), Rose Higgins (second from right), and Brian Fisher (right) (photo by Carrie Santiago)

On June 29th, the Cantey Awards Rang Down the Curtain on RLT’s 2015-16 Season

The Cantey V. Sutton Theatre was abuzz with energy and love on Wednesday night, June 29th, as the annual meeting and awards ceremony, The Cantey Awards, was held at Raleigh Little Theatre, in celebration of the community theater’s 80th season. The annual event’s purpose is trifold. First, a brief “state-of-the-theater” meeting to highlight accomplishments, give… Read More ›