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by Lenise Willis

If you’re in the mood for the retelling of a classic, then area theatres have you covered this week.

UNC School of the Arts’ AJ Fletcher Opera Institute performs The Hotel Casablanca Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The comic opera, set in Texas in 1948, is based on George Feydeau’s play A Flea in Her Ear and tells the story of a seedy hotel, Tom and Tallulah Carter, owners of the Double T Ranch, and their nephew Charles, who is visiting from New York.

Open Space Café Theatre tells the story of the famous Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha Thursday through May 22. The comedic, yet touching musical follows Quixote as he battles windmills in pursuit of honor.

Thursday through Saturday visit Penn- Griffin School of the Arts for a satire of the Victorian era when High Point Community Theatre performs The Importance of Being Earnest.

On Friday only, the Broadway show Spamalot, a fabulous rip-off of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, reaches War Memorial Auditorium, marking the last of the Triad’s Best of Broadway Series.

Friday and Saturday, Community Theatre of Greensboro presents a fresh musical, 13, which hilariously stages the life and dilemmas of a 13-year-old-boy whose move from New York City conflicts with the celebration of his Bar Mitzvah.

Also on Friday, Hanesbrands Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, playing until May 22.

For a comedy all wrapped up in gossip and misunderstanding, check out Stained Glass Playhouse’s production of Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, a comedy about a group of friends who reveal secrets to a shy man who they mistakenly believe knows no English. Performances are Friday and Saturday this week and next.

Triad Stage is still presenting Suzan-Lori Parks’ The America Play, an Upside Down History, which runs until Saturday in the Upstage Cabaret. American history is told through the eyes of an unnamed African- American gravedigger.

Next Wednesday, Top 40 country star Lisa Dames and Top 10 Elvis tribute artist Stephen Freeman will host a benefit concert at Barn Dinner Theatre. Tickets are $15 donations. All proceeds fund Holly Cobb Cancer Relief.

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