by Lenise Willis
The Greensboro Historical Museum continues 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 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15. For more information on other events celebrating O. Henry’s 150th birthday visit www.greensborohistory.org, or www.greensborolibrary.org.
North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s main-stage production of the classic Romeo and Juliet continues at High Point Theatre through Sept. 30. Friday through Sunday, Theatre Alliance presents The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, which then continues on Sept. 19-23. Filled with witty and comical songs, the musical sequel tells the tale of a Nevada brothel, which has been seized by the IRS for millions in back taxes, and Miss Mona who has been sent to recover the huge chunk of change.
Also on Friday, Kernersville Little Theatre presents The Woman in Black, a ghostly tale, continuing through Saturday and then Sept. 21-22; 27-30 at Cupid’s Park Theatre, Korner’s Folly. In the play, a man comes face to face with a horrifying spirit — the Woman in Black — while settling the estate of a reclusive widow. Unable to bear this secret any longer, the man seeks the help of a young actor to assist in telling the dark tale. The play is based on Susan Hill’s book, which also inspired the recent motion picture The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Triad Stage’s 12th season continues with 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.
Coming up next week, Open Space Café Theatre will perform The Kathy and Mo Show in their new space beginning next Thursday, and UNCG Theatre will present Reasons to be Pretty, also beginning next Thursday.