34 WEST THEATER COMPANY— Original live theater in the heart of Charleston. Whether it’s a comedy or a thriller, 34 West aims to do crowd-pleasing shows in unexpected ways, keeping the entertainment refreshing and memorable. Upcoming: “Stayin’ Alive,” an outrageous ‘70s musical, March 3-May 28. “I Got Your Babe,” June 13-Sept. 3 www.34west.org. 200 Meeting St., 843.901.9343.
CHARLESTON STAGE COMPANY— South Carolina’s largest professional theater calls The Dock Street Theatre, one of the oldest theaters in the United States, its home. The Dock underwent a $20-million renovation a couple of years ago and hosts many performances throughout the year. Upcoming: “Sister Act,” April 14-30. Tickets: $26- 68; show times vary. www. charlestonstage.com. 135 Church St., 843.577.7183
DOCK STREET THEATRE— The original Dock Street Theatre opened in 1736 with the play “The Recruiting Officer” and was the first building designed for theatrical use in the Americas. Today’s Dock, constructed in the early 1800s, just underwent a $20 million renovation. The Charleston Stage Company produces a number of performances at the historic theater throughout the year. Upcoming: “Sister Act,” April 14-30. Tickets: $26- 68; show times vary. www.charlestonstage.com. 135 Church St., 843.577.7183.
FLOWERTOWN PLAYERS— Entertaining local audiences since 1976, the Flowertown Players perform at the James F. Dean Community Theatre, also known as the “Theatre on the Square,” in downtown Summerville. The theater is part of the historic district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Upcoming shows: “No
Sex Please, We’re British,” May 19-28; Tickets: $15-25. www.flowertownplayers.org. 133 S. Main St., Summerville, 843.875.9251.
FOOTLIGHT PLAYERS— As South Carolina’s longest-running theater company, this group knows how to perform and aim to provide high-quality, affordable theater to the Charleston community. Upcoming shows: “Come back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” April 14-30. Show times: Th-Sa at 8 pm, Su at 3 pm. Tickets: $10-35. www.footlightplayers.net. 20 Queen St., 843.722.4487.
PURE THEATRE— This professional theater company is small but has earned big praise and awards for its commitment to quality and excellence. The troupe’s focus is on contemporary playwrights. Upcoming shows: “Father Comes Homes from the Wars Part 1,2, & 3,” April 20-May 13. www.puretheatre.org. 477 King St. 843.723.4444.
SOUTH OF BROADWAY THEATRE COM
PANY— Charleston’s nationally recognized professional theater company. Upcoming: “Lion King, Jr.,” April 21-30. ”PlayFest,” May 5- 6. www.southofbroadway.com. 1080 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston, 843.745.0317.
THE SOUTHERN CHARMER— The Southern Charmer presents Kellar O’Neil, the “Master of the Mind” in a show that takes audiences back in time to when people were entertained by brainbending magic, mysteries and mind reading. Each 75-minute performance is limited to 28 guests dressed in their best attire. Show times: F-Sa at 8 pm. Tickets: $39.95, include a nonalcoholic drink and a sweet treat. www. thesoutherncharmer.com. 49 Archdale St., 855.285.6463.
WOOLFE STREET PLAYHOUSE— The Woolfe Street Playhouse, converted from a retired meat storage operation, hosts The Village Repertory Co.— one of Charleston’s principal performing arts organizations. The renovated 17,000-square-foot complex features two theaters, a full service bar and classrooms. Extensive children’s programs are offered, as well. Upcoming shows: “An Act of God,” April 28-May 20. www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com. 34 Woolfe St., 843.856.1579.