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"7 Stages" Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Dance and Choreography presents the spring 2009 Senior Project Dance Concert on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 23, 24, and 25 at 8 p.m. at the Grace Street Theater, featuring performances by graduating students. $5-$10. 934 W. Grace St. 828-2020.

"Annie" Theatre IV presents a rendition of this popular Broadway musical about the hard-knock misadventures of an orphan searching for her parents starting April 24 with performances continuing through May 17. $19-$40. 114 W. Broad St. For ongoing dates and times call 344-8040 or visit www.theatreivrichmond.org.

"The Great American Trailer Park Musical" The Firehouse Theatre Project closes its 2008-09 regular season with a spirited production examining the off-beat tenants of Armadillo Acres, Florida's most exclusive trailer park. Opening April 23, shows continue through May 16 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and select Sunday matinees at 4 p.m. $10-$25. For dates and times call 355-2001 or visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

"Studio 4" Richmond Ballet presents a performance of George Balanchine's experimental choreography in "The Four Temperaments" paired with a separate recital of Colin Connor's "Vestiges." Opening April 28 showings continue through May 3. $15-$28. 1-800-982-2787.

"Translations" Sycamore Rouge presents a performance of Brian Friel stage drama about the English effort to translate all names on the Irish map into English and thus removing a key obstacle to colonial control over Ireland. Opening April 24 this play of language barriers continues through May 16 every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. 21 W. Old St. in Petersburg. 957-5707.

Ongoing

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Richmond Shakespeare presents a rendition of the bard's classic comedy of fairies, misdirected love and men turned into asses through May 10 with performances Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. $13-$26. 5 N. Fifth St. 866-227-3849.

"Altar Boyz" Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents this musical comedy about a religiously bent boy band featuring, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham, with performances running through May 30. $35-$50. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. For specific dates and times of shows call 748-5203.

"Chicago" Directed and choreographed by Broadway legend Patti D'Beck, TheatreVCU performs this sexy, roaring '20s satire on criminals and celebrity in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts with performances running through April 26. This is the only production allowed in the United States while the Broadway company is on tour. $8-$20. 922 Park Ave. For specific show times call 828-6026 or visit www.vcu.edu/arts/theatre/dept.

"Endless Forms Most Wonderful" The Carpenter Science Theatre Company presents a stage dramatization depicting the life and works of evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin at the Science Museum of Virginia, continuing through May 10 with performances every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and Wednesday-Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. $3. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.

"Murder in the Court" The Mystery Dinner Playhouse performs a new murder-mystery comedy featuring a courtroom backdrop, complete with judge, jury and an executioner at the Holiday Inn West End. Performances continue each Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through June 13. $42. 2000 Staples Mill Road. 649-2583.

"Normal" Stage 1 Theatre Company presents this award-winning rock musical exploring American culture's obsession with being skinny and the physical and emotional damage it can ultimately create. Performances run through April 25 with shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., except on April 19. $10-$22. 9130 Dickey Drive. 427-7548

"Steel Magnolias" The African American Repertory Theatre presents a stage performance of Robert Harling's ensemble story centered around a beauty salon in Chinquapin, La., at the Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center, continuing through April 26 with showings every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. $10-$25. 4901 Old Brook Road. 355-2187.

"Well" The Barksdale Theatre presents this funny exploration of the mother-daughter dynamic following a woman named Lisa as she desperately tries to organize a theatrical retelling of her childhood, only to be constantly interrupted and corrected by her mom, sitting only a few feet away, watching everything from her La-Z-Boy chair. Performances continue Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. and select Wednesdays with shows continuing through May 17. $32-$38. 114 W. Broad St. 282-2620.

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