Theater

The cast of "Quartet," a new production by the Footlight Players. Pictured (from left): Bryan Toole, Susie Hallatt, Samille Basler and Ross Magoulas. The show, written by Ronald Harwood and directed by Don Brandenburg, with assistance from Lisa Benson, runs Sept. 11-27 at The Footlight Theatre, 20 Queen St. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors/military and $20 for students. Go to footlightplayers.net or call 843-722-4487. Photograph by Robin Davis

What: “The Producers,” a musical comedy based on the Mel Brooks film of the same name, makes fun of show business when two producers deliberately attempt to mount a Broadway flop. The show contains adult language and situations.

When: 3 p.m. Sept. 13 and 20; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17-19

Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., downtown Charleston

Price: $52-$67 adults; $50-$67 seniors (60+); $27-$67 students 25 and younger and active military

More Info: 577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

What: “Intimate Apparel” is a play about Esther, an African-American seamstress who sews luxurious lingerie for prostitutes and socialites alike in 1905 New York.

When: 3 p.m. Sept. 13

Where: Midtown Center at Duvall Catering, 2816 Azalea Drive, North Charleston

Price: $15-$20

More Info: 557-1163, www.midtownproductions.org

What: “One Shoe Off” is a comedy about marriage, fidelity, adulterous longings and existential panic that takes place in a farmhouse where rooms are drifting into each other and trees and saplings have taken root indoors.

When: 3 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; through Sept. 19

Where: South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston

Price: $20

More Info: 745-0317, www.southofbroadway.com

What: “Quartet” is set in a home for retired musicians where three former opera singers plan their annual concert. Everything is disrupted when the last member of the quartet, a total diva and former wife of one of the residents, comes back into the picture.

When: 3 p.m. Sept. 13, 20, 27; 8 p.m. Sept. 18-19, 24-26

Where: The Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St., Charleston

Price: Adult $30; seniors/military $27; student $20

More Info: 722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net

What: The Church Street Daughters of the Garden, Gun and Gin Club must band together to overcome the greatest invaders to the Southern way of life since General Sherman and the palmetto bug.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 19, 24, 27; Oct. 1, 6, 11, 15, 20, 25, 27, 29; Nov. 6, 12; numerous performances continually every week

Where: The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, 164 Church St., Charleston

Price: $24

More Info: 937-6453 or www.charlestonmysteries.com

What: Author Robert Mick Norton shares real-life stories from his book “Random Tales of a College Math Professor, Over-Easy, on Wry.” Stories mix mathematics, statistics and humor.

When: 10 a.m. Sept. 15

Where: Lowcountry Senior Center, 865 Riverland Drive, James Island

Price: Free for members; $5 nonmembers

More Info: 762-9555, www.lowcountryseniorcenter.org

What: “Groovy Kinda Love,” a musical-comedy, features 1960s tunes from Motown to the Beach Boys, and everything in-between. The plot centers around a small town that flips when a mod rockster helps a shy outcast find her groove.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 15, 22; 8 p.m. Sept. 17-19, 24, 26; various performances weekly through Sept. 26

Where: 34 West Theater Co., 200 Meeting St., Charleston

Price: $25

More Info: 901-9343, www.34west.org

What: This comedy takes a look at Catherine and Gwen, who chose polar opposite paths after grad school and now, decades later, are unfulfilled in polar opposite ways. The comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16-19; 24-26 and Oct. 1-2

Where: Pure Theatre, 477 King St., downtown Charleston

Price: $27 general admission

More Info: 723-4444, www.puretheatre.org

What: Volunteer audience actors take a crack at portraying crazy characters in a show where the audience is the star.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, 26; Oct. 2, 8, 10, 16, 22, 28; Nov. 1, 5, 14

Where: The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, 164 Church St., Charleston

Price: $24

More Info: 937-6453, www.charlestonmysteries.com

What: Tim Lowry presents “The British are Marching,” a costumed comedy featuring voices from a Southern plantation during the time of the American Revolution with stories both historic and humorous. The show was Lowry,s debut at the National Storytelling Festival.

When: 3 p.m. Sept. 18

Where: Timrod Library, 217 Central Ave., Summerville

Price: $18

More Info: 871-4600, www.storytellertimlowry.com

What: The Crabpot Theatre kicks off its 23rd season with “Trust,” a contemporary dramatic comedy set against a backdrop of the rock music scene. Lives and lovers intersect, attraction gives way to seduction and secrecy holds sway over truth.

