Sunday, February 05, 2006

Several upcoming theater performances worth considering

I hope to attend these performances:

  • The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen, Man Bites Dog Theater, Durham, NC. From the theater's website: "Devised and adapted by Greg Allen, Directed by Joseph Megel. A whirlwind tour of the climaxes of all 26 Ibsen plays, ranging from the sublime (A Doll's House) to the ridiculous (The Vikings of Helgeland)." February 2-19; Th-Sa 8:15p, Su 3:15p, post-show discussion Feb. 5; $15 except $10 Th

  • David Hare's A Map of the World, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Raleigh, NC. From the theatre's website: "When Indian-born, internationally acclaimed novelist Victor Mehta is invited to speak at a UNESCO-style conference on world hunger in 1977, all hell breaks loose! Many of those in attendance don't want the conservative novelist to speak. Into this mix walks a young, wet-behind-the-ears British journalist and a rising Hollywood starlet. Each will play a decisive role in Mehta's final decision." Feb. 9-26; Su 2p, W-Sa 7:30p, $16 except Su Feb. 12 2p pay what you can.

  • Love and Marriage, Common Woman Chorus (CWC) and sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, Raleigh, NC. From the CWC website: "The story is timeless--girl meets girl, yada yada yada . . . Cafe Venus is the hangout, love is in the air and the music is groovin'. Feel the electricity. Embrace the moment. Share our vision for equality." February 11 8p, $15 ($12 advance). Reception including dancing follows ($5 suggested donation).

  • Wit, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh, NC. From the theatre's website: "At the start of Wit, Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliantly difficult Holy Sonnets of the metaphysical poet John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. During the course of her illness -- and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital -- Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and for the audience. Mature subject matter. Not suitable for children." Feb. 10-26, Th ($15), F ($18), Sa ($20) 8p; Su matinees 3p ($15 except $10 Feb. 12).

  • Run for your Wife, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, Raleigh, NC. From the theatre's website: "... an ingenious British farce that is sure to make you laugh until you cry. This hysterical comedy zooms in on the life of John Smith, a London cab driver who has been successfully living two different lives with two separate wives … until they suddenly collide. After trying to rescue an old lady from two muggers, John ends up in the hospital with a head injury, two worried wives, two policemen on his tail, two eccentric neighbors, and one nosy news reporter. John’s well-orchestrated double life spins out of control and he will do and say ANYTHING for his secret to stay hidden. Written by the 'Master of Farce', this Ray Cooney original had a show run of almost nine years, making it one of the longest running plays in the West End. So, forget the tele for a night and come experience this smash hit from across the pond!" Feb. 10-26, FSa 8p ($12), Su 3p ($8).


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