If you’re in the mood for a lighthearted comedy, Triad Stage continues its final production of the season, Don Juan, written by Moliére and adapted by Preston Lane. The play, set in an Italian restaurant, fuses modernity with “a long, long time ago” in Sicily, Italy. The premise of the show is that a struggling mom-and-pop restaurant has decided to put on a play, Don Juan, to draw back its regular crowd that has betrayed them for Olive Garden. However, when the actors never show, it’s up to the wait staff to pull the show out of their youknow-whats and capture the essence of the infamous playboy, Don Juan. Productions run through June 26.
On Thursday only, transgender actress and activist Shakina Nayfack is performing her one-woman show at The Crown at Carolina Theatre, in response to the recent passage of North Carolina’s HB2 Law, also known as “The Bathroom Law.” The production combines two solo shows, written and performed by Nayfack, and tells the story of her life leading up to her ultimate transition, including her time spent in Thailand before, during and after the surgery. Funds raised from Manifest Pussy will be donated to local LGBT organizations.
Thursday through Sunday, Community Theatre of Greensboro presents three performances as a product of its “OnStage and Inclusive,” a performance showcase concluding its two-week multi-age theatre program for participants with special needs. The program aims to help participants to work on self-expression, advocacy and communication skills through the performing arts.
Next week CTG is presenting Dear Edwina Jr., on Saturday and Sunday. The heartwarming musical features a 13-year-old problem solver who offers advice to her peers, accompanied by a little song and dance, of course. The “show-within-a-show” is fun and filled with girl power.
Also next week, Theatre Alliance presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a musical based on the magical kingdom under the sea. Productions run next Thursday through Sunday.
A mix of classical ballet and striking dance moves will fill the stage next week as High Point Ballet performs Gary Taylor’s On Broadway, which includes a wide selection of pieces, from the classical ballet of An American in Paris to the tight intensity of Fosse and the throwback jazziness of 42nd Street. !