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Live theater can be your great escape

Kids are thinking about candy or zombie makeup. Parents are thinking the haven of the holidays seems impossibly far away in the hubbub of economic and political change. One way or the other, escape is on everybody's mind – and nothing will help you escape more thoroughly than live theater.

Some of these shows are on their last legs; some are about to stand up and be counted. But all of them are available to you in the next week or so across Mecklenburg County, and you can sample at will from this list.

‘Defending the Caveman'

What: One-man show about fundamentally comic differences between men and women seems to have been playing since the dawn of man.

When: 8 tonight, 8 p.m. Saturday, final performance at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.

Tickets: $29.50-$34.50; 704-372-1000 or www.carolinatix.org.

‘Die Mommie Die!'

What: Hank West stars (in drag) as Angela Arden, a larger-than-life actress who murders her husband and triggers revenge by her kids.

When: 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, final performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St.

Tickets: $16-$24; 704-372-1000 or www .carolinatix.org.

‘Faust'

What: Opera Carolina's season bows with Charles Gounod's tale of a man who sells his soul to be young again. In French with English titles.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.

Tickets: $20-$125.

‘Monster'

What: Neal Bell's adaptation of the Frankenstein story suggests the title “monster” applies to the doctor, rather than the creature.

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Nov. 6-8, and Nov. 13-15.

Where: Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 1118 Clement Ave.

Tickets: $18-$27; 704-455-8542 or www.nccast.com.

‘Mother Load'

What: This off-Broadway hit – a mix of motherhood and comedy – is the opening production at the Blumenthal's new Stage Door Theater.

When: 8 tonight, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, final performance at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Stage Door Theater, North College Street at Fifth Street.

Tickets: $29.50-$34.50; 704-372-1000 or www.carolinatix.org.

‘Peter Pan'

What: The musical version of James M. Barrie's play (for ages 6 and older) is one of the Children's Theatre's most popular shows ever.

When: Newly added performances at 11 a.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday (final performance).

Where: McColl Family Theatre at ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St.

Tickets: $18-$24; 704-973-2828 or www.ctcharlotte.org.

‘Traces'

What: This contemporary circus show blends acrobatics, dance and theatrical techniques to kick off Blumenthal's Broadway Lights season.

When: 8 tonight, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and various times through Nov. 16.

Where: McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St.

Tickets: $29.50-$44.50; 704-372-1000; www .carolinatix.org.

‘A Thousand Cranes'

What: Children's Theatre of Charlotte presents a play about a Japanese girl who developed leukemia from exposure to the Hiroshima bomb.

When: 7:30 tonight, 3 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Nov. 1 (signed), and 2 p.m. Nov. 2.

Where: Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St.

Tickets: $14-$18; 704-973-2828 or www.ctcharlotte.org.

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