by Lenise Willis

Harling’s Steel Magnolias is still playing at Triad Stage’s Pyrle Theatre now until May 8. Join the cast at Truvy’s hair salon for gossip and witty banter and catch yourself falling in love with the characters all over again.

Thursday, Triad Stage presents Suzan-Lori Parks’ The America Play, an Upside Down History, which runs until May 14 in the Upstage Cabaret. American history is told through the eyes of an unnamed African- American gravedigger who happens to resemble Abraham Lincoln.

If you just can’t get enough of those sarcastic nuns, Thursday through Saturday and May 5-7, visit New Hope Presbyterian Church in Clemmons to see Clemmons Community Theatre present Nunsense II — the Second Coming.

Thursday is opening night for UNC School of the Arts’ production of Oklahoma!, playing at Stevens Center until May 8.

You can’t “eat this” or “drink this,” but you can see Theatre Alliance’s production of Alice in Wonderland Friday through Sunday and May 6-7.

On Friday only, humorous speaker Jeanne Robertson appears at Forest Oaks Country Club, featuring highlights from her new compilation DVD Don’t Bungee Jump Naked and Other Life Lessons. The 67-year-old former Miss North Carolina is known for her incredible story-telling ability and laugh-out-loud comedy videos on YouTube.

Saturday, Hanes Opera presents another live simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s II Trovatore. The live-in-HD production is at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center. Run time is three hours.

Also on Saturday only is another dinner theatre production of Idol Revenge at Winston-Salem’s BB&T Ballpark and NC Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare To Go!, a family-friendly one-hour version of Romeo and Juliet playing at High Point’s Spirit Center.

Saturday and Sunday, visit the Greensboro Historical Museum to learn more about Greensboro’s textile history from a performance comprised of shadow puppetry, modern dance and spoken narrative. Presented by the museum and Andrews Arts, James Evans: Standing Down the Stretch-Out, developed and directed by Susan Andrews, tells the story of a Greensboro textile worker and labor activist in the 1930s.