chapel hill

cyrano de bergerac

playmakers rep–Not many people know that Cyrano de Bergerac was actually an historical figure–a gay French soldier and writer of the early 1600s, whose most lasting literary contributions pertain, alas, to science fiction, and not romance. Nevertheless, Edmond Rostand’s poetic, self-denying swordsman has become the preferred version of history–and that’s what we’ll see tonight when Ray Dooley returns from the European premiere of Doubt to play the title role. The show runs through May 7 at the Center for Dramatic Art on UNC-CH campus. Tickets are $10-40; call 962-PLAY for reservations. –Byron Woods

durham

darwin’s nightmare

duke university–Those who have responded to The Constant Gardener‘s portrait of Western governments exploiting African poverty at the behest of drug companies may want to venture to Darwin’s Nightmare, another film about an African biological catastrophe. This 2004 documentary by Hubert Sauper begins with the introduction of non-native Nile perch into Lake Victoria, subsequently tracing the human miseries they reap. The free screening is in Griffith Theater at 8 p.m. –David Fellerath