Queen City Theatre Company (directed by Glenn T. Griffin) brings a new play-ful creation, Education Rita. It examines two characters who cross paths during their searches for a formal education and a solution to a cramped up view on life. Education is the key, as it unlocks the door to each of their self realizations. $20. Aug. 13-23. Aug. 13, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 8 p.m.; Aug. 17, 2:30 p.m. Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.