by Lenise Willis

If you want to check out a show that left a YES! Weekly columnist searching for words (see review to left), then visit Theatre Alliance in Winston-Salem this weekend for its peculiar play, When Pigs Fly. The show contains songs, dances and outrageous sketches that serve as a bit of playful propaganda for gay rights. The show runs every night Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 26.

The 12 th Annual Greensboro Fringe Festival is finally here, demonstrating the creative works of local playwrights and artists Thursday through Feb. 9 at Greensboro Cultural Center. Kicking off the festival is Fringe Dance 1, a collection of choreography from five local women Thursday through Saturday.

Also running Thursday through Saturday as part of the festival is Ophelos, a multi-form performance that uses dance, theater, music and visual art to tell the story of Ophelia’s struggle to turn Hamlet away from violence.

Saturday through Monday, Patience & Hannah, a one-act original play, will have its debut at the Greensboro Fringe Festival, as well. The show tells the story of a young woman searching for her sister, Patience, who disappeared after their mother died.

The festival will present more than 22 original pieces in all. For tickets and a schedule of shows visit Entry is a suggested donation of $10 unless otherwise stated.

In other news this week, Community Theatre of Greensboro is holding auditions for Legally Blonde The Musical at CTG’s Studio on the fourth floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center. Audition dates are Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. Production runs March 28-April 13.

The theater asks that participants bring a prepared song with sheet music or a non-vocals CD, comfortable clothes and proper footwear for movement.

Coming up next week, Jan. 31 through Feb. 4, UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem presents Les Contes d’Hoffman, or “The Tales of Hoffman,” a romantic opera about a poet searching for love who finds that it lies just beyond his reach.

Already worried about where to take your Valentine this year? Plan ahead and grab a ticket to Moondance, A New Cabaret at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret in Greensboro. Visit triadstage. org for more information. !