by Lenise Willis

Friday, Theatre Alliance presents The Little Dog Laughed, an intricate, satiric play that follows the interplay between a movie star with an inability to stay “in the closet” and his fame-chasing agent. When a cute rentboy and his girlfriend enter the picture, the story gets a little more complicated… and hilarious. The play, by Douglas Carter Beane, has a modern and clever plot. Play runs Friday- Sunday and next Thursday-Sunday.

Also new this Friday is Dreams of a King, a musical drama presented for this weekend only at the Barn Dinner Theatre. A woman tells her emotional story of her time well spent with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday is the first day of auditions for the musical Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Greensboro Children’s Theatre. Auditions are for boys and girls in 4th-9th grade, and will be held Friday, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, from 1-4 p.m., on the first floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center. Children should bring a prepared song with sheet music or instrumental CD. Performances are in March.

Paper Lantern Theatre is gearing up for its next production, Next Fall, which will begin next Thursday in Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. This witty and provocative play by Geoffrey Nauffts takes a new look at faith, commitment and unconditional love.

Next Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m., Hanesbrands Theatre will show The Enchanted Island: Met Opera HD, an HD simulcast of the baroque opera from the Met. The lovers from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest.

Festival Stage of Winston-Salem presents the memory-stirring musical Oil City Symphony at Hanesbrands Theatre Jan. 27-Feb. 19. The theatre is transformed into a high school gymnasium where four graduates of the ‘60s reunite to give a recital in honor of a favorite teacher.

Triad Stage is starting rehearsals next week for New Music, a three-part family drama by Reynolds Price. The theater will present the trilogy in two parts, Part I: August Snow and Night Dance and Part II: Better Days. Part I performances are Feb. 12-March 17.