by Lenise Willis

Triad Stage continues Dial ‘M’ for Murder, a dark and devilish thriller and the first show of the theatre’s 11th season, now through Sept. 25. Opening-night show, accompanied by a catered after-party with the actors and director, is Friday. After a husband devises the perfect plan to kill his wife and gain a fortune, he runs into trouble with a detective and mystery writer.

Thursday a staged reading of Anne Nelson’s The Guys at Broach Theatre will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9-11. See feature to left.

Also honoring the memory of 9-11, but for different reason, is the Greensboro Historical Museum, who will celebrate their 25th annual presentation of 5 by O. Henry to honor the birthday of Greensboro’s most famous literary native. The show, running Friday through Sunday and Sept. 15-18, features stage adaptations of short stories written by William Sydney Porter, AKA “O. Henry.” Playwright Joe Hoesl adapted for the script such stories as “The Marry Month of May,” “Lost on Parade,” “The Cop and the Anthem,” “Mammon and the Archer” and “The Pimienta Pancakes.”

UNCG’s schools of music, dance and theatre will join forces Saturday for their fourth annual collage concert in the Aycock Auditorium. All proceeds benefit the School of Music, Theatre and Dance Scholarship Fund.

Saturday Twin City Stage begins auditions for the Tony Award-winning musical Annie in the lobby of the Arts Council Theatre in Winston-Salem. Girls ages 6-12 will audition at 10 a.m. Adults will audition Monday and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Monday storyteller Bobby Norfolk, a three-time Emmy winner, performs at UNCG’s Elliott University Center Auditorium. Using dynamic movement and vocal effects, Norfolk creates vibrant characters and creative stories that highlight the African-American experience, as well as promote traits such as respect, responsibility and cultural diversity. Free and open to the public, the show also includes song and live musicians.

The Barn Dinner Theatre’s Church Basement Ladies, a light-hearted musical comedy about the women of East Cornucopia Lutheran Church of the Prairie, is still running every Tuesday- Sunday until Oct. 9.