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This month’s best bets on stage

PlayMakers Repertory Company opens its season with the regional premiere of North Carolina native and UNC graduate Bekah Brunstetter’s “The Cake” starring Julia Gibson.
PlayMakers Repertory Company opens its season with the regional premiere of North Carolina native and UNC graduate Bekah Brunstetter’s “The Cake” starring Julia Gibson. VegaBlue Studios

A new theater season gets into full swing this month. We pick some of the productions to check out across the Triangle.

“King Lear”

After Honest Pint Theatre Company’s successful staging of “Hamlet” last season, it teams up with Fayetteville’s Sweet Tea Shakespeare to mount the Bard’s moving tragedy about a father’s misreading of his daughters’ loyalties.

The details: Sept. 10-24. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh. Tickets are $15 to $20. 919-783-0025 or honestpinttheatre.org.

“The Cake”

PlayMakers Repertory Company opens its mainstage season with the regional premiere of North Carolina native and UNC graduate Bekah Brunstetter’s “The Cake.” (She also writes for NBC’s Emmy-nominated “This is Us.”) Set in Winston-Salem, it follows a local baker who must reevaluate her deeply held beliefs when asked to make a wedding cake for two women.

The details: Sept. 13-Oct. 1. Center for Dramatic Art at PlayMakers Repertory Company, UNC-Chapel Hill. Tickets are $15 to $57. 919-962-7529 or playmakersrep.org.

“Pride and Prejudice”

N.C. State University Theatre’s production, in Jon Jory’s adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, concentrates on the love story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Expect lavish costuming and settings that are University Theatre’s well-established signatures.

The details: Sept. 21-Oct. 1. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall. Tickets are $15 to $23. 919-515-1100 or theatre.arts.ncsu.edu.

“Playing with Fire”

Theatre in the Park offers Barbara Field’s thought-provoking invention of a final meeting between Dr. Frankenstein and his creature near the North Pole. The crucial question – “Why did you make me?” – brings up old arguments over responsibility, guilt and evil intent.

The details: Sept. 22-Oct. 8. Pullen Park, Raleigh. Tickets are $18 to $24. 919-831-6058 or theatreinthepark.com.

Don’t forget about

▪ “Closer Than They Appear”: Piedmont Performance Factory’s new multimedia theater piece, staged in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Swain Hall, concerns an encounter between an American soldier and a young Iraqi blogger. Sept. 14-Oct. 1. piedmontperformancefactory.org.

▪ “Dog Sees God”: North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre presents a funny, poignant look at how the Peanuts gang might have turned out as teenagers. Sept. 15-Oct. 1. nract.org.

▪ “The Member of the Wedding”: Star Pocket Theatre Collective’s production at VAE Raleigh brings back Carson McCullers’ classic about race, gender and misguided obsession. Sept. 21-28. vaeraleigh.org/events-calendar.

Dicks: music_theater@lycos.com

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