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Edited and Published by Robert W. McDowell

September 1, 2022 Issue
PART 1 (August 26, 2022)

A FREE Weekly E-mail Newsletter Covering Theater, Dance, Music, and Film in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill/Carrboro Area of North Carolina Since April 2001.


August 2022 Theater, Opera, and Dance Calendar

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review's Master Calendar of Events for August 2022. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS -- with CAPTIONS and PHOTO CREDITS -- to that address. (Our "snail mail" address is Triangle Review, 2830 Manorcrest Court #442, Raleigh, NC 27609-8702.)


Aug. 26-27: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday: George and Ira Gershwin, Guy Bolton, and P.G. Wodehouse's Oh, Kay! (In Person) (White Iris Light Opera of the Meredith College Department of Music in Jones Auditorium at Meredith College in Raleigh). THE PRESENTER: and THE VENUE (scroll down): DIRECTIONS/MAP: and PARKING: COVID REQUIREMENTS: THE SHOW:,,, and,_Kay!. TICKETS: FREE but $5 donation suggested.. INFORMATION: 919-760-8600,, or PLEASE DONATE TO: Meredith College.

Raleigh Little Theatre's presentation of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee stars (from left) Ben Muller, Steve Pysnik, Jess Hill,
Ryan Vasconcellos, Nicholas A. Davis, Callie Colvard, Sydney Kain, Jared Michael Scott, and Maya Noor Saib (photo by Cindy McEnery)

Aug. 26-27 [NEW DATES]: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday: William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (In Person), conceived by Rebecca Feldman, directed and choreographed for RLT by Nancy Gardner Rich, and starring Ryan Vasconcellos as Chip Tolentino, Nicholas A. Davis as William Barfee, Maya Noor Saib as Marcy Park, Jess Hill as Rona Lisa Perretti, Ben Muller as Mitch Mahoney, Jared Michael Scott as Leaf Coneybear, Callie Colvard as Olive Ostrovsky, Sydney Kain as Logaine (Schwarzy), and Steve Pysnik as VP Douglas Panch (Raleigh Little Theatre in the Louise S. "Scottie" Stephenson Amphitheatre in Raleigh). PROGRAM: VIDEOS: 2021-22 SEASON: THE PRESENTER:,,,,, and RLT PODCAST: THE VENUE: DIRECTIONS: MAPS/PARKING/TRANSIT: ACCESSIBILITY: COVID REQUIREMENTS: THE SHOW:,, and TICKETS: $27 ($23 students and seniors 62+), plus taxes and fees. Click here to buy tickets. NOTE: All shows are wheelchair accessible, and assistive-listening devices are available for all shows. INFORMATION: 919-821-3111 or PLEASE DONATE TO: Raleigh Little Theatre. Nancy Gardner Rich's Director and Choreographer's Notes.

Aug. 26-28: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday: August Wilson's Fences (In Person), directed by Jamal Farrar and featuring Thomasi McDonald as Troy Maxson, Connie Leach as Rose Maxson, Ajani Kambòn as Jim Bono, Jay Randall as Cory Maxson, Benaiah Barnes as Lyons, Vincent Drayton as Gabriel Maxson, and Mia Burton as Raynell Maxson (Pure Life Theatre in Leggett Theatre in Main Building at William Peace University in Raleigh). TRAILER: VIDEOS: 2021-22 SEASON: THE PRESENTER:,,, and THE VENUE: DIRECTIONS: COVID REQUIREMENTS: THE PLAY:,,,, and THE SCRIPT (excerpts): THE PLAYWRIGHT:,,,,, and TICKETS: $22 ($20 students, seniors, and active-duty military personnel; $50 Dinner Theatre Night on Friday; and $15 per person for groups 10+), plus taxes and fees. Click here to buy tickets. INFORMATION: 919-839-9505 or PLEASE DONATE TO: Pure Life Theatre. Kurt Benrud's Review.

On Aug. 12-28, NRACT will journey to Bikini Bottom for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical (photo by Elizabeth Marie Anderson)

Aug. 26-28: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday: Tina Landau and Kyle Jarrow's SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical (In Person), directed by Thomas Mauney and choreographed by Jess Barbour, with musical direction by Mary Kathryn Walston and tap choreography by Freddie Lee Heath (North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre in Raleigh). TRAILERS: 2022 SEASON: THE PRESENTER/VENUE:,,,, and DIRECTIONS: ACCESSIBILITY: COVID REQUIREMENTS: THE SHOW: and TICKETS: $22 ($20 students and teachers, seniors, and active-duty military personnel), plus taxes and fees. Click here to buy tickets. INFORMATION: 919-866-0228 or PLEASE DONATE TO: North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. Kurt Benrud's Review.

