Burning Coal Theatre Company and the Raleigh Boychoir collaborate on “Civil Rights Through Song: A Choral History of Raleigh Through the Civil Rights Era.” Funded in part by a City of Raleigh Arts Commission grant, the performance piece includes dance and dramatic narrative. The music first represents what was in the segregated schools from late 1950s to early 1960s and then moves on to what was popular after the schools were integrated. The performances are in the auditorium of the Murphey School (224 Polk St.), Raleigh’s first integrated school, now Burning Coal’s home. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (through Mar. 23). $15-$25 (Sunday: “pay what you can”). 919-834-4001 or burningcoal.org.
• Inspired by the true story of an art forger who sold fake Vermeers to a Nazi collector, “The Art of Deception” is UNC professor Keith Burridge’s play about betrayal and revenge and what makes a hero. Produced by PlayGround: A Theater Co-operative and Durham’s Common Ground Theatre this weekend and next. Details at cgtheatre.com.