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by Lenise Willis

If you’re in the mood to reminisce about the good old days, or just hear some groovy music, this week is the final run of Kernersville Little Theatre’s The Marvelous Wonderettes, which features music from the 50s and 60s.

UNC School of the Arts presents the tense mystery The Shawl as part of a Studio IV workshop presentation Thursday through Saturday. The performance, featuring a fortuneteller who is tempted to use his skill for evil, is at Patrons Theatre on campus.

Thursday through Sunday, Twin City Stage finishes its runs of Is He Dead?, a comedy adapted by David Ives, based on Mark Twain’s play. The madcap farce features a young Parisian painter who fakes his own death after realizing that only dead painters claim fame and fortune. Disguised as his twin sister, he’s able to disappear and his plan succeeds, until he meets the girl of his dreams and needs to be brought back to life.

This weekend through Oct. 4, Community Theatre of Greensboro is performing The Lion King, Jr., which is part of a summer-long learning experience. About 50 students have been involved in the production, from acting to creating African masks.

Coming soon is Triad Stage’s production of Wit, a play that explores what brings people together as a community. When an English professor is diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is admitted into an experimental chemotherapy program, she begins to reassess her life and reinterpret her work. She is transformed as she faces her challenge head on. The drama runs Sept. 30-Oct. 17 at Hanesbrands Theatre.

Also coming soon is Theatre Alliance’s staged reading of The Boys in the Band, in which a man from upper eastside Manhattan throws a wild birthday party for a “32-year old, pockmarked” friend. The wild party is fun until a game of “truth” reveals resentment among the guests. The one-time reading is Oct. 2.

UNCG Theatre’s first production for the new school year will be Hairspray Oct. 1-8 at Taylor Theatre. !

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