The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. celebrate their 50th anniversary production this weekend with Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” Derrick Ivey directs and choreographs the large cast, which includes Mary Elisabeth Hirsh as Mabel and Kenny Cruz as Frederic. Carolina Theatre, Durham. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (through March 24). $15-$25. 919-560-3030; durhamsavoyards.org.
Other highlights: • Friday-Sunday: “The Innocents” by Daniel Karasik, presented by Common Wealth Endeavors. Common Ground Theatre, Durham. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (through March 23). 919-410-8631; fromcommonwealth.com. • Friday-Sunday: “Nocturne” by Adam Rapp, performed by Jesse Gephart. Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (through March 24). $15-$20. 919-834-4001; burningcoal.org.