When: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; through Oct. 4

Where: Crabpot Players Theatre, 1137 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: $16 students; $18 seniors; $20 general admission

More Info: (888) 303-0763, www.crabpotplayers.com

What: “Inspector No Clue’s Murder Mystery” is a classic comic whodunit where audience volunteers play all the extras. Recommended for those who love mysteries or sketch comedy.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, 22; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 30; Nov. 7, 13

Where: The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, 164 Church St., Charleston

Price: $24

More Info: 937-6453, www.charlestonmysteries.com

What: “Baby With the Bathwater” is an absurdist modern comedy. With the sudden arrival of a demented nanny, new parents embark on a collision course of parenting that leads to questioning their own bizarre existence.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-19, 25-26, Oct. 1-3; 5 p.m. Sept. and 27

Where: What If? Productions at Threshold Theatre, 841/2 Society St., Charleston

Price: $15 student; $18 senior/military; $20 adults

More Info: 225-0119, www.whatifproductions.org

What: Rip City Comedy will have its fall residency at Redux Art Center. Shows will be once a month to the end of December, each new one featuring a rotating cast of local comedians, musicians and artists doing experimental comedy. Shows may not appropriate for children.

When: 9 p.m. Sept. 18; Oct. 28; Nov. 20; Dec. 18

Where: Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St., Charleston

Price: $5

More Info: 722-0697 or www.reduxstudios.org/events

What: “Crazy Little Things Called Love: An Evening of Ten-Minute Plays” is a compilation of short plays, featuring playwrights from Chekhov to Chuck Mee, plus local writers Kate Tooley and John Bryan, explores love in all its wonderful, infuriating, beautiful forms.

When: 8 p.m. Sept. 17-19

Where: 5th Wall Productions (across from Planet Fitness), Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston

Price: $15 general admission; $10 students, seniors (65+) and military

More Info: www.facebook.com/5thwallproductions

What: Nameless Numberhead is a local sketch comedy duo with backgrounds in professional theater, music and comedy. Nameless Numberhead thrives on societal exploration and the absurdities of everyday life.

When: 10 p.m. Sept. 19

Where: Theatre 99, Above Bicycle Shoppe, 280 Meeting St., Charleston

Price: $7

More Info: 853-6687, www.theatre99.com

What: In “Lovers and Players,” a Commedia troupe arrives in Padua, Italy, just in time for Carnival in 1569. When the leader discovers that one of the members has gambled away all of their money and taken off, he has to come up with alternative means to keep the troupe going until the next performance.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24-29; 2 p.m. Sept. 27

Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, Simons Center, 54 St. Philip St., Charleston

Price: $12 for CofC students, $15 senior citizens, CofC employees, students; $20 general admission.

More Info: 953-5604 or http://theatre.cofc.edu/productions/NowPlaying.php

What: “The Poetry of Craigslist” features a rotating selection of Charleston theater’s popular performers taking real-life, everyday Craigslist ads and turning them into comedy.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24

Where: What If? Productions at Threshold Theatre, 841/2 Society St., Charleston

Price: $12

More Info: 225-0119, www.whatifproductions.org

What: The two-man show “Why is Rock and Roll?” is a combination of a play, rock concert and TED talk. It is a two-hour (with intermission) fast-paced history of rock ’n’ roll that takes the “fourth wall” between the actors and audience and uses it like a sliding glass door.

When: 8 p.m. Sept. 25-26

Where: Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St., Charleston

Price: $20

More Info: 856-1579, www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com

What: Making its MOJA Arts Festival premiere, “Mo’ Soul at The Legend’s Cabaret” is a musical revue featuring feel-good soul music from the 1960s and 1970s. A year after an unforgettable encounter, a group of friends reunite and decide to make some beautiful music together while helping out a local charity.

When: 8-10 p.m. Sept. 26; 7-9 p.m. Sept. 27

Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., Charleston

Price: $31 general; $26 seniors and students up to age 23 with ID

More Info: 724-7305, www.mojafestival.com

What: “The Screwtape Letters” is a comical theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view.

