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Actor's Theatre

Of Charlotte

650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251;

"Blue Door," Feb. 16-March 5: Tanya Barfield's drama is about an African-American math professor who was left by his wife after refusing to participate in the Million Man March.

"Dead Man's Cell Phone," April 6-23: Sarah Ruhl's comedy tries to make sense of mortality. A woman answers a deceased man's phone and embarks on an odyssey to confront her assumptions about redemption and the need to connect with others.

"(title of show)," June 8-25: Jeff Bowen and Hunter's Bell's musical about friendship.

Blumenthal PAC


The region's leading presenter, with shows in Belk Theater, Booth Playhouse and Stage Door Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.; McGlohon Theatre and Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.; Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon; Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.

Broadway Lights series

"Billy Elliot," Jan. 12-30, Ovens: Elton John and Lee Hall won two of the show's 10 Tonys for adapting the film about a miner's son who wants to dance.

"In the Heights," Feb. 15-20, Belk: Lin-Manuel Miranda composed hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music for a tale of three days among New York Dominican-Americans.

"Young Frankenstein," March 15-20, Belk: Mel Brooks wrote music and lyrics for this version of his film about the mad inventor and his creature.

"Shrek," June 14-19, Belk: Yet another adaptation of a beloved film, this one about an ogre, talking donkey and princess with a secret.

"Next to Normal," July 12-17, Knight: This rock musical is about a mother with worsening bipolar disorder whose illness affects her family. Other shows

"Celebrity Autobiography," Jan. 25-30, Booth: Jennifer Coolidge ("American Pie," "Legally Blonde") and Cady Huffman ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") star in this show, which consists of performers acting out excerpts from real celebrity's autobiographies.

Momix, Feb. 22-27, Knight: These dancer-illusionists have been around for 25 years. This show, "Botanica," has been seen in Target commercials.

"Avenue Q," April 5-10, Knight: The profane puppets make their second local appearance.

Blue Man Group, April 19-24, Belk: These mime/performance artists, in their 20th season, bring a new show.

"Cats," May 24-29, Belk: Andrew Lloyd Webber's feline hit arrives days after its 30th anniversary.

"Mamma Mia!," July 26-31, Belk: ABBA-fueled musical about a girl trying to figure out which of three men fathered her out of wedlock.

Carolina Actors Studio Theatre

1118 Clement Ave. 704-455-8542;

"When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?," Jan. 13-Feb. 12: An unbalanced Vietnam War vet's car breaks down outside a New Mexico diner, and the people inside go through a powerful experience.

"A Behanding in Spokane," March 3-April 2: One of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's very dark comedies. A man searching for the hand that was cut off years ago runs into con artists in Washington state, with violent results.

"Agnes of God," April 21-May 21: The drama by John Pielmier centers on an unworldly novitiate who insists the dead baby found at her convent was a virgin birth.

"Neon Psalms," June 16-July 16: Thomas Strelich's dark comedy is set in a California desert town where a clueless father, a religiously obsessed mother and a grown daughter on her way to a bad reputation intersect in a trailer.

CPCC Theatre

Musicals take place in Halton Theatre, straight plays in Pease Auditorium; both are near Kings Drive and Elizabeth Avenue.

"Sweeney Todd," Feb. 11-20: Stephen Sondheim's bloody great musical about the demon barber of Fleet Street is almost an opera.

"Almost, Maine," April 8-17: Comedy about lovelorn souls in a mythical town leans heavily on whimsy and fantasy.

Children's Theatre Of Charlotte

ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. 704-973-2828;

"How I Became a Pirate," Jan. 21-Feb. 6: Swashbuckling musical is based on the comical book by Greenville, S.C., author Melinda Long.

"If You Take a Mouse to School," Feb. 4-20: An adaptation of yet another Laura Numeroff book. Performed by Tarradiddle Players.

Djembe Fire!, Feb. 25-26: This African Drum and Dance Ensemble takes us on a rhythmic journey across that continent.

