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Before digging into our local theatre opportunities, I want to take a moment to scream like a giddy schoolgirl about a play happening in Charlotte. Usually I wouldn’t consider Charlotte local, but when it comes to a touring Broadway, I’m sold. Wicked is in the middle of its North America tour and will be at the Ovens Auditorium now through January 31. It’s one of Broadway’s biggest hits and features the untold story of the witches of Oz.

If you’re not looking to drive an hour and a half to see a production, there are still plenty of quality opportunities here at home.

Theatre Alliance continues its performances of Bent, a powerful drama about a homosexual couple struggling to survive in 1934 Berlin, during the rise of Hitler. After being taken by Nazi soldiers, they are left only with their hope, courage and love for one another. The play runs this week through Sunday.

Thursday, High Point Theatre will host Soul Street Dance Company and their performance of Breakin’ Backwards, a family-friendly production of “street dance.” Performing a mix of hiphop, classical and new dance styles, the artists will dance to a surprisingly diverse soundtrack, featuring songs from Vivaldi, Elvis Presley, The Temptations, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson and more. The Texas-based dance company is made up of four self-taught young men, who were considered “at risk,” but found their focus through dance. The performance is at the theatre for one-night only at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10-$20.

Friday, Community Theatre of Greensboro performs Doctor Dolittle, Jr., a fun comedy about a quirky doctor who can talk to animals. Productions run through January 31.

Sunday, for one performance only, North Carolina Opera will present a concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

Triad Stage will begin performances of its smack-talking play, VROOOMMM! next Wednesday at Hanesbrands Theatre. The funny and dramatic production highlights the first female NASCAR driver and her courageous perseverance in a man-driven world.

Next week, beginning January 28, Piedmont Players Theatre presents Welcome to Mitford, a play adapted from the Mitford novels. !

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