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Comedy

Alive. Comedians Jarrod Harris and Dave Stone. Aug. 28-29. 2909 N. Davidson St. 704-930-2200. www.matthewscomedyzone.com.

Lake Norman Comedy Zone. Comedian. Matt Davis. $10. Sept. 1, 8 p.m.; Comedian Shaun Jones. Benefit show for Light the Night. $50. Sept. 22, 8 p.m. 17044 Kenton Dr. 704-895-1782. www.lkncomedyzone.com.

Alive. Matt Davis and DT Owens. Sept. 4-5.; Phil Hogan. Sept. 11-12. 2909 N. Davidson St. 704-930-2200. www.matthewscomedyzone.com.

Ovens Auditorium. Comedian Brian Regan. $34.50. Sept, 26, 8 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 East Independence Blvd. www.ovensauditorium.com

Lake Norman Comedy Zone. Comedian Craig Shoemaker. $20. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. 17044 Kenton Dr. 704-895-1782. www.lkncomedyzone.com.

Craig Shoemaker. Popular comedian, Craig Shoemaker has performed on many stand-up comedy programs including Comic Relief and Comedy Central Presents. This show is presented by The Comedy Zone and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. $20 and up. Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Kathy Griffin. For tickets, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. $50-$55. Oct. 17, 8 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 East Independence Blvd. 704-522-6500. www.ovensauditorium.com

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Explosion. Starring comedians Alex Reymundo and Joey Medina. This show contains adult language $35. Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Jon Reep. Comedian Jon Reep is a Hickory native known for his performances on NBC's Last Comic Standing, as well Comedy Central's Premium Blend or the half-hour special Comedy Central Presents: Jon Reep. $25 and up. Nov. 27-28, 8 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org

Jeff Dunham. Comedian and ventriloquist to perform. For tickets, call 1-800-745-3000. Dec. 31, 7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. 704-688-9000. www.timewarnercablearena.com.

Dance

Ballet, Ballroom & Bluegrass. Presented by North Carolina Dance Theatre. Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's Shindig, returns to Charlotte with a live bluegrass band. Twyla Tharp's ballroom dance masterpiece, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Alonzo King's MAP to be performed. $20-$74. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Sept. 17, 18, 19, 7:30 p.m. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Once Upon A Time. This North Carolina Dance Theatre ballet tells the story of a girl's imagination which comes to life from her love of fairytales. Presented by McGuire Woods LLP. $20-$62. Sept. 19-20, 2 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Street Beat. This performance features high-energy, hip-hop moves, urban rhythm, break dance acrobatics and more. $19.50 and up. Oct. 21-22, 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 South Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Innovative Works. Choreographers Uri Sands, Dwight Rhoden, Sasha Janes and Mark Diamond will challenge the dancers both artistically and physically in this contemporary series. Presented by North Carolina Dance Theatre. $20-$74. Nov. 5-7, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 12-14, 7:30 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org

Theater

A Chorus Line. Broadway musical and Tony-Award winner, A Chorus Line, tells the story of 17 dancers with high hopes and dreams for dancing. $20 and up. Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 2, 8 p.m.; Oct. 3, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Oct. 4, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Late Nite Catechism. In this comedy the 'Sister' teaches class to a roomful of 'students' (the audience). $24.50 and up. Oct. 6-8, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 9-10, 8 p.m.; Oct 11., 3 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Basic Training. Kahlil Ashanti's comic tour-de-force returns to the Q.C. In this one man, the comedic Ashanti plays 23 characters, as he delivers a true story about life in the U.S. Air Force's entertainment troupe Tops in Blue and his quest for family. The show contains adult language and content. $24.50 and up. Oct. 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 23 and 24, 8 p.m.; Oct. 25, 3 p.m. Stage Door Theater, North College St. at 5th St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). 37 plays from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) in 97 minutes. Bard's plays have been London's longest-running comedy with 10 years at the Criterion Theatre. $24.50 and up. Oct. 27, 28, 29, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 30, 31, 8 p.m.; Nov. 1, 3 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 North Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

South Pacific. New production of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein's award-winning musical based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize winning book Tales of the South Pacific. This tells the story of two couples both of whose happiness is threatened because of war and prejudices. Nov. 10-12, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 13, 8 p.m.; Nov. 14, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Nov. 15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Big Boys. This play by Rich Orloff is a comedy about greed and the lack of ethics in corporate America. Sept. 23-Oct. 17. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org

Yankee Tavern. This play by Steven Dietz is a psychological thriller that follows a young couple caught up in deception, espionage and conspiracy theories. Nov. 18- Dec. 5. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org

Seussical. Musical captures classic tales with Dr. Seuss characters Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville. The show features a variety of music styles, ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel and R&B to funk. Sept. 10-13; Sept. 16-20; Sept. 23-27. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.

The Woman In Black. Performance based on spooky ghost story by Susan Hill. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Oct 29-Nov 1; Nov 4-8. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.

Master Class. This play by Tony Award winning author Terrance McNally weaves theater into a master class conducted by opera legend Maria Callas, who was constantly sought out by the media because of life with the wealthy Greek ship-owner Aristotle Onassis. Sept. 11-Oct. 3; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 1118 Clement Ave. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. A play-within-a play, this show tells the story of Sade, a prisoner at Charenton who was allowed to write and direct plays as therapy for the patients at the insane asylum. Oct. 22- Nov. 21. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 1118 Clement Ave. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Beauty and the Beast. Children's Theatre of Charlotte production of Disney's musical tells the classic story of love between the beautiful Belle and a beast. $18-$24. Sept. 25-Oct. 25. ImaginOn's McColl Family Theatre, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828. www.ctcharlotte.org.

New Kid. Children's Theatre of Charlotte production of the award-winning play, which tells the story of a boy named Nick who leaves his homeland to come to America with his parents. $14-$18. Oct. 23- Oct. 31. ImaginOn's Wachovia Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828. www.ctcharlotte.org.

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