Through Nov. 9. With his signature humorous glow, playwright David Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 113. 704-455-8542; www.nccast.com.
‘ARSENIC AND OLD LACE’
Through Nov. 10. Theatre Charlotte does Joseph Kesselring’s comedy about a drama critic bringing his lady friend home to meet his spinster aunts, who are serial poisoners. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777; www.theatrecharlotte.org.
‘HANSEL & GRETEL’
Through Nov. 10. In this adaptation, a family gathers around the dinner table to hear the story of Hansel & Gretel. As the familiar story unfolds, the family embraces their roles in this play within a play. ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. 704-973-2828; www.ctcharlotte.org.
‘THE AMISH PROJECT’
Through Nov. 3. Divina Cook directs Jessica Dickey’s play, a fictional account of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting and the slow emotional healing that followed. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429; www.warehousepac.com.
‘VENUS IN FUR’
Nov. 6-23. J.R. Adduci and Charlotte Fox star in David Ives’ Tony-nominated play about a director and an auditioning actress who play sexual mind games with each other. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251; www.atcharlotte.org.
Nov. 7-23. Mike Bartlett’s comedy won the Olivier (the British Tony) for its depiction of a man’s vacillation between the loves of his life, one male and one female. Duke Energy Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.
Nov. 8-17. Based on the 1971 film, Matthews Playhouse’s production centers on Wonka’s mysterious factory and includes songs like “Pure Imagination” and “The Candyman.” Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. East. 704-846-8343; www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
‘THE BOOK OF MORMON’
Dec. 26-Jan. 5. A religious satire musical with book, lyrics and music by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez, a co-composer/co-lyricist of “Avenue Q.” It won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.
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