Fall A&E Guide 2015: Community theatre rounds out fall stage schedule

‘Kinky Boots’ returns for December engagement after overwhelming demand last spring

If there’s only one thing you know’s a certainty in Charlotte, it’s that we have some great professional theatre. From community theatre associations to traveling Broadway and national tours, the Queen City’s stages are always buzzing with the best talent available. This fall and winter, take in the sights and sounds of some of these great plays and musicals heading your way soon.

‘The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep’
Sept. 9-26
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
Ada, a call center representative, can’t sleep. When she receives a call at her job from a woman in need, she takes a trip to try and help her. Unfortunately, things go wrong…terribly wrong. Desperate to cure her insomnia, Ada must confront her regrets, past and present, if she’s ever going to sleep again.
atcharlotte.org.

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‘The Money Shot’
Sept. 10-19
Queen City Theatre Company
Written by Neil Labute and fresh of its Off-Broadway run, this QCTC seasonal opener brings sexy, daring and darkly hilarious comedy like you’e never seen before. Karen and Steve are glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. After years of not landing a hit, the tempting offer by a hot-shot European director will for sure bring them back to the top. Karen, her partner Bev, Steve and his aspiring actress wife Missy meet in order to make an important decision: how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain?
queencitytheatre.com.

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lacageauxfolles‘La Cage Aux Folles’
Sept. 11-27
Theatre Charlotte
Set in a glitzy drag club on the French Riviera, a middle-aged gay couple agree to hide their relationship when their son returns home with his fiancee’s ultra-conservative parents. Feathers get ruffled and households upended in a poignant tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves.
theatrecharlotte.org.

‘Bad Jews’
Oct. 28-Nov. 14
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
Daphna Feygenbaum is a “Real Jew” with an Israeli boyfriend. When her cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather’s Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. This critically acclaimed comedy asks questions about what you choose to believe, when you’re chosen.
atcharlotte.org.

dracula‘Dracula’
Oct. 30-Nov. 15
Theatre Charlotte
This adaptation brings the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker’s classic novel to the stage. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker’s famous vampire.
theatrecharlotte.org.

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‘Birds of a Feather’
Nov. 5-14
Queen City Theatre Company
Telling the story of the gay-themed children’s book “And Tango Makes Three,” based on the true story about the two gay penguins that adopted another one in Central Park. The book was banned from the school system and libraries here in Charlotte, which gets a mention in the play.
queencitytheatre.com.

Photo Credit: National tour photo by Matthew Murphy.

Photo Credit: National tour photo by Matthew Murphy.

‘Kinky Boots’
Dec. 29-Jan. 3
Blumenthal Performing Arts
Due to overwhelming demand during its March run in Charlotte, “Kinky Boots” makes its return to the Queen City. This exhilarating Broadway musical will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Inspired by a true story, “Kinky Boots” features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.
blumenthalarts.org.

importanceearnest‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
Jan. 22-Feb. 7
Theatre Charlotte
Two bachelor friends lead double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions, as well as with the formidable Lady Bracknell.
theatrecharlotte.org.

‘Father Comes Home from the Wars’
Feb. 24-March 12
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
Set during the Civil War, this explosively powerful new drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks follows a slave, Hero, from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield. Inspired in part by the stories and scope of Greek tragedy, this trilogy examines the mess of war and the cost of freedom.
atcharlotte.org.

— Listings compiled by qnotes staff from promotional materials

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