by Lenise Willis

March Madness is around the corner and basketball fans aren’t the only ones getting revved up. Triad theaters are in full swing and concerts, ballets and play abound.

Wednesday is a big day for UNC School of the Arts. First off, its students will present a chamber music festival, featuring both traditional and contemporary trios, quartets and quintets. Performances are in Watson Hall.

Meanwhile, in the school’s Patrons Theatre in Performance Place, drama students will take on Misalliance, an insightful play on courtship and marriage that takes place in a single afternoon in England.

Also on Wednesday, the school presents Angels In America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches, a Pulitzer Prize winning play that sparked conversation about gay rights. Performances are in Catawba Theatre.

Thursday, UNCSA presents a winter dance that celebrates the old and the new at the Stevens Center. Production runs through Sunday.

Also running Thursday through Sunday is UNC Greensboro’s production of two one-act plays, The Lover and The Proposal, in the Brown Building Theatre.

Continuing this week is Triad Stage’s production of Other Desert Cities, a clever and enlightening drama about family affairs. The play features a daughter who writes an exposing memoir in her efforts to heal after her brother’s treasury and suicide. Performances at the Hanesbrands Theatre run through Sunday.

New this week is Kernersville Little Theatre’s The Papers, a comedy about a woman caught in an inheritance scandal. Performances run Friday through Saturday and March 6-7.

Saturday, Greensboro City’s Drama Center Booster Club hosts a Mardi Gras party at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Cultural Center. There will be food and a performance by the improv troupe Sovlent Greensboro. Dress for a party and find out how you can volunteer, too.

Also new this weekend is Twin City Stage’s Play to Win: The Jackie Robinson Story. The inspiring musical, running Friday and Saturday, features the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player as he perseveres through racial hatred, insults and abuse while still giving it his all on the diamond.

Saturday through Sunday, Community Theatre of Greensboro continues A Raisin in the Sun.

Coming soon is High Point Community Theatre’s production of the classic musical Oklahoma! Performances run March 5-8. !