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by Lenise Willis

UNCG Theatre has three productions running this week, Thursday through Sunday. Charlotte’s Web, the memorable story of a little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte, is presented in Taylor Theatre.

The Long Christmas Ride Home, running in the Brown Building Theatre, is a play about a road trip by two parents and their three young children to visit grandparents for the Christmas holiday, as well as the emotional turmoil undergone by various members of the family.

And the central action of Hot ‘N Throbbing revolves around the arrival of Clyde late on a Friday night, drunk and intending to proposition Charlene despite a restraining order against him because of past domestic violence. Not recommended for audiences 17 and younger due to themes and language.

Theatre Alliance presents for one night only a staged reading of God of Carnage Friday. The Tony Award-winning show tells the tale of a playground altercation that brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses — and the rum flows — tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

The free-admission event is to raise awareness of the ECHO Network (Everyone Can Help Out), an initiative to build a better community by providing opportunities to foster enriching, trusting and long-lasting relationships among diverse people.

Continuing its runs is Community Theatre of Greensboro’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Friday and Saturday at CTG’s new space, 520 S. Elm St. Check it out to see if this blockhead can win the heart of the Little Red- Haired Girl.

Also on Saturday, the Servant Center in partnership with the Greensboro Historical Museum present SALUTE! As We Go Back to the Greatest Generation from 6-9 p.m. at the beautiful, historic Empire Room in downtown Greensboro.

The benefit includes several interactive installations that encapsulate the era: oral histories, WWII exhibitions, a green screen photo booth and more. The Piedmont Swing Dance Society and Letters from Home, an Andrews Sisters’ tribute show, will provide the entertainment for the evening. The annual benefit honors veterans and raises funds to support the Servant Center’s programs that serve local veterans.

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