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Theater productions in the Charlotte area

Musicals and plays running or opening soon.

‘42ND STREET’

Through Saturday: 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; www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

‘LI’L ABNER’

Through Saturday: 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 Sunday: 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 Sunday: A lovable ogre sets out to rescue a princess, with a sassy donkey, a short-tempered villain and a passel of fairy tale characters adding to the mayhem. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343; www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

‘THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR’

Through Sunday: Citizens of the Universe does Shakespeare’s comedy about lecherous John Falstaff and the romance and double-dealing surrounding him. UpStage, 3306-C N. Davidson St. www.citizensoftheuniverse.org.

‘GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES’

Through July 12: Rajiv Joseph’s drama, which charts the lives of two people from 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.

‘THE LITTLE MERMAID JR.’

July 2-12: CPCC Summer Theatre does an abbreviated version of the Disney musical about Ariel and her prince. Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534; tix.cpcc.edu.

‘OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS’

July 5-12. CPCC Summer Theatre tackles Joe DiPietro’s comedy about four grandparents plotting to keep a grandson from moving far away. Pease Auditorium, CPCC central campus. 704-330-6534; tix.cpcc.edu.

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