by Lenise Willis
North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (NCShakes) is celebrating this final Friday of August with a “Final Friday” celebration, a monthly entertainment series. The Winston- Salem improv comedy group Nekkid Feet will perform at the theatre’s Spirit Center in High Point. Doors open at 7 p.m. Event is limited to ages 18 and up. Admission is $10 at the door.
To promote its upcoming Shakespearean classic, NCShakes continues hosting a series of Shakespeare Slams, the second of which is Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at Community Arts Café in Winston-Salem.
Individuals and small groups will have a time limit of five minutes to present sonnets or short scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. No registration is required. Event is free and participants of all ages will be given a free gift. The main-stage production of Romeo and Juliet will be at High Point Theatre Sept. 9-30.
In other news, Triad Stage is gearing up for the start of its 12th season with a presentation of Trouble in Mind, Alice Childress’ comedydrama about gender, race, attitudes and egos. The play is set in 1957 and follows the backstage scene of a diverse group of actors rehearsing for what they believe to be the next great drama. The real drama ensues as a gifted African-American actress has the chance to play the lead role in a Broadway show, if she doesn’t mind compromising her principles. Previews begin Sunday. Opening night performance is Sept 7.
Coming up next week, the Greensboro Historical Museum will present 5 by O. Henry, an annual presentation that features stage adaptations of short stories written by Greensboro’s most famous literary native, William Sidney Porter, whose pen name was O. Henry. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6-8, Sept. 13-15; and at 3 p.m. Sept. 8, 9, 15, 16. Tickets are $15. For more information on other events celebrating O. Henry’s 150th birthday visit www.greensborohistory.org, or www.greensborolibrary.org.
Also, the Greensboro Coliseum just announced last week that Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job will come to the War Memorial stage Sept. 22. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit the coliseum’s website.