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Theater and dance

Contra-Tiempo: Urban Latin Dance Theatre by choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez will be at Stewart Theatre as part of N.C. State Live on April 9.
Contra-Tiempo: Urban Latin Dance Theatre by choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez will be at Stewart Theatre as part of N.C. State Live on April 9.

Arts Center

300-G East Main St. Carrboro

$10 with discounts for senior citizens and students. Shows at 8 Fridays and Satudays, 3 p.m. Sundays unless otherwise noted. 919-929-2787;

Shows presented by Company Carolina:

▪ “Hairspray”: Musical about a dancing teen in ’60s Baltimore, March 4-6.

▪ “Songs for a New World”: Musical that weaves characters and history together by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown., April 1-3.

▪ “Cyrano”: Modern adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s original 1897 play, “Cyrano de Bergerac,” April 22-24.

Show presented by UNC-CH Pauper Players:

▪ “Spring Awakening”: Coming-of-age rock musical, 8 p.m., April 15-18

Show presented by Bread & Puppet Theater:

▪ “Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation:” A puppet play featuring dancing horses, an anti-extinction angel, proletariat broom dances, a 100 watt light bulb, a sailing ship of fools, and a swinging brass band, 7 p.m, May 1. $14.

Broadway Series South

AJ Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh.


▪ “The Realish Housewives of Raleigh: A Parody,” 7:30 pm., April 19-24 and 2 p.m., April 23-24. $34.31

Burning Coal Theatre Company

224 Polk Street, Raleigh.

Showtimes vary. 919-834-4001;

▪ “Spoonface Steinberg”: Story of a 12 year old autistic girl, attempting to navigate modern life. At each performance, a different member of the community will ‘play’ Spoonface. April 7-24.

▪ Shakespeare Marathon Reading: 38 Plays by William Shakespeare read straight through by 38 different theater groups from across the state, April 23-28, North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton St., Raleigh.

Carolina Ballet

Show times and venues vary. 919-719-0900;

▪ Tempest Fantasy: Dance meditation of the Shakespeare drama. March 3-20, Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

▪ “Macbeth”: Premiere of Robert Weiss’ ballet based on one of Shakespeare’s best known dramas, choreographed to an original score by J. Mark Scearce. April 14-17, Memorial Auditorium, downtown Raleigh; April 30-May 1, DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham.

▪  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: George Balanchine’s dance, Felix Mendelssohn’s score, Shakespeare’s comedy. May 12-15. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.

Carolina Performing Arts

Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

▪ Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 7:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-24. $59-$89.

▪ The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai – Trajal Harrell, 7;30 p.m., March 22. $25.

▪ Lil Buck @ Chapel Hill – A Jookin’ Jam Session, 8 p.m., April 15-16. $10-49

▪ Martha Graham Dance Company, 8 p.m., April 22-23. $29-59.

Cary Arts Center

101 Dry Avenue, Cary

919-462-2055; 800-514-3849

▪ “Crispin d’Olot’s La Razon De La Sin Razon/The Reason for the Unreason”: One-man show performed in Spanish, 7 p.m., March 5. $5-$10.

Cary Ballet and 3D Project

Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.


▪  “Spring Gala Showcase”: Cary Ballet performs the story ballet “Paquita” with guest artist, Joan Sebastián Zamora from Joffrey Ballet; and “The Last Breath.” The 3D Project performs the jazz showcase “Then & Now,” 7 p.m., March 11-12 and 2 p.m. March 12. $20. 10 a.m., March 12 features a one-hour focus on ballet. $15.

Dance Express

“The Land of Sweets & Favorite Treats”: Performance of entire third act of “The Nutcracker,” 4 p.m., April 30, Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University, Raleigh. Free. 919-523-8747;

Duke Theater Studies

Unless otherwise noted, shows are free and at 8 p.m. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus.


