by Lenise Willis

This week Theatre Alliance continues its presentation of 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 rent boy and his girlfriend enter the picture, the story gets a little more complicated… and hilarious. Play runs Thursday-Sunday.

Paper Lantern Theatre presents Next Fall Thursday in Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. This witty and provocative play by Geoffrey Nauffts takes a new look at faith, commit- ment and unconditional love. (See feature to left) Friday and Saturday, Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem presents Fancy Nancy and Other Story Books, which features six mini musicals, at the Arts Council Theatre. Performance is recommended for children in pre-K through fourth grade. Saturday, Barn Dinner Theatre presents Sing Hallelujah!, which runs until March 4. A new young minister gradually overcomes a few tribulations to form a gospel quartet for a revival.

Also on Saturday, 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.

Sunday, Carolina Chamber Symphony Players present Winter Musings, a concert which is free and open to the public, and will take place at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. The concert, which includes works for woodwind quintet and piano, includes “Trio” by Poulenc.

Monday, American Shakespeare Center presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium. The group, which strives to replicate the viewing experience of Renaissance theatre, will give patrons the full Shakespearean experience, complete with a fully lit theatre and a thrust stage.

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

Also next Friday, comedian James Gregory, joking and reflecting on life from the front porch, performs at the Carolina Theatre.