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by Lenise Willis

Many theaters have wrapped up their seasons for the summer, but thanks to the collaborative efforts of Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre, Theatre 232 is back with both thought-provoking and family-fun productions.

God of Carnage, winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, performs Thursday through June 29, as well, in the Brown Building Theatre. The stimulating tale depicts two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos.

Saturday, Noodle Doodle Box, a child-appropriate play, appears at the Brown Building Theatre on select dates through June 29. The play follows the zany actions of two competing clowns who refuse to share and collaborate until they are forced to unit against a drum major who is trying to pit them against one another.

And, finally, Judith of Bethulia, an outrageous and bawdy celebration of the Hollywood Biblical epic, will begin production next week, performing June 20-29 in the Upstage Cabaret, immediately following Tennessee Playboy.

Triad Stage’s mainstage production of Tennessee Playboy, Preston Lane’s redneck romance, has its opening night this Friday, which means ticket holders will also enjoy a post-production party, complete with dinner appetizers, with the cast. The fun, but dark and edgy comedy takes place in a lonely truck stop where a man admits to killing his father.

His story is so thrilling and his deed so daring that instead of turning him over to the law, the locals embrace him as a hero. But his fortunes change when his “dead” father suddenly appears.

Then, on Sunday, Triad Stage hosts a special “InSight” production of the play, in which a noted expert will give the audience an in-depth peek in a post-show analysis. Play runs through June 30.

In other news, the Barn Dinner Theatre is auditioning this week, on Saturday and Monday, for Love Machine The Musical, which celebrates classic Motown and soul. For inquiries, e-mail Nate Alston at nathanalston@me.com.

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