▪ “We Are Pussy Riot”: A work-in-progress by visiting playwright Barbara Hammond, Feb. 25-26.

▪ “The Braveness of Jane”: Magical realism and puppetry with an original work by Duke student Faye Goodwin. March 31-April 2, Brody Theater, East Campus.

▪ “Bob: A Life In Five Acts”: Roadtrip comedy, April 7 -17. $5.


123 Vivian St., Durham.

Show times, ticket prices vary. 919-680-2787;

▪  “The Lion King”: Disney musical, through March 20.

“Million Dollar Quartet”: Musical inspired by the story of the recording session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. April 5-6.

▪ “A Night with Janis Joplin,” April 14.

▪ “Cabaret,” April 19-24.

▪ “42nd Street,” May 3-8.

▪ “If/Then,” May 24-29.

Durham Savoyards

▪ “HMS Pinafore” 8 p.m., April 14-16, 2 p.m. April 17, Carolina Theatre, Durham. Tickets start at $20.

Forest Moon Theater

Performance at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest

▪ “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” June 10-19, Ken Ludwig's adult comedic take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” $13-$18

Halle Cultural Arts Center

237 N. Salem St., Apex

Show times, ticket prices vary;

▪ “Break A Leg!”: Readers Theater Troupe performing a play within a play, 7:30 p.m., March 4-5.

▪ “Don’t Dress For Dinner”: Farce set in French countryside. April 22-24, April 29-May 1.

Justice Theater Project

▪ “Still … Life. An Exploration of a Killing State, North Carolina”: Written by Deb Royals and members of The Justice Theater Project and originally presented in 2006. First-hand accounts and slides show exactly what takes place at a state-sponsored execution, as well as glimpses into points of view of those that have lost a loved one to murder, and those who have loved someone executed by the state. 8 p.m., April 28-30 and 3 p.m., May 1, Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh. $10. $25 dinner theater on April 30.

▪ “Ragtime”: Tony Award winning musical that tells the story of three different families, 8 p.m., June 10-11, 16-18, 23-25, and 2 p.m., June 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, St. Francis of Assisi, Clare Hall, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh. $27 adults, $22 seniors/military

Little Green Pig

703 Foster St., Durham


“The New Colossus”: Adaption of Anton Chekhov’s “The Sea Gull” by Tamara Kissane, May 21-June 4. Times and ticket prices to be announced. Part of Manbites Dog’s Other Voice series.

Manbites Dog Theatre

703 Foster St., Durham


▪ “Brownsville song (b-side for tray)”: Regional premiere of a drama by Kimer Lee, Feb. 25-March 12, Shows at 8:15 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. March 6. $5 Feb. 25; $25 Fe. 26 opening and reception, $20 weekend, $12 weeknight.

▪ “The Nether”: Scifi thriller by Jennifer Haley. (Show still subject to approval rights.) April 7-23. Times and ticket prices to be announced.

NCSU Dance Program Concerts

8 p.m., Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, Raleigh.

Discounts for seniors and students. 919-515-1100;

▪ Panoramic Dance Project Concert, works with Afrocentric and World Dance perspective, March 16-17. $12.

▪ NCSU Dance Company Concert, modern dance. April 13-14. $14.

N.C. State Live

Stewart Theatre, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh.

$26-$30; 919-515-1100 or

▪ Contra-Tiempo: Urban Latin Dance Theatre by choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez, 8 p.m., April 9.

N.C. State University Theatre

Frank Thompson Hall, 2241 E. Dunn Ave, Raleigh.

Show times vary. Ticket discounts for students, faculty, seniors. 919-515-1100;

▪ “Ink”: One-act, spoken word performance. Winner of the Arts NC State 2015 Creative Artist Award. Accompanied by “Silence,” written by Bethel Maekele and Britnique Hodge. 7:30 p.m. March 17-19. Free.

▪ “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”: Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, love and horror. April 7-10, 13-17. $20 adults.

