by Lenise Willis

by Lenise Willis

New this week, Open Space Café Theatre performs Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show in their new space, located at 4094 Battleground Ave., beginning Thursday and continuing through Sept. 30. Actresses Kathy and Mo play men and women struggling through modern life scenarios, such as teenagers on a first date, sisters at their grandmother’s funeral and a couple together in a country-western bar.

UNCG Theatre also begins a new production this week with Reasons to be Pretty, playing Thursday through Sunday. This drama asks the question, “How much is pretty worth?” when a man makes an offhand remark about a female coworker’s attractive looks and the comment makes it back to his girlfriend. As their relationship crumbles, the couple’s social circle is forced to deal with deceit, betrayal and infidelity.

Wednesday through Sunday, Theatre Alliance presents The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, a comical musical sequel that tells the tale of a Nevada brothel that has been seized by the IRS for millions in back taxes.

Also continuing this week is North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s main-stage production of the classic Romeo and Juliet continues at High Point Theatre, which plays through Sept. 30.

Preparing early for Halloween, Kernersville Little Theatre continues its ghost story, The Woman in Black, which plays Friday and Saturday, and Sept. 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.

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.