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 1

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston

Price: $40-$50

More Info: 529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

What: “One Man, Two Guvnors” is based on “The Servant of Two Masters” and features inspired insanity, high-low antics and nimble word play, all backed up by live musicians paying homage to rockabilly. It’s swingin’ England, and sex, food and money are high on the agenda in this English version of a classic Italian comedy.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-3, 8-10, 15-17; 3 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11

Where: Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St., Charleston

Price: $15 children; $20 student; $28 senior; $30 adult

More Info: 856-1579, woolfestreetplayhouse.com

What: In “A Delicate Balance,” Agnes and Tobias, a wealthy middle-aged couple, have their complacency shattered when longtime friends Harry and Edna appear at their doorstep.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-10, 15-17, 19, 22-24; 3 p.m. Oct. 11 and 13

Where: South of Broadway Theatre, 1080 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston

Price: $20

More Info: 745-0317, www.southofbroadway.com

What: Elliotborough Mini Bar and Unspoken Word will present a monthly open mic poetry series. Bring your poetry to share. Some performances will be recorded for OHM Radio 96.3 FM. No cover.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10

Where: Elliotborough Mini Bar, 18 Percy St., Charleston

Price: Free

More Info: 577-0028, www.charlestonpoets.com

What: Set in the English countryside, Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever” is part farce and part comedy of manners. Meet the Bliss family, whose outrageous antics alternately infuriate and astound their hapless weekend guests.

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 9-10, 16-17, 22-24; 3 p.m. Oct. 11, 18, 25

Where: The Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St., Charleston

Price: $30 adults; $27 seniors/military; $20 students

More Info: 722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net

What: “Menopause The Musical” benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. With a cast of breast cancer survivors and co-survivors, the play offers inspiration, sisterhood and hope. It’s set in a department store where four women have nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. The musical features classic tunes from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

When: 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 10

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $40-$65

More Info: 529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

What: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Live on Stage,” is a brand-new, music-filled interactive live show. The Chipmunks perform hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Elvis Presley and more.

When: 6 p.m. doors Oct. 14

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $35-$50.

More Info: 529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

What: “Little Shop of Horrors” is a rock musical dark comedy that tells the story of a man-eating plant.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-17, 22-24, 29-31; 3 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25

Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., Charleston

Price: $52 -$67 adults; $50-$67 seniors (60+); $27-$67 students/military

More Info: 577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

What: Under the direction of voice faculty members David Templeton and Amanda Castellone, vocal students present an opera/music theater revue of “Luck Be A Lady.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23

Where: Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St., Charleston

Price: $10 CofC students; $20 general admission

More Info: 953-6315, http://music.cofc.edu/concerts/cofc-ensembles

What: In “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the headless horseman hauntingly chases the comic and gangly schoolmaster Ichabod Crane in Washington Irving’s classic tale of ghostly mischief.

When: 3 p.m. Oct. 24 and 31

Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., Charleston

Price: $27

More Info: 577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

What: Based on the Disney animated feature film, the Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast” is a classic musical love story filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and large-scale production numbers.

When: 6:30 p.m. doors Oct. 26-28

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: TBA

More Info: 529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

What: In Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour,” a controversial play based on true events, an angry, manipulative student tells a lie to avoid being sent back to school that threatens to destroy the lives of the two young women that run it.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28-31, Nov. 4-7; 2 p.m. Nov. 1, 8

Where: Chapel Theatre at College of Charleston, 172 Calhoun St., Charleston

Price: $10 senior citizens, CofC students and employees, $15 general admission

More Info: 953-5604 or http://theatre.cofc.edu/productions/NowPlaying.php

What: “The Turn of the Screw” is an interactive theatrical experience. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Henry James’ subtle ghost story, this play brings the audience, with viewers following the actors through the dark, former meat-packing warehouse space at Woolfe Street Playhouse built more than 100 years ago. A psychological thriller for older children and adults.

When: 8 p.m. Oct. 28

Where: Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St., Charleston

Price: $15-$25

More Info: 856-1579, www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com

What: Gracie & Lacy salute American icon Judy Garland, featuring musical tributes, history, costuming and grand choreography. If you’re feeling really nostalgic, dress up as your favorite character from a Garland movie, and you might just go home with a prize.

When: 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 31

Where: The Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St., Charleston

Price: $25-$34

More Info: 722-4487 or www.footlightplayers.net

What: Direct from Broadway, “The Illusionists” is a magic show packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic.

When: 6:30 p.m. doors Nov. 3-4

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: TBA

More Info: 529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

What: “Failure: A Love Story,” is a fantastical tale of the three Fail sisters and their disparate and luckless journeys through life and towards love.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; through Nov. 28

Where: Pure Theatre, 477 King St., Charleston

Price: $22-$30

More Info: 723-4444, www.puretheatre.org

What: Based on the 1975 documentary, “Grey Gardens” is a musical retelling of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-14; check website closer for possible additional dates

Where: Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St., Charleston

Price: $20-$35

More Info: 856-1579, www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com