A Winter's Tale
UMKC's Theatre Department closes its 2011-12 season with Shakespeare's romantic story of love, passion and jealousy involving King Leontes; his wife, Hermione; his friend, King Polixenes; and, as always with Shakespeare, many supporting characters. Faculty member Barry Kyle directs the classic with a more contemporary take. It plays April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. Call 816-235-6222 for tickets, which cost $15. The play is performed at the Spencer Theatre's Olson PAC (4949 Cherry).
Johnson County Community College
The Spitfire Grill
Based on a film by Lee David Zlotoff, this musical played off-Broadway and has seen hundreds of regional productions. A folk and bluegrass score infuses the story of a young woman beginning a new life in a depressed rural town in Wisconsin, at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. The student production is free and open to the public, with seats first-come, first-served in the Carlsen Center's Polsky Theater (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park) April 27-28 at 7:30 p.m. or at 2 p.m. April 28-29. It also plays next weekend.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
The Barber of Seville
Unlike the deranged Sweeney Todd, this barber is sociable. And he's into helping — not hurting — his cohorts. (He's way less damaged.) You have just two more opportunities to see this popular light opera at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway): April 27 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. It's sung in Italian with English subtitles. But you'll keep track of the story just fine — just listen to the beautiful music and follow the action. For tickets, call 816-471-7344 or see kcopera.org.
Time Stands Still
This Tony-nominated play by Donald Margulies follows Sarah (Carla Noack), a photojournalist injured in Iraq, and her partner, James (David Fritts), also a journalist, as they examine their life choices. Mark Robbins and Ashlee LaPine co-star. The show is onstage through Sunday, April 29, at the Unicorn (3828 Main, 816-531-7529, unicorntheatre.org).
The Western Playhouse
A new professional summer-theater company, hosted by Missouri Western State University's Western Institute, is holding auditions for its first season Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fishtank Performance Studio (1715 Wyandotte). Those auditioning must prepare a one-minute comedic monologue and/or a selection from a traditional musical-theater song. See westernplayhouse.com for more information and to reserve a time slot.