by Lenise Willis

Now until Jan. 30, catch Paper Lantern Theatre Company’s satirical comedy End Days at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. Teenager Rachel, a rebellious goth, struggles to deal with her family post 9-11. Her depressed father has yet to change out of his pajamas, and her Jesus-nut mother believes the apocalypse is coming within the week. Actor Chris Raddatz, full of life, optimism and quirky energy, is a must see as he plays Nelson — a loveable teenage Elvis impersonator. Filled with humorous quips and guilt-free laughter, this play keeps the audience rolling, all while delivering a dramatic and heartfelt message. Adult language is used. (See preview at

For a more classical evening, see UNC School of the Arts’ performance of Cosi Fan Tutte, an 18 th century opera by Mozart, at the Stevens Center. The title is loosely translated as “women are like that,” and the plotline consists of a wager between three men on whether or not their fiancés will remain faithful. Performances are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Thursday, Stage Unassisted and A Little Potato and Hard to Peel mark the first day of the Greensboro Fringe Festival, which consists of two weeks of plays by local artists at the City Arts Studio Theater. Kati Frazier will then present her play, The Couch, on Saturday. (See Drama feature).

We Are One Artistic Collective presents its Winter Writing and Performance Project Black Mama Monologues — Friday, Saturday and Feb. 5 at Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center. Written by local performers and directed by Robin McGhie, Black Mama Monologues ponders and laughs at the spectrum of black motherhood. Due to adult language and situations, parental discretion is advised.

Also on Friday, UNCG Theatre presents The 25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a Tony Award-winning musical comedy that follows six kids as they compete for the championship at Putnam Valley Middle School. The show centers around a fictional spelling bee that offers these kids the chance to shine, as well as, fit in. Among the musical numbers are songs “My Friend the Dictionary,” “I Speak Six Languages” and “I’m Not That Smart.” Play runs until Feb. 6.

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