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by Lenise Willis

This is the last week of Triad Stage and PlayMakers Repertory Company’s co-production of Mountaintop. The drama, running Wednesday through Sunday, features a characterization of Martin Luther King, Jr. after delivering one of his historic speeches. Upon returning to his hotel room, King is thrown off balance by a very attractive maid who eventually reveals herself to be much more than he first believed.

As the mysterious visitor guides the way through the dangers and the joys of the journey to the Mountaintop, the play celebrates King as an iconic and triumphant man in history.

Continuing its performances Thursday through Saturday, Guilford College presents Rumors, a farce about a deputy mayor of New York who accidentally shoots himself before his wife suddenly disappears.

Also performing Thursday through Saturday is Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in its concert, Deliverance, a presentation of two musical pieces, Jewish Rhapsody and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.

Meanwhile, on Friday night only, UNC School of the Arts presents UNCSA Symphony Orchestra: Verdi’s Requiem, another choral and orchestral masterpiece.

Touring Theatre of North Carolina presents the world premiere of Deployed Friday and Saturday, as well as next Friday and Saturday at Mack and Mack Showroom in downtown Greensboro.

Deployed will take the form of a Readers Theatre production featuring poetry and prose written by veterans and their family members; it includes entries from seven wars that America has participated in on foreign soil.

Coming soon, the High Point University Theatre Department will host Into the Woods, a musical retelling of the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Stephen Sondheim and written by James Lapine. The show will be held Nov. 14-17 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.

Also coming next week is Community Theatre of Greensboro’s annual production of The Wizard of Oz at the Carolina Theatre.

And all three of the Winston-Salem Symphony youth orchestras — Premiere Strings, Youth Philharmonic and Youth Symphony — will perform on Nov. 18, at the Stevens Center of UNC School of the Arts.

Audiences are encouraged to donate new unwrapped toys for children up to age 12 at the concert. The toys will be distributed through The Salvation Army’s Christmas program.

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