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by Lenise Willis

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and with it many of the romantic productions. This week’s focus has shifted to a historical one.

In honor of Black History Month Community Theatre of Greensboro performs Langston Hughes’ A Raisin in the Sun this week through March 1, highlighting a black family’s experience living in a poor Chicago neighborhood.

Saturday, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum will pay homage to the holiday with Evolution of a Dynasty, a stage play with poetry, song and dance.

Focusing on a very different moment in history is UNCG’s Cabaret, a musical set in a seedy nightclub in 1931 Berlin. The play is centered on the relationship between a young English cabaret performer and an American writer, who meet during the Nazi’s rise to power. Performances continue through Feb. 22 in the Taylor Theatre on campus.

Two groups are still trying to keep the romance alive, however.

New this week, for three performances only, is Open Space Café Theatre’s first production of 2015: South Pacific. The theater will perform the staged concert version of the romantic musical at the Carolina Theatre’s The Crown Thursday through Saturday.

Opening on Friday is the volunteer-run play Love Letters, which was arranged as a fundraiser for No to O, in honor of the organizer’s late wife who died of ovarian cancer. Performances are at Summit School in Winston-Salem.

Also ongoing this week is Triad Stage’s production of Other Desert Cities, a contemporary comic drama, at the Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem. The play features a family with split political views, a buried family secret about a son’s suicide, and a daughter looking to reveal it all in a memoir. Performances run through March 1.

In other news, Community Theatre of Greensboro is holding auditions Friday for Charlotte’s Web at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center with callback on Saturday. The theater is looking people ages seven to 18. Participants should come prepared for a cold reading from the script. All roles are open and the theater encourages everyone to try out.

Coming soon is Kernersville Little Theatre’s The Papers, a comical play about inheritance schemes, which runs Feb. 27-28 and March 6-7. !

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