The Arts




Triad Stage is still venturing through Victorian England and Egypt this week while it continues its production of The Mystery of Irma Vep this week through Sunday. The silly comedy relies heavily on word play, mildly dirty humor and the antics of two very talented actors who each perform as several characters. With howling wolves, a roaming vampire and a mysterious mummy, the play is a great way to kick off the month of Halloween.

Thursday through Sunday this week, High Point Theatre is getting in the spirit with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, another one of my favorite musicals. Set in 19th-century London, the dark musical follows the vengeful accounts of an ousted barber, who had his family and happy life stolen from him by a powerful socialite. Returning to London 15 years later, the bloodthirsty barber develops a wonderful scheme to both get revenge on the elite and help out the pie shop below his business.

“There are so many themes in Sweeney Todd that audiences can identify with—love, loss, longing and desire, revenge and even redemption,” said director Casey Kern. “But it is by no means a ‘conventional’ musical. It combines a variety of forms of music and theater into a truly unique theatrical experience.”

The cast is made up of more than 40 Triad area actors.

“We have been getting requests for a production of Sweeney Todd for years,” said HPCT President Allison Seals. “We felt as though the timing was right this year. We have assembled a phenomenal production team and incredibly talented cast and are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this twisted, yet beautiful, production to the Triad.”

Community Theatre of Greensboro’s Youth Theatre continues its production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, an adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic, Friday through Sunday. The young actors will explore the mischievous adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher.

Also running Friday through Sunday, this week and next week, is Greensboro College’s original play, Dear Curly-Haired Lesbians, playing at the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center, 1700 Orchard St.

Coming up next week is Theatre Alliance’s production of Silence! The Musical, a parody based on Hannibal Lector.