Investigate theater is the trade of The Civilians, an inventive troupe that builds productions from hundreds of conversations about each topic. In Duke University’s Sheafer Lab Theater this weekend, they present “The Undertaking,” a look at the way we deal with death. The show comes directly from its premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $28 (ages 30 and under $15). 919-684-4444 or dukeperformances.duke.edu.
- Meredith College’s Ensemble Theatre presents Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” in the Jones Hall Studio Theatre Friday through Sunday. Details at meredith.edu.
- Carrboro ArtsCenter’s annual PlaySlam! Saturday pits 26 three-minute plays by 13 playwrights in competition for a cash prize and bragging rights for best play. Details at artscenterlive.org.