Off-Broadway-style company. 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251; www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
Feb. 10-March 6: "Black Pearl Sings," Frank Higgins' Depression-era drama about a jailed black folk singer and a folk song collector looking for a big break.
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April 14-May 1: "End Days," Deborah Zoe Laufer's apocalyptic comedy about a dysfunctional family, an Elvis impersonator and physicist Stephen Hawking.
June 2-26: "Five Course Love," Gregg Coffin's comedy about five dates in different restaurants where characters are consumed by love.
Shows in Belk Theater, Booth Playhouse and Stage Door Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.; McGlohon Theatre or Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.; Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon; Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix .org ; www.blumenthalcenter.org.
Broadway Lights Series
Through Jan. 31: "The Aluminum Show," special effects, acrobatics, Knight Theater.
Feb. 2-7: "Spring Awakening," Duncan Sheik's musical based on Franz Wedekind's play about the breakout of young love, Belk.
Feb. 11-20: "Charlotte Squawks: Six Degrees Of Desecration," the annual satiric review, McGlohon.
March 16-21: "My Mother's Italian, My Father Is Jewish & I'm In Therapy!" One-man comedy, Booth.
March 31-April 18: "Jersey Boys," the musical about the way the Four Seasons came together, Belk.
May 19-June 13: "Wicked," musical about the back story of "The Wizard of Oz," Ovens.
Expect the unexpected. 1118 Clement Ave. 704-455-8542; www.nccast.com.
Through Feb. 6: "Our Lady of 121st Street," Stephen Adly Guirgis' play in which a nun's body disappears.
March 4-April 3: "Evie's Waltz," Carter Lewis' play about a hillside assassin and the havoc he wreaks.
April 29-May 29: "Welcome to the Monkey House," an adaptation of the short stories of Kurt Vonnegut.
July 1-July 24: Josefina Lopez's "Real Women Have Curves."
The city's professional troupe for kids performs at ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. 704-973-2828; www.ctcharlotte.org.
Jan. 22-Feb. 14: "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," based on Judy Blume's book about sibling rivalry and wild family life.
Feb. 12-28: "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel," a musical.
Feb. 19-27: "As You Like It," Shakespeare's comedy about lovers in the forest of Arden.
March 12-28: "Treasure Island," Ken Ludwig's rousing adaptation of the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
April 16-May 9: "Goodnight Moon," taking us into the imagination of the child who falls asleep in the book.
April 23-May 2: "The Commedia King Arthur," Tarradiddle's Commedia dell'arte look at the Knights of the Round Table.
May 12-15: "Animal Farm." High school ensemble presenting adaptation of George Orwell's 1945 novel.
Davidson Community Players
307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953;
Jan. 23-25: "Cinderella."
March 19-29: "How I Learned to Drive."
Guerrilla theater done in various venues. www.machinetheatre.org.
March 25-April 3: Stripped-down version of Shakespeare's "Othello."
Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343;
Feb. 19-28: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," adapting C.S. Lewis' book.
April 23-May 2: "Les Miserables," a reduction of the musical taken from Victor Hugo's sprawling novel.
On Q Productions
New company presents plays with African-American themes.
March 24-April 4: "The Mojo and the Sayso," Aishah Rahman's tale of a family dealing with the death of a child shot by a police officer.
May 26-June 6: "Tribe," by Nicole Grasse.
Queen City Theatre Company
Jan. 28-Feb. 13: "Grey Gardens," the Doug Wright-Scott Frankel-Michael Korie musical about the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who live in a dilapidated 28-room mansion.
April 29-May 15: "Evita," the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical about passion and politics in Eva Peron's Argentina.
Jan. 28-Feb. 7: "Biloxi Blues," Neil Simon's autobiographical comedy.
March 18-28: "A Streetcar Named Desire," Tennessee Williams' drama.
May 6-23: "Smoke on the Mountain," a collection of two dozen songs and comic stories.
“Just Do It” is a themed reading and performance series given almost monthly at Theatre Charlotte. To learn more: www.theatrecharlotte.org; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theater performances are in Anne R. Belk Theater, Robinson Hall or Lab Theater, on campus at 9201 University City Blvd. 704-687-1849; www.performances.uncc.edu.
Feb. 24-March 6: “Topdog/Underdog,” Suzan-Lori Parks' drama about Booth and Lincoln, two rival African-American brothers who have struggled together since their teenage years.
March 25-29: “Welcome to the Moon” and other plays by John Patrick Shanley, six vignettes presenting the multifaceted nature of love, from warm and light-hearted to enigmatic and sinister.
April 14-18: “Assassins,” musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman about people whose idea of the American Dream is to shoot politicians.