Del Shores
The famed writer of “Sordid Lives” makes two stops in North Carolina for a reading of his “Naked. Sordid. Reality.”
Aug. 9: Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, wstheatrealliance.org.
Aug. 10: Petra’s, Charlotte, petraspianobar.com.

8/10 // DURHAM
Kathy Griffin
Comedian Kathy Griffin headlines a special live event for the N.C. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Durham Performing Arts Center. dpacnc.com.

8/15-19 // RALEIGH
‘Avenue Q’
The Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy Series presents Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q,” from Robert Lopez, writer of the hit “The Book of Mormon.” Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Fletcher Opera Theater. progressenergycenter.com.

8/16-24 // CHARLOTTE
‘Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party’
Queen City Theatre Company presents Aaron Loeb’s comedy
following Illinois schoolteacher Harmony Green after she tells her fourth-grade class that Menard County’s most famous native, Abraham Lincoln, was gay. Queen City Theatre Company. queencitytheatre.com.

8/17-25 // CHARLOTTE
Mark Pizzato says of comedy troupe The Dysfunctional Figurines “…a new sketch comedy tam has emerged in Charlotte, the best in at least a decade.” Carolina Actors Studio Theatre. nccast.com.

9/14-23 // WINSTON-SALEM
‘Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public’
A hilarious sequel to the hit musical, “The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public” takes up where the last left off with hilarious twists and turns as the IRS zeroes in on a Nevada brothel and Miss Mona is brought in to assist. Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance. wstheatrealliance.org.

9/19-10/17// CHAPEL HILL
11/14-12/1 // CHARLOTTE
A raw and provocative portrait of one artist’s years-long ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work of art.
Sept. 19-Oct. 17: PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, playmakersrep.com.
Nov. 14-Dec. 1: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

9/26-10/13 // CHARLOTTE
‘God of Carnage’
After a playground fight between their sons, two high-strung couples meet for a civil discussion. This conversation quickly turns into a laugh-out-loud, train wreck meeting. “God of Carnage” is a 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Play. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

9/28 // DURHAM
Joan Rivers
The one and only Joan Rivers brings her special brand of uncensored, uninhibited standup comedy to North Carolina at the Durham Performing Arts Center. dpacnc.com.

10/2-7 // DURHAM
‘War Horse’
This powerfully moving drama tells the story of Joey, the beloved horse of World War I-era teen Albert. Currently playing to packed houses in London and New York, the stage production comes complete with astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. Durham Performing Arts Center. dpacnc.com.

10/9-14 // RALEIGH
‘Legally Blonde’
Produced by North Carolina Theatre, the Broadway hit “Legally Blonde: The Musical” comes to Progress Energy Center’s Memorial Auditorium. progressenergycenter.com.

Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis stars in the November production of ‘Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical,’ presented by the Duke Energy Broadway Lights Series at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
Photo courtesy BPAC.

10/26 // DURHAM
David Sedaris
Raleigh native David Sedaris, best-selling author and humorist, takes the stage for a one-night appearance celebrating the release of his new title, “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.” Durham Performing Arts Center. dpacnc.com.

11/6-11 // CHARLOTTE
‘Jekyll & Hyde’
The Duke Energy Broadway Lights Series presents this stirring, hit Broadway musical starring Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis and Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox. Belk Theatre. blumenthalarts.org.

11/23-12/8 // CHARLOTTE
‘Twilight: Los Angeles 1992’
Local producers On Q Productions presents this documentary theatrical piece by Anna Deavere Smith recounting the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King trial and verdict and the riots that followed in Los Angeles. Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. youarenowonq.com.

12/19-1/5 // CHARLOTTE
‘Winter Wonderettes’
Ring in the holidays with the Wonderettes and tunes like “O Tannenbaum,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Mele Kalikimaka,” and many more! Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. actorstheatrecharlotte.org.