Arts Notes, May 11

May 9, 2014 

TheatreFest at NCSU

N.C. State University has announced its 2014 TheatreFest series. Season tickets are $39, any two performances are $29, adult tickets are $17, senior citizen/student tickets are $15, and NCSU students are $5. Find a full schedule at NCSU.edu/theatre/theatrefest.

•  There Goes the Bride: Overworked, underpaid, stressed-out advertising executive Timothy Westerby hits his head on the morning of his daughter's society wedding and awakes to find himself in the company of Polly Perkins, a 1920s Flapper girl conjured straight out of his current advertising campaign. Another bump on the head transports Timothy back to 1926 and the Savoy hotel, and the wedding preparations disintegrate into chaos. Friends and family attempt to lead Timothy back to reality and his daughter down the aisle before the newly arrived in-laws abandon the wedding. Performance dates run from May 29 to June 13.

•  Walking Across Egypt: Mattie Rigsbee has as much business keeping a stray dog as she would walking across Egypt–which is also the title of her favorite hymn. She’s an independent, strong-minded senior citizen who is afraid she is slowing down and no longer needed. When teenage delinquent Wesley Benfield drops in on her life, he is even less likely a companion than the stray dog. But, of course, the dog never tasted her mouth-watering cornbread. Play runs from June 5 through 22.

•  Death by Design: Mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie, and you have a delightful and mysterious “mash-up” of two of the greatest English writers of all time. A playwright and his actress wife flee London after a disastrous opening night. They meet with a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingénue and a zany modern dancer – each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, it’s left to the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide to solve the crime. Play runs from June 19 through 29.

Events at Roundabout

Roundabout Art Collective, located at 305 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, hosts events displaying artists’ work regularly. Visit RoundaboutArtCollective.com for more information.

• City of Oaks, a series of painting by Ruth Little, will be open throughout May. The exhibition features famous Raleigh landmarks viewed through the oak canopies of Dix Hill and Moore Square. The artist’s proceeds will benefit Trees Across Raleigh, a non-profit dedicated to planting trees in public areas in Raleigh.

• David Hyman’s photographs of Italy will be displayed and on sale from June 4 to 29. A reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6, and an artist’s talk will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

• An exhibition on glass as a dynamic medium will hold a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6, alongside the exhibition of David Hyman’s photographs. The exhibition explores the ability of glass to flow when in a liquid state.

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