2013 Fall Arts Preview: Variety is the spice of Triangle arts

CorrespondentAugust 24, 2013 

The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern production of "Our Town" will play Sept. 4-21, 2013, at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham.

COURTESY OF ALEX MANESS

This story incorrectly reported that Little Green Pig Theatrical Concerns's production of "Our Town" would be at Manbites Dog Theater Sept. 4-21. The play will be at the Trotter Building, 410 W. Geer St., Durham.

Everyone has a favorite kind of entertainment, and it’s easy to stay with what’s familiar. But the Triangle has such a variety of arts offerings this fall, it’s almost a sin not to take advantage. Here’s a little nudging to push you outside the box:

“Our Town” (Sept. 4-21, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern at Trotter Building, 410 W. Geer St., Durham. $10-$15; littlegreenpig.com). If you think experimental theater is all weird characters and strange plots (and it often is), you can ease into the genre with this production of the classic Thornton Wilder play. The twist here is the all-black cast, giving the piece a whole new perspective, a specialty of this always-adventurous company.

“Cosi fan tutte” (Oct. 3-4 and 6, N.C. Opera, Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh. $25-$83; ncopera.org). Opera may seem old-fashioned and formal to those unfamiliar with it, but the plot of Mozart’s witty, tuneful masterpiece would not be out of place on a TV sitcom. Two soldiers bet that their fiancées will be faithful while they are away. The men return in disguise to woo each other’s intended, with unanticipated results. It’s a short leap for those who like classic Broadway musicals and romantic comedy movies.

Cameron Carpenter (Nov. 22-23, Center Stage series at Titmus Theatre, NCSU, Raleigh. $28; ncsu.edu/centerstage). For some, listening to an organ play anything seems too much like church or cheesy nightclub. Enter taboo-busting Carpenter, who combines glittery flamboyance and edgy interpretations with virtuoso playing and musical intelligence. Whether it’s Bach or Sousa, you won’t have heard the music sound quite like this. You might even buy a CD afterwards.

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