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by Lenise Willis

Twin City Stage finishes its 77th season with A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum, a fast-paced and witty farce from Broadway. The musical, running Thursday through Saturday, tells the story of a crafty slave who tries to gain his freedom by helping his master win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted courtesan.

Thursday through Saturday, a one-woman musical takes place in Triad Stage’s Upstage Cabaret in honor of Mother’s Day. Lisa Dames stars in Victory Lane: One Woman’s Quest for the Checkered Flag, a “NASComedy” of a woman driver whose arrival screeches the NASCAR scene to a halt.

Friday, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem presents the farce Hatchetman, which continues through May 27. When a golf magazine falls to a corporate takeover, the misfit employees are forced to work overtime just to keep their jobs. The laugh-out-loud comedy gives new meaning to office hysteria.

Also on Friday, Theatre Alliance presents Altar Boyz, a musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. As they perform such hits as “I Believe” the boys question their loyalty to each other and whether or not faith is what’s holding them together. Play contains mild innuendo and runs through May 20.

Cats, the famous ’80s Broadway musical, will strut into War Memorial Auditorium Friday for a one-night-only performance. The longest continuously touring show in American theater history, Cats has won seven 1983 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Costumes.

Triad Stage’s swingin’ musical Ain’t Misbehavin’: The “Fats” Waller Musical Show, presented in collaboration with NC A&T State University’s jazz ensemble, continues through May 13. The show includes 30 beloved tunes, filled with comedy and sass, of the Harlemborn prolific songwriter and musician.

Next week, May 17-20, City Arts Drama’s Livestock Players presents Our Town at the City Arts Studio Theatre in the Greensboro Cultural Center.

Tickets are on sale now for Riverdance, the infamous Irish dance group, which will give a final performance on May 24 at the War Memorial Auditorium. The group’s United States tour will forever close in June.

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