by Lenise Willis

Take a trip back in time with this week’s playbill as several plays demonstrate the tales and struggles of a different era.

Now through Feb. 27, UNCG Theatre will perform the Shakespearean drama Pericles at Taylor Theatre. The epic world journey features Pericles who faces the dilemma of solving a king’s riddle — but Pericles knows that answering the riddle either correctly or incorrectly will ultimately cost him his life.

Playing now until March 6 is Triad Stage’s production of The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy. The story begins when an African-American ex-con saves the life of an unwilling white professor. The two men are then led to a Harlem apartment where both hope and despair battle and eventually the two lives are changed forever by the act of grace.

Fifth-graders from Arts Based Elementary School in Winston-Salem will perform the adaption Romeo and Juliet on the Border Thursday at the Arts Council Theatre. The musical, complete with songs, cowboy phrases and contemporary dialogue, transforms the traditional Shakespearean tragedy and transports Romeo and Juliet to the Mexican- American border in the early 1900s era.

Friday, Children’s Theatre of Winston- Salem honors the last week of Black History month with a presentation of Struggle for Freedom at the Arts Council Theatre. Performed by Bright Star Touring Theatre of Asheville, the play highlights key moments in the American Civil Rights Movement.

High Point Community Theatre will also step back in time for its performance of 42 nd Street, a musical that highlights famed director Julian Marsh’s attempts to stage a musical during the height of the Great Depression. The play runs Friday through March 5 at High Point Theatre.

Friday through March 6, Kernersville Little Theatre presents Headin’ for the Hills, a play about two wealthy orphans whose only living relatives are a hillbilly family who run a general store in Tennessee. Forced by their father’s will, the orphans will have to survive their new ridiculous and hilarious lifestyle as well as a few scams out to get their fortune.

Saturday, check out Hanesbrands Theatre for the production of the opera Puccini’s Iphigenie en Tauride.