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by Lenise Willis

If you’re in the mood for a good laugh this week, area theatres have just what you need.

New on Wednesday is Broach Theatre’s Pimp and Circumstance, the world premiere of a comedy about a woman caught in a hilarious web of entanglements after inviting her two daughters and estranged husband to the beach house for the Fourth of July weekend. Show runs until July 7.

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

Also on Thursday is an added performance of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie at UNCG’s Brown Building Theatre.

Masquerade continues at Triad Stage until Sunday. Two 18 th century teens, despite their arranged marriages, fall in love at a masquerade ball and inevitably cause uproarious headaches in their households—particularly for their helpful, clever and horny servants. The relatable humor, outrageous scenes and scandalous innuendo are the perfect end to Triad Stage’s 10 th season.

Also continuing now until Sunday is Theatre Alliance’s Nunsense A-men. The show features a group of sarcastic male nuns who host a fundraiser to raise money to bury nuns accidently poisoned by the convent cook.

Theatre on Common Ground’s Confessions of Women from East LA by Josefina Lopez is ongoing until Sunday. The show, playing at Hanesbrands Theatre, features nine female characters and is mostly comprised of monologues. The ridiculous, yet relatable characters will keep the audience laughing—especially the women. Play includes some Spanish.

Continuing until Aug. 7 is Barn Dinner Theatre’s Crowns, a soul-stirring musical about a Brooklyn girl who is sent down South to stay with her grandmother.

The Bomb-itty of Errors, a rap version of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, The Comedy of Errors, is still running on weekends until July 2. The high-energy performance is at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret.

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