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by Lenise Willis

Unfortunately the weather has been a bit soggy lately, but the good news is that new and exciting plays abound this week, providing the perfect way to escape the rainy-day blues.

Triad Stage’s main-stage production, the classic love story of My Fair Lady, wraps up its final runs this week, with the closing performance on Sunday.

Beginning new on Thursday, Salem Academy Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth in the Drama Workshop of Elberson Fine Arts Center. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public.

Appearing in her bare stocking feet, comedian Jeanne Robertson performs at High Point Theatre Thursday only. Speaking English and Southern, she’ll tell us why it’s a bad idea to send a man to the grocery store, go rafting without a Baptist in the boat or bungee-jump naked.

Greensboro City Arts aids in bully awareness with its new production Rivalry, a play about situations between individuals, cliques and gangs that lead to teen violence. Running Friday and Saturday, and continuing May 17-18, the new script was written by teens and adults in the Triad. Performances are in the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center.

On select days Friday through May 19, Theatre Alliance is bringing back one of its favored productions, Tuna Does Vegas, in which a hilarious bunch of eccentric small-town Texan characters ar portrayed by only two actors.

Also new on Friday is My Big Gay Italian Wedding, as performed by the Community Theatre of Greensboro in its space on 520 S. Elm St. Continuing all weekend, with encore performances May 9-12, the play features a bit of bickering relatives, a crazed wedding coordinator and a jealous ex-boyfriend, who’s set on ruining the wedding.

For a special Saturday treat, check out Greensboro Symphony’s unique “movie” performance, where they’ll be playing some of the classic pieces from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, Jurassic Park and more. As a fun visual aid, the Carolina Garrison 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion will appear in costume as some of the featured characters. There’s a family matinee performance at 2 p.m. and an evening concert at 8 p.m. at Westover Church.

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