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This week, grab some dinner and a few local cold ones, then catch a show while you wait for the tipsy to wear off.

A real “man’s man” show highlighted with violence is The Homecoming, a parable of male competition and gamesmanship at UNC School of the Arts.

Performances, perfect for after a night of drinking with the guys, are Wednesday through Sunday at Patrons Theatre.

Of course, the only thing that can come close to the smooth satisfying taste of a good beer is a chocolate river. Running this week through April 4, Community Theatre of Greensboro presents Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at its Starr Theatre. Also continuing this week is Barn Dinner Theatre’s First Baptist of Ivy Gap, a drama set during WWII, which follows six women at First Baptist Church in Ivy Gap, Tennessee, who find comfort and redemption in one another.

Friday, a magical nanny will take over Twin City Stage for its production of Mary Poppins.

A musician returns home on Saturday for a performance at Triad Stage’s The Pyrle. Pop-and roll singer and songwriter Steve Everett, a Burlington native, returns from Nashville for his show Steve Everett in Concert. His style is fun, clever and catchy.

Next week Triad Stage presents Crimes of the Heart, a tale about a family reunion, troubled sisters and their very serious, yet hilarious problems. Performances begin April 5 in Greensboro.

Also coming soon is the winner of the Drama Center’s 2015 annual North Carolina New Play Project, The Osanbi Deal by Marilynn Barner Anselmi. Running April 9-19, the drama, set in rural North Carolina and filled with a few unexpected comic twists, is about a family living near a waste dump. Hidden truths about the family and the waste site collide in this commentary about modern life and mistakes from the past.

It’s not too late to see the real greatest show on Earth; Cirque is coming to the Greensboro Coliseum and tickets are on sale now. This year’s tour is even more unique—involving our very own Greensboro Symphony for the show Cirque de la Symphonie. !

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