Musicals and plays running or opening soon.
‘THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL’
Through Saturday: Frank Wildhorn’s musical about the French Revolution hurls us into a 18th-century world of swordplay and hidden identities, as it opens CPCC Summer Theatre’s season. Halton Theatre, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534; tix.cpcc.edu.
‘LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST’
Through Sunday: 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.
Through June 22: Shakespeare Carolina does Timothy Mooney’s new verse translation of Moliere’s 1666 comedy; it’s about a man who falls in love with a woman embodying all that annoys him about humankind. Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.
Through June 28: Stew’s musical about a young bohemian who journeys from middle-class black America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251; www.atcharlotte.org.
Through June 28: Harry Warren and Al Dubin wrote songs for the backstage musical par excellence, with a tap-dancing novice stepping in for an injured star. Davidson Community Players, Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College. 704-892-7953; davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
Through June 28: Johnny Mercer and Gene de Paul wrote tunes for this musical borrowed from Al Capp’s comic strip about lovin’ and feudin’ in Dogpatch. CPCC Summer Theatre, Halton Theatre, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534; tix.cpcc.edu.
‘CHARLOTTE SQUAWKS X’
Through June 29: The annual satiric review takes on subjects local and national in “Ten Carolina Commandments.” Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000; www.blumenthalarts.org.
‘SHREK, THE MUSICAL’
Through June 29: In a faraway kingdom, it is not a handsome prince that rescues the princess but a lovable ogre. Adding to the mayhem is a sassy donkey, a short-tempered villian and a passel of fairy tale characters. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343; www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
‘GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES’
Through July 12: Rajiv Joseph’s drama, which charts the lives of two people ages 8 through 38 along a path in which they hurt themselves – and each other. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542; www.nccast.com.