by Lenise Willis

Wednesday is the opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria, which will perform at the Greensboro Coliseum until Sunday. (full story here).

Now through Sunday, UNCG Theatre performs Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending, a play about intolerance that retells the ancient Greek classic in a new Southern setting. Performances are at Taylor Theatre and include brief nudity and strong adult themes.

Thursday through Sunday, City Arts Drama presents its NC New Play Project, Illuminations by Larry Robinson, at the City Arts Studio in the Greensboro Cultural Center. The powerful play features two men: one a robber and the other an artist who has lost his sight due to the former’s robbery attempt. The robber is sentenced to spend time in the dark home of the artist, and the two must learn to deal with their anger. Play contains mature language.

Community Theatre of Greensboro continues to bring back the 60s with a performance of Hairspray Thursday through Sunday at Carolina Theatre.

NC A&T State University theatre students enrich the community with Langston Hughes’ gospel musical Tambourines to Glory, which tells the story of two very different women who open a storefront church in Harlem. The humorous musical, enriched with the speaking and singing voices of Harlem’s African-American community, runs Thursday through Sunday at Paul Robeson Theatre.

Guilford College theatre is closing its season with the unruly comedy Gemini, a play about a young Harvard student in the midst of a sexual identity crisis who is surprised at home by an unwelcome visit from two wealthy college friends. Play runs Thursday through Saturday at Sternberger Auditorium.

Friday is Triad Stage’s opening night for Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias, which plays until May 8 at the Pyrle Theatre.

Saturday and Sunday, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts will perform Harlem Nights, a celebration of the music and dance of the world famous Cotton Club, at Hanesbrands Theatre.

High Point University will also host a night of music and dance Tuesday at the Pauline Theatre where students will present a selection of musical theatre scenes.

Event is free and open to public.