Pineville Dinner Theater's cooking

When I came south in 1980 to work for the Charlotte News, the first play I reviewed was at Pineville Dinner Theatre. (Robert and Marilynn Horton starred in “Same Time, Next Year.”) So I smiled nostalgically when I heard the latest PDT incarnation was still alive.

I say “still” because it reopened in July 2007 in a new locale at 10403-J Park Road. But when I took this beat a year later, PDT had stopped announcing shows. New artistic director Brett Gentile says the theater was dormant, not dead, and is unveiling a second season with a diverse and untraditional slate. (Learn more at www.pinevilledinnertheater.com or 704-544-0607.)

Gone are such sex farces as last year's “Having a Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Her.” David Ives' six tart comic vignettes “It's All in the Timing” is running through Nov. 29. That'll be followed by “The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)” Dec. 11- Jan. 10, “God's Man in Texas” Jan. 22-Feb. 21, “Smell of the Kill” March 5-April 4, “A Point of Order” April 16-May 16, “The Fourth Wall” May 28-June 27 and “Breaking Legs” July 16-Aug. 15. It's unusual stuff.

Shows run Thursday through Saturday; tickets are $48, including a meal themed to the show, and college students with ID get 2-for-1 tickets Fridays. (There's a bar, but that's extra.) Gentile says owner Jim Sprowles is donating 20 tickets every Thursday to local charities to use as they see fit, so PDT is being a good neighbor as well as an entrepreneur.