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- BRIAN MORROW
A man who got successful selling funeral insurance to poor black people reflects on his life in the Starving Artist Productions staging of “Blessed Assurance.” James K. Flynn stars.

Musicals and plays running or opening soon.

‘BLESSED ASSURANCE’

Through Saturday. Starving Artist does Steve Willis’ adaptation of Allan Gurganus’ novella about a salesman (James K. Flynn) who recalls his years selling insurance to poor African-Americans in the rural South. Duke Energy Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-348-5740; www.blumenthalarts.org.

‘ON STRIVER’S ROW’

Through Saturday: The Livingstone JBD Players do Abram Hill’s satire about class consciousness among African-Americans. The daughter of an upper-class family is about to enter elite society, but a woman excluded from that circle decides to sabotage the girl’s debut. Tubman Little Theatre, Livingstone College, Salisbury. 423-946-8314.

‘SHAKESPEARE’S R&J’

Through Sunday: Three Bone Theatre presents Joe Calarco’s adaptation. It’s about four prep school boys who pick up a copy of “Romeo and Juliet,” read it aloud after hours and find events in the play spilling over into their lives. UpStage, 3306-C N. Davidson St. 704-430-4821; www.upstagenoda.com.

‘THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT’

Through May 3: Carolina Actors Studio Theatre does Steven Adly Guirgis’ play, which takes place in a purgatory courtroom where famous characters discuss the nature of good and evil. 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542; www.nccast.com.

‘THE RELUCTANT DRAGON’

Through May 4: A heart-warming comedy based on Kenneth Grahame’s classic book about a peace-loving, poetry-spouting dragon who would much prefer a cup of tea to a battle. ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. 704-973-2828. www.ctcharlotte.org.

‘POSTSECRET THE SHOW’

April 22-May 4: Supported by projected images and video, three actors guide the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative of the stories behind sexual, sad, funny and controversial secrets sent via postcard to PostSecret.com. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000; www.blumenthalarts.org.

‘HAIR’

May 16-June 1: The rock musical tells the story of the “tribe,” a group of hippies living in New York City and fighting against war, their conservative parents and society. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777; www.theatrecharlotte.org.

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