by Lenise Willis

For a bit of raunchy, mature humor this week, check out Theater Alliance’s production of Avenue Q, the Broadway musical that features both puppets and flesh to tell the story of a recent Princeton grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment. The play continues Thursday through Sunday, with special added performances March 8, 9, 10. (See review to left) Thursday and Friday, local choreographer Helen Simoneau, joined by UNCSA alumni, presents an evening of dance works at Hanesbrands Theatre. A new quartet will perform to the music of local composer Eric Schwartz.

The graceful movements of dance will also touch Greensboro Friday when the Ailey II dance troupe brings its world tour to Carolina Theatre. The group will perform such pieces as “The Hunt,” a ballet for six men that examines the relationship between modern sports and gladiators. Set to a wild percussion, the choreography reveals the aggressive side of human nature and the primitive thrill of the hunt.

Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem’s Are You My Mother?, an original musical based on the children’s classic, plays Friday and Saturday at the Arts Council Theatre.

The performance is recommended for ages Pre-K through 3 rd grade.

Kernersville Little Theatre’s first produc- tion of the year, Over the River and Through the Woods, continues to play Friday through Sunday at the James Fitzpatrick Auditorium in Kernersville. The family comedy follows a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey who is offered a dream job in Seattle and must deal with his scheming family who prefers to keep him around.

Oliver!, based on the novel Oliver Twist, is playing at High Point Theatre Friday through Sunday. The Tony Award-winning musical brings Dickens’ London to the stage to present a family classic. Triad Stage continues to take on Reynolds Price’s trilogy New Music. Part 1, which cov- ers the first two plays August Snow and Night Dance, runs alternating days now

through March 17. Part 2, which includes the last play of the set, Better Days, will be presented on alternating days Thursday through March 18. Special marathon days, which show both Part 1 and 2, are March

4, 10, 11.