Musicals and plays running or opening soon.
Through Sunday: Citizens of the Universe, which specializes in live interpretations of film scripts, turns to the Coen brothers’ comedy. UpStage, 3306-C N. Davidson St. 704-430-4821; www.upstagenoda.com.
Through May 31. Tony Kushner’s two-part play, “Millennium Approaches” and “Perestroika,” runs in repertory (sometimes on the same day). Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542; www.nccast.com.
May 29-June 1. James Briggs performs Leonard Nimoy’s one-man play about painter Vincent Van Gogh; the show includes 100 high-resolution projections on a large screen. Stage Door Theatre, Fifth and College streets. 704-372-1000; www.blumenthalarts.org.
May 29-June 15: Charlotte Shakespeare opens its summer season with this lesser-known comedy about courtiers who hole up in the forest and forswear women – until ladies break in upon their hermitage. The Green, First and Tryon streets. 704-625-1288; www.charlotteshakespeare.com.