July 2011 Theater Calendar

Jennifer Foster and Jason Kappus star as roly-poly would-be dancer Tracy Turnblad and teen heartthrob Link Larkin in "Hairspray" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)
Jennifer Foster and Jason Kappus star as roly-poly would-be dancer Tracy Turnblad and teen heartthrob Link Larkin in "Hairspray" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Jennifer Foster and Jason Kappus star as roly-poly would-be dancer Tracy Turnblad and teen heartthrob Link Larkin in "Hairspray" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)
Jennifer Foster and Jason Kappus star as Tracy Turnblad and Link Larkin in the North Carolina Theatre's production of "Hairspray" July 23-31 (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

July 1-3: “The Fool’s Lear” (Nomad Theatrical Company at Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School). Review.

July 1-3: “Stuart Little, The Musical” (Young People’s Performing Company at the Durham Arts Council Building).

July 1-3, 6-10; Aug. 19-21, 25-27: “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” (Raleigh Ensemble Players at 213 Fayetteville St.). Review.

July 1-3, 6-10: “The Marvelous Wonderettes” (Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy). Review.

July 6-10: Cirque du Soleil:Alegría” (RBC Center). Review.

July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug. 4, 11, 18: “Nature Tales: Storytime in the Garden” (N.C. Botanical Garden at UNC-Chapel Hill.)

July 7-9, 14-16: “Bare: The Musical” (Next Generation Theatre Company in Swain Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill).

July 8: “Experience This — The Ultimate Jimi Hendrix Tribute,” with The Stone Chiefs (Motorco Music Hall in Durham).

July 8-10: “The Grumby’s Annual Pool Party, or There’s No Place Like Gnome” (ArtStream North Carolina, in partnership with North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, at NRACT).

July 8-10: “Que Complicada Vida” (in Spanish) (Bolero at Common Ground Theatre).

July 8-10, 14-17: “The 10th Annual 10 by 10 Festival in the Triangle” (ArtsCenter Stage). Review,

July 15-17, 19-24: “Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures” (Raleigh Little Theatre in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre).

July 16: “The Kid Who Cried Wolf,” a new play by Rachel Klem (Common Ground Performing Arts Camp).

July 16: “Chris Tucker Live” (Bay Area Productions at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium).

July 16: Maggiano’s Presents:An Evening of Magic with Joshua Lozoff” (Maggiano’s Little Italy in Durham).

July 18: “The Monti StorySLAM: Theme — Law & Order” (The Monti at Motorco Music Hall in Durham).

July 20-24, 27-31: “A Field of Glory,” a new play by Sharon Talbot (Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy). Review.

July 21-24: “Always … Patsy Cline” (City Stage, in association with Theatre in the Park, at TIP).

July 21-24, 28-31: “The Best of 10 By 10: Celebrating the First 10 Years of the 10 by 10 Festival in the Triangle” (ArtsCenter Stage).

July 22: “Performance Art Night 11” (Common Ground Theatre).

July 22: “‘Sound of Music’ Sing-a-Long” (Koka Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park).

July 22-24, 29-31: “The Best of 10 by 10” (ArtsCenter Stage).

July 23: “Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” (Mike Wiley at Durham County Main Library).

July 23: “The Original Erotic Pole-etry: An Erotic Fusion of Words and Dancing” (JaBlaze Productions at Common Ground Theatre).

July 23: “So-Called Friends” (Get Ready Productions at Garner Historic Auditorium).

July 23-24, 26-31: “Hairspray” (North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium). Review.

July 28-31: “The Shape of Things” (Town of Chapel Hill in Hanes Art building at UNC-Chapel Hill).

July 29-30: “STC Sr. 2011 Final Performance!” (Burning Coal Theatre Company).

July 29-31: “Doubt” (Studio A at Common Ground Theatre).

July 30: “‘Til Death Do Us Part — But Whose Death?” (a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater) (We Act for You at STARS Theater & Arts Center in Fuquay-Varina).

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]aol.com 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]aol.com 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).