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by Lenise Willis

For a radically fresh look at a classic fantasy, check out No Rules Theatre Company’s production of Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers at Hanesbrands Theatre now through April 7. Look for a review in next week’s paper.

On a more dramatic note, Wednesday through Sunday Theatre Alliance continues its performance of Violet, a powerful and energetic play set during the Civil Rights Movement that follows the journey of a young woman traveling from North Carolina to Oklahoma.

Also continuing until Sunday is UNCG Theatre’s Man and Superman, which is being performed in the Brown Building Theatre. The romantic comedy centers on a confirmed bachelor despite the pursuits of a woman and her persistent efforts to make him marry. Written in 1903, the play’s title comes from Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical ideas on the “superman,” and centers around the stereotypical idea that it is women who force men to marry.

New on Thursday is UNCG’s performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The opera, which also runs on Friday and Sunday, follows the escapades of a manipulative nobleman whose playboy exploits come back to bite him when people start seeking revenge. Performances are in the Aycock Auditorium.

Greensboro College will also perform an opera this week at Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel. The school’s opera workshop will present the one-act comic opera Gianni Schicchi Friday through Sunday. The opera, which is free and open to the public, tells the story of a 13th-century noble who has died and — and unbeknownst to his relatives — left his wealth to charity.

Friday, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival teams with Grammy-nominated bassist John Brown and his 15-piece big band to present Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder in the International Ballroom of the IHFC Building in High Point.

High Point University’s musical theatre will also delight audiences Friday with a variety of music and entertainment, including scenes from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Avenue Q, at the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.

UNCG Dance presents Denise Murphy’s original choreography in her MFA Thesis Concert Friday and Saturday at the school’s Dance Theatre.

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