Theater Picks

The best theater picks, May 9

CorrespondentMay 8, 2014 

August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” is set in Pittsburgh in 1904. Front row, from left, Phillip Bernard ​ ​Smith, Sherida McMullan, Juanda LaJoyce Holley. Back row from left, John Murphy, Thomasi McDonald, Jade Arnold and Malcolm Green in “Gem of the Ocean.”

ADAM GRAETZ

  • Other highlights

    • Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh hosts the She’s-a-Nelson production of Patrick Marber’s “Closer,” which follows the intertwining lives of two men and women over several years. Details at burningcoal.org.

    • Chapel Hill’s Deep Dish Theater offers a new translation of the 1635 classic, “Life is a Dream,” by Pedro Calderon. The play concerns a prince imprisoned by his father for fear his son will overthrow him. The work explores free will and fate, dreams and reality. Details at deepdishtheater.org.

Carrboro’s ArtsCenter stages August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean,” his 2003 play that is chronologically first in his “Century Cycle” (ten plays that address the African-American experience in each decade of the 20th century). Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, the plot centers on Aunt Ester, who claims to be 285 years old and a cleanser of souls. She tries to help a man absolve his guilt over causing another man’s death. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through May 18). $14-$16. 919-929-2787 or artscenterlive.org.

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