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First off this week, let me just say how funny death was in Twin City Stage’s production of Is He Dead? last weekend. The production revolved around a talented, but poor and overlooked painter, who realizes his only way to get out of debt—and claim fame and fortune in the process—is to pretend he is dead. After all, painters don’t achieve greatness until after they have fallen. It is then they become a legacy.

Mark March, performing as the poor painter who faked his own death and then paraded around as his fake twin sister, was hilarious. His best performance was as the twin sister because he used every prop and costume detail to his advantage—especially his billowing 1800s skirt. The farce was silly, “punny” and a wonderfully good time. Other actors to note were John Shea as the old, but adorable father and widow, Kelly June Hutcheson as the overly perky Madame Caron, and Cameron Williams as the evil debt-collecting Bastien André. The theater completed its runs, and will now put their same talent and energy into its next production, Swingtime Canteen.

This week through Sunday is the final run of Community Theatre of Greensboro’s learning experience: The Lion King, Jr. After hosting workshops all summer, dozens of local students have finally taken their hard work to the stage. To prepare for the show, about 50 kids created African masks and learned about African drumming and dancing.

Triad Stage’s new drama, Wit, begins previews this Wednesday and runs through Oct. 17. The play, in which an English professor is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, explores what brings people together as a community. Performances are at Hanesbrands Theatre.

Thursday through next week, UNCG Theatre performs Hairspray at Taylor Theatre.

On Friday only Theatre Alliance will do a staged reading of The Boys in the Band, in which a Manhattan man throws a wild birthday party for his less-than-cool friend. The wild party is fun, full of booze and drugs, until a game of “truth” brings out the guests’ hidden resentment.

Coming soon next week, opening Oct. 9 is Spirit Gum Theatre’s production of The Drowning Girls. !

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