Arts Listings, Jan. 22

January 22, 2014 

  • PlayMakers presents stylish, sharp ‘Private Lives’

    Noël Coward was a mannered and modern Englishman, an Oscar Wilde for the 20th Century.

    UNC Playmakers this week opens “Private Lives,” a marriage comedy with some of Coward’s most beloved songs.

    Coward led a colorful life in love and literature. Playwright, composer and wit, he amused famous friends and worldwide audiences.

    Born in London, raised in high society and theater, Coward went from child actor to writer, one of the most popular of his time.

    Plays such as “Easy Virtue,” “Semi-Monde” and “Blithe Spirit” were stylish, modern and sharp. As a dramatist, he was not afraid to hit adult themes or to ring a political bell.

    His script for the WWII propaganda film “In Which We Serve” helped the Allied effort, but didn’t escape Hollywood censors who objected to the cuss words.

    His career took a uniquely modern trajectory. In later years he had a Vegas show and was an early TV personality.

    Coward’s impact on Broadway and movies was tremendous.

    “Private Lives” opens Wednesday and runs through Feb. 9. It is directed by Sean Daniels.

    A stepped-up “Café Society” ticket gets you a Prohibition “mocktail” (meh) and table seating before the stage.

    When: Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. Sat-Sun

    Where: Paul Green Theatre, Country Club Road, Chapel Hill

    Tickets: $15 and up

    Info: 919-962-7529

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

Festivals/Events

HIP MUSIC FESTIVAL

The HIP (Historically Informed Performance) Music Festival continues through Friday, Feb. 7, in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. mallarmemusic.org.

Music

BALDWIN AUDITORIUM

1336 Campus Drive. Jan. 25: Ciompi Quartet. Jan. 26: Red Clay Saxophone Quartet. dukeperformances.duke.edu/venues/baldwin-auditorium.

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. Jan. 25: “A Cappella Jam.” Feb. 5: America. Feb. 7: Travis Tritt. Feb. 9: Buddy Guy. Feb. 12: Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams, Giulio Carmassi. Feb. 13: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Valerie June. Feb. 14: Jon Batiste. Feb. 15: The Wailin’ Jennys. Feb. 16: “Romantic European Riches.” Feb. 24: Brett Dennen. Feb. 28: The Mavericks. March 2: The Durham Symphony, “Music and Musicians of N.C.” March 14: Rosanne Cash. March 22: Arturo Sandoval. March 23: The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, The Concert Singers of Cary, “A Touch of Neo-Classicism.” April 10: Jesse Cook. April 18: Ben Sollee. May 11: The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, “The Past Meets the Present.” 919-560-3030, www.carolinatheatre.org.

DUKE CHAPEL

401 Chapel Drive. Jan. 26: David Arcus. Feb. 9: Kidznotes, Duke Chapel Choir. 919-660-3333, music.duke.edu.

DUKE UNIVERSITY

April 6, Page Auditorium: Kidznotes, Duke Chamber Players. 919-684-4444, dukeperformances.duke.edu.

DURHAM ARMORY

220 Foster St. Jan. 26: Durham Symphony Orchestra, “A Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.” 919-491-6576, durhamsymphony.org.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. Jan. 31: Pixies, Cults. Feb. 8: Gov’t Mule. March 8: Celtic Woman. March 18: The Moody Blues. March 20: The Ten Tenors-On Broadway. March 24: Crosby, Stills and Nash. March 27: Zakir Hussain. April 6: Get The Led Out. May 1: Rob Thomas. May 9: Brit Floyd. June 5: Weezer. dpacnc.org.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

305 E. Main St. Jan. 26: Women’s Voices Chorus, “Songs of My Sisters.” Feb. 2: Mallarmé Chamber Players, “Baroque Hipsters.”

HAYTI HERITAGE CENTER

804 Old Fayetteville St. Feb. 5: Angélique Kidjo. 919-683-1709, hayti.org.

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL

723 Rigsbee Ave. Jan. 23: Lowland Hum, Look Homeward. Jan. 24: Django Haskins, Gary Louris. Jan. 26: Anna Rose Beck. Feb. 23: The Recently Deceased, Motorbilly. Feb. 25: Augustines. motorcomusic.com.

PINHOOK

117 W. Main St. Jan. 29: Ras Kass, Copywrite. Jan. 31: Le1f. 919-667-1100, thepinhook.com.

SHARP NINE GALLERY

4608 Industry Lane. Feb. 8: Kate McGarry, Keith Ganz Duo. 919-486-5299, durhamjazzworkshop.org.

Receptions/Openings

VEGA METALS

214 Hunt St. Saturdays: Art Market. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 919-688-8267, www.vegametals.com.

Theater/Dance

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W. Morgan St. Feb. 8: “Defending the Caveman.” March 12: Scott Simon. March 13: Jim Jefferies. March 27-30: “The Sorcerer.” March 28: Jay Leno. April 8-13: “The Wizard of Oz.” April 29-30: “American Idiot.” May 3: Carolina Ballet, “Romeo and Juliet.” May 10: Brian Regan. May 13-18: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” May 30-June 1: “Mamma Mia!” 919-560-3030, carolinatheatre.org.

COMMON GROUND THEATRE

4815-B Hillsborough Road. Jan. 25: FatMouth Improv, “You’re the Boss of Us.” 919-698-3870, cgtheatre.com.

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

123 Vivian St. Jan. 21-26: “Once.” Feb. 1-2: “Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned.” Feb. 11: “The Book of Mormon.” March. 11-16: “Evita.” March 28: Jay Leno. April 5: Chelsea Handler. May 10: Brian Regan. dpacnc.org.

FULL FRAME THEATER

Power Plant at American Tobacco Campus, 320 Blackwell St. Feb. 6: “Shored Up.”

HISTORIC STAGVILLE

5828 Old Oxford Highway. Feb. 21-March 1: “Let Them Be Heard.” baretheatre.org.

TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

215 N. Church St. Feb. 7-8, 14-15: “Brigid Without a Story.” durhamfamilytheatre.wordpress.com.

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