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Grace Street Theater Guggenheim recipient Tere O'Connor presents "Choke" and "Winter Belly," two performances exploring expressionism and hyper-reality, 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1. $15. Free for VCU students with ID. 930 W. Grace St. 828-1711.

One-Woman Show Playwright and performing artist Reanae McNeil tells the stories of eight African-American women from the times of slavery to present day in "Don't Speak My Mother's Name in Vain," Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Topping Room of Old Chapel. Randolph-Macon College. Free. 752-3712.

Pine Camp Arts Center In celebration of Black History Month, Jera Entertainment's Women's Series presents "Mason-Dixon," "Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist" and "Calamity Jane Sends a Message to Her Daughter," all by noted feminist playwright Carolyn Gage, Feb. 28-March 1 at 8 p.m. Repeat performances March 14 and 15. $10. 4901 Old Brook Road. 644-3677.

The Richmond Symphony Guest conductor and soloist Jaime Laredo performs works by Hydn, Bach and Mozart with the Richmond Symphony in "Baroque and Beyond," March 2 at 3 p.m. $19-$36. The Modlin Center. University of Richmond. 788-1212.

Stage Reading Experience "Lysistrata," Aristophanes' story of women in opposing city states who unite to end the Peloponnesian War, by withholding sex, of course. Volunteers for the Lysistrata Project will read the play at Fieldens, 7:30 p.m. March 1. 2033 W. Broad St. Suggested donation, $10. Proceeds benefit the children's developmental art group Art 180. 233-3273.



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Comedy Alley "ComedySportz" improv shows similar to "Whose Line Is it Anyway?" Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. 7115 Staples Mill Road. $9-$10. 266-9377.

Fielden's Cabaret Theater The Richmond Triangle Players present the passionate love story "Vita and Virginia." Performances Feb. 28-March 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets $12-$14. 2033 W. Broad St. 346-8113.

Landmark Theater Benny Andersson and Bj”rn Ulvaeus' "Mamma Mia," a new musical based on the songs of ABBA. Through March 2. Performances Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26, March 1 and 2. Tickets $26-$56. 6 N. Laurel St. 780-0200.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse Solve the raucous resort murder mystery "Death Takes A Vacation," while enjoying a delicious four course dinner every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $34.95 Adults, $24.95 for children 12 and younger. Best Western's Governor's Inn. 9826 Midlothian Turnpike. 1-888-471-4802.

Science Museum of Virginia The Carpenter Science Theatre Company presents a play titled "North Star Light: Pathways to Freedom" in celebration of Black History Month, Tuesdays-Fridays at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. $5. Through March 7. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.

Swift Creek Mill Theater Last season's knockout "Always … Patsy Cline," is back Thursdays through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., select Wednesdays and Sunday matinees. Through March 12. Tickets $24-$25.75. Colonial Heights. 748-5203.

Theatre IV Essential Theatre and Theatre Gym perform "Boom Town," a comic-drama about passion, corruption, big city dreams and a small town, in the Little Theatre. Performances Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. Through March 1. $15. 114 W. Broad St.
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