by Lenise Willis

Beginning Friday, Twin City Stage presents Welcome to Mitford, a play about a beloved bachelor, Father Tim, who leads a congregation in Mitford. His life changes radically when he first takes in an unruly orphan, and then falls in love with his neighbor. Friday features an opening night reception with the attendance of the playwright, Robert Inman. Play runs Friday- Saturday and Feb. 9-12.

Also on Friday, Stained Glass Playhouse presents A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s play based on a black family’s experiences in a Chicago neighborhood. Play runs Fridays-Sundays until Feb. 19.

Friday and Saturday only, the Purrrlesque! Vaudeville burlesque dancers take part in the Fringe Festival with their show of tease in the UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage.

Friday, Sunday and Tuesday, The Merry Wives of Windsor, a comedic opera of love, deceit and revenge, is presented by the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute at the UNC School of the Arts. Based on Shakespeare’s play, the opera tells of the story of a foolish drunkard who attempts to simultaneously woo two married women, but the women turn the tables to teach him a lesson.

Continuing through Saturday, We Are One Artistic Collective explores the justice system when they present 12 Angry Men at the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center in Greensboro. Twelve jurors decide the fate of a young man accused of murdering his father after the seed of reasonable double is planted by one member.

Sunday, the Philharmonia of Greensboro, joined with dancers from the NC Dance Project: the School at City Arts, presents Pillow Pops at the Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse. The concert theme is “music and animals,” and includes Satin-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” narrated by Peter Perret. Children of all ages are encouraged to wear PJs and bring a pillow and blanket to learn about different types of animals. Admission is free.

Festival Stage of Winston-Salem continues its presentation of the musical Oil City Symphony at Hanesbrands Theatre now through 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.