Queen City Theatre Company is no stranger to dramatic stagings, so Stephen Sondheim's Passion doesn't fall out of bounds. The Tony Award-winning Broadway classic comes as yet another surprise to a season that's already included the zippy Xanadu The Musical.
In the erotic Passion, directed by Glenn T. Griffin, managing director Kristian Wedolowski the role of an army captain - such a serious character compared to his last giddy role, in Most Fabulous Story Ever Told - is stuck in a remote Italy-based military zone in 1863. There, he's forced to re-evaluate his love affair with a married woman after his colonel's homely cousin begs for his desire. $24-$28. May 4-5, 8 p.m.; May 9-12, 8 p.m.; May 13, 3 p.m.; May 16-19, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.