Forget CGI for a moment and rediscover the pleasures of clay animation by checking out The Light Factory's presentation of the award-winning Australian film Mary and Max. Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Eric Bana are among those lending their vocals to this seriocomic look at the long-distance communication between a little Australian girl and an obese American man, and how their friendship grows over the course of many years. Continues on Fri., Jan. 22. $7 general admission; $5 Light Factory members. 7:30 p.m. Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org.