Theatre Raleigh’s annual Hot Summer Nights series begins this week with the 1982 Broadway hit with N.C. roots, “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” Jim Wann and John Foley met as UNC students and were part of local favorite, “Diamond Studs.” They and four other original “Pump Boys” cast members wrote this downhome show about a rural gas station and diner that will likely sound familiar to many North Carolinians.
Through June 7. $27 (seniors, students, military $25). 919-832-9997 or theatreraleigh.com.
▪ Through Sunday, Apex’s Halle Cultural Arts Center stages A. R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room,” a comedy with 18 different scenes, each about a different family but played by the same actors. Details at nc-apex.civicplus.com/454/Halle-Cultural-Arts-Center.
▪ Seed Art Share offers a 90-minute, family-friendly version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Rose Garden this weekend and next, with picnics encouraged. Details at raleighlittletheatre.org.
▪ Burning Coal Theatre stages its annual “Oakwood Lives: Historical Voices of Raleigh” in Oakwood Cemetery this weekend, featuring vignettes about local notables such as Needham B. Broughton and the Capital Square peanut man. Details at burningcoal.org.