by Lenise Willis

Cirque du Soleil has already rolled out of town, arriving today in Columbia, SC with its Quidam production. If you weren’t able to catch the Greensboro Coliseum show, which was filled with jaw-dropping feats of agility, athleticism and vocals, you can find pictures of some of the performers on the A&E cover. In short, it was a traveling “circus” performance that evoked emotion with a beautiful theatrical spin.

Still ongoing, now through May 19, is Barn Dinner Theatre’s production of The Color Purple, The Musical.

Triad Stage continues its main-stage production, the classic love story of My Fair Lady, this week through May 5.

Wednesday through Sunday, UNCG Theatre presents Top Girls, a witty play set in 1980 England, in which a go-getting businesswoman hosts a dinner party with all of the powerful women from myth and history as guests. Performances are in the oncampus Brown Building Theatre. Play is not appropriate for children.

New on Friday is Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem’s If You Give a Mouse A Cookie and Other Storybooks. It’s final show of the season, the play is a compilation of “mini musicals” based on several children’s books. Performances are at the Arts Council Theatre Friday at 10 a.m. and noon, and Saturday at 11 a.m. There will be a season finale reception with refreshments after Saturday’s performance.

Also on Friday, Heirloom Puppet Theatre performs an encore performance of Yellow Star, a children’s puppet show about people standing against injustice during World War II. Showtimes are about every 30 minutes from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Frank Horton Museum Center.

Beginning next Thursday, Salem Academy theatre will present William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth in the Drama Workshop of Elberson Fine Arts Center. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. May 2-4 and 2 p.m. May 5. Admission is free and open to the public.

Also coming up next week is Greensboro City Arts’ production Rivalry, a play about the situations between individuals, cliques and gangs that lead to teen violence. Written by teens and adults in the Triad, the play gives perspective on one factor that spawns fights, bullying and juvenile crime. Performances are May 3-4, 17-18 in the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center.