Events Calendar


6Public performance, Improv Incubator, Common Ground Theatre, Durham (8 pm)

22Public performance, Return to Ray's Diner, Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd, Durham, (8 p.m.). Admission: $15 general; $10 student/senior. Advance tickets are available exclusively at Advance tickets are available exclusively at Brown Paper Tickets. Please note we cannot accommodate late seating at this show!

Transactors Improv returns to Ray's Diner after a successful first visit in September.

Ray's Diner sits on a two-lane highway just outside a small southern town. A few years after the diner opened in 1972, an Interstate highway bypassed the town. Yet Ray's persists, a haven for hungry souls: regulars and random passersby, truckers and drifters, businesspeople and families on vacation. The diner, one long room with booths and a counter with fixed stools, is clean but hasn't been renovated since it opened its doors. The town may be small but Ray's is a gateway to a larger world.

Return to Ray's Diner is a long-form spontaneous theater piece conceived and directed by company member Steven Warnock. Joining Warnock in the cast will be company members Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, Jane Allen Wilson, and guests Tamara Kissane and Rick Skarbez.

29Public performance, Transactors Improv: for Families!, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (6 p.m.). Admission: $10 general; $8 seniors, $6 students and ArtsCenter Friends. Visit The ArtsCenter or call (919) 929-2787 for tickets, more information, and directions.

I'm Stuffed--Let's Play, our Thanksgiving-themed family show, will focus on eating lots and playing more! This 45-minute performance features short improv scenes based on YOUR suggestions. The content is appropriate for children (K-8) and adults--and adults who act like children.

Audience member Jen writes, “Shane has officially caught the improv bug. He surprised me by volunteering to go up on stage at the Transactors for Families show this evening. All the way home, he said he wants to do more improv and that he loved it.”

The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson.


19Public performance, Going/Home: A Musical Show About Being There and Getting There for the Holidays, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (8 p.m.). Admission: $15 general; $12 seniors, $10 students and ArtsCenter Friends. Visit The ArtsCenter or call (919) 929-2787 for tickets, more information, and directions.

“Whatever your religion or lack thereof may be, the holidays are usually about home,” says director Greg Hohn. “We seem to be heading there or waiting for others to arrive to celebrate the various things we celebrate. Sometimes we’re just going home in our minds to a simpler time in the past or a better time in the future.

“The audience will follow numerous characters and their storylines. While not being an out-and-out musical, the show will have lots of music, including singing by the actors. Everything is improvised, including the melodies, lyrics, and choreography.”

This two-act show features live musical accompaniment by Fred Jacobowitz (clarinet), Rob Ladd (drums), and musical director Glenn Mehrbach (piano). Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, and Steve Scott make up the cast. Jenn Evans masters technical effects from the booth.

Musical director Glenn Mehrbach first worked with Transactors in 2000. Formerly musical director for cabaret chanteuse Andrea Marcovicci, and pianist and arranger for Carolina Ballet, Glenn is currently Music Director at Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist, Music Performance Instructor at Camelot Academy in Durham, and Staff Associate in the Music and Theatre departments at Duke University.

Drummer Rob Ladd has a resume as long as your arm with a drumstick in it. He has played on recordings by and on tour with artists including Roger Daltrey, Susanna Hoffs, Alanis Morissette, Tom Paxton, the Red Clay Ramblers, and the Pressure Boys.

Clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz received bachelors and masters degrees from the Juilliard School and made his New York Debut at Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weill Hall) as winner of the Artists International Competition. After establishing a career in New York, Jacobowitz became Principal Clarinetist in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (1989-2002). He is equally at home in the worlds of classical, jazz, folk, and klezmer. He has performed as recitalist and soloist throughout the US and Canada and in Panama.

31Public performances, First Night Raleigh, Fletcher Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh (7, 9, and 10:30 pm)