Kahlil Ashanti returns to Charlotte for a third round of his one-man show, Basic Training. The show is based off of true experiences — his time in the army, serving as a member of the U.S. Air Force's entertainment troupe Tops in Blue and his quest to find his biological father. Ashanti plays the parts of 23 very different characters, from a crazy foul-mouthed drill sergeant to a sweet abused mother. Show contains adult language and content. $20 and up. Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 15-16, 8 p.m.; Oct. 17, 3 p.m.; Oct. 19-21, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 22-23, 8 p.m.; Oct. 24, 3 p.m. Stage Door Theater, corner of 5th Street and College Street. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.