by Lenise Willis

First, my apologies for any broken hearts last Valentine’s weekend. There were a few promised date-night shows that were cancelled due to the Triad’s battle with the snowpocalypse. But have no fear; at least one of those shows has been re-scheduled, plus there are a few new ones this week that are sure to lift your spirits.

For starters, the Rickey Smiley Comedy Show at the Greensboro Coliseum was rescheduled for March 14 and tickets for the Feb. 14 show will be honored.

Continuing its performances this week through March 2 is Triad Stage’s Anna Christie, a Eugene O’Neill play about love at sea. When a long-lost daughter finds her father, the two set sail in search of her unknown family. On the way they rescue a sailor and the daughter falls in love, only to worry about her threatening past.

NC Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare To Go educational performances continue this week too, presenting fast-forward versions of Hamlet and The Comedy of Errors at several local schools, including: South Davie Middle in Mocksville on Wednesday, William Ellis Middle in Advance on Friday, Aycock Middle in Greensboro on Tuesday and High Point Central High next Friday.

Also on Wednesday, the hit musical Rock of Ages performs at the Greensboro Coliseum as part of the Triad Best of Broadway series. This hilarious, feelgood love story is told through the hit songs of iconic rockers including Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar and Whitesnake.

Thursday, NC Shakespeare Festival will be hosting a reception for educators in their honor at the Spirit Center in High Point. NC Shakes invites all educators to attend and enjoy complimentary refreshments, door prizes, entertainment and the opportunity to learn more about their outreach programs. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by contacting sherri.raeford@ or 336-841-2273.

Next week, Theatre Alliance will be presenting Bare, A Pop Opera starting Wednesday, Feb. 26. The show contains brief nudity and graphic sexual content, so needless to say… it’s not recommended for children. It is, however, recommended for adults breaking free of their children for a date night.

Also, look for a preview of Gruesome Playground Injuries in next week’s Yes! Weekly. !