Thru 9/4 // CHARLOTTE

Queen City Theatre Company takes to Duke Energy Theatre with Patrick Hamilton’s “Rope,” a classic, provocative thriller later brought to the screen in 1948 by Alfred Hitchcock. The play tells the complex story of Wyndham Brandon and Charles Granillo, two brilliant young men who decided to murder their Oxford classmate, Ronald Kentley, as an intellectual exercise; they want to prove their superiority by committing the “perfect murder.” With its homoerotic connotations and classic suspence, “Rope” is a performance you can’t miss.

8/25-9/19 // CHARLOTTE
Mary Poppins

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center brings Disney’s and Cameron MacKintosh’s classic “Mary Poppins” to life. The hit Broadway musical, a favorite with both children and adults alike, takes to the stage of Belk Theater with admission prices starting at $32.50.

9/5-26 // GREENSBORO
The Glass Menagerie

Triad Stage presents “The Glass Menagerie,” Tennessee Williams’ American Masterpiece. Dreams meet reality and love becomes desperate in a shimmering drama of a family on the edge. Tom struggles in a modern day world while his mother holds tight to a fantasy of Southern gentility and his sister hides amongst the glistening crystalline creatures she collects. With an edge as sharp as broken glass, the play cuts deep into the longing of human hearts.

9/7-10/3 // WINSTON-SALEM

Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance presents the classic musical “Cabaret.” Sponsored by the Adam Foundation and Arts Council.

9/14-10/15 // CHARLOTTE

Imagine you wake up one morning in a Steambath only to find out you are in the afterlife … and God is the Puerto Rican attendant! “Steambath” opens Carolina Actors’ Studio Theatre’s 2010-11 season.

9/22-10/2 // CHARLOTTE
Ain’t Misbehavin’

On Q Productions presents the hit Broadway musical “Ain’t Misbehavin’” based on the music of Fats Waller. The musical relives the era of the Harlem Renaissance, turning the Duke Energy Theatre stage into a racy, raucous and playful evening of song. Directed by Jermaine Nakia Lee.

10/5-10/10 // CHARLOTTE
9 to 5: The Musical

Everyone loves Dolly. How could you say no to that smile, the bubbly laugh and sparkly personality. The Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated “9 to 5,” based on Dolly Parton’s song of the same name makes its way to Ovens Auditorium.

10/29-11/14 // CHARLOTTE
Steel Magnolias

Okay, okay. So your name might not be Mark, Rick or Steve. And, maybe you don’t have nice track lighting in your home. Whatev. You know you’re going to see “Steel Magnolias.” If you don’t, go ahead and mail in your gay card. Theatre Charlotte brings the story to life.

10/30-11/14 // DURHAM
Billy Elliot: The Musical

Durham Performing Arts Center’s SunTrust Broadway Series presents Tony Award-winning “Billy Elliot: The Musical.” A joyous and exciting celebration of one young boy’s triumph against the odds…and expectations. Scored by Elton John.

12/9-18 // CHARLOTTE
They Day They Shot John Lennon

Carolina Actors’ Studio Theatre presents this play by James McClure, weaving together the stories and recollections of New Yorkers who gathered to mourn on the day of John Lennon’s death outside the apartment building where he was shot.

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.