▪ “The Hollow”: Agatha Christie murder mystery. June 3-26. $18.

▪ “Someting’s Afoot”: Musical satirizing Christie msyteries. June 9-26. $22

▪ “Tea with Agatha”: Actress JoAnne Dickinson and University Theatre director John McIlwee in a behind-the-scenes tour of how the world of Christie’s mysteries are created. Patrons may choose to have a tea or dinner with “Agatha.” June 11, 19 and 25. $50, $75.

PlayMakers Repertory Company

Paul Green Theatre, 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill

Tickets start at $15. Show times vary. 919-962-7529;

▪ “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915”: Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play about a theater group preparing a performance piece on a little-known episode of early 20th century genocide. Feb. 24-March 13.

▪ “Sweeney Todd”: Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical March 30-April 23

▪ “The Real Americans”: Written and performed by Dan Hoyle based on travels across the U.S., April 27-May 1.

Raleigh Little Theatre

301 Pogue St., Raleigh.

Show times vary; $22 adults, $18 seniors/students, unless otherwise noted. 919-821-3111,

▪ “Divas”: A cabaret evening featuring some of the Triangle’s top local talent. Sutton Theatre. April 30, reception at 7 p.m., performance at 8 p.m. $60 for orchestra; $40 for the balcony.

▪ “Beertown”: Part civic-engagement, part-theatrical pageant with audience participation. Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. Each show begins with a dessert potluck. May 6-22.

▪ “The Glass Menagerie”: Tragedy about a fading southern belle and her sensitive daughter who needs a husband. Sutton Theatre, June 10-26.

Sonorous Road

209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

Discounts for seniors, students and military. 919-803-3798;

▪ “Grounded”: One-woman play about a female drone pilot. 7:30 p.m. March 18-19, 2 p.m. March 20. $20.

▪ “Master Harold” ... and the boys: By Athol Fugard and produced by Mortal Coile Theatre Company. 8.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. April 14-24. $18.

▪ “Anne of Green Gables”: Student production, 7 p.m. May 20-21, 2 p.m. May 22. $19.

▪ “Annie Jr”: Produced by Cheer Up Productions. 7 p.m. May 13-14, 2 p.m. May 15. $10.

Saint Mary’s Theatre

Pitman Auditorium, Saint Mary’s School, 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 919-424-4000

▪ “Legally Blonde The Musical” 7 p.m., March 4-5. $5.

Theatre in the Park

Pullen Park Theatre, 107 Pullen Road, Raleigh

$18-$24; 919-831-6058;

▪ “The Elephant Man,” 7:30 p.m., April 8-9, 14-16, 22-23 and 3 p.m. April 10, 17, 24

Theatre Raleigh

Kennedy Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. $30. 919-832-9997;

▪ “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”: Musical based on an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. May 11- 22.

▪ “All My Sons”: Post-war America through the lens of two neighboring families. June 7-19.

▪ “The Light in the Piazza”: Musical love story based on a novel by Elizabeth Spencer. Performed among the art of the West Building at the NC Museum of Art, July 6-14.

▪ “Steel Magnolias”: July 27-Aug. 7.

▪ “Million Dollar Quartet”: A day in the recording studio with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. Aug. 17-28.

Ward Theatre

4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham


▪ “Jacuzzi” by The Debate Society: In a secluded ski cabin on a snowy Colorado mountainside, the wealthy and the aimless meet in the simmering waters of a hot tub. 7:30 p.m. Through March 20. Mondays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. $25.

Something completely different

Cirque Zuma Zuma

Acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, percussionists and more from African Acrobats International. 7:30 p.m., April 8, Jones Performing Arts Center, Louisburg College. $25 866.773.6354

Backstage Night

Want a behind-the-scenes look at the way a theatre is run? Come to “Backstage Night” at Cantey V. Sutton Theatre at Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St. Raleigh: 7:30 p.m. March 16. Free

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