by Lenise Willis

This is the last week of performances of Barn Dinner Theatre’s Saturday Night at Old Smokey, a comedic drama about a fundraising jamboree and its humorous hurdles.

A fairytale classic continues in the Triad Friday through Sunday with Community Theatre of Greensboro’s Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids at CTG’s Starr Theatre on Elm Street. The production has a few new twists, like the song “Maleficent,” but maintains the classic plotline and all the favorite tunes.

Triad Stage continues to bring a bit of va-va-voom to its main stage in Greensboro with its production of Dirty Blonde, a love story inspired by the real Mae West, a sexy and bawdy creature.

Thursday through Saturday, John Gamble Dance Theatre presents On the Edge as part of the Greensboro’s 13th Annual Fringe Festival at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. The performance includes several original pieces including choreography inspired by the Nordic legends of Iceland that describe the spiritual journey of healing from the wounds of war.

Fringe Dance 2 also takes place at the Cultural Arts Center Thursday through Saturday and features new works by AWW Performance Company, Melanie Greene, Lindsey Howie, JOYEMOVEMENT, Kearns Dance Project and Leslie Noble.

For an extra spicy dance performance, check out Not Your Mother’s Fairie Tales at the Carolina Theatre’s The Crowne. Four tales will be narrated not just through words, but through live music, cabaret and burlesque performances, as well as J-set dancing, a type of dance styled after marching bands.

Saturday through Sunday, Killer Quack, another Fringe Festival play, will perform at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. The story, filled with murder, deception and friendship, focuses on a handsome con artist posing as a dermatologist.

Kicking off February will be the Fringe Festival’s An Evening of Short Plays presented by the Drama Center’s Playwright’s Forum. The event includes eight original, never-before-produced plays at the Greensboro Cultural Center.

Twin City Stage will continue the romantic month with a production of Pride and Prejudice.

Another special performance coming soon is the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center’s poetic Black History Month series, which begins in late February. !