by Lenise Willis

With the weather hitting the upper 90s, indoor entertainment is a plus. So, why not stay cool (and sweat-free) with some of our local theaters this week?

Friday is the official opening for Triad Stage’s Masquerade as adapted by Preston Lane. Written by Ludvig Holberg, the play 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. See article to left.

Friday also marks the return of the sarcastic male nuns in Nunsense A-men at Theatre Alliance. The show features the “sisters’” fundraiser to raise money to bury nuns accidently poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). Show runs until June 26.

Also on Friday, the City Arts Drama Center’s Greensboro Children Theatre presents the lively musical Clever Jack and the Magic Beanstalk until Sunday. The show features 30 children in grades 4-9 and includes quirky characters such as dancing money bags and a singing goose.

Saturday, Open Space Café Theatre presents Three’s Comedy, a three-woman show that combines music and improv with attitudes and a mandolin. Abby Karp and Ann Roy are improv veterans who currently perform with Durham’s Fatmouth Improv, and Jamie Anderson is a nationally touring singer-songwriter-comic.

Saturday is the official opening of Theatre on Common Ground’s first show ever, Confessions of Women from East LA by Josefina Lopez, the acclaimed playwright of Real Women Have Curves. Show runs now through June 26 at Hanesbrands Theatre.

Ongoing productions overflowing into this week include Twin City Stage’s Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, an uproarious play about two bumbling hunters who, having never shot a duck, believe they have actually shot an angel, which runs Thursday- Sunday.

Also continuing, now until August 7, is Barn Dinner Theatre’s Crowns, a soul-stirring musical that focuses on a young Brooklyn girl who is sent down South to stay with her grandmother and pays tribute to African-American women and their faith, culture and fashionable church hats.