by Lenise Willis

This week is full of new performances, including the last show of Triad Stage’s 10th season and the first show of a new burgeoning theatre company.

Thursday, comedic ventriloquist Jeff Dunham brings along his friends Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, redneck Bubba J and the manic purple creature Peanut to perform at War Memorial Auditorium in his worldwide tour Identity Crisis.

A special Live on Broadway showing of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest will reach Hanesbrands Theatre Monday and Thursday via an HD simulcast by satellite.

Friday marks Twin City Stage’s production of Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, an uproarious play about two bumbling hunters who, having never shot a duck, believe they have actually shot an angel. The mystery grows as feathers, wings and a tiara are found along the way. The play interweaves a love story, sibling rivalry, race relations and cultural stereotypes as the chase to find the angel builds into a hilarious showdown in the swamp. Show runs Friday-Sunday and June 9-12.

Barn Dinner Theatre will be filled with bright colors Saturday through August 7 during Crowns. The soul-stirring musical is a tribute to African-American women and their faith, culture and fashionable church hats. The show focuses on a young Brooklyn girl who is sent down South to stay with her grandmother. The play was inspired by the book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats by North Carolina natives Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.

Sunday is the first preview for Triad Stage’s performance of Ludvig Holberg’s Masquerade adapted by Preston Lane. Show runs through June 26 and showcases the hot new place for the aristocratic youth to party. Two fathers arrange the marriage of their children, but things go awry when the masked kids fall in love with someone they think they’ve never met. Look for full article next week.

Theatre on Common Ground in Winston-Salem puts on its first show ever with Confessions of Women from East LA Tuesday through June 26 at Hanesbrands Theatre. Official opening is June 11. See article to left.