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by Lenise Willis

A new, local play will be presented this week, Wednesday through Sunday, at Greensboro College Theatre’s Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre. Wake Walking, a dream-like comedy by Greensboro playwright Tommy Trull, focuses on grief as it follows the lead character who must take on her dead twin’s identity.

Broach Theatre Co. continues through Saturday to present its first show of the season, Tuna Does Vegas, a comedy about an eclectic group of small-town folk from Tuna, Texas who reunite in Sin City. Watch as only two actors portray the men and women of Tuna, as well as Elvis impersonators, show girls and more.

Wednesday is also opening night for UNCG Theatre’s The Threepenny Opera, playing at Taylor Theatre through next Thursday, Oct. 6. Written as a social satire of traditional operas, the German musical is set in Victorian London’s seamy underworld and was one of the first theatre productions to put American-style jazz on stage.

Thursday, Open Space Café Theatre presents The 39 Steps as adapted by Patrick Barlow. Running until next Sunday, Oct. 9, this over-the-top comedy is based on a Hitchcock classic and is a mix of thrilling suspense with a dash of Monty Python. To add to the excitement four actors will play 150 characters.

High Point University Theatre’s Crimes of the Heart, a Southern comedy, opens on Thursday at Empty Space Theatre and continues through Sunday with encore performances next weekend, Oct. 6-9. Three offbeat sisters are reunited after the youngest is arrested for shooting her husband.

Friday, Wicked Divas comes to White Oak Amphitheatre as part of the 17 Days festival. Noted guest singers Alli Mauzey and Nicole Parker, both having performed on Broadway in the hit musical Wicked, will join the Greensboro Symphony POPS for an evening of musical highlights from the Great White Way.

Also on Friday, Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret will be full of vampires, mummies and werewolves during the opening night of The Mystery of Irma Vep, a satirical and frightful comedy which runs until Oct. 15.

The Alban Elved Dance Company will be performing at the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art Saturday and Sunday.

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