The N.C. premiere of Diane Samuels’ moving play, “Kindertransport,” has a two-week run at Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre on the company’s second stage series. Directed by Brian Yandle for Big Wig Productions, the play concerns Jewish children from Germany who were sent in the late 1930s to Great Britain to save them from the concentration camps. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (through Nov. 24). $10. burningcoal.org.
• William Peace University stages Rupert Holmes’ musical version of Charles Dickens’ “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” Leggett Theatre, Main Building. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday (through Nov. 23). $16-$18. peace.edu/events.
• Duke University’s Dept. of Theater Studies is producing Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in a new adaptation by Annie Baker. Director Jeff Storer’s concept explores the inherent humor through movement and clowning techniques. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (through Nov. 24). $5-$10. theaterstudies.duke.edu.