Aug. 26-28; Sept. 2-5, 9-11, 16-18: 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, with a 6:20 p.m. preshow, plus 7 p.m. Monday, with a 6:20 p.m. preshow on Sept. 5th and 3 p.m. Sunday, with a 2:20 p.m. preshow on Sept. 11th and 18th: The Meanwhile Clock and Other Impossible Dances (In Person) (Paperhand Puppet Intervention at UNC-Chapel Hill's Forest Theatre). VIDEOS: 2022 SUMMER SHOW & PRESHOW SCHEDULE: 2022 SUMMER SHOW Q≈A: THE PRESENTER:,,,, and THE VENUE:,, and DIRECTIONS/PARKING: MAP: COVID DASHBOARD: TICKETS: $20 ($10 for children aged 4-14, and FREE for children 3 and under), plus taxes and fees. Click here to buy tickets. INFORMATION: PLEASE DONATE TO: Paperhand Puppet Intervention.


Aug. 27: 7:30 p.m. Saturday: The Dream Team of Comedy Legends (In-Person benefit for Our Youth Matters), hosted by Brian Dawson and starring Brian Hooks, Pierre, Michael Colyar, Shucky Ducky, Chris Thomas, and Honest John (Robert Mitchener in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh). THE PRESENTER:,,, and THE VENUE:,,,, and DIRECTIONS/PARKING: COVID-19 VACCINATION AND MASK POLICY FAQS: CLEANING PROTOCOLS AND ATTENDEE SAFETY: TICKETS: $45 and up, plus taxes and fees. Click here to buy tickets. INFORMATION: 919-795-8609 or PLEASE DONATE TO: Our Youth Matters.

Aug. 27: 7 p.m. Saturday: Wild Mind Improv Presents: It's My Birthday Show! (In Person Variety Show), directed by Anoo Brod and starring Juliet Case Kaplan and Amy Shmania, plus Variety Show Acts, including Mmm Hmm Improv (featuring Jeffery Moore and Brian Thacker), stand-up comedian Brandy Renee Brown, pianist Ethan Lechner, and stand-up comedian Duchess Elena (Wild Mind Improv with Anoo Tree Broad in The ArtsCenter of Carrboro's Earl & Rhoda Wynn Theater). THE PRESENTER: THE VENUE:,,,, and DIRECTIONS/PARKING: COVID REQUIREMENTS (scroll down): TICKETS: $12, plus taxes and fees. Click here to buy tickets. INFORMATION: 919-929-2787 or PLEASE DONATE TO: The ArtsCenter of Carrboro.

Aug. 27: 7, 8:30, and 10 p.m. Saturday: Bananas (In Person), hosted by comedian Dink "Mr. Ghettorauchi" Kearney (Laser Theatre at the Rialto Theatre in Raleigh). THE PRESENTER: THE VENUE:,, and DIRECTIONS/MAP: COVID REQUIREMENTS (scroll down): DINK "MR. GHETTORAUCHI" KEARNEY:,,,, and TICKETS: $15, plus taxes and fees. Click here to buy tickets. INFORMATION: 919-856-8683 or PLEASE DONATE TO: The Rialto Theatre.

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Jo Koy: Funny Is Funny World Tour, starring the popular Comedy Central and Netflix stand-up comedian, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27th

Aug. 27: 8 p.m. Saturday: Jo Koy: Funny Is Funny World Tour (In Person) (Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham). VIDEOS: THE PRESENTER/VENUE:,,,, and DIRECTIONS: PARKING: DPAC COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS: JO KOY:,,,, and TICKETS: $47.50 and up, plus taxes and ticket fees. Click here to buy tickets. INFORMATION: 919-680-2787 or

Aug. 28: 6 p.m. Sunday: Stand Up Ameica Tour (In Person), featuring Terrence K. Williams and Steve "Mudflap" McGrew (A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh). VIDEOS: (Terrence K. Williams) and (Steve "Mudflap" McGrew). THE VENUE:,,,, and DIRECTIONS/PARKING: DECPA SAFETY & SECURITY POLICIES: TICKETS: $35 and up, plus taxes and fees. Call 800-982-2787 or click here to buy tickets. INFORMATION: 919-996-8700 or

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