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by Lenise Willis

Triad Stage continues its last show of the season, Masquerade, now until June 26. The farcical comedy showcases an 18 th century Masquerade ball where two masked kids, despite their arranged marriages, fall in love with someone else who they think they’ve never met.

Those sarcastic male nuns remain at Theatre Alliance for Nunsense A-men. 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.

Ongoing until June 26 is Theatre on Common Ground’s first show ever, Confessions of Women from East LA by Josefina Lopez. The show, playing at Hanesbrands Theatre, features four actresses who play nine characters and is mostly composed of monologues. Play includes some Spanish.

Also continuing, now until Aug. 7, is Barn Dinner Theatre’s Crowns, a soulstirring 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.

Thursday through June 26, Open Space Café Theatre performs The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a comedy blended with melodrama and violence. Set in a small village in County Galway, Ireland, the play centers on the life of a 40-year-old woman who is trapped in an overly dependent, seriously dysfunctional relationship with her mother.

All new on Friday is the production of The Bomb-itty of Errors, a rap version of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, The Comedy of Errors. The high-energy performance at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret is part of Theatre 232, a collaborative festival of Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre. Show runs on weekends until July 2.

Next week, starting on June 22, Broach Theatre presents Pimp and Circumstance, the world premiere of a family comedy about a woman who invites her two daughters and her estranged husband to the beach house for the Fourth of July weekend and finds herself in a web of farcical entanglements never dreamed of.

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