April 1: “Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show” (Durham Performing Arts Center).
April 1: “Late Night @ REP,” starring Susan Burcham and Scott McKenzie (Raleigh Ensemble Players at 213 Fayetteville St.).
April 1-2: “Marvin Hamlisch Presents: The Barbra Streisand Songbook,” starring Julie Budd (North Carolina Symphony at Meymandi Concert Hall).
April 1-2: Handspring Puppet Company: “Woyzeck on the Highveld” (Carolina Performing Arts in Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill).
April 1-3: “Macbeth” (Temple Theatre’s Youth Conservatory).
April 1-3: “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” (ArtsCenter Stage). Review.
April 1-3: “Walking Again” (Act Trinity Performing Arts Company at Common Ground Theatre).
April 1-3, 7-10, 15-17: “Devon Does Denmark,” a new play by Ira David Wood III (Theatre in the Park). Review.
April 1-5: “All Shook Up” (Pauper Players in Historic Playmakers Theatre).
April 2: “Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett” (Durham Performing Arts Center).
April 3: “Really Rosie” (Raleigh Little Theatre at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex).
April 5: “An Evening with Janis Ian” (Casbah Durham).
April 5-10: “The Art of Self-Defense” (Meredith Ensemble Theatre in the Studio Theatre in Jones Hall).
April 5-10: “Shrek the Musical” (Durham Performing Arts Center). Review #1. Review #2.
April 6-10, 12-17, 19-24: “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (PlayMakers Repertory Company in Paul Green Theatre). Review #1. Review #2.
April 7: “The Monti: Story Slam’s GrandSLAM!” (The ArtsCenter).
April 7-9: Student One Acts (Peace College Theatre in Leggett Theater).
April 7-10, 13-17: “Dancing at Lughnasa” (University Theatre at N.C. State in Titmus Theatre in Frank Thompson Hall).
April 7-10, 14-16: “The Mercy Seat” (Raleigh Ensemble Players at 213 Fayetteville St.). Review.
April 7-10, 14-16; May 13-14: Elton John’s “Aida” (Hoof ‘n’ Horn in R.J. Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University).
April 7-10, 14-17: “The Laramie Project” (Duke Theater Studies in Sheafer Theater).
April 7-10, 14-17, 21-24: “The Shape of the Table,” American premiere of a play by David Edgar (Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School). Review.
April 8: Sones de México Ensemble: “Fiesta Mexicana” (An ArtsCenter School Show).
April 8-9: “Going Homeless” (ANFO Productions at Common Ground Theatre).
April 8-9: “A Taxing Situation” (Raleigh’s Village Idiots at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre).
April 8-10, 14-17, 21-24: “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” (Raleigh Little Theatre on the Cantey V. Sutton Main Stage). Review #1. Review #2.
April 8-10, 15-16: “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille” (Neuse Little Theatre).
April 8-10, 15-17: “Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery” (N.C. Central University Department of Theatre in University Theatre).
April 10, 12-17, 19-24; April 26-May 1; May 3-8: “Steel Magnolias” (Triad Stage). Review.
April 13: “Twyla Tharp: The Creative Habit” (Meredith College 2011 Woman of Achievement Lecture in Jones Auditorium).
April 14-17: “You Are Dead. You Are Here” (workshop production of Christine Evans’ new play formerly entitled “The Underpass“) (UNC-Chapel Hill and the UNC Department of Communication Studies and Office of the Executive Director for the Arts’ Process Series in Swain Hall).April 14-17, 20-23: “Stealing Home (the architecture of intimacy),” a solo vocal cabaret by Ellen Hemphill (Archipelago Theatre at Manbites Dog Theater). Review.
April 14-18: “The Taming of the Shrew” (The Lab! Theatre and the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Dramatic Art Undergraduate Theatre in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre).
April 15-16: Lewis Black & Friends (Carolina Union Activities Board in Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill).
April 15-16: Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” with orchestra (UNC Opera in Historic Playmakers Theatre).
April 15-16: Two World Premieres: Kathleen Bader’s “Tentative Embrace” and John Justice and George Lam’s “The Persistence of Smoke” (Duke University Department of Music at Golden Belt Building 2 in Durham).
April 15-16, 22-23: “The Red Velvet Cake War” (Towne Players in Garner Historic Auditorium). Review.
April 16: Cirque D’Or (Johnston Community College Performing Arts Concert Series in Paul A. Johnston Auditorium).
April 19-20: “Avenue Q” (Durham Performing Arts Center). Review.
April 20-23: “2011 New Plays Festival” (Duke Theater Studies in Brody Theater).
April 21: Bright Star Theatre: “Jack’s Adventure in N.C. History” (An ArtsCenter School Show).
April 21: Bill Maher (AC Entertainment and Broadway Series South in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium).
April 21: “Swing Kids” (Duke Swing Dance, 8 p.m. April 21 in Page Auditorium).
April 21: “Third Annual Grand Slam Finals” (Sacrificial Poets at The ArtsCenter).
April 22: “Big Show 14” (Duke University Improv in Page Auditorium).
April 22: “City of Medicine, Season 4” (Transactors Improv Company at Common Ground Theatre).
April 23: “Two-Act Comeback” (Fatmouth Improv at Common Ground Theatre).
April 25: “WWE presents ‘Monday Night RAW’” (RBC Center).
April 26: TheatreworksUSA: “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Stories” (An ArtsCenter School Show).
April 26: The Performance Collective presents “Interruptions”: “My Subcommandante (A Movement of Movements)” (UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Communications Studies’ Process Series in Swain Hall Studio 6).
April 27-May 1: “The Year of Magical Thinking” (PlayMakers Repertory Company PRC2 Series in Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre).
April 28, 30: Gounod’s “Faust” (North Carolina Opera at Meymandi Concert Hall).
April 28-May 1; May 5-8: “Pornography,” American premiere of a 2007 play by Simon Stephens (The Distillery Theatre Company and Burning Coal Theatre Company at Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School).
April 28-May 1; May 5-8, 12-15: “Beguiled Again The Songs of Rodgers and Hart” (Temple Theatre).
April 29-30; May 5-7: “Oh, Baby! A Collection of Fertility Plays,” world premiere of a new play by Debbie Barrett (Free Association Theatre Ensemble at 267 Grande Heights Dr. in Cary).
April 29-30; May 5-8, 12-14: “Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” (Ghost & Spice Productions at Common Ground Theatre).
April 30: “Fiasco” (Transactors Improv Company at The ArtsCenter).
NOTE: The dates of “Distracted” (Raleigh Ensemble Players at 213 Fayetteville St.) have been changed from April 29-May 21 to May 7-21.
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