by Lenise Willis

If you’ve been a victim of snow-induced cabin fever this week, then several theatres have a cure.

Warm your week with a laugh at Pageant: The Musical at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. Six beauty queens (who turn out to really be men) sing, dance and fight for the title of Miss Glamouresse in this musical comedy. Some audience members are picked as guest judges and choose whom to crown as Miss Glamouresse. Play is recommended for ages 16 and older and runs now until Jan. 22.

One play sure to spark later conversation is award-winning playwright Jane Anderson’s Looking for Normal, a play about a family dealing with change. When Roy admits in marriage counseling that he wants a sex change he and his wife are forced to reexamine their 25-year marriage in a play that explores love, acceptance, family and marriage. Performances are at Winston-Salem’s Theatre Alliance now until Jan. 16 and are recommended for mature audiences only.

Now until Jan. 23, see No Rules Theatre Co. perform Toni Press-Coffman’s Touch at Winston-Salem’s Hanesbrands Theatre. The drama explores the life of lead character Kyle as he learns to deal with the loss of his wife, Zoe. Filled with humor, this play “does everything but wallow in its story’s sadness” as it reveals what it takes to rebuild one’s life after tragedy.

On Friday, tickets go on sale for comedian Bill Maher’s April 23 performance at War Memorial Auditorium.

Then on Saturday, the Barn Dinner Theatre presents Band of Angels, a country musical about the stars of the famous Ryman Auditorium. Featured are a cast of characters, including Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Minnie Pearl, Johnny Cash and more.

Next Thursday, Jan. 20, don’t miss Paper Lantern Theatre Company’s End Days, a satirical comedy, at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. Teenager Rachel is having a bad year. Her father has battled depression since 9-11, her mother has gone nutty for Jesus and now the apocalypse is coming within the week. Now it’s up to Stephen Hawking to save them all. (Preview in next issue).