"And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank," March 4-13: James Still's play tells the stories of Anne Frank and Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss. Intersecting family histories of three young people depict life before and during World War II.

"Under the Rainbow," March 26-27: Tarradiddle Players' preschool show weaves together simple folktales, including "The Fisherman and His Wife," "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" and "Bear Hunt."

"Lyle the Crocodile," April 1-17: This play is based on the books by Bernard Waber, in which the Primm family moves into a new apartment and is surprised to find Lyle - who eats only Turkish caviar, can play the saxophone and has impeccable manners - in the bathtub. Must he be sent to the zoo?

"Tomás and the Library Lady," April 29-May 8: The Pat Mora book, adapted by José Cruz González, is about a boy who travels north with his family from his Texas home to do farm work. Performed by Tarradiddle Players.

"Lord of the Flies," May 11-14: The high school ensemble will tackle this startling drama.

Citizens of

the Universe

Avant-garde troupe generally performs at Story Slam, 1401 Central Ave.

"A Quiet Evening With Sid and Nancy," Feb. 10-12: An interviewer meets with Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungeon during their last days at the Chelsea Hotel.

"The Princess Bride," March 9-26: Another film adaptation, this one of the 1987 romantic comedy with classic (and often ridiculous) fairy tale elements.

Davidson Community Players

307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953;

"The Emperor's New Clothes," Jan. 21-23: The Hans Christian Andersen tale about a pompous emperor comes to life. This will be done by the Connie Company, which uses youngsters as performers.

"Masterpiece," Feb. 24-March 13: Meir Ribalow's drama about 20th-century Flemish artist Han van Meegeren, who forged a "Vermeer" to retaliate against a hostile art critic.

"Stuart Little," April 2-10: The Connie Company adaptation of E.B. White's book about a talking mouse with big ideas.

"Ragtime," June 16-26: Terrence McNally and Lynn Ahrens adapted the book and film into a panoramic musical about Americans old and new, black and white, in the early 20th century.

"Moon Over Buffalo," July 21-31: Ken Ludwig's comedy about aging thespians who hope for a last stab at greatness when they get a chance to impress director Frank Capra.

"Love Letters," Oct. 6-23: A.R. Gurney's two-person play traces the arc of a four-decade relationship through correspondence.

"Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.," Nov. 5-13: The Connie Company does a show based on the 1970s animated TV series.

"Retrieving the Lamb," Dec. 1-18: Charlotte playwright Judy Simpson Cook wrote this gentle comedy about travails during a nativity play.

Matthews Playhouse

Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343;

"The Jungle Book for Kids," Feb. 18-27: A youth-based adaptation of the Disney musical about Mowgli and the wise, silly and sinister beasts who raise him.

"The Wizard of Oz," April 1-3.

On Q Productions

Duke Energy Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 N. College. 704-372-1000;

"Day of Absence," March 2-5: Douglas Turner Ward's one-act satire about life in the pre-Civil Rights South on a day when every black person disappeared.

"The Colored Museum," March 30-April 10: George C. Wolfe's eye-raising comedy covering centuries of black stereotypes.

"Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine," June 15-26: Lynn Nottage's play about a successful publicist whose life unravels and who must go back to her dreaded roots in Brooklyn.

Queen City

Theatre Company

Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College. 704-372-1000;

"Southern Baptist Sissies," Jan. 20-Feb. 6: Del Shores, son and brother of Baptist preachers, confronts the collision of his religious upbringing and his homosexuality.

"Chess," May 20-June 11: Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson's sprawling musical about love, gamesmanship and international politics at a chess championship.

Theatre Charlotte

501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777;;

"The Graduate," Jan. 21-Feb. 6: Terry Johnson adapted the novel by Charles Webb and screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry.

"The Glass Menagerie," March 18-April 3: Tennessee Williams' first masterpiece is about Amanda Wingfield, a faded remnant of Southern gentility.

"Rent," May 13-29: Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, based loosely on Puccini's opera "La Boheme."