by Lenise Willis

by Lenise Willis

Beginning Thursday, 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. Thursday through Sunday, 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, or

Thursday, Saturday and Monday, the Hanesbrands Theatre will show Live in HD screenings of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, as performed by the National Theatre of London.

To promote its upcoming Shakespearean classic, Romeo and Juliet, NCShakes will host the last of its Shakespeare Slams Saturday, at 4 p.m., at Tate Street Coffee House, Greensboro. 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.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s main-stage production of Romeo and Juliet will be at High Point Theatre Sunday through Sept. 30.

Triad Stage’s 12th season begins Friday with an opening night production of Trouble in Mind, Alice Childress’ comedy-drama 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.

Saturday night, check out Greensboro College’s Huggins Auditorium for an enlightening and fascinating presentation of dance. The world dance benefit, which will feature African dance, bellydance, sword balancing and more, is sponsored by the Torque Bellydance troupe and Twisted Dance Studios. All proceeds go to Triad Health Project, a local organization that gives financial, medical and emotional support to HIV/AIDS patients and their families. The fourth annual event will host esteemed dancers from across the state. Tickets are $15 at the door. Event is 7:30-9:30 p.m.