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by Lenise Willis

New this week, the Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem Summer Playhouse presents Get Smart Friday and Saturday at the Arts Council Theatre. The young actors and actresses will take on the comedic challenge of Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 as they fight against the Russian spy group KAOS.

Thursday through Sunday, Kernersville Little Theatre will continue the Triad premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone, a Tony- Award winning “musical within a comedy,” which parodies the aloof 1920s musicals.

Also re-appearing Thursday through Sunday are the beautiful and reminiscent Wonderettes at Theatre Alliance. The four girls will recount their hopes and dreams through song, starting at their 1958 prom.

Continuing its last week of Triad performances, Triad Stage’s original Tennessee Playboy, runs through Sunday before heading to Boone. The comedy, written by its director, Preston Lane, has an odd and twisting plotline; however the regional redneck characters are hilarious mustsees. The play, set in 1975, depicts a man who wins the town’s favor by telling the celebrated story of how he killed his father.

Still performing through Saturday is Theatre 232’s God of Carnage in the Brown Building Theatre. As two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner, attitudes dissolve into childish manners.

Also continuing its performances through Saturday is Noodle Doodle Box, Theatre 232’s child-appropriate play at the Brown Building Theatre. The play follows the zany actions of two competing clowns and their eventual cooperation.

Judith of Bethulia, an outrageous and bawdy celebration of the Hollywood Biblical epic, will also continue its performances by Theatre 232, a Triad Stage and UNCG collaboration, through Saturday in the Upstage Cabaret, immediately following Tennessee Playboy.

Saturday, Hanesbrands Theatre presents a live in HD simulcast of the National Theater of Britain’s The Audience, which imagines a series of pivotal and private meetings between 12 prime ministers, from Churchill to Cameron, and Queen Elizabeth, II. Confessions and scandals are imagined as part of the true-to-life regularly scheduled meetings.

In other news, NCShakes will host auditions this Saturday for its first-ever teen theater production, Dracula. Auditions will consist of a few dry reads from the script at the NCShakes Spirit Center. No preparations necessary. For ages 12-18.

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