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by Lenise Willis

Whether you’re looking to score brownie points this Valentine’s Day, or simply want to escape the hordes of red and pink, there are plenty of theater productions this week that will do the trick.

On Valentine’s Day — that’s Thursday for the non-romantics — Greensboro City Arts presents a free “Sweet Sounds” Valentine’s Day dance and concert at the Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse. Concertgoers are invited to get up and dance or just sit back, relax and enjoy the music. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

Also on Valentine’s Day, High Point Theatre hosts Best of Broadway: You Raise Me Up!, a mixed concert of academy-award winning songs and romantic Broadway classics, such as selections from Phantom of the Opera.

High Point University Theatre will showcase the talents of students at the annual HPU Dance Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the Pauline Hayworth Theatre of the Fine Arts Center. The event is open to the public.

Thursday through Sunday, Community Theatre of Greensboro stages Doubt, A Parable, a brilliant and powerful drama about the formidable Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, who runs her church middle school with an iron fist and impervious moral rectitude. She takes matters into her own hands when she suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

Then, on Friday, UNCG Theatre will pay tribute to one of the most romantic and heart-wrenching plays in history, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Running through Feb. 24 in Taylor Theatre on campus, the play has been adapted as “cool, hip,” as the characters are set in a futuristic world of high fashion.

Any women simply looking for a girl’s night out this weekend are sure to enjoy the lovable sorority sister, Elle, in Theatre Alliance’s Legally Blonde, the Musical, which continues to run Wednesday through Sunday.

NC Shakespeare Festival’s 33 Variations, a new drama, also continues this weekend at Hanesbrands Theatre. The music-filled drama shifts in time from present-day Germany, to 19th century Vienna. Performances continue through Feb. 24.

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