August 2012 Theater Calendar

Aug. 1-5: “Chicago,” starring Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart (Durham Performing Arts Center). Review #1. Review #2.

Aug. 1-5: “Race,” starring Alan Campbell (Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh in the K.D. & Sara Lynn Kennedy Theatre). Review.

Aug. 2-4: “Hairspray” (Clayton Youth Theater at the Clayton Center Auditorium & Conference Center).

Aug. 3-4: “Ever After” (STARS Youth Theater at Holly Springs Cultural Center).

Aug. 7: “Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson: Pickin’, Singin’, Storytellin’” (Koka Booth Amphitheatre).

Aug. 7, 21: “The Green Mermaid” (Carolina Puppet Theatre at the Holly Springs Cultural Center).

Aug. 9-11: Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” (Towne Players Teens at the Garner Performing Arts Center).

Aug. 9-12: The Who’s Tommy” (North Carolina Theatre Conservatory at 3043 Barrow Dr. in Raleigh).

Aug. 10: “Kathy Griffin: Live in Concert” ( Durham Performing Arts Center and The Carolina Theatre at DPAC). Review.

Aug. 10-11: “Aladdin” (Justice Theater Project Performing Arts Camp at the Emily K Center in Durham).

Aug. 10-12, 17-19, 24-26; Aug. 31-Sept. 2; Sept. 7-9: “City of Frogs” (Paperhand Puppet Intervention at the Forest Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill). Review.

Aug. 11: “Grimms’ Fairy Tales,” adapted by Rachel Klem (Common Ground Theatre Performance Arts Camp).

Aug. 11: “11th Hour” (Raleigh’s Village Idiots at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre).

Aug. 15-19: “Avenue Q” (Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater). Review.

Aug. 15-19: Cirque du Soleil in “Dralion” (PNC Arena).

Aug. 16-19, 23-26: “Hufflepuffed” (Mon Frere Comedy Troupe in Burning Coal Theatre Company‘s Murphey School Auditorium).

Aug. 23-26; Aug. 30-Sept. 2; Sept. 6-9: “The Rocky Horror Show” (Raleigh Little Theatre in its Cantey V. Sutton Theatre). Review.

Aug. 18: “In a Relationship” (Little Red Backpack and Mixed Signals at Common Ground Theatre).

Aug. 21: “The Monti StorySLAM — Theme: Nature,” hosted by Amy Scott (The Monti at Motorco Music Hall in Durham).

Aug. 24: The Amazing Kreskin (The ArtsCenter).

Aug. 24: “James Gregory: The Funniest Man in America!” (Garner Performing Arts Center).

Aug. 24-25: “The Relationship Play” (Pablo Finkel, Performance Artist, at Common Ground Theatre).

Aug. 24-25: “Significant Others,” a staged reading of a new play by Jason Odell Williams (Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh in the K.D. & Sara Lynn Kennedy Theatre).

Aug. 24-25; Aug. 31-Sept. 1: “A Dopey Fairy Tale and Other Vaudevilles: An Evening of Chekhov Parodies and One Acts by Neil Simon and Michael Weller” (Duke Players Orientation Show in Brody Theater).

Aug. 24-26: “Almost, Maine” (The LAB! Theatre and Ground UP Productions in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill).

Aug. 24-26; Aug. 29-Sept. 2; Sept. 5-9, 12-15: “Radio Golf” (Deep Dish Theater Company). Review.

Aug. 25: No Shame Theatre (The ArtsCenter).

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: “Oh What a Night! II” (Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater).


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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] 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] 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).