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Theater in the Charlotte area

Musicals and plays running or opening soon.

‘BLESSED ASSURANCE’

Through Saturday. Starving Artist does Steve Willis’ adaptation of Allan Gurganus’ novella about a salesman (James K. Flynn) who recalls his years selling insurance to poor African-Americans in the rural South. Duke Energy Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-348-5740; www.blumenthalarts.org.

‘ON STRIVER’S ROW’

Through Saturday: The Livingstone JBD Players do Abram Hill’s satire about class consciousness among African-Americans. The daughter of an upper-class family is about to enter elite society, but a woman excluded from that circle decides to sabotage the girl’s debut. Tubman Little Theatre, Livingstone College, Salisbury. 423-946-8314.

‘SHAKESPEARE’S R&J’

Through Sunday: Three Bone Theatre presents Joe Calarco’s adaptation. It’s about four prep school boys who pick up a copy of “Romeo and Juliet,” read it aloud after hours and find events in the play spilling over into their lives. UpStage, 3306-C N. Davidson St. 704-430-4821; www.upstagenoda.com.

‘THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT’

Through May 3: Carolina Actors Studio Theatre does Steven Adly Guirgis’ play, which takes place in a purgatory courtroom where famous characters discuss the nature of good and evil. 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542; www.nccast.com.

‘THE RELUCTANT DRAGON’

Through May 4: A heart-warming comedy based on Kenneth Grahame’s classic book about a peace-loving, poetry-spouting dragon who would much prefer a cup of tea to a battle. ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. 704-973-2828. www.ctcharlotte.org.

‘POSTSECRET THE SHOW’

April 22-May 4: Supported by projected images and video, three actors guide the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative of the stories behind sexual, sad, funny and controversial secrets sent via postcard to PostSecret.com. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000; www.blumenthalarts.org.

‘HAIR’

May 16-June 1: The rock musical tells the story of the “tribe,” a group of hippies living in New York City and fighting against war, their conservative parents and society. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777; www.theatrecharlotte.org.

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