by Lenise Willis

Through Dec. 4, No Rules Theatre Company continues its production of The Last Five Years, a beautiful modern musical about a five-year relationship, at Hanesbrands Theatre. The play follows a couple’s emotions from meeting to marriage to eventually breaking up. (See review to left) Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a Triad Best of Broadway show, arrives at War Memorial Auditorium for one night only Wednesday. Ornaments come to life with pageantry, music and majesty as ordinary holiday figurines transform into extraordinary aerialists, acrobats, musicians and dancers.

The Barn Dinner Theatre’s Black Nativity comes back for its annual holiday performance Friday through next Wednesday, and Sundays and Mondays in December. NC A&T University will also be performing their annual tradition of Black Nativity Dec. 1-4.

Next Wednesday, Nov. 30, Greensboro College presents the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret through Dec. 4. Set in 1931 Berlin, the play tells the story of English nightclub singer Sally Bowles and her romance with American writer Cliff Bradshaw during the time of the Nazi rise to power.

No Rules Theatre will also be performing a free reading of Stop Kiss, their newest DC hit, next Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Hanesbrands Theatre. When a charming and scattered New York City traffic reporter and a gentle and optimistic schoolteacher meet they are confronted with new feelings that change the course of their lives. As the story flips between moments before and after a violent attack, they both face the wonders and hardships of being fearless and falling in love.

As winter holidays are fast approaching, area theatres are already preparing productions that will put audiences in the joyful spirit. One such upcoming show is Theatre Alliance’s GI Holiday Jukebox, which runs on the weekends from Dec. 2-Dec. 18.

Tickets are on sale now for NC Shakespeare Festival’s traditional production of A Christmas Carol at High Point Theatre, Dec. 2.-20.

Triad Stage’s The Santaland Diaries, which runs Dec. 6-23 in the UpStage Cabaret, will help the audience to laugh off the pain of shopping havoc, annoying in-laws and hearing way-too-early Christmas tunes.