by Lenise Willis

Given the sporadic changes in weather we’ve been having and this week’s surprise ice storm, it’s probably for the best that not too many theatrical performances were scheduled for this week. There are, however, plenty of shows to look forward to in the full month ahead.

New this week is The Greensboro Children’s Theatre’s performance of the classic tale Pinocchio Friday through Sunday at the Dudley High School Auditorium. The performance is done in the style of Commedia Dell’ Arte and includes slap-stick comedy. The young actors were fortunate enough to receive training from a professional mime. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

Hanesbrands Theatre’s Live in HD films this week include Coriolanus on Saturday and National Theatre’s War Horse on Sunday. Coriolanus is a Shakespearean tragedy about political manipulation and revenge, and War Horse depicts both the beautiful fields of rural Devon and the trenches of France in WWI.

Continuing this week through April is Barn Dinner Theatre’s performance of Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping, a humorous musical about what it’s like growing up as a Lutheran in the 1950s. As always, a ticket to the performance includes a pre-show buffet dinner .

Next week, Paper Lantern Theatre Company takes its thought-provoking and strangely comical Gruesome Playground Injuries to Winston-Salem’s Hanesbrands Theatre. Performing March 13-16, the play follows two friends who over a span of 30 years run into each other at the nurse’s station, emergency room and other uncomfortable locations.

Looking ahead, UNCG Theatre will present A Year with Frog and Toad March 18-21 at the Taylor Theatre on campus. The whimsical show follows two unlikely friends, a cheerful frog and a grumpy toad, through the four seasons.

Also later this month, Theatre Alliance presents Aida with music by Elton John. The contemporary musical is a take on a classic tale of an enslaved Nubian princess and the bond between her and an Egyptian soldier. Their forbidden love mirrors that of Romeo and Juliet, in that their devotion to one another transcends even when they are forced to face death or part forever. !