Playbill: The week ahead in Triad theater

by Lenise Willis

I’ll admit that although I love the warm air and vacation time that comes with summer, I find it a touch boring since so many theaters have closed their main-stage doors until the season re-opens in the fall. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some fine plays, improv shows, comedy hours and youth productions going on; they’re just fewer and farther between. Now that might be changing, and I’m thrilled to see there seems to be a movement to fill the hole. With Open Space Café Theatre up and running again, the Triad’s summer gap between theater seasons is beginning to close, and now that break is getting even smaller thanks to a new theater in Greensboro. The Academy of Theatrical Arts, located in the Triad Civic Center on South Eugene Street, started a new summer stock theatre program. It just finished its first production, Godspell, earlier this month, and is already putting on a second show. Thursday through Saturday, the new theatre will perform the American classic The Miracle Worker by William Gibson. Tickets are $10 at the door. The program’s first production was well received by audiences, especially since it called home some local talent. D.J. Brinson, a professional actor who graduated from Greensboro College starred in the show, along with seven other local talents ranging in age from 13-25. Speaking of Open Space Café Theatre, it’s also performing an interesting summertime production, Bat Boy: The Musical, which runs at The Crown at Carolina Theatre Wednesday through Saturday. Saturday and Sunday, Community Theatre of Greensboro presents Disney’s High School Musical, Jr., because, honestly, nothing’s more dramatic than the high-school perspective of love and friendship. Nothing. Next up for Theatre Alliance is a play that highlights not only the intricacies of a lesbian relationship, but also the challenges that anyone faces when their love or passion is judged or rejected. The play Stop Kiss will open July 31. In other news, a new sculpture was unveiled last week in front of the Norvell Theater in Salisbury. The 250-pound statue, Casting Call, was built by John Morehead and is made up of found and recycled materials, including old film reels and piano parts.