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by Lenise Willis

Things are a bit slow in the theater community this week, but there’s still a chance to catch some classics, as well as see some new groovy shows.

Open Space Café Theatre is still telling the story of the famous windmillbattling Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha until May 22. The comedic, yet touching musical is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ book Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha and follows the adventures of a mad yet loveable Spanish knight as he pursues love and honor. The story is told as a play within a play, as Cervantes and his fellow prisoners perform the story while awaiting a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.

Now until May 22 Hanesbrands Theatre also presents a story about people and their dreams, with Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, a four-character memory play. Tom recounts memories of his life with his overbearing mother and reclusive sister and tries to come to terms with his past, present and future. The characters and familial relationships are as frail as glass in this Southern classic.

Friday and Saturday, catch a comedy all wrapped up in gossip and misunderstanding in Stained Glass Playhouse’s production of Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, a comedy about a devious group of friends who reveal secrets to a shy man who they mistakenly believe knows no English.

Friday through Sunday, join Theatre Alliance as they “give up the funk” in Disco Inferno, a campy musical packed with high-energy dance routines and more than 30 classic tunes from the ’70s, including hits by Air Supply; Earth, Wind & Fire; KC & the Sunshine Band; and Elton John. Show contains mild innuendo but is appropriate for most audiences. Performances also run May 25-29.

Saturday, a new local playwright Rashone Washington with the assistance of Ernest Hooker present their new play For the Love of Hip-Hop, a depiction of hip hop from the earlier years and its founders, in conjunction with the YWCA of High Point. Teens who attend the YWCA will perform the play at YWCA, 112 Gatewood Ave.

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