‘Steel magnolias’

Opening: Jody Briskey and Greta Grosch headline the cast for this tearjerker. Playwright Robert Harling tapped into a vein of honest sentimentality with his story about six women who spend their time in a Louisiana beauty parlor musing about their lives. R. Kent Knutson directs the production. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 1:30 p.m. Wed.-Thu. Ends May 17, Old Log, 5185 Meadville St., Excelsior, $16-$35, 952-474-5951 or oldlog.com.)

Graydon Royce


‘Naked Darrow’

Opening Friday: Writer/performer Gary Anderson originally created this one-man piece on a commission from Park Square Theatre. It celebrates Clarence Darrow, a master of using media coverage as part of his larger defense in the court of public opinion. Michael Robins directs the show for Illusion Theater. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends April 12. Illusion Theater, Cowles Center for Dance, eighth floor, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $20-$40, 612-339-4944 or www.illusiontheater.org.)




Friday-Sunday: Zorongo Artistic Director Susana di Palma’s newest effort, “ConVivir: 7 Dances to a More Compassionate World,” explores the issues of peace and understanding, especially in the context of religious differences. Guest artists include David Harris and Judith Brin Ingber, as well as musicians, singers and dancers representing Spain and Sri Lanka. (8 p.m. Fri-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $32, The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-206-3600, www.thecowlescenter.org.)




Opens Thursday: Collide Theatrical Dance Company brings “Romeo and Juliet” into 21st-century Brooklyn. Directed and choreographed by Regina Peluso, with tap choreography by Geoff Higgins. (7:30 p.m. Thu.-next Sat., 4 p.m. April 12 & 19, 3 p.m. April 13, 7 p.m. April 20. Ends April 20. $28 ($40 VIP ticket), the Lab Theater, 700 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-7977, collidetheatrical.org.)C.P.